An alleged vehicle thief in San Francisco has now been arrested over a dozen times in just 18 months, as the local DA, reportedly elected with funding from billionaire George Soros’ associate, works to reduce incarceration.
The suspect was nabbed on Monday in the city’s Tenderloin district after being spotted riding a motorcycle that had been reported stolen, San Francisco police said Wednesday on Twitter. Police called attention to the case because the unidentified suspect has repeatedly been put back on the streets despite a prolific string of alleged thefts.
Yesterday we booked a prolific vehicle/motorcycle thief after TL cops spotted him on this motorcycle near Hyde/GG. The MC was reported stolen earlier in the @SFPDCentral District. This is the suspects 13th arrest in our City for MV theft in just 18 months. SFPD case 200723785. pic.twitter.com/rWMIGg6C8c
— SFPD Tenderloin (@SFPDTenderloin) December 2, 2020
Given the rampant crime in San Francisco and the fact that some cases go unreported or uninvestigated, there’s no telling how many vehicles a suspect might have stolen while getting caught 13 times in just 18 months. There were more than 5,300 motor vehicle thefts reported in San Francisco in this year’s first 11 months, up 33 percent from 2019’s pace, according to police data. Car burglaries are so common that over the past three years, one was broken into about every 20 minutes, on average.
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District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was reportedly elected in 2019 with backing from a George Soros close associate Chloe Cockburn, has responded by firing veteran prosecutors and speaking out against mass incarceration and racial disparities. Boudin’s own parents, who were members of the radical leftist group Weather Underground, were imprisoned for murder when he was 14 months old. His “rapid decarceration” push accelerated with the Covid-19 pandemic. San Francisco’s jail population is being cut to 600 from 1,100.
“Prosecutors have a unique opportunity to drive solutions. We have a responsibility to share our own experience as we work to transform the system.”
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) December 1, 2020
Boudin banned prosecutions of so-called quality-of-life crimes, such as prostitution, public urination and blocking sidewalks. He involves himself in politics, such as campaigning to end the federal death penalty and tweeting falsehoods about President Donald Trump. For instance, Boudin quipped Wednesday that Trump was spending his final days in office rushing executions and “being investigated for a pardon bribery scheme.” The Department of Justice is investigating a bribery scheme but has said that no government official is or was a target of the probe.
When Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who was charged with murder for shooting two people at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, riot in August, was freed last month on $2 million bail, Boudin came out against decarceration. He said falsely that there’s strong evidence that Rittenhouse was motivated by racial bias and lamented that “wealth sets him free.”
Anyone want to understand the failings of money bail?
Look no further: strong evidence of a white shooter motivated by racial bias committing a double murder with an assault rifle.
But wealth sets him free. https://t.co/035xR53idQ
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) November 20, 2020
Meanwhile, San Franciscans remain frustrated by the crime in their city. In response to the police tweet about the alleged vehicle thief, MMA fighter Jake Shields called San Francisco a “failed city.” Twitchy.com editor Greg Pollowitz despaired similarly: “This city is so f***ing broken. How many arrests does he get before he actually goes to prison?”
San Francisco is a failed city! https://t.co/7JLuWGeV0G
— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) December 3, 2020
this city is so f*cking broken. how many arrests does he get before he actually goes to prison? https://t.co/0AzhgJ2coT
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) December 3, 2020
Other Twitter users also reacted to the story, with one saying he doesn’t generally advocate incarceration, “but there’s a place for someone who has been caught stealing vehicles 13 times in 18 months. It’s jail.” Another commenter saw little hope of that happening in San Francisco. “Does he get a prize for a 20th arrest?” he asked. “A cake and a parade?”
I’m not one to generally advocate sentences but there’s a place for someone who has been caught stealing 13 vehicles over the last 18 months. It’s jail. What I’m confused over is who is responsible for putting them there… https://t.co/qfsbsf4Yzl
— Raymond Durk (@RaymondDurk) December 3, 2020
Does he get a prize for a 20th arrest?
A cake and a parade? https://t.co/167vy8XeZO
— Bill McCandless (@bmccandless) December 3, 2020
Only in San Francisco can someone get arrested 13 times in 18 mos and still be on the streets. It seems the police are the only ones doing their jobs. @chesaboudin, his DAs and the judges seem to be blind.
— Golden Girl (@goldengirlsf) December 3, 2020
Thanks I called 911 to report the jerk. He was revving and spinning the wheels . He damn near hit a car . I was hung up on when transferred. All of the sudden you cops showed up and got him . I wasn’t the only callet . Our area has too many thugs selling drugs ,loitering.
— Tim Giangiobbe (@tgiangio) December 3, 2020
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