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Monday, February 13, 2012

Naive Neighbors Invite Alleged Bike Bandit Over to "Hang Out"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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Bike theft in the Upper Haight and Sunset District is so commonplace that one more just doesn't feel worth reporting. However, this particular bike burglary struck us as being chock full of life lessons. 

According to police, a resident of the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue reported his bike stolen from the unsecured common space of his apartment complex. The resident reviewed surveillance from the complex and saw the man who took his bike.

The victim drove around the neighborhood, looking for the man and his bicycle, and sure enough spotted man with bike in front of the McDonald's on Haight and Stanyan, according to police reports.

The victim called the cops, who arrested the man on suspicion of stealing the bike. Upon further investigation, police learned that the victim's neighbors had for some reason invited the suspect, who was described as homeless, to come "hang out" with them at their house.

At some point though, the friendly hosts lost track of their guest. That's because he was downstairs allegedly stealing a bike from the unlocked laundry room, according to police.

So we will part with these wise words that our parents uttered to us as children: Never let strangers in your home.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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