Unless 62-year-old Dai Thai is stockpiling for the impending zombie apocalypse, SFPD might be right to arrest him after two days of surveillance… Unless SFPD happens to be representing zombies, but that’s a whole other conspiracy theory on a whole other block. Zombies or not, what police found in a two bedroom apartment on Commercial St. in Chinatown was quite the bounty.

As ABC7 reports, Thai allegedly acted as ringleader for a shoplifting ring whose main thefts included toiletries and batteries.

The spoils, valued at between $300,000 and $400,000, is composed of $100,000 worth of disposable razors, $40,000 worth of batteries and more shampoo and conditioner than there is hair in SF.

Thieves hit up CVS, Target, Safeway, and Walgreens, going as far as Walnut Creek and Alamo to net their goods. (In the true spirit of Bay Area social consciousness, they apparently never set foot in a Walmart throughout their thefts.)

Now police are faced with the tedious task of inventorying thousands of products and searching for those connected with the shoplifting ring.

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  • jvw

    I always wondered why CVS and Walgreen’s did retarded shit like locking up soap and shampoo, but I guess this is the reason.

    • Timothy Doyle

      I know. The clerk needs a key to open up the soap. Weird.

  • jvw

    I always wondered why CVS and Walgreen’s did retarded shit like locking up soap and shampoo, but I guess this is the reason.

    • Timothy Doyle

      I know. The clerk needs a key to open up the soap. Weird.

  • Why not mention prophylactics? They’ve been stealing those too. That’s why you have to ask for the behind the counter at Safeway. It’s embarrassing. The store clerks always snicker “Kimono. huh?”

    • Justizin

      They snicker because you call them prophylactics. 😉

    • Timothy Doyle

      Exactly, one time I had a nymphomaniac crazy girl who insisted I buy a box of condoms. They were $18 frigging dollars for 12. But probably worth it as I am 46 years old and a clean bill of STD health so far.

  • Why not mention prophylactics? They’ve been stealing those too. That’s why you have to ask for the behind the counter at Safeway. It’s embarrassing. The store clerks always snicker “Kimono. huh?”

    • Justizin

      They snicker because you call them prophylactics. 😉

    • Timothy Doyle

      Exactly, one time I had a nymphomaniac crazy girl who insisted I buy a box of condoms. They were $18 frigging dollars for 12. But probably worth it as I am 46 years old and a clean bill of STD health so far.

  • These figures are as useless as the nonsense they use to quantify pot busts. Like where somebody decides one small plant could potentially make 150 joints with a street value of $5 each, so $750 per plant x 20 plants = a $15,000 bust!

    So they report the haul in those dollar “estimates” and never mention that the actual net weight was maybe 1 pound altogether, nor its low-quality wholesale value of less than a grand a pound. No pizazz in a triple-digit bust, yo.

    And likewise, those individual razors in the traveler rip-off section go for $3 a razor, so a big-ass 20-pack of cheapo single-blade lacerators would thus have a street value of $60, even if the store price printed on there is $3 for the whole bag of 20.

    So that $100K figure they trump up here probably represents only 30,000 or so actual razors, which could equal as few as 1,500 or maybe 2,000 bulk crates of razors as shipped. Which means this so-called huge bust in fact netted only … wait, hell, that actually is still a frigging shitload of stolen razors. Seriously, dude, WTF?!?

  • These figures are as useless as the nonsense they use to quantify pot busts. Like where somebody decides one small plant could potentially make 150 joints with a street value of $5 each, so $750 per plant x 20 plants = a $15,000 bust!

    So they report the haul in those dollar “estimates” and never mention that the actual net weight was maybe 1 pound altogether, nor its low-quality wholesale value of less than a grand a pound. No pizazz in a triple-digit bust, yo.

    And likewise, those individual razors in the traveler rip-off section go for $3 a razor, so a big-ass 20-pack of cheapo single-blade lacerators would thus have a street value of $60, even if the store price printed on there is $3 for the whole bag of 20.

    So that $100K figure they trump up here probably represents only 30,000 or so actual razors, which could equal as few as 1,500 or maybe 2,000 bulk crates of razors as shipped. Which means this so-called huge bust in fact netted only … wait, hell, that actually is still a frigging shitload of stolen razors. Seriously, dude, WTF?!?