• Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Man Shot During Robbery on Dolores Street This Morning

    View Larger Map An unidentified man is clinging to life this morning after he was shot multiple times when refusing to cooperate with a pair of armed robbers. According to police, the victim was walking at Dolores and 16th streets at about 5 a.m. this morning when a car pulled up next two him. Tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Hungry Man Robbed of Pizza Slice in North Beach

    A pizza-eating robber is on the lam in San Francisco after holding up a hungry man for his hot slice on Friday night. On Friday (the 13th) just before 10 p.m., a 31-year-old man decided to grab a slice of pizza from a North Beach parlor. As he walked along Jasper and Green streets, another hungry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Butter Knife-Wielding Woman Robs Cab Driver

    That's the first and probably the last time we'll be able to write that headline. Police are looking for a woman armed with a butter knife who robbed a taxi driver yesterday morning in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood. Officer Albie Esparza says the woman hopped a cab at about 2 a.m., and told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Dog Stabbed to Death in the Mission District

    San Francisco police are looking for two men who stabbed a dog to death during a robbery in the city's Mission District early this morning. According to police reports, a 20-year-old man was walking with his pup near 22nd and Bartlett streets at about 3 a.m. when two men confronted him. One of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Watch: Scary Bernal Heights Assault Caught on Video

    Anti-surveillance people will tell you that video cameras of any kind are invading their privacy. But it's hard to argue against those cameras when they happen to capture crooks doing you wrong. That's exactly what happened the other day in Bernal Heights when a guy walking down the Colreridge St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Calcium-Loving Crook Steals Milk From San Francisco Restaurant

    Because milking a cow isn't an option in the Bayview, a 38-year-old San Francisco man allegedly robbed a local restaurant for some milk. The bizarre incident happened at about 1 p.m. yesterday when the thirsty man walked into a restaurant on the 3800 block of Third Street, grabbed a bottle of milk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    SFPD Cop Accused of Child Molestation; Police Refuse to Talk

    Last week, a San Francisco cop was arrested in Concord for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old boy. San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed a cop had been suspended without pay for an alleged crime in Concord -- but that's as far as he'd go. "You''ll have to get the details fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Purple Star Pot Club Funded by Gus Murad Was Robbed

    You might not recall who Gus Murad is, but you probably remember his bar. To children of the mid-2000s, no evening of Mission debauchery was complete without a visit to Medjool and its legendary rooftop bar. Political types, of course, will never forget Murad, the Gavin Newsom intimate who used the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Watch This Oakland Jewelry Shop Clerk Get Robbed at Gunpoint (Video)

    The fact that crime is rampant in Oakland isn't news, but the fact that some very violent crimes aren't really being investigated is. Victims disgruntled by police -- or the lack thereof -- have turned to new reporters to help them out. ABC News got hold of this detailed video (don't worry nobody ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Thieves Beat Cash-Counting Man Unconscious

    San Francisco police are looking for two men who reportedly pistol-whipped another man as he was counting his cash in the Tenderloin last night. Officer Albie Esparza says the 45-year-old victim was walking out of a money cashing business on Turk and Jones streets, assessing his new wealth when tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Police Shoot Teen After He Allegedly Hit a Cop With His Car

    Last night four San Francisco cops shot an 18-year-old man who was wanted in connected with an armed carjacking after the suspect allegedly reversed his car into an officer during a car chase. Sgt. Michael Andraychak says at about 6:49 p.m., four cops were patrolling the housing projects in the Ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Now That He's Done Fighting Public Nudists, Supervisor Scott Wiener Fights Crime

    Now that public nudity has kinda lost its sex appeal, Supervisor Scott Wiener has decided to turn his attention to a more alluring issue: the recent uptick in crime. Following a two-month unusual wave of violent crimes in the Castro/Upper Market neighborhood, Wiener held a community meeting last n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Andre Bueno Arrested in Las Vegas in Connection to 2010 Murder of Brothel Operator

    Nevada police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection to the shooting death of Xiao "Ben" Xiong Luo during a home invasion robbery in the city's Outer Sunset District three years ago. On Dec. 3, 2012, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police busted Andre Bueno while conducting a routine traffic stop. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Laurice Barrett Identified as Suspected Robber in Dog-Killing Case

    Thanks to the good people of San Francisco, police were able to identify the man wanted in connection with killing a 12-year-old pup during a robbery in the Tenderloin last month. Police say 35-year-old Laurice Barrett is wanted for robbery and animal cruelty after he allegedly tossed Roxy, an ado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Armed Men Bust Into S.F. Home, Beat and Rob Sleeping Residents

