A San Francisco mansion has put up reward posters offering $10,000 for the "successful arrest and prosecution" of a man who was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras "jumping the gate or fence."
The four-bedroom home at 1032 Broadway in Russian Hill has had the posters up for roughly two weeks, neighbors said. It further offers a reward for anyone seen jumping the fence and urges people to call 911 if they witness trespassing.
"Wow, that's crazy. It's a big reward," said Marcela Lopez, who was visiting her son, who lives across the street from the mansion.
The house was built in 1853 for Joseph H. Atkinson and is a registered San Francisco Historic Landmark, known as the Atkinson-Escher House. It was a meeting place for occult seances and local high society, according to the Pacific Coast Architecture Database. It last sold for $11 million in May 2019, according to Redfin.
"Man, I want to bring him the guy," Russian Hill resident Arthur Velas Boas said. "I could use $10,000."
Daniel Detorie, who has lived on the same block as the mansion for 32 years, said he believes the signs are meant more as a deterrent for any potential trespassers, rather than a concerted effort to nab a specific person.
"I think it's just to scare him away," Detorie said.
But even if the mansion's residents are going after one particular person, their neighbors said they have low expectations of how successful they will be at stopping whoever they're going after.
"The photo's really bad," said Velas Boas, who lives on Green Street nearby. "You can't recognize the guy."
Attempts to contact the owners of the Atkinson-Escher House for comment were unsuccessful. Two people who appeared to be residents of the home also declined to comment.