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San Francisco Furries Now Targets for Robbery

Updated: Feb 05, 2016 12:05
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A collection of Bay Area Furries. image from DogPatch Press

This is obviously the kind of news people rely on for.

This morning I received an email from Smashwolf, a local Bay Area Furry, saying that he and his friends are being targeted for robberies. when asked Smashwolf defined Furries as, “Fans of ‘anthropomorphic’ animals (animals with human traits like in a cartoon). Some of them take on an alternate identity and dress in costumes of that identity. These costumes are custom made, very individual, and very personal”

Of course this makes a robbery both a personal loss and a financial one. Here is the email:

I’m a furry. There are a lot of us in the bay area. A couple times a month hundreds of us gather in SoMa night clubs to go to dance parties, often in our costumes.

We are now targets. Actually our costumes are. Thieves steal them, breaking into cars. They are indeed worth a LOT of money. However , they are not an off-the-rack item They are each custom made for each person. They are so niche that selling them would only bring real money if other furries buy them. And then the stolen ones would be notice.

The thievery from autos in SF has gotten out of hand when furry animal costumes are a target, and a wallet is left behind.

It’s time SFPD actually take charge of this and actually investigate these cases. When a costume that is a unique piece of art is stolen from the locked trunk of a locked car, something needs to be done. The car break-in are just getting too out of hand.

The most recent robbery is of a purple and blue giraffe character named “Zarafa”.


Zarafa looking quite mischievous

Smash asks that “if anyone sees it at a pawn shop, flea market, thrift store, or in a ditch, they will know it needs to find its way home.” If you see it, you can get ahold of Zarafa’s owner by emailing His owner is heartbroken so please keep your eyes peeled.


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  1. TheVoiceOfReason
    January 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Furries actually think thieves give a shit what they’re stealing so much that they are targeting cars owned by furries and intentionally stealing fursuits?

    How fucking ridiculous…

    • Squeak T Dragon
      January 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      okay Mr. (or Ms) Voice of Reason. i want you to explain one important fact i will copy and paste out of the article:

      “…gotten out of hand when furry animal costumes are a target, and a wallet is left behind.”

      if the thieves didn’t care what they were taking, then why take a personal item like a custom costume of a freaky purple giraffe INSTEAD of a wallet?

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm

        Thieves will rarely ever take a wallet with them. They’ll search it for cash and leave it behind. Debit/credit cards are of no use for them because of how they leave a paper trail.

        Second, a thief isn’t going to take the time to open things and look at what they’re stealing. They’re just going to steal whatever is there and take a look at what it actually is when they’re in a safe location. There is no evidence at all that supports the thieves are intentionally targeting furries, and specifically stealing fursuits from cars. It just so happens that’s what furries tend to keep in their cars.

        Remember, the whole point of stealing is to NOT get caught. This is pretty simple stuff here.

      • Level_Thinker
        January 31, 2016 at 3:25 pm

        Your first and second points contradict each other. I imagine it is faster to grab the wallet and pitch it later than to rifle through it at the scene. And I would hope any thief worth their salt would open a big plastic bin before deciding to steal it.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        It takes mere seconds to look inside a wallet to see if there is cash in there.

        And you really think a thief will just sit there at the scene of the crime and root through someone’s belongings and risk being seen or caught by a passerby?

        You furries aren’t that bright.

      • Level_Thinker
        January 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

        Opening a wallet to check for money – 5-10 seconds.

        Flipping a bin top open to see what’s in it – 2 seconds.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 4:14 pm


        Yeah, my comment stands.

      • Voren Redden
        January 31, 2016 at 10:28 pm

        Personally. As a small time food thief for when I was homeless in LA and
        didn’t have much of a choice but to do it to survive. I hung out with a
        fairly degenerate group of thieves. Most small time thieves will go on the lookout for stuff they know is valuable via cost. Regardless of resale value because they tend not to look if they can, or cant, resell it. If they know of the cost of a fursuit, I’m sure most of the people I knew when I was homeless would steal it in a heartbeat as long as they could stow it away fairly easily. Now, I’m not agreeing with this being a line of ‘Fursecution’ or not. Maybe it was done because they are furry, maybe not. Just stating some truth’s to the situation. The bad new’s is, if they find out they can’t resell it, it will likely be burned, or trashed, to get rid of evidence. As was per the norm.

