California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wine shop in San Francisco was targeted by would-be thieves for the fourth time this year as the city has been hit by a rash of burglaries, video of which went viral on social media.
San Francisco police said that officers responded to an alarm at around 6:40am on Tuesday at the PlumpJack Wine & Spirits store in the Cow Hollow section of the city.
According to parent company PlumpJack Group, the storefront window was busted in. Police told the San Francisco Chronicle that no suspects were found inside the store.
In California, commercial burglary can be charged either as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on several factors, including whether anyone is harmed during commission of the crime or whether the offender has a prior criminal record.
Earlier this month, video emerged on social media showing shoplifters brazenly making off with stolen goods after ransacking a local Neiman Marcus store in the Union Square section of San Francisco.
The Neiman Marcus video surfaced less than a month after another shameless shoplifting case was caught on camera and went viral online.
The footage posted on Twitter by ABC7 Reporter Lyanne Melendez was filmed on June 14 and reveals the moment a brazen robber filled a garbage bag with products at a San Francisco Walgreens and bicycled out of the store after no one tried to stop him.
PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, the wine shop in the Cow Hollow section of San Francisco, was targeted by would-be burglars on Tuesday for the fourth time this year, according to local police
The store is owned by California Governor Gavin Newsom (seen above in Oakland on May 10)
Earlier this month, video emerged on social media showing shoplifters brazenly making off with stolen goods after ransacking a local Neiman Marcus store in the Union Square section of San Francisco
The Neiman Marcus video surfaced less than a month after a brazen robber was filmed filling a garbage bag with products at a San Francisco Walgreens and bicycled out of the store after no one tried to stop him
The city’s surge in such incidents arose almost immediately after the passage of Proposition 47, a ballot referendum known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act that downgraded the theft of property less than $950 in value from a felony charge to a misdemeanor – meaning that store staff and security do not pursue or stop thieves who have taken anything worth less than $1,000.
Larceny is the most common crime committed in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s Crime Dashboard.
There were 14,556 instances in 2021 between January 1 and July 18, 2021 – the department’s most recent data.
This is a drop by around 3.5percent from the same time period in 2020, when there were 15,077 instances.
The next highest crime is burglary and there were 4,026 instances in 2021, a rough two percent increase from the 3,945 acts committed in 2020 between the same time period.
Defined by the department as including ‘thefts of bicycles, motor vehicle parts and accessories, shoplifting, pocket picking, or the stealing of any property or article that is not taken by force and violence or by fraud.’
Burglary is different from larceny because it involves unlawful trespassing to commit a crime.
Under California state law, first degree burglary, which is defined as entering an ‘inhabited’ dwelling designed for habitation, is a felony punishable by between two and six years in prison.
Police are still investigating the Neiman Marcus incident and the suspects already were gone by the time they arrived
Second degree burglary, which refers to all other instances of crime, include commercial burglary or any other structure that is not a residence or a dwelling.
Second degree burglary can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony – depending on the circumstances of each case, such as whether bodily harm is caused to another individual during commission of the crime.
If a burglar has a prior history of burglary or shoplifting, that person could be charged with a felony if he or she targets another business establishment.
Under California Penal Code Section 459, commercial burglary is usually filed in shoplifting cases.
A shoplifting offense can be reduced to the much less serious charge of petty theft by way of a plea negotiation.
Last week, two men were filmed casually walking out of a Los Angeles area TJ Maxx with their arms full of what appears to be stolen goods as brazen shoplifters continue to rampage through California retail stores.
Viral video posted earlier this week shows two men carrying armfuls of jeans, jackets and other apparel as they casually saunter out of a TJ Maxx in the Granada Hills section of the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles.
Earlier this month, a Rite Aid employee in Glassell Park, Los Angeles was shot and killed after he tried to stop two men from stealing a case of beer.
The dead employee was identified as 36-year-old Miguel Penaloza. A suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting.
A spokesperson for Newsom’s company said that the wine shop on Fillmore Street has been targeted several times during the pandemic.
‘Over the past year during the shelter-in-place, this store location has experienced several attempted break-ins, similar to many of the other businesses in the area and across the city,’ PlumpJack group spokesperson Joe Arellano told the Chronicle.
The man rode his bike to the Walgreens store on June 14, filled a garbage bag with stolen goods, and rode away
There have been at least three other burglary attempts at the store so far this year.
Police said that thieves broke the store’s windows once in February and twice in April.
Arellano said that the company has installed security cameras to combat the burglaries. The store is now reviewing footage in search of clues.
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday.
Newsom, a multimillionaire, is one of the wealthiest governors in America.
His wealth is derived from holdings in the hospitality industry, including wineries, vineyards, bars, restaurants, cafes, and hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and Palm Springs.
Newsom and his wife reported more than $1.2million in income during his final year as the state’s lieutenant governor, the majority of it from outside business interests.
Newsom’s 2018 return showed nearly $394,000 in wages, of which about $151,000 was his state salary.
In 1992, Newsom and composer Gordon Getty, a descendant of the late oil baron J. Paul Getty, opened the wine shop on Fillmore Street in San Francisco called PlumpJack Wines.
Last week, two men were filmed casually walking out of a Los Angeles area TJ Maxx with their arms full of what appears to be stolen goods as brazen shoplifters continue to rampage through California retail stores
Viral video shows two men strolling out of a TJ Maxx in the Granada Hills section of the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles
The business then expanded after the two men acquired a 42-acre vineyard in the Napa Valley.
Newsom’s company has since expanded even further in the hospitality industry, amassing millions of dollars worth in assets.
According to its website, The PlumpJack Group owns and operates Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, a ski lift and lodge in Squaw Valley, several bars in the San Francisco Bay Area, and other properties.
Tax filings from 2018 show that Newsom and his wife own stock in PlumpJack Group.
The couple earned a combined salary of nearly $600,000 in 2018.
Shortly after Newsom was elected governor in November 2018, he moved to place his ownership interest in PlumpJack Group into a blind trust.
Earlier this month, Miguel Penaloza, 36, an employee of a Rite Aid in the Glassell Park section of Los Angeles, was shot and killed after he tried to stop two men from stealing a case of beer
The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance footage showing the thieves in action on July 15
Newsom transferred title and control of the businesses to a family friend, Shyla Hendrickson, a lawyer and certified public accountant who agreed to serve as a trustee.
Under the terms of the blind trust, Hendrickson has total authority over the assets, including the power to sell off Newsom’s stake without consulting him, according to the Los Angeles Times .
By law, Hendrickson is not allowed to talk to Newsom about business considerations.
Newsom’s sister, Hilary Newsom Callan, is president of PlumpJack Group, an arrangement that is legal under state law.
The governor is permitted to maintain his ownership stake in the company. He is also allowed to sign into law bills that benefit him financially as long as all residents of the state derive the same benefit.