Richmond District businesses can relax a little now that police have busted the men they say are responsible for a slew of heists at locations including a restaurant and a jewelry store.
Sgt. Michael Andraychak says police arrested a 50-year-old man, a 48-year-old man, and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of robbery, burglary, and conspiracy.
The latest incident occurred on Aug. 24. when two adult men dressed in dark clothing and ski masks entered a jewelry store on the 5800 block of Geary Boulevard at about 2:45 p.m. Both men were armed with handguns and ordered the employee to lie on the floor. Using a hammer, the robbers smashed a glass display case and swiped various pieces of jewelry.
Hearing the commotion, a second employee emerged from the back of the
store, surprising the robbers, who then ran off. The brave employee
chased after the robbers, following them to 23rd Avenue, where one of the
suspects pointed a gun at him, Andraychak says.
The gunman turned away, running toward a gray Volkswagen. The first
suspect got into the car and drove away. The second
suspect followed the car on foot. Both the car and the running robber turned onto Clement Street. However, by the time the
employee got to the intersection of 23rd Avenue and Clement, the
suspects and Volkswagen were nowhere to be seen.
Investigators soon found the suspects' vehicle, parked and unattended on the 100 block of 22nd
Avenue. Officers saw just enough evidence they needed inside the car,
including a hammer and ski mask, both of which appeared to have been used during the jewelry heist. After a little more legwork, police caught up with one of the suspects who was located at Geary Boulevard and Webster Street. Two
more suspects were found at a residence on the 400 block of 28th
Avenue, Andraychak says.
Cops took note that the suspects matched the description of the robbers wanted in several other armed heists in the Richmond District.
On Aug. 18 at
9:24 p.m., two suspects armed with guns robbed a restaurant on the 4400
block of Cabrillo Street. Two days later, a store on the 2100 block of Clement was robbed at about 11 p.m. Another store on the 3900 block of Balboa was robbed at midnight on Aug. 24.
Investigators found evidence linking the arrested suspects to all of these robberies. Police have not yet released identities of the suspects due to
pending identification matters.
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