    • Considerthis
      January 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Believe it or not, a lot of people hate Furries, so someone targeting them for something like this is nothing new. I doubt any of these suits will be returned home solely because of how likely it is that this is an act of hate, and they are probably being immediately destroyed.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        You seriously think there’s a secret society of thieves out there who are intentionally targeting furry cars to break into and stealing fursuits as an act of hate so that they can be immediately destroyed?

        Wow. That line of thinking is on a whole other level right there.

      • Considerthis
        January 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        “Secret society” No, just the blatant fact that there are people who hate Furries and would go out of their way to hurt them, and have in the past. You don’t have to be an established thief to steal something. You clearly don’t know much on this topic so it may be worth it you stop acting like you do.

        As for the wallet thing in the other convo you’re having, it’s pretty fair to assume by them saying “wallet left behind” meant that the wallet was untouched. If there were money taken I’m sure they would have mentioned; the point was that they only took the suit, even though there were clearly other options. You also don’t seem to know how suits are stored, they wouldn’t necessarily need to open anything to know what exactly they’re taking

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        You can continue to feel persecuted and intentionally targeted if it helps you feel better about the situation. Just know that it sounds ridiculous to someone who’s not a furry.

      • Squeak T Dragon
        January 31, 2016 at 4:53 pm

        listen, you don’t have to like furries.. but don’t assume we are making a mountain out of a mole hill either..

        there was a legit chlorine gas attack which risked hundreds of lives at a furry convention. there ARE people out there who target furries.

        you obviously are not a furry or a victim, because you are blantant in your ignorance of what its like to be the target of these kinds of attacks.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 4:59 pm

        You’re only a target if you allow yourself to be a target, and you’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be a victim.

      • Baloo Uriza
        January 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Most people prefer to live life rather than just troll from their parent’s basement.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        So, crying persecution is living life?

        Furries must have a different definition of living life.

      • Baloo Uriza
        January 31, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        Nonsequitor. When you said “you’re only a target if you allow yourself to be a target,” you insinuated that it’s OK to target people because of their hobbies and to give those up. That’s TSA-level thinking; it’s better to just enjoy life rather than worry someone else is gonna be fucking up your program.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm

        I did some Googling and I think I now understand what “fursecution” means. It’s claiming that you are being persecuted for being a furry, even though no evidence of said persecution actually exists.

        Shit got stolen from a car. It’s not because the owner is a furry, or because the stolen item was a fursuit. It is because thieves steal stuff. Pure and simple.

      • Squeak T Dragon
        January 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm

        since you are googling stuff, here is something worth looking up instead of bull crap “buzzwords” like fursecution. (not saying fursecution doesn’t exist, but this isn’t about that.),,20880477,00.html

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:52 pm

        And, we’re sure that this was caused by an outsider and not another furry?

        No, of course we aren’t.

      • Sparkles
        February 4, 2016 at 3:07 am

        I’m a furry and I have been raped. So does that make me “Enjoy playing the victim”?

        Go fuck yourself.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        February 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

        Who’s talking about rape? We’re talking about a stolen fursuit.

        Calm down, furry.

      • Sparkles
        February 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        I used that as an example to a crime that’s happened to me, and I myself am a furry/fursuiter. You said “You’re only a target if you allow yourself to be a target, and you’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be a victim” and “furries enjoy playing the victim” – you have basically said I allowed myself for it to happen, that I was somehow showing off that “I’m an easy target”, but because I’m a furry and if I mention it it means I must “enjoy playing the victim” for some form of attention, which is NOT true.

