SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a “Make-Up Bandit” who robbed a Marina District retail store and brandished a knife to flee the scene.
According to a press release from the SFPD, police responded to the 2100 block of Chestnut Street at around 10:45 a.m. regarding a shoplifter who entered the retail store and stole various cosmetic supplies on December 18, 2015.
The Make-Up Bandit, who rode up to the store on a bicycle, has been identified as a black male as seen on surveillance video released by authorities.
Entering into the store, the suspect walked up to the make-up aisle and began to stuff cosmetic items inside his jacket pocket.
Once several employees recognized the suspect as a prior shoplifter at the store, they asked the suspect to stop and drop the items. The suspect proceeded towards the exit door and began to shove and push the employees out of his way, police said.
One of the employees was able to stop the suspect outside of the store and tried to bring him back inside, but the suspect brandished a knife and yelled threats, authorities noted. The employee ultimately released the suspect who fled westbound on Chestnut.
San Francisco police released surveillance video of the incident on Wednesday and is asking anyone with information to contact the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444, or TEXT-A-TIP to TIP411 and to begin the message with SFPD.