Police: Granny behind $1 million San Francisco looting spree – and the felons have already been released

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – While many grandmothers are busy knitting or baking a cake, 53-year-old Francill White is alleged to have joined four other people in looting more than $1M from the high-end retailer Louis Vuitton.

Police say that she was joined by her 28-year-old daughter, Kimberly Cherry, Tameko Miller, 23, Ivan Speed, 34, and Jamisi Calloway, 23.

The cumulative charges for the group include: four felony counts of looting amid a state of emergency, second degree commercial burglary, grand theft, and receiving stolen property.

Calloway faces five additional felonies. They include possession of a firearm with a prior felony, concealing a firearm, and resisting arrest.

While the arrests themselves may have caught most off-guard, this piece of information probably won’t. 

All five suspects are currently free on bond, despite the pending charges and 14 previous convictions that range from shoplifting and carjacking to sexual battery and attempted murder. 

Chesa Boudin strikes again. 

While he has claimed that he will deal harshly with looters, the reality is that his reign as DA has ushered in a new level of lawlessness in the Bay area. We have shared with our readers numerous stories as a result of his ‘soft-on-crime’ approach.

According to the Daily Mail:

“The spate of lootings has been blamed on ‘woke’ San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and a 2014 California law that made theft under $950 a misdemeanor.

Boudin, who vowed to deal with the looters harshly in a news conference shortly after the raid, has been the subject of protests over his regime which has seen gun crime in the city double over the past year.

His new rules also include removing mugshots from the public record ‘to avoid perpetuating negative stereotypes’ and making it impossible to obtain criminal records without first getting notarized permission from the crook involved.”

Police: Granny behind  million San Francisco looting spree - and the felons have already been released
YouTube screenshot courtesy of NBC Bay Area

One British-based publication did some old-fashioned investigative reporting to piece together the criminal history of the members of this group. 

White, being dubbed the ‘grabbing granny,” started her criminal career more than 30 years ago. She was convicted of theft in 1989 and spent more than a year in prison.

But she apparently did not rehabilitate in prison and made nothing of her second chance. She was convicted again in 1993 for theft after shoplifting from a JC Penny. 

Taking a break from physically stealing things, in 2011, she sued the San Francisco school district after she claimed that a teacher stole her daughter’s Twinkies. The district settled for $30,000. 

Her daughter Kimberly has followed in her mother’s footsteps, holding three theft convictions, one for cocaine possession and one for possession of burglar’s tools. 

The Daily Mail also reported that the male members of the group make the ladies criminal past look tame. 

Speed has even taken to social media to profit off his recent arrest, selling hoodies that read “No Face, No Case.” This alludes to his belief that when he was arrested, he was wearing a mask, and therefore cannot be identified as the suspect.   

Police: Granny behind  million San Francisco looting spree - and the felons have already been released
Photo courtesy of The Daily Mail and Instagram
Police: Granny behind  million San Francisco looting spree - and the felons have already been released
Photo courtesy of The Daily Mail and Instagram

While the rash of looting had gone largely uncontested, the recent activity in the city’s Union Square district has forced numerous stores to board up their windows. 

SFPD Chief William Scott told reporters:

“There is no doubt in my mind that this was unplanned. Their plan was to overwhelm us. Their plan was hoping we wouldn’t be here. But we were.”

As seen in the video above, officers can be seen forcing open a Mustang and removing at least one individual from the car. 

“The officers that made the arrest on that Mustang were confronting an armed individual,” Scott said. “They took him into custody safely.”

It is presumed that the individual in question is Calloway. 

San Francisco mayor London Breed claims that enough is enough. 

“The message here today is, if you come to our city to commit those level of crimes, or to come and to vandalize or to harm individuals, you will be held accountable,” Breed told the media at a press conference held in the retail district.  

But that will remain to be seen given the DA’s history of refusal to prosecute. 

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop

 

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– On Tuesday, October 12th, Walgreens announced that they will be closing yet another five stores in San Francisco, California due to constant thefts that have plagued the locations, and the rest of the city for that matter. 

A Walgreens spokesperson released a statement to FOX Business which read in part:

“Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco,”

They went on to say:

“Each store will transfer prescriptions to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius and we expect to place the stores’ team members in other nearby locations.”

The spokesperson continued, saying:

“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,”

They then added:

“Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average. During this time to help combat this issue, we increased our investments in security measures in stores across the city to 46 times our chain average in an effort to provide a safe environment.”

Over the course of the next several weeks, the Walgreens locations at 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street will close their doors for good.

This is not the first time Walgreens has had to close down some of their locations in San Francisco due to brazen and consistent shoplifting. 

In May, Law Enforcement Today reported that Walgreens was forced to close down 17 of their locations for the very same reason over the last five years.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, shoplifting did decrease during the coronavirus pandemic, but police also told the news outlet that “incidents are often underreported and have become more violent and brazen.”

San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí told the San Francisco Chronicle that the situation is “out of control,” adding:

“People are scared to go into these stores — seniors, people with disabilities, children. It’s just happening brazenly.”

