Blinging crooks caught wearing loot on video 

These runway crooks were blinging!

Video snapshots released by a Union Square eatery on Friday allegedly shows jewelry thieves wearing their loot as they fled a shop.

Click on the photo at right to see a second man caught on film.

Eight gold, diamond-crested bracelets were shoplifted from Natalie’s Antiques at 349 Geary Street around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday.

The heist was well-planned, but apparently the sparkling thugs forgot about Lefty O’Doul’s crime-fighting surveillance cameras, police said.

The two crooks fled eastbound on Geary Street – walking right in front of the restaurant’s camera, which helped police identify thieves before.

The camera was integral in the arrest of Mark Lugo, who pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a Pablo Picasso sketch from the Weinstein Gallery in Union Square.

The merchant at Natalie’s said the crooks had been casing the shop for weeks. While one chatted with her, the other stood by the display case. At one point, the crook near the case said something in Spanish to his accomplice and then the two left the store.

Lefty O’Doul’s also has video showing the merchant injuring her ankle as she chased after the suspects. No arrests have been announced in the case.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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