SF: Burglar arrested for stealing $200K worth of jewelry


Police last week arrested a transient man who allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry in three separate burglaries at a store in San Francisco.

On Jan. 23 and Feb. 11, officers responded to a department store in the Stonestown Galleria mall to investigate reports of burglaries that occurred after the stores were closed, police said.

As a result of the burglaries, which were captured on surveillance cameras, the store lost $3,000 in cash and more than $80,000 in fine jewelry, police said.

Then at about 10 p.m. last Friday, the same suspect targeted the store again.

Employees were present at the time of the crime and immediately contacted police.

Officers responded to the scene, set up a perimeter and captured the suspect as he tried to flee the building, police said.

The officers recovered more than $150,000 worth of fine jewelry that the suspect allegedly stole from the store.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old transient Toby Kessler. Investigators were able to link him to the two earlier burglaries, police said.

Kessler was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools and stolen property, police said.

The case remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the San Francisco Police Department tip line at (415) 575-4444 or can send a text to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

Anyone providing information can remain anonymous, police said.

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