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    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 >>

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    June 18, 2013

    Watch These Two Teenage Girls Rob an Older Woman on Muni (Video)

    Last week we told you to be on the lookout for two teenage girls who punched and robbed a 68-year-old woman on Muni. Today, we're going to show you video of that incident, which might help the cops catch these girls. According to police, the brazen girls, no more than 14 years old, on an outbound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Pack of 17 Dudes Beat and Rob Two Kids Waiting for Muni

    San Francisco police are looking for not one, but 17 teens who reportedly robbed two kids on a Muni platform in the Dogpatch neighborhood early this morning. Gordon Shyy tells us that the two 14-year-old victims were at the Muni stop at 20th and Third streets at about 12:40 a.m. when 17 16-year-ol ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Here Is A Crazy Video of 2 Chainz Getting Robbed at Gunpoint in San Francisco

    Hey, so remember how Grammy-winning rapper 2 Chainz was robbed at gunpoint in SOMA on Sunday, hours before going onstage at KMEL Summer Jam? Yeah, it really happened. And now, TMZ has posted a nutso video -- two nutso videos, actually -- of the deed going down in the 800 block of Howard Street. It s ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Yes, 2 Chainz Was Really Robbed at Gunpoint in S.F. Yesterday

    Despite a flurry of conflicting press reports -- spawned by conflicting statements from SFPD -- police have confirmed that Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz himself was robbed at gunpoint in SOMA yesterday, only hours before taking the stage at KMEL's Summer Jam.

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    April 24, 2013

    Three Guys Beat Man Unconscious, Drag Him to the Street

    A man is in critical condition this morning after he was brutally beaten and robbed in the Tenderloin last night. According to police, the man was at the United Nations Plaza at about 7:42 p.m. when three men attacked. Witnesses told police that the first man punched the victim in the head, knocki ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    A Marijuana Dispensary Was Not Robbed Today. Here's Why Cops Got Confused

    Folks reading the news upon waking up this morning were treated to a pair of attention-grabbing headlines: a firefighter was injured fighting the blaze at a marijuana grow house in the Inner Sunset, and in the Bayview, a middle-of-the-night botched robbery of what the Chronicle called a "medical pot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    SFPD Releases Video of Suspect Who Killed Dog During Robbery

    Police have released surveillance video showing the man who they believe robbed a woman and killed her barking dog named Roxie. According to police, the suspect pictured in the video approached the victim's car at about 5 p.m. on Dec. 28 as she pulled over on Leavenworth and McAllister streets to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Supervisor Scott Wiener Calls for Hearing to Stop Cellphone Robberies

    Now that he's put an end to public nudity, Supervisor Scott Wiener wants to put an end to cellphone robberies in San Francisco. With cellphone robberies on the rise, Wiener is hoping to meet with cops, merchants, and the District Attorney to talk about how San Francisco can stop these often violen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Marin "Fairy" Busted for Halloween Heist of Accused Marijuana Dealer

    A Marin County woman donning a fairy costume was booked into jail after she allegedly attacked and robbed an accused Novato marijuana dealer on Halloween. According to news reports, 21-year-old Molly Ann Blumberg was with two other women on Oct. 31 when they went to 46-year-old David Murray Randolph ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Ballsy Thief Attacks, Robs Multiple Drivers Stopped at Intersection in Portola

    The thief lurked around the San Bruno and Silver Avenue intersection Saturday night. Over a two-hour span, from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., the thief snatched a handbag, an iPad, and a wallet from three respective victims, who ranged in age from 47 to 59.His strategy was brazen and consistent: Approach the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    iPhone Thief Acquitted After Admitting to Stealing Phone to Support His Drug Habit

    A San Francisco jury acquitted a 21-year-old man of robbery even after he admitted to snatching an iPhone from a Whole Food shopper's hands. Instead, the jury convicted him with the lesser charge of theft, agreeing with his attorney that this case was "outrageously overcharged."Malcolm Graham, 21, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Man Clinging to Life After Being Robbed in a Porta Potty

    A 54-year-old man is in the hospital today with serious head injuries after being attacked and robbed while in a Porta Potty last night. According to police, the man, who has not been identified, was with a black man and woman in a Porta Potty on the corner of Larkin and Myrtle (who even wants to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Sandie Harden Arrested in Connection to Kidnapping, Robbing Elderly Woman

    San Francisco police used DNA evidence to track down one the men they say kidnapped an elderly woman during a home invasion robbery in the Portola neighborhood. On May 27, at about 11:15 a.m., the 79-year-old victim was inside her home on the 200 block of Gaven Street when she heard a knock at the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Armed Robbery: Cell Phone Snatchers Strike Again

