NBC: Monterey Safeway features in car break-in sting

Sunnyside’s Safeway store parking lot has been a hot-spot for car break-ins, but it recently featured in a police operation that ended in felony convictions for two men. SF District Attorney George Gascón: “What made the case so strong was the fact that we were able to identify many other cases that were connected to the same people.”

Watch the NBC local TV news video here: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-City-Leaders-Work-on-Car-Break-In-Epidemic-488780151.html

Read the full press release about the conviction here.

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GPA: ‘DA Pitches Plan to Curb Auto Burglaries’

Recent post on Glen Park Association blog: “DA Pitches Plan to Curb Auto Burglaries” https://glenparkassociation.org/2018/03/27/here/

Learn about how the office of the District Attorney George Gascón is working on new approaches to curb the auto break-in epidemic, including a tip line and a Crime Strategies Unit.

In addition, DA Gascón is holding a “State of Public Safety” event on Mar 28, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant. See below for more info.Gascon_2018_03_28

Message from District Attorney about SF’s Auto Burglary Challenge

From San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascón <districtattorney@sfgov.org> Related article on SF Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/gascon-calls-task-force-end-car-break-epidemic/


How We Address SF’s Auto Burglary Challenge

Dear fellow San Franciscans,

I write today in regards to auto break-ins.  I’ve received emails from many of you, and I wanted to take a moment to communicate directly about what my office is doing to reduce break-ins in San Francisco.  I recognize that these crimes are a stain on our quality of life and the charm of our amazing city, and my hope is that this email will provide some answers about where we are and where we go from here.

As you may know, my office prosecuted 82% of the 490 auto break-ins last year that resulted in an arrest, and our average disposition included county jail time and felony probation.

The vast majority of these crimes are committed by a small number of people.  Accordingly, this week, my office announced a plan to target the most prolific offenders which can have an outsized impact on the overall number of incidents in San Francisco.  This multi-disciplinary approach out of my office successfully resulted in major cases such as Operation Cold Day, which netted the most arrests in one day in ATF history.  It also led to dozens of defendants indicted in an organized retail theft conspiracy that spanned the United States.  In fact, through this process my office identified Carlos Paz, the “main fence” in an international multimillion-dollar fencing operation.    Continue reading “Message from District Attorney about SF’s Auto Burglary Challenge”