"Grandson" steals phone from senior home 

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This dog’s tricks might be getting old.

 

An assistant living facility in Daly City was the target last weekend of a brazen thief who distracted an employee long enough to make off with her smartphone.

 

Police are unsure, however, whether the suspect is the prolific cellphone thief who has been connected to eight similar incidents in South San Francisco and Burlingame since late February.

 

At about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, an employee at Atria Senior Assistant Living Facility on King Drive in Daly City called police saying a man walked in claiming he wanted to visit his grandmother. The employee told the man he would need to talk to a director, police said, but the suspect “refused, stayed around in the lobby for a bit, and distracted the employee away from her desk.”

 

The man swiped the cellphone from the desk and fled on King Drive, police said.

 

In the past two weeks, a crook posing as a customer has stolen from a furniture store, two dental offices and two auto dealers in South San Francisco. He has also hit at least three businesses in Burlingame since Feb. 27.

 

In those thefts, the suspect chatted up employees and stuck around until they become distracted, then swiped iPhones and iPads from their desks, police said.

 

Office thefts have recently been reported in downtown San Francisco as well.

 

maldax@sfexaminer.com

@sflawdisorder

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