At least four North Beach strip clubs are under investigation by the SFPD, after nearly two dozen patrons filed criminal reports alleging they'd stolen their money.
As NBC Bay Area reported earlier this week, the 20+ victims say that after they patronized Little Darlings, Garden of Eden, Roaring 20’s, and the New Century Theater, the clubs ran up unauthorized charges on their credit and debit cards, totaling thousands of dollars.
The total alleged losses are more than $300,000, and go back as long ago as three years, as NBC’s investigative unit reported.
One victim alleges that Little Darlings drained his bank account of $2,500 in 2014, while another reported being drugged and dealt a $11,400 tab at the New Century Theater.
The largest sum was charged to a Garden of Eden club-goer, who received a $90,000 bill in 2014.
All four clubs in question allegedly have ties to Seattle-based entertainment company Déjà Vu. However, the company’s public relations firm told NBC that the four clubs are independently owned, and did not acknowledge an investigation.
The clubs have denied the allegations, arguing that the claims brought against them are simply "buyer's remorse."
Although SFPD has confirmed that the four North Beach clubs are under investigation, legal action may be difficult, given the accusations and the parties involved.
For the moment, police urge strip club enthusiasts to be careful when patronizing adult establishments.
“We don’t know exactly what’s going on, but we know something is definitely going on,” SFPD spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak told NBC.
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