(Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Bruno man indicted in SF auto burglary spree

A 21-year-old man has been indicted in connection with a series of auto burglaries as San Francisco continues to get a handle on the car break-in problem, District Attorney George Gascon announced Monday.

A grand jury indicted Deshawn Patton, of San Bruno, last Thursday on 20 counts including felony auto burglary for allegedly breaking into cars around The City between April 2016 and May 2017.

Patton allegedly targeted rental cars with victims visiting from as far away as China and Germany, and from other states including Pennsylvania, George and Rhode Island, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The news comes as the San Francisco Police Department attempts to clamp down on the car break-in problem through a public information campaign and doubled foot patrols. The District Attorney’s Office has also requested additional funding for a unit to focus specifically on serial auto burglars.

“Individuals like this are behind the city’s property crime challenge,” Gascon said in a statement. “By tying them to multiple incidents we can ensure they face consequences that are commensurate with the impact they’ve had on our community.”

Patton allegedly avoided arrest four times by ramming a police car, ramming a vehicle he had just burglarized or escaping on foot.

He was booked into County Jail Friday and is being held on $625,000 bail.

Patton is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on 11 felonies including auto burglary and hit-and-run causing injury, as well as nine misdemeanors including possession of stolen property.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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