A string of break-ins occurred at several inner Richmond businesses in the last week.
Ashley, the owner at Kinship Salon on the corner of Clement at 4th Avenue, wrote to tell us that her business was broken into during the early morning hours of Friday, March 31.
Kinship’s security camera captured footage of the burglar as he walked back and forth in front of the business a few times around 4:30am. Then a few minutes later, he smashed through the glass door and entered the premises.
“The man stole our front desk computer and caused other damages but didn’t get away with much else,” Ashley said.
The suspect, a male, was dressed in a dark hoodie. Unfortunately the surveillance video did not capture a clear shot of his face.
The Richfield on the corner of California and 4th Avenue was burglarized on Wednesday night, April 5, forcing it to close to customers on Thursday.
The tiny coffee shop posted some photos on their Instagram account, writing “Can’t let these low life’s keep us down! Thank you all for the concern and kind words! New window is being installed and we’ll be back to our regular business hours tomorrow.”
A third business in the same immediate area was also burglarized recently. We are confirming the details with the SFPD.
It is not yet known if the same suspect from Kinship Salon also burglarized these two other businesses. We’ll keep you posted if we hear more.
UPDATE 4/11/17: We confirmed with the Richmond District station that there was an attempted burglary at Finer Flora at 4224 California, but the suspect was unable to gain entry. Police do suspect the same man in all three robberies.
In the meantime, here are some tips from Richmond District Police Captain on how to spot suspicious behavior and call the SFPD:
- – A person who walks too closely to parked cars and peers inside as he/she walks along the street.
– A person who walks up and down the block two or three times, disappears and comes back (the suspects like to make sure the coast is clear before they commit their crime so as not to get interrupted).
– A car that has a group of people who double parks or travels slowly alongside the parked cars is a common technique for some auto burglars to use during the commission of their crime.
– Any person or behavior that just doesn’t seem normal and the person seems suspicious – you can call the non-emergency line at (415) 553-0123 to have a cop just patrol by or talk to the person. If you are seeing them commit a property crime, you can call 9-1-1!