The slick, “Bluetooth Bandit“ is still out there, people.
Check out his M.O., courtesy of StarBucksVision – start at 4:00 right here.
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Call the 911 when you see him at your coffee shop.
Our SFPD is warning local businesses today about Alan Young, the Motown Bandit.
All the deets, and a brief vignette, below.
(BTW, are you there SFPD? It’s me, Margaret. Don’t be afraid to ask for a little help when you post images for the public to see. A little Photoshopping can go a long way to improving the photos you release. Just saying. I mean, if your suspect really has an orange pumpkin nose, you should tell us about it, right? Otherwise, the shot you released today us actually better than your average photo, which isn’t saying much…)
“San Francisco Police Department is alerting the public about Alan Young who has been impersonating various Motown celebrities and then uses their status as a celebrity, to induce various “star-struck” business owners into wining and dining him, and providing hotel lodging and entertainment. Young often walks into a business and makes false promises to utilize whatever services the business owner offers or to buy whatever products they sell. Alan Young is also known to frequent hotel bars and restaurants looking for his marks. He engages strangers in conversations and then introduces himself as a celebrity.
Most recently, he entered an art gallery and introduced himself as Motown song writer Lamont Dozier. He feigned interest in purchasing various artworks valued at approximately $75,000.00 for his alleged home in Pasadena. He asked the art gallery employee to become his buyer’s agent. He then asked the employee to write up the sale and meet him with the invoice at the bar across the street.
The employee met with Young at the bar and also brought along one of the art gallery owners who searched for Lamont Dozier online and was able to determine that the man posing as Dozier (Alan Young) was not Dozier. There was no financial loss in this particular case.
Police are advising citizens to be aware of this scam artist to avoid becoming a victim. The suspect is very clever and is described as an African American male who is 57 years old, but appears much older. He is 5’9” approximately 185 lbs. receding graying hair and brown eyes.
Anyone coming in contact with this individual should call 9-1-1 immediately. Alan Young is also wanted for outstanding arrest warrants.
Anyone with questions may contact Inspector Yee of the San Francisco Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at 553-1521″
This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?
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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:
And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:
There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:
Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!
Results! Get all the deets after the jump.
Half Marathon #1:
Half Marathon #2:
Progressive [Far Left] 5k
Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!
Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.
I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?
And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying…
*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee, “Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?
“The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.
“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”
Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.
Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.