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Motorcyclists brazenly boost woman’s jewelry, latest in rash of robberies

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Motorcycle bandits scored big in a jewelry heist Wednesday, police said.

Two greedy goons on a “dark-colored” motorcycle swiped mall-style shopping bags from a 54-year-old woman that contained jewelry worth a “large amount” of cash in the South of Market neighborhood, police said.

The suspects claimed to be armed with a gun during the heist near Brannan and Seventh streets around 3:15 p.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said. No arrests have been made, he said.

It was not immediately clear why the victim was carrying a gold mine of jewelry — whether she was a jeweler or had just returned from shopping, police said. It also isn’t known if the thugs knew the victim was carrying the expensive loot, police said.

The woman had parked her car and was walking down the street when one of the two suspects hopped off the motorcycle and “forcibly” took the shopping bags, Esparza said.

She called police after they zoomed off, police said.

The armed robbery was one of seven reported on The City’s streets Wednesday night and Thursday morning. At least one occurred every two hours starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, police reports said.

Officers in the Taraval, Ingleside, SoMa, Mission and Bayview police districts responded to street robbery calls in their coverage areas.

The crimes persist while SFPD announces successes in its crackdown on the wave of street robberies in The City, including multiple busts in the Mission and Hayes Valley areas.

maldax@sfexaminer.com