San Francisco police ask for help finding stolen ivory figurines


SF Gate

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More than 60 ivory figurines pilfered from a San Francisco art gallery remain missing despite police making an arrest, officials said Friday, as they asked for help tracking down the items.

Cameron Ybarra, 26, was charged with burglary in the heist on the 200 block of Jefferson Street at Fisherman’s Wharf. Employees at the gallery, which wasn’t identified, placed the value of the stolen items at more than $210,000.

Ybarra was already in jail for a separate matter when the investigation led police to him, officials said.

Some of the carvings in the haul depicted Samurai soldiers and Buddha, and others were scenes carved on elephant tusks. The sale of elephant ivory is illegal in California, though it persists on the black market.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the items was asked to call (415) 315-2445. Anonymous tips can be left at (415) 575-4444.