Rare carjackings and car thefts in San Francisco

Police are investigating an organized crime spree involving a handful of car thieves, car break-ins and car thefts in San Francisco’s trendy Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. What makes this gang particularly lucrative is that they capitalize…

Police are investigating an organized crime spree involving a handful of car thieves, car break-ins and car thefts in San Francisco’s trendy Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. What makes this gang particularly lucrative is that they capitalize on the misfortune of people who are by themselves and generally carry more valuables than most.

Over a three-day period, the notorious “Night Goblins” drove several rental cars through Golden Gate Park, causing damage to campgrounds and secluded pathways while causing disturbances in the famous neighborhood. The group later changed cars a few times and drove around the community several times before finally making their way back to the Wegmans parking lot on Third Street near Oceanview Boulevard. There, the Night Goblins pulled off a successful car rip-off that had the community watching in shock.

“As I was walking on the sidewalk by the clock tower around 5:15 p.m., I heard ‘pow, pow’ outside,” said one witness, who was sitting at a cafe across the street from where the chaos took place. “I looked up and I saw two guys standing there robbing the vehicle that was parked there with a Tesla attached to it.”

After the theft, one man on a bike left his car to track down the Night Goblins. Police stopped him a few blocks away, and during the ensuing foot chase, one of the thieves’ shoes was found in a drain next to the neighborhood, according to local news station KTVU.

Read the full story at NPR.

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