A reporter for KPIX 5 was doing a quick segment on the recent string of car break-ins when the reporter and crew were robbed.
The San Francisco area has recently seen a large string of vehicle break-ins since the beginning of the pandemic and local reporter Don Ford went down to do a story on the incidents, little did he know he would soon become a victim of a robbery.
From CBS SF:
On Wednesday afternoon, the smash-and-grabs turned into armed robbery. KPIX 5 reporter Don Ford was on the story Tuesday and again on Wednesday, and was preparing to interview nearby homeowners when a white luxury sedan with four men inside pulled up.
“The car came up here while we were about to do an interview, three guys jumped out,” said Ford. “One had a gun and put in my face and said, ‘We’re taking the camera.’”
The whole encounter with a Glock in his face took less than a minute. “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.”
“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 neighbor who asked not to be identified told KPIX 5.
Don Ford would continue to say that thankfully no one was hurt but that the whole crew was shaken up over the incident. The local police department is investigating the incident and local authorities are looking to put a stop to rising crime rates.