Group uses phone to text and rob man

June 9, 2008 8:47:01 AM PDT
South San Francisco police are looking for a tech-savvy group of juvenile gang members who stole one victim's cell phone over the weekend and then used it to text message another man to a meeting place to victimize.

Four males allegedly affiliated with the "500 Block," a South San Francisco Norteno criminal street gang, allegedly assaulted and robbed the first victim in San Bruno over the weekend. They then used the phone to send a text message to lure the first victim's friend to a meeting place to rob him of his Apple i-phone, valued at $400, according to police.

At about 2 a.m. Saturday, a San Bruno resident received a text message from a friend's cell phone to meet in a South San Francisco business in the 200 block of El Camino Real, according to police. He was immediately assaulted and robbed, police report.

All four suspects were only described as Hispanic males most likely in their teens, wearing white tank tops and black pants. One suspect reportedly had a ponytail and a tattoo on his right shoulder.

The suspects fled in a dark, champagne-colored sedan with tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Corp. Curmi of the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900.