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The little-told story about the BART seat-slashing gang that was part of an upholstery racket
By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 6:29 pm PDT, Friday, October 18, 2019
FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that were later part of a criminal conspiracy in 1981. Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle
Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle
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FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that ... more
The BART scheme started to unravel after one man tried to make a deal with police.
Freshly arrested, the man decided to bargain using an interesting, unknown bit of information. He told police there was a racket being carried out on BART trains, involving paid-for vandalism of the transit system's seats.
"He said, 'I’ll tell you what, there’s this little scam going on over here that I know about, because I was one of the guys that they hired ... they’d pay us, like, $2 a slash, or $3 a slash,’ something like that," longtime BART spokesman and author Michael Healy recalled.
It was the early '80s at the time, and the young transit system was just under 10 years old.
At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
►The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019