Police are battling a rise in retail thefts in Union Square committed by well-organized crime syndicates. The sophisticated groups employ shoplifting experts with intricate methods for nabbing loot from stores and reselling it on the street, police said.
These groups, some with gang affiliations, can include "boosters," who steal the merchandise, and "fence operators," who find ways to sell it, police said. Read More
San Francisco police are hunting three thugs following a midday gunpoint robbery at a downtown store Monday.The gun-toting robbers forced two women into a closet before fleeing the business in the 200 block of Grant Street with clothing and cash around 3 p.m., police said. Read More
Mallika Chopra, the daughter of author Deepak Chopra and founder of a motivational website, Intent.com, will be in Union Square on Saturday helping host a group meditation session. The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Read More
Prosecutors announced Monday they will not be seeking the death penalty against several young men charged with the murder last year of a German tourist caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between allegedly warring gang members outside a party near Union Square. Read More
Six suspects in the fatal shooting of a tourist near Union Square are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in San Francisco Superior Court. Read More
The parents of several of the seven suspects charged in the shocking killing of a German tourist near Union Square last year lashed out against police following a court hearing Thursday.
Antoinette Strong, the mother of 19-year-old Marcus Blueford, who made his first court appearance Thursday along with the other defendants, said police made a mistake.
“He’s not part of it at all,” Strong said. Read More
Streets north of San Francisco's Union Square have been shut down because of a gas leak. An email sent out by the notification system AlertSF states that streets are closed in the area of Bush and Stockton streets. PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans said a third-party construction crew struck a PG&E gas line at 625 Bush St. at about 3:30 p.m.Repair crews have been sent to the scene, she said. Read More
A crook pepper-sprayed a clerk in a high-end store near Union Square before fleeing with several handbags Wednesday, police said.The blinding heist occurred in the 100 block of Geary Street around 11:45 a.m.The crook, a black man in his late 30s, reportedly parked a silver Toyota in front of the store before entering and pepper-spraying the 27-year-old clerk in the eyes, police said. He fled in the Toyota, which had temporary license plates, police said. Read More
It was nearly eight months ago that one of The City’s most shameful crimes took place near Union Square. And this week, one of the most surprising and goodhearted sequels that could ever be imagined for that awful incident is happening. Read More
Nearly eight months after the stunning and still unsolved murder that shook The City, the family of a German tourist killed near Union Square was set to return to the place that has forever altered their lives.
Stefan Schröer of Minden, Germany, told The San Francisco Examiner he has no hard feelings toward San Francisco after his wife was shot dead on Aug. 8. Read More