Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Ukelele Thief, Laxative Larceny, Lucky Bullet

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: 

Laxative Larceny
A fight broke out on Sixth Street near Market on Thursday night. A 64-year-old man reportedly got into a verbal altercation with two women — one in her 60s and one in her 20s. The older suspect pepper-sprayed the victim in the face, while the younger stole his bag. They both fled the scene. According to police, the only notable loss were laxatives.

Minor Shooting
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the foot on Tuesday night, around 9:15 p.m. on a residential block of Sunnydale Avenue, near Coffman Pool. According to SFPD, the boy heard gunshots and began running toward his house, when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Random Pipe Attack
On Sunday morning shortly before noon, a 53-year-old man who was sleeping on the 1700 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue was awoken by an unknown man hitting him with a metal pole. The victim told police, who took him to the hospital, that he had no interaction with the suspect prior to the attack. 

Ukelele Theft
A 27-year-old man holding a ukelele on the corner of O’Farrell and Polk streets was violently attacked on Sunday morning. Shortly after 6:30 a.m., the victim was approached by a man in his 20s, who made small talk about the instrument. While chatting, a second suspect attacked the victim with a hammer, giving the thieves an opportunity to steal his phone, backpack, ukelele, and cash. The victim was taken to the hospital, and his injuries were not considered serious. 

Marina Mugging
A man and a woman their early 20s were robbed around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, on Union Street between Laguna and Buchanan. A group of four people approached them and grabbed one of their jackets and a cell phone. When the victims attempted to fight back, the woman was punched by the suspects, who fled the scene with their belongings. 

Lucky Bullet
Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, a 24-year-old man was standing inside a business on the 5000 block of Third Street, when a bullet from a drive-by shooting ricocheted and hit him in the upper half of his body. According to the police report, the bullet didn’t actually penetrate the skin, and the injury was therefore not serious. 

Flaming Trash
On Friday afternoon three separate dumpster fires were discovered near Market and Drumm streets. No suspects were found.

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