Man accused of stealing cellphone, Clipper Card in Muni robberies 

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In a transit-first city, even crooks benefit.

San Francisco resident Demitrius Ware, 35, was arrested on a Muni light rail vehicle Monday after on suspicion of robbing two passengers on separate Muni lines, police Sgt. Dennis Toomer said.

The first robbery occurred on a bus near Third Street and Evans Avenue at about 3:20 p.m., Toomer said. Ware allegedly grabbed a 20-year-old woman’s cellphone; when the victim resisted,  she punched her in the face, before hopping onto Muni’s T-Third line, with the phone in hand.

Police made contact with that victim and tracked Ware through the stolen cellphone, Toomer said. Police intercepted him on the train on The Embarcadero about 4:20 p.m.

Ware had a leather pouch in his hand that he dropped when officers arrived. They noticed the pouch had a Clipper Card in it. As they were arresting Ware, a man walked up and said the Clipper Card was his and that Ware had just robbed him.

That second victim, a 20-year-old man, told police that Ware said he had a gun and to give up his Clipper Card. Police found a pellet gun in Ware’s waistband, Toomer said.

Ware was booked on robbery, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property charges along with an outstanding warrant.

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