Armed robber makes off with only a small lunchbox

An armed burglar in the Excelsior district made off with an unusual cache of loot Monday night — a single lunchbox cooler.

At approximately 11:45 p.m., the victim of the robbery went out to his car on Rolph Street, to sort through items in his trunk. While rummaging through his possessions, the victim heard a male voice behind him, demanding that he “give him all his stuff,” according to Sgt. Neville Gittens of the San Francisco Police Department.

The victim turned around to see a man pointing a firearm at him. A little stunned by the stick-up, the victim offered the thief the only thing that was in his hands at the time — a lunchbox. The robbery suspect grabbed the cooler, and while he was focused on determining what the box contained, the victim started screaming, alerting the neighborhood that he was in the midst of being held up.

Flustered, the robbery suspect fled on foot in the opposite direction of the victim, leaving with nothing but the personal-sized cooler. Gittens said he didn’t know what exactly wasinside the cooler.

“It wasn’t like he was targeting the victim for his lunchbox,” Gittens said. “That’s just all he got away with.”

The police have yet to apprehend the robbery suspect. He is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, and 5 feet 3 inches tall.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com  

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