San Francisco police say 2 people robbed by 5 teens at Westfield mall

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
SFPD: 2 people robbed by 5 teens at Westfield mall
Police say two customers were robbed and one was beaten by five teenagers at the Westfield San Francisco Centre Monday night.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Police are investigating another incident at the Westfield Shopping Centre in San Francisco. It's the second robbery there this month.

Officials don't know if the two robberies are connected at all. But there are a lot of security cameras both inside and outside that could help the investigation.

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Westfield security is working with San Francisco police after two customers there were robbed and one beaten just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

Officials say they were on the fourth floor working on their laptops when one suspect distracted them while another grabbed a laptop and took off.

"The two victims ran after the suspect and then the other victim noticed that another suspect came up and took his laptop and cellphone that had been left on the table," said SFPD Officer Giselle Talkoff.

Talkoff says in all there were five teenagers muggers and one of the victims was punched in the face.

In a statement, Westfield management said the "recent incident involving several youths is not acceptable" and that "significant resources continue to be devoted to security arrangements."

Earlier this month a man was attacked and robbed in a restroom there by at least three men.

And just two days before that, a man's body was found in a mall stairwell in what is now being called a suspicious death.

Police say because this is a busy area, it's easy for criminals to target shoppers. It's a concern for some we talked to on Tuesday.

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"It's awful that you have to be on guard constantly when you have something in your possession," said one shopper.

Another shopper, Robert Evans, says he has nothing for anyone to take.

"I think some of them think I'm going to be robbing as opposed to being robbed, to be honest, so I don't worry about it," he said.

If you have any information about either robbery police want to hear from you.