Parking garage thieves very particular about their choice of car 

Police are hunting a picky pair of carjackers who went to lengths to steal a newer-model Acura during a hold-up at a San Francisco parking garage Wednesday morning.

The gun-toting robbers actually had to move a Nissan in order to gain access to the Acura in the parking garage on the unit block of Fifth Street, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The suspects, both white men with one wearing a black wig, drove up to the parking garage in a silver BMW just as the garage attendant was opening for business at 6 a.m., Esparza said.

The men asked the attendant about the cost to park. After the attendant fetched them a parking tag, the suspects hopped out of the beamer with guns drawn, Esparza said.

They demanded keys to an Acura parked near the garage attendant’s booth. Once in the booth, they put a gun to the attendant’s head, forced him to open the cash register, then ordered him to the ground. Along with $180 cash, they snagged the video tape from the surveillance camera system in the booth, Esparza said. Then they went for the Acura.

“They had to move another car that was parked in front of the Acura,” Esparza said.

They left the Nissan running as one of the crooks fled in the beamer and the other in the Acura, Esparza said.

The garage attendant suffered lacerations to his head from the force of the crook’s gun. The injury did not require hospitalization, Esparza said.

Police have dusted the Nissan for fingerprints, the police spokesman said.

Both suspects were white men. One was described as in his early 30s, about 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. He wore a dark jacket and blue jeans during the heist, Esparza said.

The other suspect’s age was unknown. He was about 6-feet-1, 180 pounds and wore a black wig and blue jeans, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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