Dog Stabbed to Death in the Mission District

Categories: Animals, Crime

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This is not the dog that was stabbed, but you get the idea
San Francisco police are looking for two men who stabbed a dog to death during a robbery in the city's Mission District early this morning.

According to police reports, a 20-year-old man was walking with his pup near 22nd and Bartlett streets at about 3 a.m. when two men confronted him. One of the guys grabbed the dog while the second man pulled out a knife.

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Teen Girl Found Naked and Pepper Sprayed in Berkeley Allegedly Abducted in San Francisco

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The 16-year-old girl who was found in a North Berkeley neighborhood naked and screaming for help may have been kidnapped in San Francisco.

Officer Gordon Shyy confirmed news reports that the San Francisco Police Department has taken over the case as the lead investigators, presumably because the original crime occurred in San Francisco.

SFPD told KTVU that investigators received the case Thursday morning. However, they've not interviewed the teen yet.

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Berkeley Girl Found Naked and Pepper Sprayed May Have Been Sex Trafficking Victim

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The disturbing scene in Berkeley yesterday -- a teenage girl found naked and pepper sprayed -- may have been the result of sex trafficking, police say.

The 16-year-old girl is still in the hospital after neighbors found her in the early morning hours on Wednesday at Piedmont and Ashby avenues, screaming for help. Neighbors brought the girl bottled water, which she poured on her body. She told police she had been raped.

The cops tell ABC News that they're not sure how the girl got there, but they think this might be a case of sex trafficking.

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Alleged Crooks Caught on Camera After Stealing Vintage Rings From S.F. Jewelry Store

Categories: Crime

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A mom-and-pop jeweler is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can nab the crooks responsible for stealing more than 100 vintage gold and costume jewelry pieces.

NBC News aired surveillance video of the burglary at Monkey On Chestnut which occurred on April 1, The store owner shared the footage on Facebook, hoping the public could help solve the case.

"This theft threatens my ability to continue my business and is devastating to dozens of jewelry owners whose family pieces were on consignment at my store," Owner Robert Hemphill told NBC News.

Surveillance video shows two men carrying tools they used to tear a hole through the wall to get into the Monkey on Chestnut.


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Smart Car Tipping Not a San Francisco Innovation

Categories: Crime
A new form of evil is upon us. Or is it? 
News that four Smart Cars were upended in a spree of wanton violence besetting San Francsico's streets has rapidly traversed the globe. 

News stories from here, there, and everywhere have documented the upheaval of 7,200 pounds worth of Smart Cars. Would-be vandals have now been thoroughly informed just how easy it is to upend a tiny car (This harks to dispirited Berkeley officials of the late 1990s bemoaning, on television, just how easy it was to crack open a parking meter. They then demonstrated this feat -- on television -- and, within a day or so, no intact meters remained).  

Of course, anyone who cared to know the ins and outs of undoing a Smart could just look north, to Canada, where this is known as "Smart Tipping.

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Here's the Front Company The FBI Used to Bust Sen. Leland Yee

I think "Grand Theft Sacramento" is in here somewhere
If you've done business with a company called Madison International Enterprises anytime recently, it might be time to hire a lawyer.

You've been dealing with an undercover FBI agent.

That's the name of the phony shell company undercover federal agents claiming to be, ahem, "legitimate businessmen" used to ensnare state Sen. Leland Yee on public corruption charges, according to records.

On two occasions, the undercover FBI agent pretending to be an East Coast-based Italian mobster agreed to cut Yee a check, once for $5,000 and one for $1,800, according to the FBI affidavit made public last week.

That matches up exactly with the contributions to Yee's Secretary of State campaign made by "Madison International Enterprises," a company whose headquarters are in a UPS store in Manhattan, according to records. Yee has since abandoned his campaign.

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Man Stabbed Early This Morning During Tenderloin Fight

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There's plenty of other things to do in the Tenderloin
A 26-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after he was slashed during an early-morning fight in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Details were scarce at this time, but what we can tell you is that police were called out to the 1000 block of Polk Street at about 12:12 a.m. on reports of a stabbing. When police arrived, they found the injured victim.

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Actually, Medical Marijuana Legalization Could Reduce Crime

Categories: Crime, Marijuana

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Safe for a reason
After confining legal weed to the more run-down parts of town for almost a decade, San Francisco can finally relax a bit and let medical cannabis dispensaries expand into other neighborhoods.

It would be a good thing, because it could reduce crime, a study published last week suggests.

Spurred on by police, the anti-pot crowd has for years voiced fears of a crime wave following the opening of a marijuana store in their neighborhoods. The marijuana-equals-crime formula is trotted out almost every time the issue is discussed. (Just last week, an Outer Mission neighborhood activist told us that Leland Avenue in Vis Valley is a bad place for a cannabis club because the "Sunnydale [housing projects] are nearby.")

San Francisco has had legal weed for almost 20 years, and we're still waiting for the crime wave. We may be waiting forever: states that legalized medical marijuana saw a reduction in crime, according to a study published last week in the journal PLSONE.

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Shopper Steals Socks But Pays for Underwear During Robbery at Mission District Store (Update)

Categories: Crime, Fashion

Incidentally, Adam Rowbury didn't have to pay for these prison scrubs either
Update 11:56 a.m.: Well, we got more details on this incident -- and they're kinda nuts. Sgt. Danielle Newman told us that the suspect -- identified as 23-year-old Adam Rowbury of Fairfax -- had walked into the store two hours prior to his arrest. He browsed the store that entire time, but touched nothing until he came across something that he did fancy: a blue superman shirt.

Rowbury allegedly stripped naked, put on the shirt, a pair of underwear, and a pair of socks and walked up to the counter where he paid for everything but the socks. The security guard, who had his eye on Rowbury the whole two hours, took note of this. After Rowbury left, the security guard looked at the receipt which confirmed the suspect had paid for everything but the socks. The guard chased after Rowbury where a fight ensued -- punches were thrown on both ends. Eventually, the security guard got the suspect in handcuffs, and called the cops. Rowbury was arrested on suspicion of robbery and a probation violation. Here's what he looks like, sans the Superman shirt.

Original story 10 a.m.: A 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly shoplifted a pair of socks after buying underwear and a shirt from a Mission District store.

Details were scarce this morning, but Officer Gordon Shyy says that at about 2:38 p.m., the man walked into a store on the 2600 block of Mission Street to a little shopping. According to police, the man grabbed a shirt, underwear, and a pair of socks, and dressed himself in the new clothing.

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Watch: Scary Bernal Heights Assault Caught on Video

Categories: Crime

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The suspects
Anti-surveillance people will tell you that video cameras of any kind are invading their privacy. But it's hard to argue against those cameras when they happen to capture crooks doing you wrong.

That's exactly what happened the other day in Bernal Heights when a guy walking down the Colreridge Street was assaulted. A neighbor's security camera caught the whole incident, including still images of the attackers.

Bernalwood Press published the video this morning, with a blurb from the neighbor who shot the footage:

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