It seems this is the year for folks to plunder weekly newspapers. Over the summer, some unknown miscreant
Now SF Weekly
has suffered a loss of its own, albeit a less theatrical one. Earlier this week the gentleman captured in the grainy surveillance footage on the right sauntered into our offices and brazenly stole a wallet out of a woman's purse. On that same day, he also entered two nearby offices in the China Basin Building and allegedly stole wallets from U.C. San Francisco employees. And, a few days earlier, U.C. Police report a man matching his eclectic description filched wallets from the nearby Gladstone Institute and UCSF Community Center.
Since, as you can see, the security cameras don't exactly detail where he's got his birthmarks, it's fortunate that the alleged serial thief has a memorable appearance:
He's a black man in his mid-20s to early 30s, standing about 5-foot-9 with very short hair. Numerous eyewitnesses remember his propensity to wear large, Buddy Holly-style Coke bottle eyeglasses and flashy red sneakers.
If you see a man matching that description -- especially if he's wandering through your office and you just assumed he was the new guy in some other department -- the U.C. police encourage you to call (415) 476-1414.
The next wallet you save could be your own.