SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department are on the lookout for several thieves who smashed a van and robbed the Digital Center, a photography and electronic store located in the Fisherman’s Wharf region on Tuesday, August 9.
The thieves made off with an undisclosed amount of merchandise and electronics. According to police, the robbery happened around 3 a.m. at the store which is located on the 2800 block of Leavenworth Street. The break-in occurred while the owners are on vacation. The sliding glass door of the store was completely smashed.
NBC Bay Area News spoke to Officer Carlos Manfredi who stated that detectives are looking for four suspects wearing hoodies who were spotted in a parked white van on the curb prior to the break-in. Authorities have released the surveillance video of getaway after the men rob the store. It shows them loading things into the van and leaving. The surveillance video is available via YouTube.
According to reports, a security guard noticed at around 2:50 a.m. a van go onto the sidewalk. The surveillance video also shows the suspects wedging a metal ram in between the van and the glass door. The driver hits the gas, slamming a ram into the door and breaking through it.
Police were at the scene the following the day taking photos of the damage done to the business and collecting evidence inside the store. The most recent break-in occurred at an antique store in San Francisco on August 1. Thieves broke into Daniel Stein Antiques and stole close to $50,000 worth of 18th and 19th century antiques.
Anyone with information about the crimes are asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (415) 575-4444.