Thief’s sentence: More than 12 years

Jason Quiles — convicted recently on four counts of robbery, two counts of assault with a gun and one count of grand theft — was sentenced to 12 years and 4 months in state prison for a wild spree that took place mostly in the Upper Market Street area, the District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Quiles, the district attorney said, victimized six people. According to court documents, on Oct. 8 Quiles stole a laptop from a cafe in the Mission district, then hopped into a car and fled.

On Oct. 18, he robbed two college students of cameras on Haight Street. After taking the cameras, the defendant jumped into a car and fled. His accomplice driving the escape car had been displaying a gun.

Half an hour later, the two robbed a store in the Upper Market area of more than $4,000 worth of cash and cigarettes. An attempt to shoot the store owner was made, but the gun did not fire. A witness followed the two as they fled on foot.

Quiles subsequently crossed paths with a truck driver and robbed him of $40. The witness from the store caught up with Quiles and attempted to stop him, but Quiles’ accomplice fired several times. The witness was not injured in the incident.

The pair then fled by car, crashing into two cars before abandoning the vehicle at Henry and Castro streets and left Quiles’ car registration and his fingerprints on the stolen cigarettes. He turned himself in after SFPD investigators obtained a felony warrant for his arrest.

Quiles will also face nearly $8,000 in restitution and $1,400 in fines. The prosecution was the result of an investigation by the San Francisco Police Department’s robbery detail.

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