handcuffs.JPGIf someone walks up to you on Market Street and offers you a deal that’s too good to be true, it probably is: SF Weekly has a report on the SFPD’s Stolen Property Abatement Operation. It’s a classic sting, where an undercover cop will offer to sell passers-by stuff like laptops and merchandise from stores like Walgreens and Nordstrom.

Once the price is agreed upon, SFPD will descend on the purchaser and bust him/her for “a felony count of attempted receipt of stolen property.” Yikes. Maybe just pay the extra money to buy those Mach 3 blades in store.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • jwb

    This stinks like entrapment, but that reminds me …

    The lowest of the low are the people who actually buy muni transfers from crackheads on market street. It’s amazing how often I see a completely legit-looking guy in a suit pay a dollar to buy a transfer off some tweaker. Hello, twatwaffle, that’s illegal! And you’re only saving a dollar!