Criminal Justice

Convicted Car Burglar Given a Break Exits Court and Smashes Window of Judge's Vehicle, Police Say


Given a break on Tuesday by Judge Lillian Sing in San Francisco’s Community Court, it didn’t take long for a convicted car burglar to get into trouble again.

Phillip Bernard allegedly left the courthouse, went around to a back alley and smashed in the rear passenger window of a car with a weighted sock, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The 32-year-old was apprehended by two passing police officers, who ran the license plate and determined that the vehicle was registered to a judge: Lillian Sing.

Bernard is now jailed awaiting a Tuesday hearing in a new auto burglary case. This one will be heard in superior court.

“He’s just one of 1,600 we deal with,” Sing told the newspaper. “Most of them do really well.”

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