The arrest of a 37-year-old man for breaking into a parked car and stealing a loaded handgun in the Financial District last Saturday marks a rare arrest for a crime plaguing much of The City.
The crime has become such a nuisance in recent months that police have made a concerted effort to clamp down on such crimes. Not including Saturday’s arrest, 39 people have been booked since May for car burglaries, the department accounted Friday.
Police say a surveillance camera recorded Lanzelle Green breaking the window of a Chevrolet sedan parked on Stevenson and Market streets on the evening of July 25. Green stole a backpack that contained a loaded handgun, magazine and a piece of clothing, which belonged to a security guard.
Just before midnight that same night, Tenderloin Station officers responded to a call made by a local resident who said a man was holding a gun in a hotel near Taylor and Ellis streets.
Officers arrived on the scene to find Green passed out in a chair on the hotel’s first floor. He was wearing the same article of clothing reported missing in the auto burglary. The stolen gun was under the chair he was sleeping in.
Green was on probation in San Francisco County for a 2014 burglary and has had prior convictions for various other charges, police said.
Green was arrested and remains in custody.