    San Francisco police are looking for five men who forced their way into a home in the Richmond District early this morning and robbed the sleeping residents at gunpoint. According to SFPD, the armed men entered the home on the 500 block of 40th Avenue at about 2:50 a.m. where between five and 10 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Reward to Catch Dog Killer Grows to $3,000

    Less than a week after a man killed a woman's pup mid robbery, reward money has been pouring in to help arrest the man who grabbed the victim's 12-year-old Pekinese and tossed it into oncoming traffic. On Dec. 28, the victim pulled over on Leavenworth and McAllister streets to look for her cellphone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Here Are the 20 Dumbest Bay Area Crimes of 2012

    The year 2012 was a pretty stellar one for San Francisco. If you doubt us for a second, just think no farther than the San Francisco Giants World Series win. But amid the remarkable (sweeping baseball) moments -- like when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence crashing Sheriff Joe Arpaio's dinner in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Praying Man Acquitted of Phone Robbery

    A San Francisco man who snatched a phone away from a BART passenger who he believed was filming him pray during Ramadan has been acquitted of robbery charges, according to the Public Defender's Office. Jurors took no longer than a day to decide that 25-year-old Gathan Hussein, San Francisco resid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Another Journalist Robbed in Oakland

    A local journalist made headlines after he was attacked while trying to report a story for CBS 5 in Oakland. The news station says that CBS 5 cameraman Gregg Welk and reporter Anne Makovec were out doing a live report on the passage of Proposition 30 in front of Oakland Technical High School o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    SFPD Cop Shoots at Alleged Serial Cell Phone Robber; School Placed on Lockdown

    Some San Francisco students were welcomed back to school today when police closed classrooms at St. Paul's after a cop shot at an alleged robber early this morning.Officer Grodon Shyy told us that a woman called police at about 6:30 a.m. and said she was held up at gunpoint on the 200 block of Miner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Armed Shoe Swindlers Duct Tape Victims, Steal Sneakers

    Call the shoe police. Two men are on the lam after they held up a store in the city's Sunset District last night and stole more than 100 pairs of athletic shoes.According to police, the two men walked into the store on the 2700 block of Judah and ordered customers to the ground. The gun-toting men t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

    ​Melinda Haag finally gave us a reason. The United States Attorney for Northern California broke her media near-silence last week week, granting an extensive, exclusive interview to KQED in which Haag sought to explain the Justice Department's crackdown on medical marijuana.The reasons why Haag's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Richard Sprague, Man Who Died "Slow, Agonizing Death," Was Strangled

    ​Medical authorities determined that 47-year-old Richard Sprague was strangled to death as he walked through the Mission District to buy a pack of cigarettes. And while we now know how Sprague died, police still do not know who robbed and murdered him in the early-morning hours on Feb. 19. His mys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Jeff Adachi to Release More Video of Cops with Sticky Fingers

    Who is the cop and who is the robber? ​As of late, a series of videos has been making headlines more often for busting cops than for catching robbers. Today, public defender Jeff Adachi has gotten his hands on yet more surveillance that he says shows cops being the robbers. In the latest epis ... More >>

  • Film

    April 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Victims Talk Criminal Out of Robbing Them

    Lose the red bow ... it's just not scary​Two men scared off a criminal as he attempted to rob them in broad daylight near Balboa Park this week. According to police, the duo was walking along Ocean Boulevard near Howth Street at about 3 p.m. on Thursday when another man walked up to them and start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Illegal Immigrants: More Hate Crime Victims Could Get Visas

    ​Last November, three white males attacked two Mexicans in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Those men are now facing felony assault and hate crime charges -- a relatively unreported case that District Attorney George Gascón will detail today. If there is a silver lining to this alleged hate crime, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Muni Passenger Robbed While Sending Text Message

    OMG, watch your back!​So it's dangerous to drive and text, but apparently, it's no safer to tap away at the keys on your iPhone while riding public transit. Police have already warned of a new crop of easy targets for robbery: People walking, standing, or doing whatever while sending and receiving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    World Series: Fans' Celebrations Didn't Tie Up Cops, Hospital

    Cops and hospital workers haven't seen many 'torture victims'​Whatever method San Francisco Giants fans used to exude joy at the team's postseason success this weekend, they did so in a manner that didn't induce a noticeable uptick at General Hospital or police stations. They may have fired off gu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    'Machine gun'used in 101 California Shootings seen in Potrero Hill

    Not quite the scene in Potrero, but close?​Alarm swept through The Snitch's world headquarters today, when we read a report in which San Francisco police warned of a suspect toting a "machine gun" in Potrero Hill.A 29-year old man was robbed at gunpoint at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on 23rd Street near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Suspects in Armed Robbery Spree Arrested -- the 'Ponytail Bandits'

