CNN Crew’s Automotive Damaged Into Whereas Filming About SF’s Crime Woes

A CNN tv crew had their automobile damaged into outdoors Metropolis Corridor whereas filming a phase about crime in San Francisco. 

CNN’s senior nationwide correspondent Kyung Lah mentioned their car’s window was smashed and luggage have been taken inside 4 seconds, regardless of the crew hiring a safety element to protect their rental automobile whereas they have been on the town.

San Francisco police confirmed the incident and mentioned officers attended the scene at Grove Avenue and Van Ness Avenue, proper outdoors Metropolis Corridor at 12:09 p.m. on March 17. One of many victims tried to seize a suspect, who escaped right into a getaway car, police added. No arrests have been made.

Lah posted concerning the occasions to Twitter, in what has since become a viral tweet thread, seen hundreds of thousands of occasions in keeping with the hen app’s personal stats. 

CNN reporter Kyung Lah poses with TSA officer Boongaling on the Oakland Worldwide Airport. | Courtesy Kyung Lah

“We had safety to look at our rental automobile and crew automobile,” wrote Lah on Twitter. “Thieves did this in below 4 seconds. Safety stopped the jerks from stealing different luggage. However significantly, that is ridiculous.” 

Additional on within the thread, Lah mentioned she had liked her time in San Francisco and commented that it was a lovely metropolis, whereas warning others about leaving belongings of their automobile. 

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The intrepid reporter then needed to traverse Oakland Airport on her means house with out her ID, because it had been stolen—however apparently airways are so used to vacationers changing into victims of theft within the Bay Space that they’ve contingency plans in place to get passengers by way of safety. 

Lah praised airport safety employees and later introduced her luggage had been discovered by SF’s Workplace of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. Lah’s colleague’s bag was later discovered, too—however was lacking a pc. 

“In the event you fly out of Oakland, know the gasoline stations are being hit across the airport,” Lah mentioned.

Supervisor Joel Engardio mentioned he felt unhealthy the reporters had develop into victims of theft whereas interviewing for a narrative about crime within the metropolis. The newly elected reasonable politician payments himself as robust on crime, a stance that has been credited as a driving power for a profitable marketing campaign that noticed him pull off the uncommon feat of unseating an incumbent. 

“That’s the nice irony,” Engardio mentioned. “It’s particularly embarrassing that they have been at Metropolis Corridor, of all locations. It poetically accentuates why they have been right here.”

Supervisor Joel Engardio | Michaela Vatcheva for The Normal

Engardio added he not solely feels unhealthy for the reporters, but additionally for all San Franciscans because the theft performs right into a nationwide narrative that the town is unsafe and never a fascinating place to go to. 

“I need individuals to go to and expertise the enjoyment of SF,” mentioned Engardio.

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