Muni mechanic, accomplice arrested in stealing, selling of transfers 

Turns out a crooked Muni mechanic contributed to the hiked fares and reduced service that riders have been grumbling about for months.

Muni did not have to look far to find out how some late-night bus and rail transfers ended up being sold illegally on San Francisco streets, after a sting operation uncovered that one of its own craftsmen was supplying the transfers for sale, according to a Police Department investigation.

The Muni mechanic, Edmund King, 52, had allegedly been supplying a well-known street seller, Leroy Gutierrez, 53, with the late-night transfers. Gutierrez would then sell the transfers for a buck — half the price of the regular $2 Muni fare, Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Typically, passengers who pay their fare receive a transfer to continue riding without paying for the next 90 minutes. The late-night transfers allow riders to board buses and streetcars well beyond that time period.

It was not known how long the mechanic and his accomplice had been pilfering from Muni, or what was in it for the mechanic, police said.

The rampant illegal sales of those late-night transfers strip the cash-crippled Muni of thousands of dollars each week, they said.

In March, Muni and the Police Department joined forces on the surveillance sting at 16th and Mission streets and made numerous arrests regarding the illegal sales of transfers. They arrested King and Gutierrez on July 15.

Gutierrez was booked on charges of petty theft with a prior, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and theft, Dangerfield said. King was charged with possession of stolen property, conspiracy and theft.

“Officers will continue to stay on the case of illegal ‘late night’ transfers because the practice is ongoing,” police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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