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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Robbers Use Cigarettes to Lure Victims

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

click to enlarge Smoking should be considered a crime
  • Smoking should be considered a crime

Here's another good reason to quit smoking.

Police say that three men were robbed last night -- two at knife point -- in separate incidents where the victims were distracted by a conversation over cigarettes.

According to police reports, two men were walking along Hyde and O'Farrell at about 10:45 p.m. when three men approached them and asked the victims for a cigarette. As they talked about smokes, two other men came up behind the victims, placed knives to their necks, and robbed them of their cash.

In that crime, the suspects were described as black men between the ages of 35 and 45.

A few hours later at 1:30 a.m., a 42-year-old man was walking at Polk and Greenwich when a man and a woman approached him and asked for a cigarette. As they talked about smokes, the male suspect grabbed the victim, put him in a headlock, and took his wallet out of his pocket.

The two suspects -- described as a 30-year-old white man and a 25-year-old Hispanic woman -- ran off.

No word on whether the victims were actually smokers. Regardless, it would make for a nice anti-smoking ad.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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