Posts Tagged ‘steal’

How to Steal a Bay Area Bike Share Bicycle – How Many Have Been Stolen or Vandalized Already? Harvest Harvest Time

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

You just jiggle it, the way they do in Paris, France.

Thusly:

Now here’s the scene yesterday down in the Mission District, with at least one person trying to hide this very obvious BABS ride. (At the very least,  we can say that  elements of the SFPD seem to think that this particular bike is in the custody of thieves)

So what’s the street value of one of these bikes? I don’t know. The one you can see here is pretty heavy so it’s not like anyone would want to make it a daily driver. I mean, if you want a daily driver, you can just go over the the Marin Bikes warehouse at 7th and Folsom and spend a couple hundred something. And then harden it up for the street, you know, with super glue and locks for parts, and throw in U lock and you’ll have a setup that’s three times as good with three times the number of gears for a third the price. (But of course, these bikes aren’t meant to replace daily drivers…)

Let’s see, what could one harvest? from these green machines? The tires and tubes for starters. And the chain at the very least. Oh, and how about the hidden GPS transmitter? That must be worth something. But the frame and the braking system, you’re probably going to want to chuck those.

And the wheels are held on with “Security Torx?” C’mon! I’ve got a set of those in my toolbox, so you gotta figure that the street has them as well, ’cause those BRIC countries churn them out and sell them cheap. Oh you all meant to say TS Torx? All right, but there’s a way around that as well

I’m thinking that the street will figure things out in a week or two, will do the math to see what the value of one these rides is IRL. It might not be worth the hassle of dealing with the cops if they attract too much attention and they can’t easily be stolen at the thieves market at 7th and Market.

What a normal town would have is a high resolution camera aimed at the parking stations with a retired cop monitoring a couple hundred monitors, but, of course, SF is not a normal town.

Oh well.

If You U-Lock Your Brand New Bike in SF Without Taking Precautions, This Will Happen To It Within One Day

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh yeah, this isn’t a mountain bike, apologies.]

Some junkie in a hoodie will quick-release your seatpost and front wheel and then walk away in about five seconds.

Thusly:

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I don’t even know why bike shops in SF sell bikes with quick-release anything.

Myself, I switch everything out and then superglue everything I can.

So my $269 Marin mountain bike ends up with $100-something worth of U-lock, wheel locks, headset lock, saddle lock, etc oh well.

In Honr of the Retrn of Flickr, the Best San Francisco Photo Posted to Flickr Evr – MUNI Stop, Owl Purse, Horse Shoes

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.

And, oh yes, put a bird on it:

Via Will Wilson – click to expand (Just 269 views so far? C’mon!)

Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”

Stay safe, MUNI riders!

San Francisco Must Be the Bicycle-Stealingest City in the World

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

A quick-release skewer on your new mountain bike is a bug, not a feature:

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Learning From Japan, 2013: Homeless People Who _Use_ Bicycles Instead of Homeless People Who Steal Bicycles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:

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Note the bicycle parking area.

Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:

Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.

One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.

The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.

Which group do you prefer?

Open-Air Bicycle Chop Shop – In SoMA Between the Interstate and Costco – Your Stolen Bike is Fenced and Parted Out

Friday, March 15th, 2013

They keep their inventory in the four giant tents you can see on this particular block of Division

And their vans, always with the vans.

In fact, these guys are just like the A-Team. You’ve got Mad Dog Murdock on the left there, building away, and there’s B. A. Baracus there on the right with his reverse Mohawk. And Hannibal and Faceman are out cruising in the van looking for more bikes:

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Anyway, your bike has been disassembled and its parts have been put on other bikes for sale on Craigslist or at Laney College in OakTown.

Sorry.

Here’s a Detailed Report of the Big SFPD-Google Bike Theft Workshop – 720 Stolen in the Mission Per Year

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Not from me, oh no, but from PlattyJo.com, aka Jenny Oh Hatfield, who just nuts about bikes.

Here it is

Does this count as a bike theft? I’d say so:

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If You’re Using a Recently Stolen iPad or Nexus Tablet, Don’t Take Any Photos! – And are These Breasts Really the “Real Deal?”

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The Reddit SF hasn’t been this up-in-arms since that whole Cello Thief incident.

