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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Suspects in Armed Robbery Spree Arrested -- the 'Ponytail Bandits'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

click to enlarge Who has the presence of mind to notice a ponytail?
  • Who has the presence of mind to notice a ponytail?
Who has the presence of mind to notice a ponytail?
A group of young Hispanic men police tabbed "the ponytail bandits" suspected of five armed robberies in one night were arrested shortly after their alleged crime spree.

It turns out the suspects' white van was as distinctive as their hairstyles (and mustaches) -- and officers with the San Francisco Police Criminal Investigation Unit pulled them over in the Mission this weekend.

The vehicle was described as a "Tripper-style" van. Honestly, we have no idea what that means and neither did several cops we talked to. Anyone? Bueller?

Information is still sparse, but it appears four East Bay men have been arrested; at least two are suspected of pulling off the robberies, one was driving, and one -- well, he may have just been along for the ride.

More when we know more.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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