Noe Valley Voice December-January 2008

Crime Beat: Report from Mission Station

By Officer Jane Warner
San Francisco Patrol Special Police

The following crime summaries were culled from reports filed at Mission Police Station. They cover some but not all incidents occurring Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2008, in northern Noe Valley, which is loosely defined as the area within Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets.

Burglary: 800 block of Dolores, 10-28-08, 7:46 p.m. (reported): After returning home from a five-day vacation, a man noticed that a side door to his garage had been picked and was left open. During a search of the garage, the resident discovered his silver Proflex mountain bike, valued at $2,500, was missing. The resident called police and filed a report.

Burglary: 500 block of Elizabeth, 10-30-08, 11:20 a.m. (reported): A woman left her home at eight in the morning and came back to her residence two hours later, only to find that her house had been ransacked. Various cabinets and drawers had been opened and papers strewn about the floor, along with clothes and other items. The woman noticed that her patio door was open and discovered that a diamond ring, valued at over $10,000, was missing from a jewelry case, along with several other pieces of gold jewelry. Her checkbook also was missing. The woman called police, who responded and surmised that the suspect had gained entry through the patio door.

Theft from Vehicle: 4000 block of 25th, 10-30-08, 9:30 p.m.: A woman parked her four-door silver Suzuki and locked it while she went shopping. When she returned about three hours later, she discovered the wing window smashed and her laptop computer missing from the floorboards of her car. The stolen computer is described as a black $2,000 Hewlett-Packard model in a blue Genentech case. There are no known suspects.

Malicious Mischief, Vandalism: 1000 block of Noe, 10-31-08, 9:13 a.m. (reported): While looking out her window, a woman discovered that the side gate to her small apartment complex had been bent downwards. The woman called police, who examined the gate and determined that someone had tried to force it open with a crowbar. Fresh pry marks were around the doorjamb of the gate, and the handle was bent and scratched. No property was found missing, and nothing else was damaged.

Malicious Mischief, Vandalism: 900 block of Noe, 10-31-08, 9:52 a.m. (reported): Police responded to a possible attempted burglary. When they arrived, they met with the owner of an apartment house, who showed the officers a broken doorknob that had been severely damaged by someone hitting it with a hard object. The door, which was not forced open, led to a hallway of four apartments. Officers took pictures of the damaged door and forwarded their report to the Burglary Detail for follow-through.

Theft from Building: 4300 block of 20th Street, 11-01-08, 5:30 p.m.: A man came to Mission Station to report the theft of his laptop computer. The victim told the station officer that he had spent the night away from his place and returned to his residence two days later, where he discovered his black Apple laptop missing from his bedroom. When he questioned his two roommates, they admitted to having a party over the weekend attended by several people who brought guests they did not know. The man told the officer the laptop was valued at $1,500.

Arson: Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd, 11-07-08, 2:50 p.m.: Police were called to the school on a possible arson. The principal met with officers and reported that an unknown person had set a garbage can on fire in the main-level bathroom. A school employee discovered the burning trash can and removed it from the bathroom, taking it outside. The school called the fire department, which dispatched a truck to the scene. Firefighters extinguished the fire without further incident. There were no reported injuries or further damage. The officer took a report from the principal and forwarded a copy to the Arson Task Force.

Credit Card Fraud, 4200 block of 24th, 11-08-08, 2:28 p.m.: A merchant started noticing unusual charges on a business credit card he leaves in the office for employees to use for business purposes. The charges were coming from a women's clothing store and a nail salon, and totaled more than $7,000. The merchant called police after ordering the receipts and recognizing an employee's signature. Officers took a report and forwarded it to the fraud division for further investigation.

Officer Jane Warner is a member of the San Francisco Patrol Special Police, which works in association with the San Francisco Police Department. You can reach her by e-mailing or calling 559-9955.

