The Global Film Initiative, a small Ninth Street-based non-profit whose mission it is to "[promote] cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema," was CLEANED THE FUCK OUT on Sunday night. Santosh fills us in:
[The thief] entered the building around 12:00 am, went into our office, packed up all the computers, and left with a first load. And then, came back a few hours later to finish the job. The second time he came back, he returned with a different outfit and another set of tools--and tried to dismantle the elevator control panel, so he could gain access to the second floor of the building. Total duration of the burglary was about 5 hours.
The guy knew what he was doing. He didn't have a key, but used a homemade tool to open the door in a manner that would not reflect a forced entry, and not draw attention. We did cut that part out [of the video], because many of the buildings in SOMA have similar doors, and we didn't want to give anyone tips on how to break into other buildings. Our loss was close to $15K, and with the damage to the elevator, the overall loss from the burglary is about $20K.
Give the video a quick scan and be sure to check out the end for a key shot of crackhead roll up to the door and not rob the place. Also, I highly recommend bumping some hot ragtime jams while watching.