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News, The Snitch The Feds Lose Hundreds of Guns a Year, and They Keep Turning Up in Bay Area Homicides

The Feds Lose Hundreds of Guns a Year, and They Keep Turning Up in Bay Area Homicides

A sick sense of déjà vu accompanied the announcement last week that the gun used to kill Oakland muralist Antonio Ramos in September was the same weapon stolen from a federal agent’s car in San Francisco weeks earlier. A…
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News, The Snitch Contractor Takes a Tumble Chasing Down Alleged Burglar

Contractor Takes a Tumble Chasing Down Alleged Burglar

Franjo Vernic is handy with the tools, but no one is mistaking him for Usain Bolt. The contractor is sporting a bulky cast on his left arm after trying to chase down an accused burglar.He's working a job in a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Comedian Katt Williams Arrested (Again) for Assault in Oakland

Comedian Katt Williams Arrested (Again) for Assault in Oakland

Comedian and rapper Katt Williams was arrested Wednesday night for assaulting a man outside of an Oakland hotel. Williams, who is in town for a stand-up appearance at the Oracle Arena on Friday, allegedly hit an 18-year-old Berkeley man over…
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News, The Snitch Stranded Burglary Suspect to Cops: I Don't Want Any Help. Go Away.

Stranded Burglary Suspect to Cops: I Don't Want Any Help. Go Away.

(Update 11:11 a.m.): Per Lieutenant Liam Frost (above), the suspect is refusing to talk to cops -- but chattily answering their questions anyway. The suspect -- described by cops as a 5-foot-7, 170-pound white man in his 20s or 30s…
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S.F. Woman's Airbnb Burglary Dramatized in Weird Taiwanese Animation

Yesterday we reported on a San Francisco woman's horror story of being burglarized by strangers who rented her apartment through Airbnb, the local startup that connects hosts with travelers who want to pay to stay at private homes instead of…
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News, The Snitch Police Collar Man Robbing Official Police Clothier

Police Collar Man Robbing Official Police Clothier

A burglar was caught in the act Sunday perpetrating an alleged crime every bit as ill-conceived as robbing a doughnut store. Police nabbed an as-yet unidentified man as he was purportedly robbing Galls on Cesar Chavez -- the official clothier…
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News, The Snitch Man Did Not Threaten to Piss on Neighbor, Jury Finds

Man Did Not Threaten to Piss on Neighbor, Jury Finds

A resident of San Francisco's Kean Motel was acquitted yesterday on charges that he forced his way into a neighbor's room, ate his Snickers bar, sprayed him with air freshener, and threatened to urinate on him.Prosecutors said Willie Smith, 42,…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Jury Buys Story of Meth-Addled Serial Thief Who Says He Was Just Good Samaritan

S.F. Jury Buys Story of Meth-Addled Serial Thief Who Says He Was Just Good Samaritan

Men and women are doubtless acquitted of auto burglary in cities across the U.S. every day. But we're guessing that few do so based on such marvelous exculpatory stories as 28-year-old San Francisco resident Weston Reynolds.Yesterday afternoon, Reynolds was acquitted…
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News, The Snitch Would-Be Noe Valley Burglar Unclear on the Concept: Steal Item *and* Leave With It

Would-Be Noe Valley Burglar Unclear on the Concept: Steal Item *and* Leave With It

There's a world of difference between intricate, Oceans 11-style heists and the Neanderthal-approved methods of, say, the River Rock Burglar.  That being said, the concept of being a burglar is relatively simple: You enter other people's property, liberate their possessions,…
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News, The Snitch Alleged Serial Burglar Nabbed in West Portal

Alleged Serial Burglar Nabbed in West Portal

While, when it comes to homicides, it appears that it's once again open season in the city, it's nice to see that a concerted police effort to stamp out a spree of lesser crimes appears to have borne fruit. (It…
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