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Tucson Stores Look The Other Way With Theft; ‘Police Don’t Show Up’

August 27, 2023

By Corinne Murdock |  

Tucson’s stores are looking the other way with theft, according to local accounts of law and order in the city.  

Lacey Nagao, a Turning Point Action influencer, shared her experience of a store visit over the weekend in a viral account. Nagao reported that she witnessed theft at a local Walgreens while she was checking out, but that employees said it didn’t matter. A homeless man, one of the 10 or so outside the store, walked out with items including Cheetos, beer, and soda without paying. Nagao recounted that the man even issued a farewell to the checkout clerk.   

According to Nagao, the employees were beyond the point of feeling disaffected by the lack of police response to reports of theft. Per Nagao, the employees said the police “don’t show up” and “have been told not to do anything” concerning theft. Additionally, the store’s security guards were fired by their regional manager last month, and employees were instructed to allow thieves to “take whatever they want.”

Nagao said that when she asked the employee if she could have left without paying for her groceries, the employee acknowledged that she could have if she so desired.  

Nagao lamented the lack of law and order, blaming the city’s Democrat-majority leadership.  

“Our city is becoming a place I never thought I would see, and quite frankly, somewhere I refuse to live,” said Nagao. “Thanks to [Mayor Regina Romero], Tucson is quickly on its way to becoming the next San Francisco.”   

In response to Nagao’s account, several users reported that they noticed a lack of police amid drugs and crime.

Another user, a 50-year local, said that it “breaks their heart” to witness the changes unfolding.

Another local, noted a “huge influx” of homeless individuals in the area over the last four months.

Several users attested to similar issues happening in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.   

Several users pointed out that corporate policies factor into the permissive view of theft as well.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to corinne@azfreenews.com.

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