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CBS host offers bizarre excuse for Walgreens shoplifter caught on camera: ‘You’re getting probably something you need’

 Tony Dokoupil, co-host of "CBS This Morning," appeared to defend a man who made headlines this week after brazenly shoplifting from a San Francisco-area Walgreens.

What's a brief history here?

Footage of the incident went viral Tuesday, showing an unidentified male on a bicycle filling a trash bag with what appeared to be hair products.

Two people — including a store security guard — filmed the suspect while he took his time placing items in the sack and watched him as he biked down the aisle and out of the store.

What are the details?

Dokoupil and others discussed the incident Wednesday morning on the daytime TV show.

After the clip aired, Dokoupil began, "So, crime is never justified of course."

Co-host Anthony Mason added, "I will say that I think they could have made a little better effort to stop that bicycle. I mean, you could have disrupted that bike."

Dokoupil added, "Well, I mean, I don't know. You don't need to be a hero over some toothbrushes or whatever it is. ... That reads also as an act of desperation. I mean, you're not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens, you're getting probably something you need."

Co-host Vlad Duthiers interjected, "I mean, a bagful? They looked like hair products ... which are valuable, and he's filling his bag full of them."

Co-host Adriana Diaz pointed out that the items in the bag were, indeed, hair products and not a necessity as toothbrushes or over the counter medication might be.

Anything else to know?

Lyanne Melendez, a KGO-TV reporter who saw the suspect shoving merchandise into the trash bag, told her station that the suspect — who remains unnamed at the time of this reporting — "sort of ran into me with his bicycle" on his way out of the store.

"It's hard for me as a journalist to say 'I won't be involved, I can't get involved,' I have to be sort of neutral, but this is also my city," Melendez added. "I live in this city, and I see this constantly. Not only Walgreens, but cars, and my garage ... has been broken into twice."

She also pointed out that such crimes are becoming commonplace across the city.

"At what point do we say, 'Enough is enough, we want our city back?'" Melendez asked.

A crime-ridden city

On Wednesday, San Francisco Police Lt. Tracy McCray told Fox News that she has gotten "used to" shoplifters taking what they want in stores across the cities without facing consequences.

"What happened in that Walgreens has been going on in that city for quite a while," McCray said. "I'm used to it. I mean, we can have a greatest hits compilation of people just walking in and cleaning out the store shelves and security guards, the people who work there, just standing by helplessly because they can't do anything."

All fingers, however, seem to point to District Attorney Chesa Boudin as the cause of the behavior.

San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya slammed Boudin's laissez-faire policies, which he said are promoting a "criminals-first" agenda.

"This brazen criminal behavior is endured every single day by San Franciscans and it is the direct result of District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his enablers' criminals-first agenda," Montoya said.

McCray agreed, and said that Boudin's agenda is destroying the city because criminals are not being prosecuted for "any crimes as a felony or commercial burglary," and said that such theft cases "get slapped down to a misdemeanor."

"Not enough cops out. You try to put a cop at every corner, which is unrealistic," McCray added."If you steal below $950, you get a citation and you just get to walk away and if you don't show up to court, guess what, maybe you get a bench warrant or maybe they even toss that before it even gets to that point. Anybody can come in and do whatever they want."


  1. Let the store owners just blow them away!

  2. The thief has a melanin colored "Get Out Of Jail Free" card. After all, it's not a crime if it is part of his culture, right? Besides, if Walgreens gave him a good job in upper management, he would become honest and never steal anything again.

  3. Maybe the news station should hire the shoplifter as nightly anchor? Sounds like their sort of folks.

  4. well TONY, when and IF someone steals your car, wallet, IDENTITY etc, its just someone getting something they need and USING YOUR OWN LOGIC TONY; you "especially you tony" should never call the police for someone getting something they need.

  5. & for your information, the perp is a "white supremacist" with a dark coloured skin ...

  6. walgreens should bill the city for every stolen item. if they don't pay, sue them.

    1. That actually is a brilliant idea!
      Every person in the city should be allowed to deduct from their rates or taxes the value of whatever is stolen or broken.

      Someone steals your bike? Deduct the cost of a new one from your payment.
      Someone breaks your store window? Deduct it from the next payment.
      The city would quickly ensure that the rule of law was restored or else you would save enough to get private security.

  7. Why didn't security lock the door?