SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – As crime and violence continue to make national headlines in the Bay Area, San Francisco police said they continue to make arrests and investigate armed robbery and car break-ins.
The department said that due to the organization behind these crimes, it takes time to track down and locate suspects.
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“We’re out here doing these operations, doing this investigation, we’re putting together good cases, we’re making good arrests, and we’re going to keep doing that,” said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a public intelligence officer for the San Francisco Police Department . “We will continue to make arrests and take cases to the prosecutor’s offices.”
Police say these crimes must be taken seriously as the stolen property charge only rudiments the characteristics of these cases.
Suspects have been found with guns and may pose a threat to the public. The division’s investigation into these crimes revealed ghost weapons and suspicious vehicles that were chasing them long before they were arrested. Last week, five suspects were detained for both car break-ins and armed robbery, including a youth.
“It’s up to the police to make arrests, and if the police make arrests, it’s up to me to hold them accountable,” said San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. “That’s exactly what I’m doing.”
Union Square has changed since a mass robbery last month. The police remain in the area weeks later with a heavy presence.
“I feel a lot safer walking around and seeing cops everywhere,” said Kristi Lee, a Christmas shopper in Union Square on Monday. “Before it felt like free for everyone and now we’re taking it over.”
Other visitors to the shopping district were uncomfortable in the city and were surprised that the police had made progress in their investigation.
“Unless I have to get something, I don’t really walk around,” said James Scott. “Well, if they make arrests, I’m sure I haven’t heard of them.”
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Lobsinger said they are hearing the public’s concerns and are working as a police agency to change that perception. More arrests are expected this week.
“There is a certain amount of organization, there is a certain amount of planning, we are organized, we are planning, we are making these arrests, we are going to continue these arrests,” he said on Monday.
Boudin attended a rally of supporters amid efforts to recall him as the DA moves forward. Following the event, he faced media inquiries about the criticism that remained of his approach to these crimes. Boudin declined, saying he had brought more charges than the current Alameda County attorney or his predecessor in San Francisco, compared to their 2018 and 2019 terms.
“The greatest deterrent to committing a crime is knowing that you will be arrested. We need people who come to San Francisco to commit a crime to know without a doubt that if they commit a crime here, they will be arrested, ”Boudin said.
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“This is not a San Francisco problem, this is a problem we see all over the country,” he said.
Boudin said the guilt attributed to him has to do with pre-term politics. He said courts take two years to process cases and he has not served that long. Boudin argued that it would take three years to review the outcome of the cases under his supervision. He said that while the problem is not specific to San Francisco, he is working with other elected officials and law enforcement agencies to fight this organized crime with a regional response.
In the meantime, police are encouraging local residents to report any crimes, as individual incidents could later be linked to a major operation that they are already investigating.
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“We are everywhere, we are everywhere in the city and we want people to feel safe here,” said Lobsinger. “We want people to shop here and we want to feel welcome in this city.”