We were out of town this past weekend and my brother in law came over to feed the cat. Our previously un-met neighbor Jose told him that SFPD had just arrested a package thief on our front steps.
When we got back, I went over and spoke with Jose’s mom in her poor English and my poor spanish and then spoke with Jose last night. Story goes like this:
SFPD cruiser was rolling down Eugenia and noticed a suspicious looking black male on our steps. They stopped, got out of the cruiser, and walked up behind the guy. He turned around with several packages in his hands, and was promptly cornered and arrested by the two officers. Jose walked by moments later and chatted with the arresting officer, who was a friend of Jose’s brother, who is also SFPD.
Long story short, according to Jose the guy was from elsewhere in the city and came to Bernal specifically to steal packages. Apparently he and others case houses that are previously known to have deliveries left out.
Dude apparently also had outstanding warrants, two strikes, and the judge apparently deemed this a felony, so he’s probably not going to be stealing packages from my steps for a while.
And I was able to meet Jose and his mom, two neighbors I hadn’t met..
I also returned those two mostly empty boxes to their rightful owners.. One four doors down, one four blocks away.