Blinging crooks caught wearing loot on video

Blinging crooks caught wearing loot on video

These runway crooks were blinging!

Video snapshots released by a Union Square eatery on Friday allegedly shows jewelry thieves wearing their loot as they fled a shop.

Click on the photo at right to see a second man caught on film.

Eight gold, diamond-crested bracelets were shoplifted from Natalie’s Antiques at 349 Geary Street around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The heist was well-planned, but apparently the sparkling thugs forgot about Lefty O’Doul’s crime-fighting surveillance cameras, police said.

The two crooks fled eastbound on Geary Street – walking right in front of the restaurant’s camera, which helped police identify thieves before.

The camera was integral in the arrest of Mark Lugo, who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a Pablo Picasso sketch from the Weinstein Gallery in Union Square.

The merchant at Natalie’s said the crooks had been casing the shop for weeks. While one chatted with her, the other stood by the display case. At one point, the crook near the case said something in Spanish to his accomplice and then the two left the store.

Lefty O’Doul’s also has video showing the merchant injuring her ankle as she chased after the suspects. No arrests have been announced in the case.

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLaw and DisorderSan FranciscoUnion Square

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

San Francisco Police Officer Nicholas Buckley, pictured here in 2014, is now working out of Bayview Station. <ins>(Department of Police Accountability records)</ins>
SF police return officer to patrol despite false testimony

A San Francisco police officer accused of fabricating a reason for arresting… Continue reading

Riordan Crusaders versus St. Ignatius Wildcats at JB Murphy Field on the St. Ignatius Prepatory High School Campus on September 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
State allows high school sports to resume, but fight is far from over

For the first time since mid-March 2020, there is hope for high… Continue reading

A nurse draws up a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF expands vaccine eligiblity, but appointments ‘limited’

San Francisco expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday but appointments remain limited… Continue reading

The now-shuttered Cliff House restaurant overlooks Ocean Beach people at Ocean Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
History buffs working to keep Cliff House collection in public view

Funds needed to buy up historic building’s contents at auction

Perceived supply and demand in the Bay Area’s expensive rental market can play a big part in determining what people pay. (Shutterstock)
Bay Area rental market is rebounding — but why?

Hearing about people leaving town can have as big an effect as actual economic factors

Most Read