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Arrest Made In San Francisco Cliff Home Housebreaking; Memorabilia Recovered – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Authorities announced that a San Francisco man was arrested in connection with a break-in last month at the recently closed Cliff House restaurant, which is home to historical memorabilia.

On Wednesday, a National Park Service spokesman announced KPIX 5 that the US Park Police, assisted by the San Francisco Police Department and park rangers, had issued search and arrest warrants in a house in Outer Richmond on February 12. The spokesman said a man had been arrested and charged in connection with the break-in.

The man’s identity is currently withheld. The police did not say whether they were looking for other suspects.

A surveillance photo of the break-in showed two people breaking into the historic building overlooking Ocean Beach on the morning of January 26. Items stolen included a bathing suit from the old Sutro bathhouse from the early 1900s.

(LR) Surveillance video of two suspects and a Sutro Baths swimsuit stolen during a break-in at the recently closed Cliff House restaurant in San Francisco on January 26, 2021.  (United States Park Police)

(LR) Surveillance photo of two suspects and a Sutro Baths swimsuit stolen during a break-in at the recently closed Cliff House restaurant in San Francisco on January 26, 2021. (United States Park Police)

During a search of the man’s home, authorities said they found several items that had been stolen from the restaurant. U.S. parking police said they found additional items on Feb.19.

Items recovered include swimsuits and artwork by Sutro Baths, according to Park Service.

Authorities said the recovered items have since been returned to the Hountalas family, who operated the restaurant for 47 years. The restaurant was closed late last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a dispute between the park service and the restaurant operators.

Items from the Cliff House are scheduled for auction on March 4th and 5th.

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