SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, November 6, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office revealed that Ahjanae Woods, 23, and Terry Nichols, 28, have been charged in connection to a morning smash and grab at Christian Dior in Union Square on October 12.
Both Woods and Nichols were arraigned on October 16, and each pled not guilty to one count of second-degree commercial burglary (PC 459), one count of grand theft (PC 487(a), one count of organized retail theft (PC 490.4(a)(1)), one count of conspiracy (PC 182(a)) and one count of resisting arrest (PC 148(a)(1)).
“The early morning smash and grab at Christian Dior is one more example of how brazen some thieves have become,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “This conduct is completely unacceptable and will be prosecuted vigorously. I would also like to thank the San Francisco Police Department for their swift action in responding to this incident and arresting these suspects. We will not let up on our efforts to improve public safety and demonstrate our resolve to those who choose to engage in criminal activity in our community.”
It is alleged that at approximately 6:50 a.m. on October 12, Woods and Nichols, along with other uncharged co-conspirators, arrived in three vehicles to the Union Square neighborhood and first tried to break into Fendi at 195 Grant Street. The group broke the gate and doors at Christian Dior at 185 Post Street where they stole numerous handbags and other merchandise.
Both defendants are expected in court on November 27 for the preliminary hearing. The District Attorney’s Office moved to detain Woods and Nichols pending trial because of the public safety risk they pose. The court granted the motion to detain Woods and Nichols without prejudice. The court will hear further arguments on the People’s motion to detain at the time of the preliminary hearing in this case.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with details is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.