SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department has released footage and pictures of a jewelry store robbery that took place on the 800 block of Grant Street.
The incident occurred on February 3 at around 12:30 p.m. when the suspect, described as a man in his early 20s, barged into a jewelry store in Chinatown. In the surveillance footage released on March 3, he can be seen knocking a store employee to the ground as he enters. He then ordered other employees to the ground at gunpoint, before using a hammer to break open cases displaying jewelry.
The suspect was unsuccessful in stealing anything of value and left with his black North Face backpack empty. The thief stowed his gun in his jacket before struggling to exit the store; he fled the scene of the crime on foot. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket over a grey hoodie. Although the suspect’s face was masked during the robbery as seen on the store’s CCTV footage, photographs of him in the street clearly show his face.
The suspect, 21-year-old Matthew Ho of San Francisco, allegedly smashed a glass display full of gold and diamond jewelry. Tips from the public along, as well as other leads helped authorities arrest Ho. He was apprehended at his home on the 300 block of Fell Street. He was booked at the San Francisco County Jail and has been charged with burglary, aggravated assault, and attempted robbery.
Investigators from the SFPD are asking anyone with information on the case to contact the San Francisco Police Department anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.
Written By William Sunderland and Deanna Morgado