Bizarre Crimes of the Week: Fake 4/20 Tickets, Stolen Ashes, Stand-By Shooting

A Friday dose of peculiarity.

San Francisco sees it’s fair share of crime — some serious, some less so. Here at SF Weekly, we’re paying attention to all of it — from the mundane to the bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of the weirder situations that went down in our 49 square miles this week: 

Fake 4/20 Tickets
The Chronicle reports that fake tickets to the free 4/20 event have been posted on Eventbrite. The listing has since been taken down, though it allegedly read “Buy your on-line tickets now to the annual 420 celebration in Golden Gate Park! Located on Hippy Hill, in Golden Gate Park, this festival is the only one like it in the United States, and only happens once a year. Be sure to buy your ticket here, to avoid standing in line.” Sorry kids, even with a free pass, you’re still going to have to wait in line for porta-potties. 

Stolen Ashes
A heartbreaking crime took place in Fisherman’s Wharf Wednesday when a man’s ashes were stolen out of a vehicle. North Carolina resident Joe Wilkinson, 56, passed away from a heart attack last August. His wife and daughter flew to San Francisco — as he loved the city — and planned to scatter his ashes in a redwood grove in Marin. But that plan was thwarted when their rental car was broken into while parked in a public garage, and their belongings, including the ashes, were stolen. According to the Chronicle, San Francisco Police Department appear to have taken no further action aside from accepting a filed police report.

Spicy Bikejacking
A 44-year-old man was unlocking his bike at Fifth and Market streets Monday night when a group of seven to 10 juveniles surrounded him. One blasted him in the face with pepper spray then stole his bicycle and cell phone. The bike was later recovered, though no arrests were made. 

Stand-By Shooting
A little before 10 p.m. on Monday night two men arguing on the corner of Turk and Taylor accidentally shot a man passing by on his motorcycle. Thanks to the description of the two men provided by witnesses, police officers were able to locate them, and they were placed under arrest. The motorcyclist survived, with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Gang Tattoo Disturbance
Early Monday morning a ride-hail driver was sitting in his vehicle on Howard and Ninth streets waiting for a fare, when an 18-year-old man knocked on his passenger window, asking if he was in a gang. The driver then flashed his tattoos, stating he was in a gang. His visitor then walked around to the driver’s side window and punched the driver in the face, then jumped on the hood of the vehicle. The driver left the car and took chase, but the suspect evaded him and hopped in the driver’s seat of the car, driving away. Police tracked the car using the driver’s mobile phone, which had been left inside, and upon finding the vehicle made an arrest.

Law-Breaking Dirt Biker Nabbed
A group of dirt bikers who ride up and down San Francisco’s streets at top speed, often performing tricks, have successfully evaded numerous attempts by local law enforcement to arrest them. But on Sunday, California Highway Patrol officers tracked a group of eight to 10 using an aircraft equipped with a high-powered camera. San Francisco resident Ronet Sanidad, 18, was arrested despite riding onto a grassy area, hiding his bike behind a vehicle, shedding his clothes, and slipping underneath a parked vehicle. More info on the arrest can be found on our sister site the Examiner.

Mid-Afternoon Arson
Last Saturday around 3 p.m. three people lit a camper, which was parked on Custer Avenue in India Basin, on fire. The 57-year-old owner of the camper was outside the vehicle at the time, and was not injured. No arrests were made. 

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