SAN FRANCISCO—Authorities from the San Francisco Police Department are searching for a suspect who impersonated a pest control worker in order to gain access into a commercial building located on the 200 block of Franklin Street in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.
According to a press release from the SFPD, surveillance footage taken by the building’s security cameras captured the suspect dressed in an all-white jumpsuit with a head covering and a screen that covered his face. In the video, the suspect used a fake badge which read “ORTHO,” to gain entry. The incident occurred around 6:20 a.m. on December 12. Officers discovered that ORTHO is a pest and weed control company, but they do not make service calls, suggesting the falsehood of the visit.
According to police, after the suspect gained entrance into the facility, a supervisor in the building informed the on-duty security guard that no one was authorized to enter the area. The security guard later confronted the suspect, finding him on the third floor with one of the business’ laptop, while attempting to disconnect another device. The guard forced him to put down both laptop computers before chasing the suspect out of the building.
The SFPD is asking anyone with information on the man who allegedly attempted to burglarize the building to come forward via SFPD’s Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.
The full released surveillance video can be found here.