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Felony charges were filed against nine people in connection with organized retail crimes in Union Square

Payam Javan: On Friday, felony charges were filed against nine people in connection with organized retail crimes in Union Square, according to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Jamisi Calloway, 24 of San Francisco; Kimberly Cherry, 28 of San Francisco; Francill White, 53 of San Francisco; Ivan Speed, 34 of Oakland; Tomiko Miller, 23 of Concord; Raynard Jones, 32 of Riverdale, GA; Edward James, 32 of San Francisco; Michael Ray, 27 of San Francisco; and Daron Wilson, 38 of San Francisco were identified as the suspects.

They are accused of looting, grand theft, burglary, and possession of stolen items, among other felony offenses. On Wednesday, the suspects are likely to be arraigned.

“These are not petty thefts. This is not misdemeanor conduct. This is felony conduct,” Boudin said firmly.

Thefts didn’t just target high-end stores in Union Square like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Dolce & Gabbana, though those crimes drew the most attention on social media. Shops in the Outer Mission and Mid-Market, according to Boudin, were also impacted.

“This is not something limited to one neighborhood or designer store. This is something that affects us as San Franciscans,” Boudin said.

Boudin also stated that he intends to collaborate with other district attorneys to address the recent rash of retail thefts across the region.

While recent events have put some residents on edge, local officials are encouraging residents to shop and dine in the city.

With the holiday season approaching, the mayor and police chief say they’re cracking down on brazen robberies and crime to make the city safe for shoppers.

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“I know that people feel a certain kind of way because there are a number of stores that are boarded up, but they’re still showing up, they’re still shopping, and we are still there, said Mayor London Breed. “We have our police officers in those garages as well.”

Both the mayor and police chief agree that there need to be consequences to breaking the law in an effort to deter criminals.

“We have an issue with people repeatedly doing the same act over and over again we have to figure that out and we need to make the rest that is that absolutely must we need to work with all parts of the system to make sure that people are held accountable,” said Chief Bill Scott.

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