Two men have been arrested in San Francisco on suspicion of stealing cell phones from Muni passengers, police said.

The victim followed the suspect and offered to buy the phone back with cash, but the suspect stole the cash as wellOne of the robberies happened at about 7:45 a.m. last Thursday as a 23-year-old San Francisco man stood in the back of a 9-Express Muni bus using a cell phone to search the Internet.

The suspect reached over the man’s shoulder, grabbed the phone and ran off the bus as it approached Brookdale Avenue and Santos Street, police said.

The victim followed the suspect and offered to buy the phone back with cash, but the suspect stole the cash as well, police said.

The victim then called police from his home. Based on the suspect description, police detained Jaron Moore on Santos Street. Officers found the victim’s phone in Moore’s pocket and arrested him for robbery, police said.

On Friday, another 9-Express bus passenger was using an iPhone when someone grabbed it and ran off the bus at Ordway Street, police said. The victim followed the suspect and used another cell phone to call police.

Officers conducted a search based on information from the victim and found suspect Cameron Williams hiding in a truck trailer in the 1500 block of Bayshore Boulevard.

The victim’s iPhone was found in Williams’ pocket and he was arrested for robbery and a probation violation.

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  • raqcoon

    That’s hilarious, the victim tried to negotiate with the criminal and got ripped off twice. It’s getting to the point where having nice stuff in San Francisco is a detriment, that people want your i(whatever), fixer bike, laptop, etc. Here’s what I do, I have a beater bike, beater phone, beater laptop, beater car, and I look homeless. SF is all about being substandard.

  • Greg Dewar

    One has to be cautious, esp. with smartphones, on Muni. They are essentially a stack of 100 dollar bills, dressed up as a portable computer.

    Negotiations with terrorists and criminals never work. The little dears that stole this stuff know they can get away with it, because it’s not like the DA prosecutes crime anyway. Maybe more San Franciscans need to take a gun class and start carrying. Then we’ll see how many of these poor little dears steal.

  • cedichou

    Greg: San Francisco won’t issue Concealed Weapon permit, and that’s a good thing. Ain’t worth killing someone for an iphone. Smarter thing would be to make sure that cell phone carriers won’t let someone use a stolen cell phone on their networks.