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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Have You Seen This Alleged Mission Bay Serial Wallet Thief?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 5:30 AM

Red shoes!
  • Red shoes!
It seems this is the year for folks to plunder weekly newspapers. Over the summer, some unknown miscreant drove off with the San Francisco Bay Guardian's eye-catching van, eventually ditching the vehicle in Sea Cliff where it stuck out like ... vestiges of the Guardian in Sea Cliff.

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.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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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