Luxury car thief drives through dealership window, crashes across S.F. 

  • Michael Ares/Special to The S.F. Examiner

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Police identified the suspect in an early morning luxury car theft as Peter Derouen of San Francisco.

Derouen was arrested near 7th and Howard streets and booked into County Jail on charges of burglary, two counts of auto theft, attempted auto theft, felony hit and run, felony vandalism, driving on suspended license, possession of stolen property and a traffic warrant.

Derouen was also charged with possession of a master vehicle key. Police said Derouen allegedly stole the car by breaking into a lockbox with vehicle keys in it.
click to enlarge Peter Derouen - COURTESY SFPD
  • Courtesy SFPD
  • Peter Derouen

Original story: Shattered glass covered the sidewalk outside a luxury-car dealership in South of Market this morning after a man busted through the store’s window in a BMW.

The 37-year-old man was arrested after he broke into the BMW of San Francisco dealership at 1675 Howard Street around 5:18 a.m. He tried to drive out of the dealership in a black BMW but failed and instead sped off in another stolen BMW, police said.

Before he was arrested by police an hour later, the driver took the car on a joyride to Union Square where he crashed into a parked vehicle, police allege. But he fled the scene, leaving behind an injured person who was sleeping in the vehicle.

The sleeper was not seriously injured. Police called the incident at Mason and Post streets around 5:23 a.m. a hit and run crash.

The escaped driver was arrested at 6:30 a.m. by an officer from Southern Station who responded to a domestic dispute and realized the man involved was the same suspect from this morning’s chaos.

Police have not released his name or the charges he faces.
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