In 2020, the city’s politicians chose to defund the police $120 million, however now they are proposing legislation that will allow officers to act as security guards in order to help deter the blatant shoplifting taking place across the city.  
 
Here is that complete story that Law Enforcement Today recently brought you. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Legislation is being proposed in San Francisco that would allow for sheriff’s deputies to work as added security at retail stores throughout the city, a measure being entertained with the ongoing organized retail theft that has been taking place in recent months.

 

As we’ve previously reported here at Law Enforcement Today, retail theft in San Francisco has become a serious problem since the summer of 2021 – instances of retail theft have become all the more brazen and are posing risks of smaller stores possibly closing due to the impact of losses.

In San Francisco, currently only police officers are allowed to obtain overtime by picking up extra shifts posted at retail stores working as security – but proposed legislation would allow for sheriff’s deputies to do the same, if passed.

Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who is proposing the legislation, said that various other retailers refer to San Francisco as being “the epicenter” of retail theft in the country:

“We heard from retailers that San Francisco is the epicenter of organized retail crime in the United States, in their opinion.”

Safai also added that the way his legislation would work would impose no costs to taxpayers, explaining that retail outlets would directly contract with the sheriff’s department to organize compensation for the deputies who’d opt-in for these overtime opportunities:

“Essentially a private entity or an event contacts the city, in this situation, the sheriff department or police department and they would say they are going to pay for these services so they contract with the city.”

 

Sheriff Paul Miyamoto noted that if the legislation passes, his hope that the mere presence of deputies would make it so would-be offenders wouldn’t even consider attempting to shoplift:

“Our intent isn’t to go out and make a lot of arrests, our intent is to deter people from even thinking about committing the crime in the first place.”

This legislation will be further discussed and voted on by the Board of Supervisors as early as this upcoming November.

As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today have previously reported on the impact of organized retail theft in San Francisco. Earlier in September, the mayor and chief of police announced new strategies they’ll be employing to also curb said criminal activity.

Here’s that previous report.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In response to the uptick and brazenness of retail theft in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed, along with San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, announced a new initiative to address retail theft that has been impacting businesses all over the city.

 

Over the past summer, numerous videos and reports of theft occurring in San Francisco wound up going viral. One incident from July involved numerous suspects shoplifting dozens of handbags from a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco’s Union Square.

Video was captured from the July 5th shoplifting incident, showing multiple suspects running out of the Neiman Marcus with stolen goods in hand.

 

Perhaps one of the more brazen instances of shoplifting caught on camera in San Francisco over the summer occurred at the Walgreens back in June.

The video in question depicted a male suspect bring a bicycle and a garbage bag inside of the Walgreens and start filling up the garbage bag in full view of customers and employees – seemingly unbothered by his crimes being filmed on cellphones by onlookers.

Mayor Breed and Police Chief Scott acknowledged the impact of these crimes, as well as the videos of them, with Chief Scott saying that because of the brazenness of these acts, “people then start fearing crime, even if they haven’t been victimized.”

Under the newly announced organized retail theft initiative, San Francisco Police and the city will rollout the following:

  • San Francisco Police will expand their retail crime unit from 2 to 6 full-time investigators
  • Expanding San Francisco’s ambassador program from 8 to 25 employees
  • Updated online crime reporting features where tipsters can include a suspect description through the online form

Chief Scott said that instances of retail theft seem to be getting under reported as well, so authorities hope that improving reporting in conjunction with response efforts will help curb these sorts of offenses.

The police chief said that in the meantime, locals will have to employ “the eye test” while out about their business, to see whether things are changing through increased efforts:

“In the meantime, a lot of it is the eye test. If you are out shopping and doing what you do in the city, and you’re seeing these things occur, we want you to see less of it, we don’t want you to see it all!”

Margaret O’Leary, the owner of the 12-store chain of the same namesake, remarked that her store location on Fillmore Street in San Francisco had never been robbed in 20 years – until this past year, where it has been robbed three times.

Video surveillance captured during one of the robberies show multiple suspects running off with roughly $10,000 worth of merchandise in a matter of seconds.

O’Leary says that she’s had to limit visible inventory in the store to reduce the potential impact if robbed again:

“It looks like I’m going out of business, but this is what I have to do.”

O’Leary says that there have been no arrests in any of the three instances her store location was robbed, and notes that some of her employees are both frightened and have quit over the flagrant robberies:

“My employees are scared, some of them have actually quit.”

O’Leary added that the store in San Francisco is the only one that has ever been robbed out of the 12 total locations:

“Not in Mill Valley, not in Berkeley, not in Palo Alto, just Fillmore Street.”

The store owner has employed new anti-theft methods for the Fillmore Street location, such as keeping the entry locked and only opened for knocking customers, placing hangers backwards on clothes racks to make it harder to quickly yank items, and also providing employees with panic buttons.

However, O’Leary says that if the thefts continue at the store location, she’ll be forced to shut down the Fillmore Street store.

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