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A San Francisco newspaper delivery man had to break the news to would-be robbers that he didn't have any money or valuable technology to offer.
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A San Francisco newspaper deliveryman reportedly disappointed two would-be robbers last week when he didn't possess modern technology.

The deliveryman said robbers hopped out of a white van and approached him in the area of Lombard and Powell streets about 3:45 a.m. on July 22. They had reportedly hoped the deliveryman would have an iPhone to steal.

However, the victim apparently did not have what they wanted, police said, as the phone he did own was not good enough for the crooks.

“One of the suspects reached in the victim's vehicle and grabbed the victim's cell phone and asked if it is an iPhone,” police said.

When he learned it wasn't an iPhone, the suspect dropped the cellphone in the delivery vehicle and demanded cash.

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The newspaper worker insisted he had none.

The deliveryman sped off when one of the suspects reportedly clenched his fist. He drove to Central Station to report the attempted robbery. Though he provided a partial license plate of the van, the vehicle was not identified in the system.

Police do not name victims of cases, so it is unclear which newspaper company was involved. The circulation department for the San Francisco Newspaper Co., which comprises of SF Examiner, Guardian and SF Weekly, said it had not heard of this case.

Delivery people do not carry cash, the company said.

No arrest has been reported.

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