SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO -- A thief who spins tales about his hefty inheritance to store or office workers, but then swipes their iPhones or iPads while they aren't looking has struck at least eight times on the Peninsula, police said Monday.
Since the end of February the chatty suspect, who poses as a customer, has engaged in long conversations with employees in Burlingame and South San Francisco and then made off with their pricey Apple devices, said South San Francisco police. So far he's targeted a furniture business, dental offices and car dealerships.
In the past two weeks alone he's gotten away with five iPhones and an iPad from South San Francisco workers who turned away for a moment, police said. The theft usually comes after he has spent some time in the business and stories of his large inheritance have come up.
Police said he's a white man between 25-30 years old who is about 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin or medium build. He goes by Mike or Michael and is partial to wearing a T-shirt with an LRG brand logo on the front. He had shaggy brown hair, but shaved it off around March 25, police said.
Anyone with information can call South San Francisco Detective Mike Garcia at 650-877-8916. Photos of the suspect are available at http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1017.
Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.