Prosthetic Leg Arm Stolen in S.F. Car Break-In

We’ve all had random items stolen in car burglaries, but the theft of someone’s prosthetic arm is a particularly heartbreaking break-in.

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It’s a San Francisco rite of passage to find your car window smashed, and your vehicle relieved of a car radio, a phone charger, or some inexplicably minor item which likely has no resale value. But one baffling and sad break-in this weekend has left its victim with more than a broken window to contend with, as the San Francisco Police Department Tuesday reports that a prosthetic arm was stolen in a weekend burglary.

The prosthetic arm joins other unusual items that have been stolen from San Francisco cars in the last couple years, from the cremated ashes of a woman’s father to a 200-year-old violin.

This break-in took place at about 6 p.m. Saturday on Cleveland Street, a tiny one-block alley near Folsom and Seventh streets. SFPD does not have a description of a suspect at this time, and an arrest has not been made. The victim was a 41-year-old man.

While San Francisco has more suffered 1,800 reported car break-ins in January 2019 alone, that number actually represents a decline in the city’s burglaries. The city saw 26,000 reported break-ins in 2018 (about 2,200 per month), after an all-time high of 31,000 automobile break-ins in 2017 (nearly 2,600 per month).

Last week the Chronicle started the online S.F. Car Break-In Tracker that updates and maps these burglaries on a daily basis. The worst hot spots for break-ins are currently more touristy areas like Twin Peaks, Lombard Street, and Ocean Beach.

Correction: SFPD has notified the media that they made a mistake, and a prosthetic arm, not a leg, was stolen. 

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