Muggers Tracked By Police With Smartphone


SAN FRANCISCO—Thieves looking to score some quick cash may want to think twice, after a trio of muggers who robbed a woman of her cell phone and wallet were traced by police to San Francisco’s South Market neighborhood.

The 36-year-old woman was allegedly robbed on February 24 while walking alone on Amherst Street between Silliman and Felton streets. At approximately 5:30 p.m., the trio, which included two men and one woman, approached the victim and attempted to steal her handbag.

The three muggers were tracked and apprehended by the SFPD using the victim’s stolen smartphone.

According to the woman, when she resisted the initial advance made by a teenage male suspect, his female accomplice came to assist. At this point, she gave up her struggle and surrendered her bag.

The female suspect was described as being in her 20s. The second male suspect is believed to be in his 20s. After the robbery, all three fled on foot.

In the aftermath, the phone was traced to Sixth Street between Mission and Market Streets. Officers found the three suspects in possession of the stolen items and took them into custody. The suspects’ identities have not yet been released by the San Francisco Police Department.

Anyone with knowledge of this robbery, or any other crime may reach the the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.