        We aren’t saying this crime in particular was a target to this fursuiter. Heck, even the owner himself said it wasn’t, and that it was just bad timing. We are saying that furries are very commonly targeted for any kind of crime because they one; don’t understand our love to perform and bring enjoyment to people and two; bringing a character to life that we feel is a part of ourselves. They don’t like nor understand us, but instead of leaving us to what we do, they attack us. I used an old suit to do a fundraiser for charity on Red Nose Day, and some guy thought it was funny to come right up to me, kick me over and rip a part of my suit off. He injured me and battered property that wasn’t his, and his reasoning was “Furries are sick bastards that need to die” – I’m talking from experience on the matter. Yes, crime happens all the time and to anyone, but when someone like you talks as if there aren’t people out there who target us for whatever reason is deluded. Just like they are deluded that women aren’t targeted, blacks, disabled and even children not being targeted. We are ALL targeted, but you talk like we furries aren’t and we’re just over-reacting. We aren’t.

        So yeah, I’ll calm down when you stop talking out of your ass.

      • Squeak T Dragon
        January 31, 2016 at 5:10 pm

        Are you literally trying to say that victims of crimes are INVITING attacks to happen!?

        people get attacked going to movie theaters, restaurants, even while pumping gas.

        I hope you are as vocal about this in real life as you are online, because i’m sure the countless women who have been raped, or the people who have been shot on their doorstep, or any number of other victims will have something to say or even do to you..

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:11 pm

        A woman being raped or someone being shot and killed is not the same as a fursuit being stolen out of a car parked in San Francisco… Holy cow, the reaching that some of you are doing here is outstanding.

      • Squeak T Dragon
        January 31, 2016 at 5:29 pm

        “You’re only a target if you allow yourself to be a target, and you’re only a victim if you allow yourself to be a victim.”

        victims do not ask to be victimized! be it theft, battery or otherwise!

        you obviously don’t hang out with your friends or even leave your house, because doing so is “allowing yourself to be a victim”. because those are the things that people do when someone decides to come ruin their day.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        I don’t even know how to follow your line of thought anymore.

        The furry was a random unavoidable victim of property theft from a car. Nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t because they were a furry, and it wasn’t because it was a fursuit.

      • Baloo Uriza
        January 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm

        “I don’t even know how to follow your line of thought anymore.”

        Probably because you got lost in your own, very evidently intentional and deliberate convolution of a pretty straightforward concept. And that is victims don’t choose to be victimized, regardless of the crime.

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

        The only thing this furry was a victim of was simple property theft. It wasn’t because they were furry, nor is it because the item that was stolen was a fursuit.

        It was not a hate crime. That’s ridiculous.

      • Squeak T Dragon
        January 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

        i am not only referencing the dang theft, either. i have a friend that was mugged on the assumption they had money because they had a fursuit. there is the gas attack that happened at midwest furfest. there have been all sorts of occasions where furries are the specific target of crimes.

        we DO get targeted, regardless of what your opinion of us happens to be

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        January 31, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        “Fursecution”, right?

      • Tracy Price
        February 1, 2016 at 6:02 am

        Your “secret society” isn’t so secret. It’s 4-Chan. They have a long-standing hatred of furries and will fill a thread with hate-spam if someone posts a picture of one. They’ve repeatedly DDoS attacked furry-themed websites (and willingly admitted to it), harassed anyone they find out is a furry on other sites, and are therefore likely to do things like steal a suit just to burn it or dump chlorine at a furry convention. Admittedly, most people on 4-Chan are basement dwelling nerds and not really a threat to someone who is in shape enough to go out in a fursuit routinely (these get VERY hot inside, btw), so I doubt many are a real physical threat to furries, but they definitely have motive and are in every major city.

        That said, do I think some 4-Chan tard stole this suit? No. It was probably just the same person stealing stuff outside this club routinely. But the possibility does exist that someone purposely stole this suit knowing it would get shrugged off by the cops as just another random theft.

