Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Cane Theft, Plank Assault, Presidio Shooting

A Friday dose of peculiarity.

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San Francisco sees it’s fair share of crime — some serious, some less so. Here at SF Weekly, we’re paying attention to all of it — from the mundane to the bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of the weirder situations that went down in our 49 square miles this week: 

Random Hand Shooting
A woman in her early 30s was shot in the hand in the early hours of Friday morning, as she walked near the intersection of Division and Potrero streets. The victim heard several gunshots go off around 3:20 a.m., and then felt a pain in her hand. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. The victim did not see any suspects, and no witnesses were located. 

Cane Theft
A 60-year-old man had his backpack and cane stolen around 10:45 p.m. Thursday evening, as he walked near Sixth and Minna streets. The suspect, who was estimated to be in his mid-20s, reportedly pushed the victim over before stealing his belongings. He fled the scene on foot.

Plank Assault In Haight
On Thursday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. a 32-year-old man was walking through a crosswalk at Haight Street and Masonic Avenue when he was approached by a 61-year-old man, who sidestepped to block him from passing. The victim asked the older man to stop blocking his path, and stepped around him. In response, the suspect struck the victim in the back of the head with a 2×4 piece of wood, then walked away. The victim was transported to the hospital, and the suspect was arrested.

Car Crash Opportunist
Around 2 a.m. on Monday morning two vehicles collided at the intersection of Oakdale Avenue and Loomis Street in the Bayview. While one of the drivers was exchanging her information with the other, a woman in her 50s entered her vehicle and stole her property. The owner of the car stopped her, and a struggle ensued — resulting in scratches on the victim’s neck. SFPD responded, and the suspect fled the scene. 

Lawn Supply Burglar
Sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning a man entered a home on the 100 block of Beacon Street in Glen Park and stole a leaf blower.

Presidio Shooting
Shots were fired in an affluent neighborhood early Monday morning, breaking a resident’s window. The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Clay Street between Laurel and Locust streets, just two blocks from the Presidio park. The home’s resident, a 53-year-old woman, was uninjured. 

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