A CVS store located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. has been facing ongoing issues with theft and empty shelves. According to reports from FOX 5 DC’s Allison Papson, store employees have stated that around 45 or more individuals, mostly children, regularly enter the store to steal chips and drinks during various times of the day. The thieves are reportedly aware of the store’s delivery schedule and target it accordingly. There are allegations that street vendors pay people to steal items from the store for resale.
Residents in the area have expressed concern over the lack of available products on the shelves, with one customer stating that it discourages them from shopping at the store. CVS employees have been informed about the thieves’ knowledge of delivery times, but it is unclear if the police have been notified.
The issue of theft and empty shelves is not limited to this particular CVS store, as similar incidents have been reported in other locations, including Bethesda. The situation has raised questions about the effectiveness of restocking efforts and the need for additional security measures.