Report from Ingleside Station

The monthly crime log for Upper Noe Valley, an area roughly bordered by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Grand View or Diamond streets, is supplied to the Voice by Denis O'Leary, captain of Ingleside Police Station. If you would like to receive Capt. O'Leary's e-mail newsletter, send an e-mail to You can also view updates and get information online at

Capt. Denis O'Leary's Incident Report for Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2008

10-16-08, 12:30 p.m., 1400 block of Sanchez: Attempted theft from building.

10-17-08, 8 a.m., 1400 block of Church: '03 Toyota truck recovered.

10-17-08, 10:15 a.m., 1500 block of Noe: '97 Honda Accord recovered.

10-20-08, 9 a.m., 200 block of 30th: Recovered vehicle.

10-21-08, 9 a.m., Noe & Day: Stolen truck.

10-22-08, 1 p.m., 400 block of 29th: Fraud case: theft by trickery.

10-22-08, 10 a.m., 300 block of Duncan: Auto burglary occurred between 10/21 and10/22.

10-23-08, 11 p.m., Noe & Day: '94 Dodge van stolen.

10-24-08, 1:20 a.m., 500 block of Valley: Officers investigating cries for help found an intoxicated resident with a cut to his head. He was taken to SF General Hospital.

10-24-08, 9:45 p.m., Church & 30th: Bicycle theft. Bike locked to pole on 10/17 and found missing that same day. Late report.

10-28-08, 1:20 p.m., 200 block of 28th: Residential burglary: A resident heard a noise at his front door and found it damaged and ajar. He later discovered that a burglar had taken a laptop computer and a backpack.

10-29-08, 9 p.m., 500 block of Valley: Residential burglary.

10-31-08, 1 p.m., 200 block of 29th: Residential burglary: Occurred between 10/26 and 10/31. Entry via bathroom window. Clothing, currency, and jewelry taken.

11-03-08, 3:30 p.m., 300 block of 27th: Home invasion robbery: A 64-year-old man arranged over the Internet to meet another man in order to perform chores. The second man arrived with an accomplice, and the two overpowered the victim and stole a safe from the home. The pair fled on foot. The first robber was described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, 6' tall, 200 pounds, wearing dark clothing. The second robber was described as a white male with the same physical description.

11-04-08, 1:30 p.m., first block of Day: A 55-year-old Tenderloin District woman was detained for disturbing the peace.

11-04-08, midnight, 200 block of 30th: Armed Robbery: A 33-year-old Mission Terrace man left work and was approached by four men. One man produced a handgun, and the other three men rifled the victim's pockets, taking his belongings. The perpetrators fled in a gray four-door Japanese car. The gunman was described as a Latin male, 18 to 20 years old, 5'8" tall, 160 pounds, short black hair, wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, and blue jeans. He was carrying a silver handgun. Late report (16 hours).

11-08-08, 12:34 a.m., 200 block of 30th: Missing person: Juvenile.

11-08-08, 8:45 p.m., 1700 block of Sanchez: Stolen truck.

11-10-08, 11 p.m., 1600 block of Church: Burglary.

11-11-08, 7:15 a.m., 300 block of Duncan: Assault.

11-15-08, 10:30 p.m., 800 block of Duncan: A 41-year-old Diamond Heights man was arrested for DUI (driving while intoxicated). Case #081225021.

Noe's Police Districts

Noe Valley falls under the wing of two San Francisco police districts: Mission and Ingleside. Mission police cover the northern half of the neighborhood, including 24th Street, and Ingleside police the southern half, starting at Cesar Chavez Street.

Both districts hold monthly meetings that are open to the public. Mission Police District's community meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street near 17th Street. Ingleside's community meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Ingleside Police Station off Balboa Park at San Jose Avenue.

To speak to an officer at Mission Station, call 558-5400. The station's tip line for anonymous reporting of drug or gang activity is 392-2623. To contact Ingleside, call 404-4000. The Ingleside anonymous tip line is 575-4444. For citywide online reporting and e-mail addresses, go to

You can also find crime data, sorted by zip code, at or

To report a crime in progress, call 911.