SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Witnesses apparently trying to disrupt a car theft in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco were reportedly shot and fired by the suspected burglar on Friday.
The incident occurred on the 600 block of Ashbury around 12:30 p.m. San Francisco police said officers responding to a gun call arrived and met with a witness who said a suspect got out of a vehicle that pulled up to a parked vehicle there.
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People then approached the suspect and a shot rang out, police said. The suspect and vehicle fled the area and there were no reports of injuries.
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It was the most recent incident of auto-burgaries to plague areas of the city. So far this year, SFPD crime data shows that in the two districts that cover Golden Gate Park, Park and Richmond District, burglaries increased by a whopping 222%, robberies increased by 74%, and car thefts increased by 31% increased period last year.
Thefts, including theft and shoplifting, have decreased by 44%, presumably because fewer tourists parked their cars in the city during the pandemic and many shops have closed due to the closings, police said.
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Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to contact the police at 415-575-4444 or send a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.