Cameras Snatched in Slew of Weekend Robberies

Two of the cases have strikingly similar components and happened almost exactly one day apart.

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The weekend was not kind to four separate camera owners, according to Monday police reports.

The string of thefts kicked off Friday at 5:14 p.m. at the edge of John McLaren Park on Mansell and University streets, San Francisco police say. One suspect is unknown but the other suspect, a male estimated to be 20-25 years old, approached the 34-year-old victim from behind as he took photos.

The male suspect pulled out a knife, took the victim’s bag, and fled north on Mansell Street. The bag contained a camera, lens, tripod, and remote.

Another camera bag was stolen Saturday at Twin Peaks — also by two male suspects ages 20-25 years old with a knife. (Twin Peaks has a track record for camera thefts but this one wasn’t deadly, like the July shooting of 71-year-old photographer Edward French.)

A 32-year-old was taking photos on the hill around 5 p.m. before hearing two men walk up behind him. One of the suspects held out a knife, ordering the male victim to hand over his bag of camera equipment.

He ultimately lost his cameras, lenses, memory cards, cell phone, wallet, cash, and driver’s license before the two suspects fled.

That same day at 7:25 p.m., a 59-year-old woman walked near Lombard and Larkin streets with a camera attached to a tripod before two men in a vehicle approached her. One man jumped out of the car, unscrewed the camera from the tripod, and jumped back in before the second suspect drove them out of the Russian Hill area.

Wrapping up the weekend string, a 24-year-old Fillmore resident woke up to someone in her room on Sunday around 2 p.m. After she screamed and the robber fled her Eddy Street home, she reported her laptop, game console, and camera stolen.

Three of the four thefts came from a duo, and two of the thefts with knives happened by or near a park. The San Francisco Police Department have not yet responded to whether two or more of the cases are connected.

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