Juveniles arrested on suspicion of phone thefts on BART

BART looking for victims of cell phone thieves

Two juveniles suspected of "grab and go" thefts from unsuspecting customers on BART trains were arrested by San Francisco police officers July 18 and booked by BART police for robbing a BART passenger.

The suspects grabbed an iPhone from a BART rider and fled the Balboa Park Station, according to the victim and witnesses.

The victim and two witnesses gave chase, but the thieves used pepper spray on one of the witnesses to escape, according to BART police. A third person saw the thieves running and alerted police to their location, and the two were arrested.

"BART police would like to thank the good Samaritans for their brave and heroic actions which led to this significant arrest," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said.

"We are also grateful for the quick response by San Francisco Police Department officers who pursued and arrested the suspects. We are asking other customers who may have been victimized in a similar manner to let BART investigators know."

The thieves used a pattern of boarding a train and walking down the aisle searching for a victim, then sitting down in different seats to keep visual contact with one another. Once they found a victim, they signaled each other, grabbed the phone and ran from the station. In their effort to escape the crime scene and intimidate victims, the thieves used pepper spray on anyone who tried to intervene or resist.

BART police believe cell phones were stolen primarily on trains near the Balboa Park, Glen Park, 16th and 24th Street Stations. They are encouraging anyone who believes they may have been a victim of these thieves to please contact BART's Investigations Division at (510) 464-7040.

The pair face charges of grand theft from a person, assault with less than a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit a crime, minor in possession of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) (the active ingredient in pepper spray), and OC used in the commission of a crime.

BART Police remind customers of the following safety tips to avoid becoming a victim of cell phone or other electronic device theft:

· Always be aware of your surroundings;

· Avoid the attention of thieves by using your phone discreetly;

· Avoid using your phone or electronic device near train doors, during station stops or when exiting the station, and never lend your phone to strangers.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

What, no description of the perps? They must be __________.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Racist much??? why would a description be needed? They were ALREADY Arrested!! no need to be on the look out!

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Leave it to Mary to play the race card. No point in fully reporting the criminal case, right? Arrested or not, what's the problem with reproting all the details of the case? Why hide information?
When these guys are released from custody, wouldn't a description be valuable for BART riders?
You self-righteous, naive defenders of criminals make me sick.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yes, a general description is needed. Because ones you know one kind of group member committed a crime you can then logicly surmize that other members of that group will do the same.

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Posted by jimbo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Great and valid point, Steve.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

The level of discussion here on the forums has once again reached a new low. Congrats everyone. Pleasanton is proud of you.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Let's all jump to conclusions at once. The PC police would have it no other way. Next, you'll be claiming this is a hate crime and get the thought police after those of us wanting to know more about who is/was preying on commuters on our local HSR.
I can hardly wait for te HSR in the central valley...just think of the opportunities that will be presented to the ambitious folks in the area of the state with the highest unemployment rate.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:41 am

I want to know which group's of people too run from when they ride public (entitlement) transportation while infilitrating my community.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

causoids no doubt!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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