S.F. boba shop was a front for an international car-burglary operation, D.A. Boudin says

Le was taken into custody on Monday and will be charged with at least eight counts of felony possession of stolen property and four counts as a misdemeanor, according to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. While other cars filed in and...

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throwaway_thyroid
throwaway_thyroid
454 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Sharky Laguana, president of both the American Rental Car Association and the San Francisco Small Business Commission

A+ name. Outstanding.

shasty_mcnasty
shasty_mcnasty
354 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Lol I used to work at this Quicklys under the previous management. It makes so much sense now.

donmuerte
donmuerte
223 · 9 days ago · Reddit

I figured it was Quickly. Nobody is ever in there. This is right across the street from that camera place that got busted as well.

matt_the_hat
matt_the_hat
200 · 9 days ago · Reddit

This is the first time I have heard of effective use of bait cars & GPS trackers to go after car burglaries in San Francisco. Could be significant if they keep it up.

The probe leading up to Le’s arrest, which is dubbed Operation Autopilot, included bait cars, GPS tracking devices and undercover surveillance, and led to the recovery of over 500 laptops, phones, cameras and other devices from locations allegedly associated with Le, officials said.

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The investigation into Le began in October, when investigators parked a bait vehicle in Japantown — an area known for drawing unsuspecting tourists and an attendant stream of car burglars. Inside the car officials planted a new Apple Macbook Pro, and affixed a hidden GPS tracker to it.

The bait car was broken into that day, and inspectors spent the next several hours trailing the tracker from one car to another throughout San Francisco, according to court records.

Investigators first identified Le as a suspect when the tracker stopped at a gas station, where Le was parked. While other cars filed in and out of the gas station, neither Le’s vehicle nor the tracker moved for several minutes, investigators said.

A surveillance team spent the next several months learning Le’s habits and building a case against him, records show. He was seen regularly taking packages — including one that allegedly contained the prosecutors’ tracker — to a FedEx store, and in less than a month, prosecutors recorded his vehicle making over 100 stops to an area of Golden Gate Avenue where investigators witnessed what they suspected was Le buying stolen items.

thedapperdanman
thedapperdanman
151 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Robberies committed by an organized criminal front and not by the unhoused? Chesa Boudin scoring a big win? No, I don’t see this post performing well on the sub at all.

DancingOnACounter
DancingOnACounter
104 · 9 days ago · Reddit

This is really amazing news to hear. It’s not gonna solve breakins but it’ll deter some now that one of their sources has been arrested. I hope this program keeps cracking down other fronts and perhaps even catch the theft in action.

shakka74
shakka74
82 · 9 days ago · Reddit

According to the article: “Le was already out on bail for a 2019 case involving stolen property, which is still pending…”

So for the three years that he’s been walking free due to not being prosecuted for that crime, how many other folks have been victimized by this guy?

swump
swump
50 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Wow. Dare I say...did Chesa do something right for once??

Dont hate me, I dont have a strong opinion on the DA either way, just seems like the sub absolutely hates his guts.

garytyrrell
garytyrrell
40 · 9 days ago · Reddit

And this (rather than arresting low level offenders) is exactly why I voted for Boudin and will be voting against the recall. Great job, Chesa!

snot_2046
snot_2046
33 · 9 days ago · Reddit

It's incredible to me that they had so many owners saying their stuff was ending up there and it took that long to charge.

If SFPD was willing to do their part, it should have been doable in under a week.

Sabotage00
Sabotage00
33 · 9 days ago · Reddit

A market that's INVISIBLE? What a fucking JOKE! I lived next to that boba shop and it was so incredibly obvious, with the desk full of stolen goods just set up right inside, what was going on.

This was like, what? 4-5 years ago? And it's gone on, uninterrupted, until now?

Hilarious. Now just investigate, I don't know, any of the other businesses on that block that clearly don't have any income and you'll have successfully annoyed, but by no means stopped, the black market in the area... Larkin, and that corner, is the NICE section of the black market. Gotta head on over to golden gate and further down towards market for the real deal.

sailor-clout
sailor-clout
25 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Quickly is to boba, as 7-Eleven is to pizza… gross chain.

RapidEyeMovement
RapidEyeMovement
17 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Am I reading this right

Boudin’s office employs investigators who can conduct special operations at Boudin’s request and make arrests.

That the police are so unwilling to work with the DA that they have to employ their own investigators because of the animosity between the two agencies?!!

Binthair_Dunthat
Binthair_Dunthat
14 · 9 days ago · Reddit

It would be great if Le goes to trial and then given meaningful prison time if convicted. I certainly wouldn’t bet on this though…

usctrojan415
usctrojan415
14 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Wasn't a camera/​video store in the TL the previous front?

theillustratedlife
theillustratedlife
13 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Can you imagine being in some village in Vietnam and recognizing your missing laptop?

Come to think of it, I was once on a trip and happened upon an acrylic frame from the small business my parents ran when I was a kid. I have no idea how that random little piece of kit ended up many timezones away.

sfbeav
sfbeav
11 · 9 days ago · Reddit

The dry cleaning place I used to go too about 7 years ago on Blake and Geary was a front for human trafficking. Now that bust totally blew my mind. I still can’t believe I’d pick up my dry cleaning there meanwhile what they were doing to other humans. So crazy.

Edit: it was sex trafficking gah!

LJAkaar67
LJAkaar67
10 · 9 days ago · Reddit

The wife wasn't charged...?

Quoc Le, 41, whose wife owns a Quickly bubble tea cafe on Larkin Street, was arrested following a sprawling investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office that targeted higher-level criminals who profit off the city’s smash-and-grab epidemic. Le’s wife was not charged with a crime , prosecutors said.

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Investigators also worked with several victims who had their stolen devices send location signals from a vacant space on Larkin Street that shares a wall with the bubble tea cafe owned by Le’s wife.

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surveillance team who staked out the Larkin Street address in January said they witnessed multiple people enter the Quickly tea shop — at least one with a laptop visible — and exit without the devices or food or drinks in their hands.

The wife wasn't charged!?

AccountThatNeverLies
AccountThatNeverLies
9 · 9 days ago · Reddit

So the DAs office was using trackers already back in October, even before glitterbomb guy even announced he's working with SFPD this Holliday season. Though to swallow for the Chesa haters.

He's slow but he actually did something instead of just complaining.

sonicice
sonicice
8 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Lol. It was super obvious what was going on when the electronics "repair" desk or whatever appeared in there. If you look at the Yelp reviews from 3-5 years ago everybody else knew it too.

thetiredjuan
thetiredjuan
7 · 9 days ago · Reddit

I always passed by there and the one time I went in they only took cash I knew something was up. Pretty sure that jewelry store across the street from they is fishy too.

Syrup-South
Syrup-South
6 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Years ago you at that Quicklys, you used to be able to sell food stamps for cash

SillyMilk7
SillyMilk7
6 · 9 days ago · Reddit

Last sentence of The chronicle article:

When he was arrested on Monday, Le was already out on bail for a 2019 case involving stolen property, which is still pending.

usernamechecksought
usernamechecksought
5 · 9 days ago · Reddit

I went here and there was a LITTLE KID working

BroadForce55
BroadForce55
5 · 9 days ago · Reddit

I don’t get it. According to many people here doesn’t boudin love criminals? Shouldn’t these people be getting keys to the city?