  2. NeonBunny
    January 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Most likely, the bag or bin it was in had more value to a thief than a costume. But can we remove the cost of the costume from this article? I doubt any realized what they were worth before, but i’d hate for a thief to see this post and learn how much they cost, so start looking for fursuits to steal.

    In reality, they may cost a bit, but just as many that are bought are made by their owners. They have no resale value. Think of if like a painting, yes, you can buy a painting at a gallery for alot of money, but if you think you can steal that and sell it for a bunch at a pawn shop, its not going to happen.

    The costumes are not items of value, so maybe we could remove that part, as its not important? What is important is that these costumes are art that have more sentimental value than any monetary value, so are not worth taking. (If the case is important, leave the costume, take the case).

    • TheVoiceOfReason
      January 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you for bringing this up. If thieves didn’t happen to know the value of what they were stealing, they sure as hell do now.

      And I totally get that there is sentimental value involved here. I don’t know much about these suits in general, but I can understand how emotionally scarring it can be to have something personal stolen from you.

      My point is though that furries are not the only group of people who have stuff stolen from their cars in San Francisco. I have friends whom are drag queens and perform all over the city, and they are subject to this kind of theft just as much as furries are.

      Only difference is, you don’t see them writing letters about how they’re intentionally being targeted.

      If you park a car on a public street in San Francisco, you are a target. Doesn’t matter what color you are, what religion you practice, or what group you are affiliated with.

    • January 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      although that is the value its resale value is pretty nil as any fuury will see the sale and go oh thats stolen i will send the link to the owner the fandom is pretty connected so one stolen suit often becomes news in the fandom itself worldwide even i found this out an im in the uk

      • NeonBunny
        January 31, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        I’m pretty well connected with the local furry scene. In SF alone i can think of maybe a dozen furries with fursuits. So that’s at least .0015% of SF! Although none live near that area.

        I do have other friends who live in that area, or work at clubs like the DNA.

        Most likely, sadly, the fursuit will be tossed in the bushes or a garbage as the bin is probably of more use that a costume to many.

        If it is sold, it will most likely be a soma or mission pawn shop, goodwill, thrift town, out of the closet, etc. Or someone who found it might lay it out on the sidewalk with other random things in hopes of selling it.

        With enough word, its possible someone who saw this story might be walking by tent city and see a purple giraffe head, and hopefully they contact someone.

        It has been reported stolen, and the value makes that theft a felony. Which means by law if it is in a pawn shop, they have to hand it over to the owner.

        But most importantly, there were probably 1000 car windows smashed im SF last night. How many arrests did SFPD make? They could be watching high crime streets, or even putting cars out with laptops in them while they hide there in wait. Or fix the street lights. Or so many things to address the problem. And the more people speak up about the problem, the better chance we have of them doing something…

    • Baloo Uriza
      January 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      There may be a deterrent factor as well, since something that expensive with nil resale value is going to be a felony with no payout. Really doesn’t matter what state, even the most lax states consider anything past $1000 in value as felonious.

  3. Cate Regardepas
    January 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Well, furries have been the target of a chlorine gas attack quite
    recently (last year if i’m not mistaken)… in an hotel, during a
    convention… Yes people hate furries, (and we can thank the press and
    their stupidity for it. Somber and sinister stories will sell, so they
    make furries look like sex deviants rather than people just enjoying a
    bit of dress up, like other cosplayers) and WILL hurt them if they get
    the chance!….

  4. Patch O'Furr
    January 31, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Hey Broke-ass Stuart. Thank you for sharing on your awesome blog. Zarafa’s a super valued and visible member of our little subculture. It’s a big deal that his iconic suit is stolen. If he doesn’t have it, he’s more of a silver fox than a purple giraffe. He needs it back to be himself. I expect it will get disrespected by being thrown on a sidewalk with a bunch of shit for sale.

