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