Thousands in gift cards for kids stolen from S.F. Richmond District youth center – San Francisco Chronicle

Thieves stole $5,000 in gift cards intended to buy school supplies for youth volunteers in a burglary at the Community Youth Center in San Francisco’s Richmond District, the organization’s leaders said Wednesday.

The youth center, which has seven offices around the city, works to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. About 100 $50 Amazon, Target and Visa gift cards were stolen, along with a couple of computers and monitors, said Sarah Wan, the group’s executive director.

The burglary of the Richmond office, in the 900 block of Clement Street, was reported at about 10 :30 a.m., said San Francisco police Officer Kathryn Winters. Officers were still investigating early Wednesday afternoon.

The burglary comes at a particularly bad time, Wan said. With the start of the school year, the organization planned to hand out the gift cards to reward “outstanding volunteers” and help them pay for school supplies.

“They are all for young people,” she said. “This is actually the worst time this could happen.”

Wan said the group will find a way to replace the gift cards, perhaps taking the money from its general fund.

Supervisor Connie Chan, who represents the Richmond District, called the break-in “disheartening news.”

No arrests have been made in the burglary, which remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Anonymous tips are accepted.

Michael Cabanatuan (he/him) is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @ctuan

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