    There’s a lot of SF flavor in this story. Thanks for sharing our New Year’s fursuiting pic from my Furry News blog. Zarafa’s in the middle and I’m the Husky in the lower right. My rainbow suspenders were actually bought off a homeless guy’s sidewalk sale in the Mission. Maybe a clown got mugged, but it was just so random to see them and I thought they needed a use. That was before I had a fursuit. So I guess they made me get something to match.

    This was my blog’s announcement of the party Zarafa was here for when he was robbed.

    DNA lounge, where this happened, has been in the news regarding an epidemic of car break ins.

    Clubbers are targeted by pickpockets too. Here’s my report of being mishandled at a SOMA club that was hit by serial offenders.

    No I don’t assume that thieves specifically targeted a fursuit. That may be over dramatic. But the loss is dramatic in itself.

    Here’s some slang from inside the county jail. “Bip” is the emergency glass breaker tool that these thieves use. One will hit a row and another will follow and loot them (perhaps to interfere with charge enhancement if they get caught?) It’s a crime simply to carry one of those – counts as a burglary tool if they catch you with one and it’s not for your own car. Also, sometimes thieves will loot a bunch of cars then steal the last car to carry the stuff away. That’s a “stolo”.

  5. Jeremy Dziewurski
    January 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I know how much these suits cost.. (I own one myself) so my heart definitely goes out to Zarafa.. I definitely know what he is going through..

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  7. Kirby Lowe
    February 1, 2016 at 8:40 am

    from the police points this is mostly a hate crime, that because the only thing that happen in the car was the fursuit got taken i for one hope that the owner gets it back but as from what i know of the world that not likely and that sanden me.

  8. ThetaBara
    February 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Don’t leave stuff in your car in SoMa. Ever. It’s not targeting – no one wants your sweaty fursuit. Crackheads break into cars any time they see anything. Get a bin with wheels and keep it with you all the time.

  9. Paul J. Lucas
    February 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    They were burgled, not robbed.

  10. Patch O'Furr
    February 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Posting flyers worked, they found Zarafa. I’m trying to get the story to put on my blog. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Baloo Uriza
      February 4, 2016 at 12:24 am

      I’m glad this had a happy ending. I really hope we get a follow up on this!

      • TheVoiceOfReason
        February 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        The followup is that furries are found to overreact over the most insignificant of events, seemingly for attention.

        I seriously can’t believe some of you thought his was some sort of hate crime, or that he was somehow targeted for being a furry.

        Anyway, thanks for the laugh everyone. The well-documented Internet reputation of furries is demonstrated here as clear as day.

      • Baloo Uriza
        February 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

        Don’t you have some ranger station in the Oregon Outback to be occupying?

  11. NeonBunny
    February 4, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Update: On Tuesday night me and Zarafa hit the streets of San Francisco in that area to check thrift stores, and put up lost/reward posters and talk to people who live there. We put up or gave over about 100 posters.

    On Wednesday evening, Zarafa got a call from two homeless ladies who live in tents around that area. One had found the fursuit on Sunday in an ally nearby (most likely ditched when the thier realized it wasn’t electronics), and she could tell it was special so she hung on to it. The other had seen the poster we put up and told her friend.

    Zarafa was up in the north bay, so he called me and I headed over to SF with my boyfriend. Was scepticle at first, but we met them at DNA pizza, and there was the giraffe in a large black bag! No bin, but that’s ok. We gave them the reward money, bought them a large pizza, gave them 2 sleeping bags i had in my basement i hadn’t used in forever, talked about life on the streets, and gave them a bunch of hugs.

    The purple giraffe, while a little smelly from being damp and in a bag for a few days, is now back with his owner being cleaned now.

    Thank you so much for your post and all your help! Recovery couldn’t have happened without it!

  12. […] SAN FRANCISCO FURRIES NOW TARGETS FOR ROBBERY was the headline.  That’s very nice personal coverage from Broke-Ass Stuart.  He’s a well known San Francisco personality who does travel writing, news blogging, TV hosting, and even ran for mayor.  The news tip came from Smashwolf.  It made great press, counting the city as a place for the wild and creative, and furries as a unique part of the city. […]