May 27, 2005
On Wednesday, May 25, plainclothes officers from the San Francisco Police Department Muni Security Detail arrested a man suspected of being a pickpocket on Muni buses. The officers observed the suspected pickpocket get on an inbound 38 Geary bus. Using team surveillance techniques, the officers watched the suspect get off the bus and board another 38 Geary bus going outbound. They followed him onto the second bus and observed him unzip a man’s backpack, but the intended victim moved away, foiling the pickpocket.
The suspect again got off the bus and boarded the same line going in the opposite direction. The officers followed and saw him open the zipper of the backpack of an Asian female and reach into the pack. At this point, the officers arrested the suspect, identified as Santiago Becerra, charging him with two counts of attempted grand theft.
For more information, please contact:
Inspector Earl Wismer
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103