Staff at Walgreens at 1280 W. Foothill Blvd. in Rialto knew what two women were up to as soon as they walked into the store with large empty bags on Thursday, March 10. Workers called police and watched as the brazen theft happened.
The two women went directly to the hair and skin care aisle, a popular target for shoplifters near the front of the store. They began scooping hundreds of dollars worth of items from the shelves into their bags.
Customers and staff watched and used their cell phones to record the crime in progress. The thieves didn’t even pretend to pay as they walked past the self checkout area and casually out of the store.
“Y’all come back, ya’ll going to jail. Know that one,” a person is heard saying to them in footage of the theft.
“Alright,” one of the shoplifters wearing surgical masks replies.
Rialto police have asked the public to help them identify the women who stole from Walgreens last Thursday in what police called a grand theft heist. They posted footage of the crime to Facebook, and have asked anyone who might be able to help investigators to either call Officer Martinez at 909-419-9107, or leave a tip anonymously at 800-782-7463.
The police department’s post drew nearly 200 comments and over 260 reactions by Tuesday, March 15. A few said they believed shoplifting had become commonplace at this and many other businesses in Rialto.
Some writing on social media claimed they would have intervened if they were in the store at the time. At least one asked why employees didn’t “lock them in the store.”
Representatives for Walgreens and the Rialto Police Department could not immediately be reached for additional comment. Updates on the investigation into the theft had not been released as of Tuesday.