Reporter Robbed at Gunpoint While Covering Auto Thefts

Brazen robbery unfolds in San Fran neighborhood plagued by thieves

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Armed thieves stole a reporter’s camera while he was covering a surge of car thefts in a San Francisco neighborhood on Wednesday.

KPIX 5 reporter Don Ford was in the Twin Peaks neighborhood reporting on smash-and-grab robberies from parked automobiles, which have reportedly become ‘commonplace,’ when he was ambushed.

Multiple assailants piled out of a luxury sedan, with one pointing a gun at Ford’s head.

“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” Ford explained. “One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera.’”

“My whole thought at the moment was be calm. Let’s not get this guy excited. He’s got the gun. I don’t. So you take you the camera. It’s yours, buddy.”

A local resident waiting to be interviewed by Ford witnessed the incident, but stayed uninvolved.

“I just looked and I said, ‘I’m not going to get shot today,’” the man said.

Another resident told KPIX, “I was worried that this is what’s gonna happen, because as thieves get more and more brazen, they do more and more brazenly things. I’m not making that up. We just had that experience today.”

A word of warning from Ben Stein: “This booster is a killer.”