Police Nab Serial Armed Robber Who Hit Ingleside Gas Station

The suspect is accused of robbing Pacific Enterprise, a gas station on Ocean Avenue on Feb. 7.

Evidence of the robberies collected by police. | Courtesy of SFPD
The Ingleside Light is an independent news outlet. Sign up to receive our latest stories as soon as they're published.

A man who robbed three San Francisco businesses including one in Ingleside on Ocean Avenue was arrested by the San Francisco Police Department, according to a news release.

SFPD Robbery Unit investigators identified the suspect as 60-year-old Frank Bennett of San Francisco and arrested him without incident in San Bruno on Feb. 16, hours after he had robbed a convenience store in the Bayview. A search of Bennet's residence in the Bayview turned up a gun, ammunition, cash and clothing believed to have been worn in the robberies.

Bennett was booked into San Francisco County Jail on three counts of robbery, three counts of commission of a crime with a firearm and three counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Bennet is accused of robbing Pacific Enterprise, a gas station at 999 Ocean Ave., located between Harold and Geneva avenues on Feb. 7 around 1:00 p.m.

SFPD officers from Taraval Station responded to the incident and were told by the victim that a man entered the store once other customers had left and placed a candy bar on the counter as if he was ready to make a purchase. Once the register was open, the man walked behind the counter while pointing a gun at the cashier and took all of the cash. He then fled southbound on Harold Avenue.

The SFPD Robbery Unit, which had already been investigating a similar incident at a gas station on Potrero Avenue on Jan. 6, took over the investigation. Another incident occurred on Feb. 16 at approximately 8:45 a.m. at a business located on Revere Avenue.

"Bennett is subject to further charges pending investigation of his potential involvement in additional robberies that have occurred in San Francisco as well as San Mateo County," the news release said.

Support Independent News

This story you’ve just finished was funded by our readers. We want it to inspire you to either sign up to become a member or make a gift to The Ingleside Light so that we can continue publishing stories like this one that matter to our community and city.

The Ingleside Light is a reader-funded news publication that produces independent journalism to benefit the community. We were founded in 2008 to fill a void in San Francisco’s press: An outlet dedicated to the people of the greater Ingleside neighborhood. More than a decade later, The Ingleside Light is still here doing the work because it is critical to democracy and our civic life.

Your contribution today will help ensure that our critical work continues. From development to small business, to parks and transportation and much more, we are busier than ever covering stories you won’t see anywhere else. Make your gift of any amount today and join the hundreds of readers just like you standing up for the power of independent news. Thank you.


Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to The Ingleside Light.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.