    Looks like San Francisco cops haven't yet quite mastered how to stop cell phone thieves in the city. Last night in Bayview-Hunter's Point, a bandit robbed a female pedestrian, making off with her cell phone and debit card, according to a police report. About 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Silver Aven ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Cell Phone Thieves Watch Out: San Francisco Cops Are Coming After You

    It's not news that cell phone thieves run rampant in San Francisco, but what is news to us is that San Francisco cops are actually doing something about it -- or at least trying.Amid the recent spike in gun violence, uniformed and plainclothes officers are flooding the area near Divisadero and Eddy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Another Taxi Driver Assaulted and Robbed

    Police are investigating a violent robbery that occurred in the city's Sunset District early this morning that landed a local cabbie in the hospital. Officer Carlos Manfredi didn't have much information at this time, but says that about 5:30 a.m. a man pulled a gun on a taxi driver near Fourth Avenu ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Badass Woman Wears Down Robber in Footchase, Pays to Get Her Phone Back

    This is what happens when the person robbing you is out of shape. Last week, a woman was riding the 38 Geary line through the Richmond District when another woman grabbed her phone out of her hand and ran off the bus as it was stopped at Geary Boulevard and Van Ness. According to police, the victim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Elderly Woman Carjacked in Financial District, Two Arrested

    Two men led police on a high-speed chase across the Bay Bridge after carjacking an elderly woman in the city's Financial District. Officer Albie Esparza says the 83-year-old woman was parked in her van on the corner of Battery and Washington streets at about 1:40 a.m. when two men approached her and ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Serial Smartphone Robbers Use Rubber Boot to Steal Phone

    Police are reminding residents to stop walking and texting after a series of smartphone robberies hit the Richmond and Inner Sunset districts yesterday evening.According to police, the first incident happened at about 4:46 p.m. on the 600 block of Clement Street. A 12-year-old girl was inside a stor ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Elderly Man Robbed by "City Workers"

    Bad men at work​An 83-year-old San Francisco man was bullied into giving up his cash during a home invasion robbery where two men posed as city water workers coming to repair a water leak. According to San Francisco police, the victim, who lives on the 2300 block of 16th Avenue in the Sunset Distr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    SF Cops Join LA's Finest In Disputing RAND Study's Findings That Marijuana Clubs Don't Cause Crime

    Not the club's fault​What with the company's deep connections to the American war machine, the RAND Corporation isn't exactly a pack of hippies. Which makes it all the more surprising that the policy-think tank released a study this week declaiming that medical marijuana dispensaries cause a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Ballsy Woman Chases Down Man Who Tries to Steal Her Bike

    Some people would do anything to get their bike back​A 21-year-old woman recently proved that she is no victim. The San Francisco resident was unlocking the front door of her apartment on the unit block of Walter Street at about 2:30 a.m. when a white man wearing dark clothing walked up behind her ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    December 27, 2010

    C4-Toting Robbers Pilfer Electronics Stores

    Harald HansenHere's a new way to get a computer​A pair of electronics stores were knocked over on successive days by robbers who scared the bejesus out of the cashier by claiming they had C4 explosives. On Dec. 23, a man who'd stepped out of an electronics store on Market and Fifth at 3:45 p.m. to ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Phillip Trettin, Accused Bank Robber, Caught With 'Bag of Cash' In Hand

    ​Woody Allen's seminal movie on bank robbery, readers may recall, was titled Take the Money and Run. It's a decent bet Phillip Trettin never saw that film. He's charged with taking the money. But he forgot to run. The accused bank robber apparently made a very leisurely getaway. Right as he was ex ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    'Security Guard' Suspected of Bank Robberies in San Francisco, Alameda

    ​Apparently, he isn't the worst security guard since the Rolling Stones ingeniously opted to hire the Hell's Angels to work Altamont. He's just a crook. It turns out a man who dresses like a security guard is providing anything but at banks in both Alameda and San Francisco. Alameda police say the ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Pepper-Spray Robbery Suspects Nabbed

    Much like that ... except the bear was subsequently robbed​Police have arrested five suspects in the wake of a spate of robberies via pepper spray that took place in the city last week. Five different pepper spray robberies were reported on Wednesday and Thursday nights throughout the city. The Sa ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Tourneau Robbery Nets $55,000 Worth of Watches

    A Cartier watch like this will cost you more than $6,700 at Tourneau -- but it's free if you steal it​A trio of robbers, armed with a hammer and pepper spray, hit the Tourneau store in the Westfield Mall Tuesday, making off with 19 watches valued at $55,000. The suspects pepper-sprayed a store emp ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Marlena Waters Charged as Planner of Fatal Home Invasion

