A prolific cellphone thief is apparently cashing in on the rising trend of thefts from offices.
In the past two weeks, South San Francisco police reported, a crook posing as a customer has stolen from a furniture store, two dental offices and two auto dealers. The same suspect also has struck businesses in Burlingame three times since Feb. 27.
The male suspect chats up employees and sticks around until they become distracted, then swipes iPhones and iPads from their desks, police said.
He was described as being in his mid- to late 30s, 6-foot-2 to 6-4, with shaggy brown hair. But he has since shaved his head, police said, and “appears to like wearing a T-shirt with a prominent LRG brand logo on the front.”
The man calls himself Mike or Michael and boasts about having recently inherited a large sum of money.
Office thefts have recently been reported in downtown San Francisco as well. Last month, police said, an unidentified man walked into a fifth-floor office on Maiden Lane and made off with cellphones while employees were in a meeting. A similar burglary involving an iPad reportedly occurred the previous week on Second Street.