Rash of shoplifting incidences prompts security changes for Union Square

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Union Square area will soon be blanketed with surveillance cameras on top of private buildings. It’s how business owners are planning to fight an increasing shoplifting problem.

Police say the most recent incident was Tuesday night, when a group of three African-American teenage girls entered the Forever 21 store at Market and Powell. When officers stopped the girls police say one started throwing punches and police had to use pepper spray.

The 16-year-old in that incident was allegedly found with 80 pieces of clothing and jewelry. She was booked at the Juvenile Justice Center for resisting arrest, assault on a police officer and robbery.

A second 16-year-old girl, who police also became combative, was cited and released for obstructing a police officer. A third 15-year-old girl was not charged and now police are trying to determine if these girls are in fact part of the loosely based Rainbow Girls shoplifting ring.

Whether or not the Forever 21 robbery is linked to the Rainbow Girls, union square businesses are taking action to prevent another summer of shoplifting.

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