David Chiu’s mayoral campaign headquarters on Van Ness Avenue was ransacked and burglarized early Monday morning, with “thousands of dollars” of equipment stolen and “confidential campaign materials” pulled from drawers and scattered on the floor, according to his campaign manager.
Campaign manager Nicole Derse Chiu-d out the burglars Monday morning.
“If this was a politically motivated attempt to distract the Chiu for Mayor campaign on the eve of Election Day, it has failed miserably,” Derse said in a statement Monday.
There’s no word yet on whether any of the 16 mayoral candidates or their staffers have been named as suspects in the heist.
The headquarters for the Board of Supervisors president is located at 1800 Van Ness Ave., at Clay Street.
Staffers say they were working in the office until around midnight. Around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, they returned from campaigning when they found the headquarters in disarray. San Francisco police investigators instructed staffers not to disrupt the crime scene. The investigators were on scene early Monday afternoon.
SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said there were signs of forced entry and that cash and several cellphones were taken along with computer equipment and paperwork. The department Special Investigations Division is on the case since it involves a politician. The unit works with secret service when the president visits The City and investigates hate crimes, among other cases, Andraychak said.
“David and our team of volunteers are as determined as ever to get our message out to San Franciscans in these last hours before voters go to the polls,” Derse said. “This matter has been referred to the SFPD for a full investigation, and we are confident that they will get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we will get back to work.”