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iPhones, iPads Stolen From South SF Businesses By Man Posing As Customer

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Surveillance cameras captured images of a man suspected of electronics thefts at South SF businesses.  (Credit: South SF Police)

Surveillance cameras captured images of a man suspected of electronics thefts at South SF businesses. (Credit: South SF Police)

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — South San Francisco police were searching for a man they say has entered as many as five random businesses and stole employees’ iPhones.

Since Wednesday, the suspect had gone into a furniture store, dental offices and an auto dealership posing as a customer, according to South San Francisco police.

He identified himself as Mike or Michael and engaged employees in long conversations, sometimes telling them he recently inherited a large sum of money, police said.

When the employees were distracted, the man stole electronics from their desks, police said.

The same suspect was believed to have stolen five iPhones and one iPad from employees at businesses in South San Francisco and Burlingame, police said.

He was described as a white man between 25 and 30 years old, around 6 feet 2 inches tall with shaggy brown hair. Investigators believe he might have recently shaved his head.

He has been seen wearing a T-shirt with a “LRG” brand logo on the front.

Video surveillance photos of the suspect can be seen on the city of South San Francisco website at: http://www.ssf.net/index.aspx?NID=1017.

Anyone who thinks they might have been the victim of a similar crime or who may have information about the suspect was asked to contact South San Francisco police Detective Mike Garcia at (650) 877-8916.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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