    Who has the presence of mind to notice a ponytail? ​A group of young Hispanic men police tabbed "the ponytail bandits" suspected of five armed robberies in one night were arrested shortly after their alleged crime spree. It turns out the suspects' white van was as distinctive as their hairstyles ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Steven Petrilli Found Guilty of Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco's Murder

    SFPDOfficer Nick-Tomasito Birco, killed in 2006​A somewhat bizarre trial four years after the death of San Francisco Police Office Nick-Tomasito Birco yesterday resulted in the murder conviction of one of his accused killers, Steven Petrilli. The 24-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Steven Petrilli, Accused in Murder of Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, Faces Trial Today

    Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, killed in 2006​Four years after the death of San Francisco Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, the trial of one of the men accused of his murder is scheduled to commence today. Steven Petrilli, 24, is facing murder charges stemming from a 2006 incident in which he alle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Two More Suspects Arrested in San Francisco IRS Shooting

    Don't mess with the IRS...​Two more alleged muggers are under arrest in the unusual case of an armed IRS agent shooting down her purported attackers. In addition to the alleged robber hospitalized Thursday morning after taking a bullet to the torso, San Francisco Police announce they've now arrest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    SFPD Seeking Suspect in Brazen Midday Bank Robbery

    ​Police are searching for the man who allegedly robbed a downtown bank in a lunchtime heist Monday.

  • News

    May 5, 2010

    A Lack of Conviction

    As D.A. Kamala Harris campaigns to be attorney general, her success rate in felony trials has dropped below that of any big-city prosecutor in California.

  • News

    May 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Suspect in Taxi Stabbing Given Away By Bloody, Ringing Phone

    Is Bruce there?​Bruce Lee Griffin, the suspect charged with attempted murder in the wake of his alleged beating, stabbing, and robbery of cab driver Balvinder Singh on Jan. 11, isn't going to be confused with Moriarty anytime soon. Police claim Griffin, 26, left his cell phone behind in Singh's ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Cabbie, Stabbed and Nearly Killed, May Have Been Lured Into Trap

    View Larger MapSan Francisco cabbies, Steve Anton says, know all about States Street. The site where cab driver Balvinder Singh was knifed, robbed, and nearly murdered last night is a place that raises red flags among veteran cabbies. "There's only one way in and one way out," says Anton, the co-own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Benevolent Gun-Wielding Robbers Strike Excelsior

    Some licenses the mugger can keep...​A San Francisco man was robbed Monday in the shadow of McLaren Park by a miscreant toting a gun -- but said miscreant was also toting a heart. The victim told police he was standing with his key in the lock of his front door on the 1700 block of Burrows Street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    More Robberies In Ingleside

    Yesterdayvia flickr by NeilwillUnlawful act​ SF Weekly reported an increase in robberies near the St. Mary's Park area, where in one case a lone gunman approached a man from behind, taking his cell phone and cash.Now police are alerting Ingleside District residents about an abrupt uptick in commer ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    SFPD: River Rock Burglar Suspects Arrested

     A pair of men police blame for a rash of smash 'n' grab robberies in the Chinatown/North Beach area were arrested early this morning by plainclothes officers. Nicknamed the "River Rock Burglar" because of his continued use of smooth, cobblestone-like rocks to smash store windows, the alleged t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    L-Taraval Thief Gives Advanced Course on How to Not Be a Successful Criminal

    Being overly specific when telling the cops what you didn't do is one hell of a giveaway...I've told this story before on this page, but, you know, it warrants repeating: When I was about two or so, my younger cousin and I were playing in a broom closet. My aunt opened the door -- and boy was she p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Man Beaten, Gnawed By Four Robbers -- Who Filch His Sweatshirt

    If you wear a sweatshirt like this, the SFPD cannot guarantee your safetyLike "stupid and clever" the line between "heroism and foolishness" is often very fine. A San Francisco man can ponder that after he chose to fight off a quartet of would-be robbers Tuesday morning and lost his shirt -- literal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    A Murder Most Foul: Police Seek Public's Aid in Fatal Robbery

    View Larger Map The San Francisco Police Department has turned to the general public for any leads in solving an April robbery in SoMa that left a 63-year-old woman dead. On April 10 in front of 680 Folsom Street, an unknown man robbed Helen Canafax, described by police as "a popular and generous w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Laptop Stolen? The Police Might Just Have Found Your Man.

    If you're reading this blog post on a brand new laptop screen because your last one was jacked, read on.Five times between March 31st and April 8th, the crime went down like this: A Latin male suspect would stride into a coffee shop, grab an unsuspecting java drinker's laptop, and run out to an awai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008
  • Culture

    November 9, 2005

    Myth Interpretation

    Two thieves, six actors, and one enduring Mission District legend

  • Film

    November 24, 2004

    What About Patty?

    Guerrilla recounts a legendary kidnapping without shedding any light

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