Mayor confirms stolen scooter recovered
A scooter donated by San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence that was stolen Saturday night from the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s South of Market office has been recovered and two suspects have been arrested in the burglary, Mayor Ed Lee said this morning.
Lee stopped by the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s office to donate eight iPad minis to the organization, Make-a-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area spokeswoman Jen Wilson said.
Eight iPad minis that were originally donated by the mayor were among some of the items stolen during the break-in, according to Wilson.
The thieves also took a battery-powered scooter, which was an autographed black model with orange decals of Pence’s name and his jersey number 8.
Lee confirmed the scooter has been recovered, Wilson said. She later said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglary.
No other information about the investigation was immediately available.
Surveillance video of the suspected thieves was released Monday.
Aside from the iPads and the scooter, the thieves also took a backpack worth around $350 that had been donated for an upcoming charity auction, as well as some laptops, gift cards and a personal backpack.
Saturday’s burglary is not the first time the Make-a-Wish Foundation office has been broken into, and it is not the first time the scooter, which Pence acquired shortly after joining the Giants in 2012, has been stolen.
The scooter was stolen from in front of Epic Roasthouse on The Embarcadero in May 2014 after Pence left it parked there unlocked. It was returned safely a few days later after extensive publicity about the theft.
The scooter, donated by Pence, was sold at auction last year for $40,000, but the charity has been holding it in the office for the purchaser, according to the organization.