SAN FRANCISCO — Two women have been charged with stealing items from a Walgreens in San Francisco and escaping by coughing at employees and claiming to have the Coronavirus.
Carmelita Barela, 36, and Rosetta Shabazz, 32, were charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
The San Francisco women were arrested Thursday.
A federal complaint says that the women entered the store near the Civic Center on April 6, carrying empty bags.
“After the store manager offered assistance, Shabazz allegedly began to cough without covering her mouth,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
The store manager asked Shabazz to leave if she was sick.
“Instead, Shabazz walked over to Barela and both defendants began to cough audibly while taking merchandise off the shelves and placing it into their bags,” the statement said.