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The San Francisco Police Department refused to participate in an operation to arrest a man who ran a global fencing ring at a Quickly Boba Tea cafe earlier this month, according to District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
Quoc Le, 41, is face at least a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges for possession of stolen property after the Tenderloin bust, which was part of a larger investigation that tracks stolen items from bait cars and uncovered theft sales to Asia and Europe.
Detaining Le and moving more than 100 boxes of electronics would have required logistical assistance and police vehicles. But days before the scheduled arrest and seizure, Boudin reportedly received a “somewhat frantic” phone call from the department, informing him that they were “too busy” to help.
“We can arrest someone. We can put handcuffs on them. How can we transport them to the county jail without a car? How to grab the evidence without a truck to move the evidence? Usually, we ask the police to come and help us with this stage of the process. And we did it here,” Boudin said. local task in a new interview.
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“I was shocked they said ‘no’… They were too busy.”
As a result, Boudin said his office had to rent a U-Haul, which loaded and transported 130 boxes containing about 1,000 electronic devices. The, meanwhile, was transported by the United States Postal Inspector and Homeland Security Investigations.
Boudin’s assertion is underlined by a Press release published after the bust, which made no mention of the San Francisco police. The press release only acknowledged the work of investigators in his office, assistance from Homeland Security investigators and U.S. Postal Service inspectors, as well as “partnerships with the American Car Rental Association, SF Safe and leaders community”.
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Besides electronics, authorities also recovered shipping records to territories and countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam. Le, who was tracked after taking a laptop from a bait car, was charged with eight felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property.
The SFPD has yet to respond to Boudin’s claims, according to Mission Local.
The news comes as the district attorney faces a recall election on June 7, whose supporters are largely Asian Americanaccording to a recent survey.
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Featured image via San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (left) and KTVU (to the right)
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