We were collectively aghast yesterday at the news that a scooter donated by Giants right fielder Hunter Pence had been stolen sometime Saturday night (or early Sunday morning) from the Make-a-Wish Foundation's SF chapter — a nonprofit that had already auctioned the ride off to a fan for $40,000. This, of course, was the second time the scooter had been stolen — earning it a strange kind of fame in 2014, when it was returned by a reward-seeking individual. Well, good news fans of decency everywhere! Two suspects have been arrested in this year's burglary, and the scooter has been returned.
According to a SFPD press release sent out this afternoon, surveillance video from the Make-a-Wish Foundation office enabled police to identify the suspects. What followed next was good old-fashioned police work.
[Southern Station Investigations Team (SIT)] tied the suspects to a series of other burglaries in the area. A crime bulletin was issued and thanks to the alertness of Tenderloin Station foot beat officers, two of the three suspects were taken into custody on April 4th at 6:30 pm on the 400 block of Market Street. Investigations are actively looking for the 3rd suspect involved in Two subsequent search warrants were served by Southern Station Investigators in the area of 4th Street and the scooter was recovered.
SFPD notes that Judd Janke, 37, has been booked on "three felony charges of burglary, conspiracy and false impersonation, and two misdemeanor charges of possession of narcotics and burglary tools." Nicholas Tiller, 26, "was booked at San Francisco County Jail for two felony narcotic related charges, felony burglary and multiple misdemeanor charges including possession of stolen property, and a probation violation."
Update: According to a SFPD press release, a third suspect in last weekend's burglary has been apprehended. Jacques Manns, 35, was arrested yesterday. At this time there are no details as to how he was apprehended, but there is a mug shot.