At about 9:45PM - MON OCT 10TH -- My 6" ZTE ZMAX Z970 Android Phone was snatched from my hand, by a man who according to locals, hangs out at 16th St/Valencia Street, preying on locals with phones in their hands.
He is FAST and in the past few hours, he tried to snatch phone from guy on bike near 16th St & Mission. MAY HAVE LATINO/CAUCASIAN (light skinned) person working with him to distract or block Victims.
Then an hour later, he sees man walking from Wells Fargo ATM (16th/BART) towards Caledonia Alley next to Mission National Bank across from Pancho Villas, 3000 Blk of 16th St, told man he dropped money on ground.. man looked down, dude snatched his wallet, ran, got attacked by someone, dropped wallet, ran towards 16th St Mission Bart Station.Shortly thereafter, he was in front of new parklett at 411 Valencia, in front of Royan Hotel/Tea Shop, walking back and forth....
I stopped using my ZTE, he disappeared.
Ten minutes later while texting atty about a low income client case we're working on and he jumped out of shadows by surprise, I turned, he lunged towards me, pushed my shoulder back and snatched my ZTE smart phone.It has a keypad lock, it's MetroPCS and has some political sticker on the back and red piece of tape over the front facing camera.
Here's the alert I'm sending all my peers...Mon Oct 10- Mission District, near 16th/Valencia-URGENT! MY ANDROID WAS STRONG ARM STOLEN AT 9:40 PM --- Tall, Slim Black Male, 26, clean cut, white tshirt... hangs out to steal!
SFPD has report. HAS EARRING IN RIGHT EAR.
Laughs as he snatches your stuff... any wallet, cell phone is a target.
He hits up multiple victims within a couple hours....
SFAwareness Group Moderators
We're going to post Posters about this theft and increase awareness of locals and tourists in the Mission about how rampant the thefts are. Many of the Thieves live at local hotels and SRO Housing Units on Mission and 16th Streets.