Cigarette break turns into armed robbery in Mission district

A seemingly friendly cigarette break turned ugly early Friday morning in the Mission district, when one of the smokers had his camera stolen at knife point.

Going out for a smoke at 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Adair Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the robbery victim was approached by the suspect, who asked for an extra cigarette, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The victim didn’t have one on him but offered to share the one he was smoking.

Instead of taking the offer, the suspect, a black male in his 20s, whipped out a knife and demanded that the victim give him his camera, police said.

The frightened smoker handed over the camera to the suspect, who subsequently fled the scene.

No arrests have been made in the case, which is still under investigation.

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