Even crooks are trying to capitalize on this transit-first city.San Francisco resident Demitrius Ware, 35, was arrested on a Muni light rail vehicle Monday on suspicion of robbing two passengers on separate Muni lines, police Sgt. Dennis Toomer said. Read More
With cellphone robberies plaguing San Francisco streets, local law enforcement officials are calling on manufacturers and carriers to beef up security protocols.
District Attorney George Gascón, who recently met with major service providers and is now trying to secure a meeting with smartphone manufacturers, said he believes it’s about the bottom line.
“I get this thing stolen and now I’ve got to buy another one,” Gascón said. The telecommunications industry is “making a ton of money,” he said.
Impoverished California residents, many of them homeless and without access to landlines, will finally get a little help paying for their monthly cellphone bills.For years, the California Public Utilities Commission has offered discounted rates for low-income residents who use landline telephones. But with those devices becoming increasingly rare, that financial aid package offered little assistance to many. Read More
A woman was assaulted during a cellphone robbery in the Ingleside district Tuesday, police said.
The 23-year-old was near Harold and Bruce avenues about 10:15 p.m. when two young hoodlums snuck up behind her and grabbed the phone from her hands. She struggled with the pair, but was overpowered and knocked to the ground.
The two suspects reportedly fled in a gray SUV south on Harold Avenue. Read More
Redwood City police said they are investigating a burglary and dognapping that happened sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Monday at a house in the 200 block of West Oakwood Boulevard.
The crooks stole electronics, jewelry and 11-month-old chocolate Labrador named Gus. Anyone with information on Gus’ whereabouts can call Detective Josh Chilton at (650) 780-7141. Gus was wearing a collar with identification and contact information at the time of his abduction, police said. Read More
A woman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning and left standing barefoot on a sidewalk, police said.
The 44-year-old woman was walking in the first block of Pearl Street near Hayes Valley when two men approached with a gun and forced her to hand over her cellphone, wallet and shoes, police said. The two then fled, and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday. Read More
A 21-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed of her cellphone in the Tenderloin about 4:25 a.m. Wednesday while waiting for the bus at O’Farrell and Leavenworth streets, police said.
The victim reportedly struggled with the crook to no avail, and the suspect fled. Read More
A 26-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday morning while walking in the 100 block of Scott Street, police said.
Two men approached the victim and grabbed his handbag and wallet, police said. But when the victim hesitated to hand over his cellphone, one suspect pulled out a gun, which apparently was convincing enough.
The robbers fled, and police said no arrests had been made as of Wednesday. Read More
A walk down the usually safe streets of Russian Hill on Monday night turned into a horrifying experience for a woman who was beaten and robbed.About 10:30 p.m., police said, a 27-year-old woman was walking near Larkin and Greenwich streets when a man attempted to blind her with pepper spray. When that did not work, the suspect reportedly punched the woman in the face and head. He stole her purse and fled in a waiting vehicle, possibly a tan-colored American model. Read More
At least 14 thefts were reported in The City on Monday, the majority of which involved crooks going to extreme lengths to steal cellphones, police said.
In one incident, two men broke into a 62-year-old man’s apartment and fled with only a cellphone. Other thefts involved a crook knocking a man unconscious in the 500 block of Market Street before taking his cellphone, and a robber holding up a bicyclist at gunpoint to snatch his mobile phone, police said. Read More