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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paulo Netto: Photo Released of Man Who Used Missing Tourist's Credit Card

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 8:37 AM

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Authorities are looking for this guy to your right who they say used Paulo Netto's credit card at a Mission District McDonald's three days after the Brazilian tourist disappeared.

Netto had recently moved from Brazil to Los Angeles and was visiting San Francisco for the weekend to check out the art schools here. On Oct 28, Netto made a frantic call to his sister, Ana, in Brazil claiming someone was following him and begged her to call police for help. At the time, he was located on the 500 block of Shotwell Street in the city's Mission District.

When police arrived to that location, they found nobody. Netto has not been seen or heard from since.

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Three days later, on Halloween night, this man was caught on a surveillance camera at a Mission District McDonald's where he used Netto's credit card to buy food. Although Ana says this man is not her brother -- who is clean-shaven and shorter -- police say they're still observing the image, trying to determine who the bearded man is.

Meanwhile, his sister and mother have flown to San Francisco where they've combed the streets, shelters, and hospitals looking for the 23-year-old man. "Something happened. We are sure about it," Ana told CBS News. "But we feel that we are going to find him."

San Francisco Police said Netto, who extended his stay in San Francisco after he met someone, may be in an "altered state of mind."

Netto is about 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and speaks English and Portuguese. He may be carrying a dark-colored backpack and iPhone 5. Anyone with information about Netto is asked to contact San Francisco police

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


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