San Francisco man suspected of taking kids, sailing away

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities are searching for a man suspected of abducting his toddler children from their mother’s South San Francisco home and then sailing away in a stolen boat.

Police have issued a warrant for 43-year-old Christopher Maffei’s arrest. They believe Maffei abducted 3-year-old Brooklynn and 2-year-old Devin on Tuesday, drove the children to a yacht harbor in Alameda in a rental car and left on a 40-foot sail boat.

Maffei had allegedly been to the harbor two weeks earlier to inquire about purchasing a boat. South San Francisco police say he has also expressed interest in sailing to Monterey Bay and Mexico.

The boat – christened “Unleashed” – is white with a blue canvas. It has a hull number of HUN41366C707.

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