Thief begs for mercy after unholy heist 


A thief cried out for mercy in the Outer Mission district last week after he was taken down for stealing a man’s crucifix, police said.

The robbery was reported at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday in the 5200 block of Mission Street.

The victim was walking in the crosswalk at Mt. Vernon Avenue when the suspect, who had been walking past him, suddenly reached out and ripped the metal chain and copper crucifix from his neck, according to police.

The suspect fled westbound on Mt. Vernon Avenue and reportedly turned around and punched the victim who had been chasing him, but the victim wasn’t fazed.

He took the suspect down to the ground and grabbed his hair, preventing him from getting up, police said.

“The suspect yelled out for mercy by saying, ‘OK, OK,” police said.

The victim retrieved his chain, which the suspect had dropped. While the suspect managed to flee, the victorious victim “had a few strands of the suspect’s hair stuck in his hand,” which was collected as evidence, police said.


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