BAIT CAR AND CAMERA CREW CAR BROKEN INTO…….
A television production crew investigating the car break-in issue in San Francisco inadvertently played themselves when thieves broke into not just a bait car, but the camera crew’s vehicle as well.
Inside Edition, a CBS-affiliated news program, brought a car to Alamo Square with a Michael Kors purse and a $250 speaker in plain view inside. Both items had been fitted with GPS tracking devices. As anticipated, the car was broken into by a woman and a man soon after they parked. The crime, they later noted after reviewing footage, took about 20 seconds.
The two allegedly fled to a bus before ending up at the 16th Street Mission BART station, where Inside Edition Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero approached the man. Speaker still in hand, the man then attempted to head into BART.
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“Five million people are gonna see you steal that,” Guerrero said on camera. “So you can choose to give it back or not.”
After being further pressed, the man told Guerrero he was going to call his mother before putting the speaker down on the BART platform and walking away. Guerrero later traced the purse to a garbage can nearby on Mission Street.
The reporter later caught up with an Alamo Square resident whose surveillance camera caught the break-in. But, to Guerrero’s shock, the story continued; Inside Edition’s camera crew van was broken into while she was conducting an interview inside the neighbor’s residence.
Franklin Zimring, a law professor at UC Berkeley, breaks down why it is so hard to police car break-ins in the Bay area.
Media: Drew Costley/San Francisco Chronicle
“They stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment,” she said, opening the SUV door to shattered glass. “We actually got hit twice in one day.”
San Francisco and Oakland are currently fighting a car break-in epidemic. In 2017, break-ins hit a historic high, with 31,122 reported incidents. Only 2 percent of cases saw arrests.
THERE SEEMS TO BE NO DOWNSIDE TO THE CRIMINAL LIFESTYLE ANYMORE…….
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