Check it:

Nexus 7 tablet stolen in the Mission Dolores area. Here are some photos uploaded by the thieves. Any information is much appreciated.

Oh, here’s one:

Via the Nexus 7 thief or a friend of a fence or an innocent – click to expand

I’m thinking that whenever somebody gives you or sells to you a tablet and it doesn’t come in the original box, then you just might have this kind of allegation on your hands.

Are the alleged thieves “innocent victims,” you know, like that clown who ended up with the iPad 2 of Steve Jobs?

And will Redditor cokacokacoh ever get his Nexus 7 back?

Only Time Will Tell.

Stolen iPhones: Why is Ed Lee’s San Francisco Incapable of Shutting Down the Open-Air Apple Store at 7th & Market?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Why is Mid-Market the West Coast Capitol of  Stolen iPhone Sales? I know not.

And yet, this is the place where your former iPhone changes hands.

The SFPD knows about this sitch, but it’s unwilling / unable to do anything about it.

Chapter 3876:

“On September 27, 2012 San Francisco Police arrested two suspects in connection with a robbery which occurred on Duncan Street at Diamond Heights Boulevard at approximately 8:00 pm.

In this incident the victim was walking on Duncan Street when he was approached by the suspect (later Identified as Waldo Butler). Butler asked the victim for directions to a nearby grocery store. When the victim pointed towards the grocery store, he noticed another male (later Identified as Paris Brown) sitting inside a tan minivan parked in front of a driveway on Duncan Street. It was at this point when Butler grabbed the victim by his arm, pulled him closer and produced a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim. Butler demanded the victim’s cell phone, wallet, and backpack. Butler then took the victims items and fled towards the tan minivan.

San Francisco Police Officers immediately arrived on scene and were able to use a mobile tracking application that the victim had installed on his cell phone. This tracking software was put to use as part of the Police Department’s violence prevention strategy of Interrupt, Predict and Organize (IPO) which seeks to: interrupt violent crimes, to predict where retaliation may occur and prevent additional violence from occurring. This technology led officers to 7th Street and Market Street. Once officers saturated the area, they were able to locate the tan minivan used in the robbery (with two occupants sitting inside the vehicle) on Laskie Street at 7th Street. It was later determined that the two occupants were the suspects in the robbery. Officers located the victim’s property inside the vehicle as well as a loaded semi-automatic handgun. The presence of this phone tracking technology and the quick and coordinated response of police officers from several district stations led to the identity and arrest of the two suspects who were identified as: Waldo Butler, male, 21, of Vallejo, and Paris Brown, male, 25, of San Francisco.

Butler is currently charged with felony 2nd degree robbery, felony receiving known stolen property, felony conspiracy, felony carrying a loaded firearm to commit a felony, misdemeanor carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Brown is currently charged with Felony 2nd Degree robbery, felony receiving known stolen property, felony conspiracy, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.”

Oh well.

Is Ed Lee a bad Interim Mayor?

It’s sure looking that way…

Cat Burglar and Cat Woman Steal a Bubenreuth Cello from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music? Photos

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Reddit Community is going crazy over this one.

Is this what it would look like if Anne Hathaway / Parker Posey (on the left) and Bobby Flay (on the right) conspired to steal a little violone from San Francisco’s world-famous Conservatory of Music in Civic Center / Hayes Valley?

From yesterday:

“Hey Reddit, my son’s very expensive cello was stolen from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music yesterday. Here are the surveillance pics from security that show a young couple making-off with my son’s primary instrument. FWIW, this instrument is one of the most expensive things I have ever owned. It was stolen around 4:05 PM on Sunday, September 16th, 2012. These people are nonchalantly making-off with a full-size cello that was purchased when my son graduated from a smaller cello when he was 12. We’ve owned it for 11 years. He’s in the collegiate division at the San Francisco Conservatory and it is not only the vehicle for his ability to obtain a classical music degree, but is also his sole source of income, as he uses it in performances and recordings. We’ll be doing a media blitz tomorrow with local stations and the SFPD, but I’m hoping the community can help. Any leads are incredibly appreciated.”

All the photos.

Do you have enough Clues? Who will solve this mystery? 

(Is it Mrs. Peacock in the Conservatory with a Revolver?)