Walgreens shuts down five more stores in San Francisco because of theft

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Walgreens is closing five more stores in crime-ridden San Francisco due to rampant shoplifting by thieves who walk past security guards and sell items outside the drugstore chain's doors.

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In the last two years, the national chain has closed 17 of its 70 San Francisco locations due to shelf raiders, who have stolen everything not behind a lock and key.

According to company officials, thefts in the chain's remaining 53 stores are five times higher than the national average.