24-Jan-2023 (Tue) Wherein we survived Stormageddon, and an arrest was made

We had surprisingly little flooding during this month's climate apocalypse. Harrison near Division was underwater for a while, but it turns out that even though that's only a couple blocks away, we're several feet higher in elevation, so the water didn't crest the sidewalk on our block. We did have some inexplicable roof leaks, but nothing too severe.

At one point at the height of the storm, we had dirty water jet up out of the sink drains and water fountains! It did not seem to be sewage, so our best guess is that it was roof water that had nowhere else to go because the sewers were already at capacity.

Despite our worry, we were not burgled a third time on New Year's Day, probably because:

A suspect was arrested on New Year's Eve after running a red light near 4th and Townsend.

[He] was booked into county jail for nine counts of burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics.

SFPD posted this fun photo of his burglary tools, in case you're looking for some tips.

Man arrested, accused of breaking into 10 SF stores:

The burglaries followed a similar pattern of the suspect forcing entry through the front of a business, causing damage. Once inside, the suspect stole cash from registers, safes or ATMs, and various other items from the stores.

Not their first rodeo: Matt and Kayla were also arrested in 2021:

Officers arrived on scene and located two suspects in the process of stealing two vehicles. [...] they fled into another stolen vehicle and drove in the officer's direction at a high rate of speed, causing him to dive out of the way to prevent from being struck. The suspects then fled on foot into a nearby cemetery. [...]

Both suspects [admitted] to numerous thefts throughout the Bay Area. Lake and Gutierrez were transported and booked into San Mateo County Jail on numerous charges.

I can't imagine a scenario where we get any of our money back, however. You will be shocked, shocked to learn that insurance is a scam.

Turns out our insurance policy basically doesn't cover cash. It doesn't matter what kind of paperwork we have documenting the amount of cash that was stolen, the policy caps that at $5k, minus a $1k deductible.

And regardless of whether the insurance company found some reason to deny the claim entirely -- which they almost certainly would -- the mere act of filing the claim would cause our rate to (purely coincidentally) go up by more than $4k per year.

"Nice policy you have there, shame if something were to happen to it."

And I'm gonna guess that bringing a civil suit against a meth-head is also not going to turn out to be an effective strategy.

I'll bet Louis Vuitton doesn't have these problems.

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9 Responses:

  1. cmt says:

    That Hilti is a nifty tool, but really not made for stealth work. (I always imagined burglaries to be either very quick or very quiet, but maybe that shows that I've seen more movies than real burglaries).

    • K says:

      Back when I worked at a computer store, someone broke in by hammering a hole through the wall with a giant pipe wrench. Most burglars are not particularly concerned about being quiet.

  2. xorn says:

    I am genuinely curious as to what kind of physical security would prevent someone with that kit from getting in.

    • Marcus says:

      24x7 armed guards.  A top of the line (TRTL60x6) safe would resist that cutting torch for, at most, 60 minutes.

    • thielges says:

      Multiple layers.  It is expensive and consumes a lot of space, but eventually the burglar will run out of energy.  In most situations hiring a guard is cheaper.

      • ContextSans says:

        If these are the same shitheads who hit the French bakery in the Castro, if the safe is portable they’ll take it home to work on it at their leisure.

    • phuzz says:

      They're methheads, so staple a baggie of some anaesthetic that looks like meth to the inside door. Then when they break in, they'll see the baggie, consume the contents and pass out. Simples!

  3. Adam says:

    Well, when thieves carry a backpack Oxy-acetylene cutting rig they can definitely get through most any security door or gate quite quickly and without much noise.

  4. Charles says:

    Damn, looks like a display of the forceible entry tools  carried on a SF Fire Dept truck company.  A good truck company will be able to gain entry to a business under 10 mini or less, but makes a heck of a lot of noise doing it.  There are 2 premises behind physical security. One is that you make your site look harder to break into than the other guy's and the other is to slow them down  and cause them to make enough of a racket, long enough for the police or security force to show up.  Sure doesn't look like they were much afraid of the police.

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