Vigilante’s efforts help lead to Noe Valley theft suspect’s arrest

A suspected burglar who was arrested in Noe Valley on Tuesday after a vigilante peppered him with bear spray pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Andy Anduha, 51, of San Francisco, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary following the alleged theft of a package from a home on 22nd Street.

Though Anduha fled, police said, the orange spray left a mark that made it easy for officers to identify him.

The home’s resident, Sonya Yu, boasted on Twitter about chasing Anduha with a sword and a can of bear spray.

She said Anduha is responsible for a rash of missing deliveries in the neighborhood and had stolen more than $1,000 worth of goods from her property.

Vowing to stop the thefts, according to Noe Valley SF, the neighborhood blog that first reported the story, Yu’s fiance installed a motion-activated camera in their entryway and a “bait” package was left to entice the thief.

Yu said she heard Anduha open the gate at 2:17 p.m. Tuesday.

“I was above him on the first-floor balcony, dousing him with bear spray,” she tweeted. “I was also hit with bear spray blow back, so my face is burning but it feels so good.”

While some praised Yu online, others accused her of assault.

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