(SFPD Press Release)
On March 26, 2012, San Francisco Police held a press conference advising the public of several incidents occurring in the Sunset District involving the theft of jewelry and money obtained under false pretense from older Chinese females. In each of these incidents, a Chinese woman was approached on foot while alone by three suspects described as 40 to 46 year-old Cantonese speaking Chinese women and defrauded of her property based upon her superstitious beliefs.
There have been 23 reported incidents to date involving the three suspects spanning various districts throughout the City. It has yet to be determined the number of suspects involved in these incidents. However, a forensic artist has compiled updated sketches of the suspects involved for release. San Francisco Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the suspects.
Anyone with information in these cases are requested to contact Inspector Kim Lewis or Inspector Julie Yee of the Financial Crimes Unit at 415-553-1521 or can provide information anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text a tip at TIP411.
San Francisco Police have also established a Limited English Proficiency Tip Line for the public to provide information related to this investigation in Cantonese at 415-553-9212 or 1-855-SFPD-TIP.
San Francisco Police would like to remind the public of the following:
‧ Use caution when approached by any strangers under these described circumstances.
‧ Do not allow strangers to touch you or your hands under these circumstances.
‧ Do not speak to strangers offering good fortune or unusual offers.
‧ Do not give money or valuables to be “purified”.
If approached by any of these suspects with similar inquiries, please call 911.