Sometimes Dumb Criminals Find Dumb Marks

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Be careful of using your cell phone on Muni. And just in case your phone gets stolen, make sure you don't offer to buy it back from the thief.

    Word of advice to Muni riders: if someone sticks you up for your cell phone, don't offer to buy it back.

    Two men were arrested in San Francisco on suspicion of stealing cell phones from Muni passengers, police said.

    One of the robberies happened at about 7:45 a.m. last Thursday as a 23-year-old San Francisco man stood in the back of a 9-Express Muni bus
    using a cell phone to search the Internet.

    The suspect reached over the man's shoulder, grabbed the phone and ran off the bus as it approached Brookdale Avenue and Santos Street, police said.

    The victim followed the suspect and offered to buy the phone back with cash, but the suspect stole the cash as well, police said. Woops.

    But not all was lost for the victim who was wise enough to call the police department from his home and describe the suspect.

    Based on the suspect description, police detained Jaron Moore on Santos Street. Officers found the
    victim's phone in Moore's pocket and arrested him for robbery, police said.
       
    On Friday, another 9-Express bus passenger was using an iPhone when someone grabbed it and ran off the bus at Ordway Street, police said.

    The victim followed the suspect and used another cell phone to call police.

    Officers conducted a search based on information from the victim and found suspect Cameron Williams hiding in a truck trailer in the 1500
    block of Bayshore Boulevard.
       
    The victim's iPhone was found in Williams' pocket and he was arrested for robbery and a probation violation.

    Bay City News contributed to this story.