    ​Marlena Waters will today be arraigned on murder, robbery, and burglary charges for allegedly planning the fatal home invasion robbery that left 57-year-old Dennis Wayne Dixon dead last month. Alleged gunmen Eric Jordan and Gary Jones were already charged with murder after being arrested on the s ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Armed Robber Cleans Out Sunglass Hut

    Does this alleged armed sunglass thief ring a bell? ​Earlier today, we reported on a ballsy thief who returned, twice, to the same gas station to filch sunglasses. Turns out, however, he was just the opening act. Police are seeking a gun-toting robber who barged into the Sunglass Hut at 2327 Marke ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Muni Passenger Battles With Robber Over Stolen $10

    The winner of this bout also received $10​A plucky Muni patron who wasn't letting no one -- no how -- take his 10 bucks pummeled a would-be robber yesterday. The victim, listed only as a 22-year-old Hispanic man, was waiting for a bus at Third and Innes Monday evening, when he took his wallet out ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    San Francisco's Most Stylish Bank Robber Arrested, Police Say

    Police believe they've nabbed this sartorially gifted bank robber​A woman who knocked over a pair of San Francisco banks while decked out in knockout attire that caught the eyes of witnesses has purportedly been arrested, San Francisco and Daly City cops report. The woman -- whose name has not yet ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    San Francisco's Most Stylish Bank Robber (Pics)

    Yesterday we reported on a bank robber who -- counter-intuitively for someone who is pulling a gun and breaking the law -- was wearing open-toed shoes and dressed so distinctively that witnesses at two San Francisco banks were able to describe her appearance from head to toe. Now we've got some pict ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Charles Heard Guilty in 'Bamm-Bamm Bling' Murder-Robbery

    ​A San Francisco jury found alleged Western Addition gang member Charles Heard guilty of murder and robbery today after nine days of deliberations.Heard, 25, was found guilty under the "felony murder" doctrine, which holds that those who help commit a crime that leads to murder -- even if not kill ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Cops Can't Link Crimes Near Pot Clubs to Pot Clubs

    Is he robbing you because there's a pot club 100 feet away? Or just because he's robbing you? The cops have no idea.​Glide Memorial Church is an oasis in the Tenderloin, a sanctuary amidst some of the starkest examples of human wreckage many of us will ever see. Nobody would call Glide dangero ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    No ID Yet For Home-Invasion Shooting Victim, City's Sixth Homicide

    View Larger MapSan Francisco's Medical Examiner is not yet ready to release the identity of a man shot dead last night during a home-invasion robbery. The robbery and homicide occurred on the 2400 block of Moraga near 31st Avenue in the Outer Sunset. Police have told the media that other victims of ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Botched Burglaries: Papa Does Not Have a Brand New Bag

    ​ You'd think purse-snatching is a relatively simple crime to carry out: See purse, snatch purse. Not so. From the Central Station Police newsletter come a pair of stories illustrating how difficult snatching purses can be. Last week, a 28-year-old woman was accosted by a 19-year-old man, and his ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Details Still Sketchy on Sunday Home-Invasion Robbery -- That May *Not* Have Been a Robbery at What May Not Have Been a Home

    View Larger Map In order to have a home-invasion robbery, you need a home, an invasion, and a robbery. It's still unclear if any of those three were involved in a dicey situation yesterday evening that involved a SWAT team and a number of San Francisco cops surrounding a structure in the 1500 bloc ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Update: Have Fun Storming 'The Castle.' Weekend Home-Invasion Robbery Was at Infamous Bayview Site With Self-Evident Nickname; Arrests Made.

    View Larger Map Earlier this morning, we wrote about a weekend home-invasion robbery that may have lacked the home, invasion, or robbery. Police have called back and given us a few details to fill in the blanks. As to whether the building in question was a residence or "social club," this is explai ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Rock On: Is Simplistic Smash 'n' Grab Robber Menacing Chinatown Again?

    The 'River Rock Burglar,' portrayed here by Billy Joel, has hit five San Francisco stores in the past two weeksIn the annals of criminality, there are numerous men and women who have earned dubious distinctions via decisions such as wearing paraphernalia emblazoned with their names or places of busi ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    SFPD Claims To Nab Trio of Men Responsible For Rash of Armed Robberies

    A pair of police fficers working out of the Taraval Station pulled over a car on Saturday at 19th Avenue and Crespi and arrested a trio of men they claim are responsible for a recent series of armed and strong-arm robberies.   The rash of hold-ups had prompted an earlier San Francisco Police De ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    RAT Entrap

    Police are luring the homeless into crime. Is this time well spent?

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    May 21, 1997

    Will the Soul-Jacker Go Free?

    State prosecutions against alleged gang assassin appear to disintegrate

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