Vintage Store Owner Charged with Nine Counts of Possession for Sale of Endangered Species

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March 22, 2017

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VINTAGE STORE OWNER CHARGED WITH NINE COUNTS OF POSSESSION FOR SALE OF ENDANGERED SPECIES

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that Cicely Ann Hansen, age 68, of San Francisco, was charged with nine misdemeanor counts of illegal possession for sale of an endangered species.

“Individuals who traffic in these goods must be held accountable to eliminate a market that contributes to these species’ demise,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “There’s no second chance once these animals are gone.”

According to court records, after receiving a tip from an anonymous informant of possible illegal fur sales, two wardens in an undercover capacity posed as customers and entered Decades of Fashion.  They tried on a jaguar coat, priced at $4,500.00 and an ocelot coat, priced at $850.00. Two weeks later, on February 25, 2016 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant on Decades of Fashion.  California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted the search and seized over 150 items.  The seized clothing and accessories included items from dead sea turtles, cheetahs, leopards, ocelots, jaguars, seals, pythons and snow leopards.

Hansen, the owner of Decades of Fashion, a vintage clothing shop in the Haight District, surrendered on March 1st to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and appeared in court for her arraignment this morning.  The arraignment was postponed until April 17th, at 9 a.m. in Department 17. 

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Alker is prosecuting the case.

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