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Monday, April 6, 2009

Update: Police Offer Details On How Alleged Serial Robbers Were Caught

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 2:25 PM

click to enlarge A trio of alleged serial robbers' distinctive red car (not this one) caught the SFPD's attention
  • A trio of alleged serial robbers' distinctive red car (not this one) caught the SFPD's attention
NOTE: Sgt. James O'Malley notes that the three men arrested April 4

are not believed to be the three men responsible for 18 armed and

strong-arm robberies in the Park Merced area between Feb. 4 and March

29. Unless arrested for unrelated crimes, those three men are

ostensibly at large.

The trio of men police allege were responsible for a rash of late-night and early morning San Francisco robberies seem to have violated what we could call Ferris Bueller's First Law: You just can't maintain a low profile when you're zipping around in a red car.

On 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, three men jumped out of a red Volkswagen four-door at Holloway and Denslowe in the early morning hours, knocked over a woman, and stole her purse. The victim's description of the car rang a few bells for the responding officers, who connected it to a 6:54 a.m. ATM robbery not far from Glen Park BART.

Shortly thereafter, police noticed a red Volkswagen heading south on 19th Avenue and Winston. A witness to the Holloway and Denslowe robbery identified the suspects. Swag from both robberies was found within the car -- as were items taken from a man at 6:30 a.m. at 23rd and Noe who was threatened with a handgun and hit over the head with a tire iron.

The busy suspects, who live in Richmond, were arrested on three counts of robbery and conspiracy -- and perhaps more may be coming.

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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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