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Monday, March 15, 2010

Alleged Serial Robber Jacob Schildgen Arrested

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge Some alleged robbers, it turns out, do take no for an answer
  • Some alleged robbers, it turns out, do take no for an answer
A man charged with more than half a dozen Castro-area robberies -- and two bizarre non-robberies -- has been arrested, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

Details are forthcoming, but the man -- identified as 42-year-old San Franciscan Jacob Schildgen -- is charged with executing a virtual crime spree, with seven alleged robberies or attempted robberies between Feb. 22 and yesterday. It was two unsuccessful incidents, however, that stood out the most on the police report.

On Friday afternoon, the suspect attempted to pull off a robbery at around 4:40 p.m. at 18th and Castro -- but "left" empty-handed. Twenty minutes later and four-tenths of a mile down the road, a man police allege was the same would-be robber attempted to demand property from a shopkeeper. The victim said no -- and that was that.

Update: 3:20 p.m. -- The SFPD claims Schilden walked away from would-be victims who told him they "didn't have anything."

Update: 3:38 p.m.: According to a press release from the police, Schildgen is accused of robberies in a wider swath of San Francisco than just the Castro, as we earlier reported. He is suspected of knocking over -- or attempting to knock over and walking away from -- seven "coffee and beverage establishment(s)."

Along with a string of cafes and juice places Schildgen is accused of holding up with a feigned gun, he is charged with robbing the same downtown coffee joint twice -- on both Feb. 22 and March 14. "Thank you, come again" indeed.

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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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