A Fillmore produce market that was storing tens of thousands of dollars in an unsecured box got a nasty surprise earlier this month, when a pillaging patron stumbled upon the stash and pocketed the dough.
The August 13 crime was caught on tape, San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Carlos Manfredi says, and its circumstances are strange: at around 7 p.m., the man you see in the still above and the video below entered a produce mart on the 1500 block of Fillmore, which is between Eddy Street and Geary Boulevard.
Manfredi says that the man browsed for a bit, then saw an open office door in the back of the store. That's where the video begins — we see the man walk into the office, look around (presumably for something worth swiping) before he hits the motherlode: an unlocked lock box that Manfredi says contained $33,000.
Yes, $33,000. Watch for yourself:
Obviously, there is a confluence of, ahem, unfortunate events here: an unattended office with an open door, an unlocked lock box, a massive amount of unsecured cash, and all of this in an area that's no stranger to crime. Not that I'm blaming the victims, here! But it all feels...odd.
But apparently not to Manfredi, who believes that with the public's help, the suspect, described as a six-foot-tall black man with a bald head aged 35-50, can be brought to justice.
He asks that anyone who recognizes this man contact SFPD's Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.