A man suspected of being a prolific purse pilferer who’s swiped more than $100,000 in designer handbags and other merchandise from San Francisco’s posh Union Square shopping district has been busted by police, officials said.
Kelvin Dale Burton, 22, of Pittsburg is accused of ripping off designer handbags, clothing and other accessories from several high-end stores starting back in early March, said Officer Carlos Manfredi, a San Francisco police spokesman.
The first caper happened around 3:30 p.m. on March 3 when Burton allegedly went into a store on the 100 block of Grant Avenue and made off with at least eight purses worth more than $6,000.
Then on April 19, he went into a store on the 100 block of O’Farrell Street and stole designer bags, clothing and accessories worth about $30,000, Manfredi said.
On May 17, the suspect and two accomplices allegedly plundered $32,000 worth of gear at a store on the 100 block of Post Street.
In a final more violent episode, Burton and several other suspects swiped $44,000 in merchandise from a store on the 200 block of Post Street, Manfredi said.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Evan Sernoffsky