The Rainbow Girls, now named the Rainbow Crew because two males have joined their ranks, have been terrorizing retail establishments around the city for five years now, and none have yet been arrested. But the SFPD now says they've identified three of the crew, all of whom remain at large, via surveillance video of a brazen theft by nine people at the City Target on Geary and Masonic on July 28. As the video shows, all nine walk swiftly into the store wearing hoodies, and they make a beeline for the fragrance racks. They then proceed to stuff bags full of goods, and before a store manager could summon police, all nine of the fled with a total of $11,000 worth of merchandise, as KTVU reports.
The crew got their name because they were originally all female and some members had rainbow-colored hair. They were known to bum-rush high-end stores in Union Square like Burberry and Prada, swipe expensive goods, and violently shove off store managers who tried to stop them.
The SFPD was somehow able to ID three of the suspects in the July 28 theft who were already in the system: 21-year-old San Francisco resident R'Mani Minard; 31-year-old SF resident Mercedes Cannorier, 31; and 40-year-old Oakland resident Andrea Rose.
Minard is wanted on outstanding warrants out of San Diego County, Solano County, Alameda County, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek for offenses that include robbery, burglary, theft and assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.
Cannorier is on probation for burglary in Los Angeles County and Rose is wanted in San Francisco for narcotics offenses, according to police.
Members of this crew have been at this game since about 2010, so this has been a long time coming.
Below, a tweet from SFPD Officer Carlos Manfredi showing one of the male suspects after he'd removed his hoodie.
Rainbow Crew Strikes Again in SF. This time stealing over $11K. Stay tune for press release & video tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/fwFeuG9kIW— Officer Manfredi (@OfficerManfredi) August 5, 2015
The SFPD is asking for help with this one, and anyone with information about the case is asked to get in touch with the investigations team at (415) 666-8000 or the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. You can also text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD in the opening message.