2 Arrested in $500,000 S.F. jewelry-store heist

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http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Pair-suspected-in-500K-San-Francisco-jewelry-8337368.php

Two men were arrested on suspicion of breaking into a jewelry store in San Francisco’s Union Square, smashing display cases with a hammer and stealing more than $500,000 worth of gold chains and bracelets, police said Friday.

Andreaus Trevell Garrett, 24, and Carlnell McKinley Pitts, 27, both of San Francisco, were nabbed around noon Tuesday after a patrol officer recognized the pair from surveillance video of the robbery at Grace Jewelry on the 100 block of O’Farrell Street, officials said.

Peng Zhou, owner of Grace Jewelry, applauded the police for quickly locating and arresting the suspects.

“We are very, very impressed,” Zhou said Friday.

Garrett and Pitts were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Garrett was also booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm.

Despite the good news, Zhou said police were able to retrieve only about 10 percent of the goods stolen from his store.

He suspected there may have been more people involved in the robbery and distribution of the stolen goods. He said authorities are on the lookout for other potential suspects or leads to a possible location of the rest of the missing jewelry.

The heist occurred at 3:33 a.m. on June 23. At least one of the crooks was caught on security cameras using bolt cutters to destroy the lock and break through the back door of the jewelry store.

The footage showed the thief entering the store with a bag and a hammer and systematically going from counter to counter smashing the glass cases and scooping up the jewelry.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the stolen jewelry to call the department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

Kevin Schultz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: kschultz@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @kevinedschultz


A link to the YouTube footage.

SF cops hunting 2 thieves in $500K Union Square jewelry heist

It is insane that these two dumb asses actually accomplished as much as they did.  The beauty of the internet is that we can spread their fucking faces.

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/SF-cops-hunting-2-thieves-in-500K-Union-Square-8324228.php

A pair of thieves broke into a jewelry store in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood early Thursday morning and stole over $500,000 worth of gold chains and bracelets before fleeing in a Ford sedan, police said Friday.

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At least one of the crooks was caught on security cameras using bolt cutters to destroy the lock and break through the back door of Grace Jewelry on the 100 block of O’Farrell Street at 3:44 a.m., said the store’s owner, Peng Zhou.

The thief could then be seen entering the store with a bag and a sledge hammer and systematically going from counter to counter smashing through the glass and scooping up the jewelry, Zhou said.

“From what we could tell, he was very targeted. He knew exactly where he was going,” Zhou said. “We have about 27 cases. He went for the men’s gold chains, bracelets and pendants. And then men’s diamond pieces. He did not touch anything else.”

The store is situated inside of the Ellis O’Farrell Parking Garage. Both the garage and the store have security cameras, which Zhou said were able to document the crime as it unfolded.

Zhou was notified of the burglary shortly after the store’s alarm went off and the security service company called him, despite the thieves’ attempt to break or disarm the surveillance system upon entering the store.

The suspects are still on the loose and authorities are actively searching for them.

Still images of the two suspects and the Ford sedan used in the crime were taken from the security camera footage in the Ellis O’Farrell Parking Garage and released to the public.

The first suspect shown is black with dreadlocks, and wearing a dark colored jacket, tan pants and white shoes. The second suspect is also black, and was wearing a dark colored hoodie pulled over his head.

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Zhou said he and his employees are very upset by what happened.

“It appears safety is really worsening,” he said. “We are not the only store in the area that has been victimized by burglary. We hope that overall the community and SFPD can work together to stop the spread of crime. If not … it will drive a lot of business away from the city.”

Zhou is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for anyone who helps lead officials to the suspects.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Police Department officials are asking anyone with information about the heist to contact them through the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or by texting a tip to TIP411 and beginning the message with SFPD.

Kevin Schultz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: kschultz@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @kevinedschultz

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Dumb fucks.


These two bitches have been arrested!  Unfortunately, not all of the stolen property has been returned.