San Francisco Walgreens bicycle thief Jean Lugo Romero has been sentenced to prison

A bike thief who went viral last year when video footage of him stealing from a Walgreens in San Francisco and then driving out of the retail store with a large bag of stolen goods circulated on social media, turned 16 months on Monday sentenced to prison.

Jean Lugo Romero pleaded guilty to felony crime and petty theft and received a year’s probation in addition to prison, San Francisco prosecutors said.

He was also ordered to stay away from two Walgreens employees, two Walgreens stores, and a CVS store.

“Whether the work of organized retail robbery rings or individual suspects, the burglaries affecting our local businesses will not be tolerated,” San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said in a statement.

Footage of the incident shows someone on a bicycle throwing items into a black bag and riding past a security guard, and another person films him in an aisle. Investigators have linked Romero to other retail store thefts, including one at a CVS in which he allegedly cleared nearly $1,000 worth of cosmetics off the shelves and placed the items in a duffel bag.

The Walgreens incident occurred as retail crime began to rise in several cities. However, San Francisco saw some of the most brazen thefts.

Also announced Monday were guilty verdicts against Ahmad Shabazz for a series of petty thefts at three different Walgreens stores. A jury found him guilty of multiple counts.

He is due to be sentenced on April 15. The shoplifting prompted Walgreens to close several San Francisco stores.

Jean Lugo Romero riding out of Walgreens
Romero left Walgreens on a bicycle.
Twitter/LyanneMelendez San Francisco Walgreens bicycle thief Jean Lugo Romero has been sentenced to prison


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