Posts Tagged ‘pickpocket’

The Mean Streets of Ed Lee’s San Francisco – Viral Video Shows Pickpocket Victim Attacked – Good Samaritans Absent

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

This video shows what can happen if you try to use “self-help” to get your stuff back after you conclude you know who just pickpocketted you:

“Messed Up: Pickpocket Victim Gets Knocked Out Trying To Get His Wallet Back!”

Notes:

This video has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. That amount is certainly more than the number of people who came to town to see the America’s Cup last year. I’ll tell you, those “gentlemen’s match races,” which cost us eight figures, were designed to burnish our image, nationally and internationally. But videos like these also affect our image, right? It could be that this one viral video, by itself, has erased any and all image burnishment gained by hosting AC34, right? What if SFGov exerted as much effort upon its core functions, you know, instead of having fun with Larry Ellison – what would that look like?

Self help [legal term] can work, sometimes. Good Samaritans can join in to overwhelm a team of pickpockets – that might happen. But what if you’re wrong about who took your stuff? What if you capture your “pickpocket” only to discover that s/he’s clean. Maybe your wallet was handed off to others in the team or maybe you were mistaken in the first place. Either way, you will have been putting effort into a fruitless endeavor. And the risk. The next step up would be an edged weapon, and then a firearm. OTOH, the chances of ever getting your stuff back are decreasing by the second. It’s tough to know what to do in this kind of situation.

 

Poor Woman Just Got Her iPhone Pickpocketed in Dolores Park on Saturday – Is This a Cellphone Photo of the Thief?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Here’s the latest attempt at Twitter Justice, via Tweeter Mo Kudeki:

“Here’s the pickpocketing bro who grabbed me, had @pollydallas take a pic, and stole my iPhone Sat @ Dolores. #douchebag

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Leave us note that the screen was “hella cracked.”

One hopes the SFPD has been alerted to this alleged crime…

Meet Your MUNI #38 Geary Bus Pickpocket Team – Busted By SFPD on November 29th in Union Square

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well, look what the SFPD is crowing about today:

SFPD Arrest MUNI Pickpocket Trio
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San Francisco police officers arrested three men acting together to pickpocket Muni patrons. Taken into custody November 29 were Miguel Lucana, 42, of San Francisco; Antonio Martinez, 34, also of San Francisco; and Juan Gonzales, 38, of Oakland.

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“On November 29, shortly after 3:00 P.M., two plain clothes SFPD officers assigned to the Muni Task Force were at the bus stop at Geary and Powell streets preparing to board a bus as part of ongoing efforts to help prevent pickpocket thefts on buses. One of the officers recognized Lucana, who has prior police contacts, standing at the bus stop with a t-shirt draped over his shoulder. Typically, a pickpocket will conceal his arm and hand during the theft attempt.

Standing next to Lucana on the crowded 38 Muni, one of the officers saw him attempt unsuccessfully to furtively open the purse of a woman standing next to him. Lucana then moved to another part of the bus, where he spoke with suspects Martinez and Gonzales. Pickpockets often work in pairs or more. One passenger on the bus reported that his wallet was missing

All three suspects were detained in the vicinity of Post and Fillmore streets. Police recovered the victim’s wallet, which had been in Lucana’s possession.

All three suspects were charged with theft and conspiracy and remain in custody.

“I am extremely proud of our Muni Task Force for everything they do to help keep this system safe,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “Their dedication and hard work further ensure that those who commit crimes on Muni will be brought to justice.”

The San Francisco Police Department reminds the public to be vigilant of their belongings and surroundings in crowded public spaces, and especially on public transportation. Keep wallets in a front pocket and purses within sight at all times. Be wary of any abrupt physical contact or suspicious behavior. Citizens are also advised to use electronic devices sparingly in public, as criminal opportunists take advantage of citizens distracted while using these devices.”

OMG, It’s the Sneaky, Pigeon-Toed “BlueTooth Bandit” – Takes Wallet Out of Your Purse at Cafes in the Marina, Polk Gulch, FiDi

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The slick, “Bluetooth Bandit is still out there, people.

Bluetooth Bandit is still out there, check him out on YouTube: Northern Station PSA 2

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.