San Francisco police are searching for the thieves who smashed their van into the Digital Center early Tuesday morning making off with an unknown quantity of merchandise and other electronics sold in the Fisherman's Wharf store.
The business owners were away on vacation when the 3 a.m. break-in at Leavenworth and Jefferson streets was reported. Officer Carlos Manfredi said detectives are looking for at least four suspects wearing hoodies who were spotted in a parked white van on the curb before the break-in. Police also released surveillance video of moments leading up to the getaway, showing the men loading things into and leaving in the white van.
Police were alerted when the store's alarm went off.
Earlier in the morning, police were seen taking photos of the aftermath and collecting evidence inside the store, which sells cameras and video recorders. The windows of the store were broken.
Smash-and-grabs are increasingly on the rise. One of the most recent ones occurred at an antique store in San Francisco Aug. 1 when thieves broke the windows of Daniel Stein Antiques and stole about $50,000 of 18th and 19th century items.
Anyone with information should call the anonymous police tip line at 415-575-4444.