Noe Valley Voice November 2011

Police Beat



The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station. The tally includes most but not all incidents occurring Sept. 1–30 in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call the station at 558-5400 or email 


Sept. 8-9, 2 p.m.-8:30 a.m., 3900 block of 23rd, Stolen Vehicle: Reported stolen was a gray, a four-door 1993 Acura Vigor, license plate 3FEU005. #110724433

Sept. 9, 6:30 a.m.-10:43 p.m., 1300 block of Castro, Arson: Walgreen’s manager arrived for work and found the charred remains of a trash fire on the grounds of the loading dock near the metal dumpster. A week prior at 8 a.m., a white male with waist-long blond/gray hair in a ponytail was seen holding a lighter as if he was trying to light the trash on fire. The man ran off after an employee yelled at him. #110724502

Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m., 4051 24th St., Fire Report: Officer Alejandrino was driving his police car down 24th Street in response to a burglary when he observed black smoke coming from the top of a building behind Radio Shack. He saw several bystanders yelling “Fire!” and pointing to the black smoke. Alejandrino immediately called Dispatch, then ran into a nearby parking lot, where he saw the back staircase of the Radio Shack building in flames. As numerous citizens yelled, “There’s a fire, get out!” he ran to the front of the building, rang doorbells, and ran up the stairs through an open iron gate to knock on doors in an attempt to get occupants’ attention. Seconds later, SFFD Engine 11 and Truck 11 arrived to put out the two-alarm fire. Officer Lombardo later followed up with fire investigators and was told, “It was determined to be an accidental fire.” #110728617 (See “Benefit Planned for Tenants in 24th Street Fire,” October 2011 Voice.)

Sept. 11, 3 p.m., 1100 block of Dolores, Grand Theft: Guests in a home were loading a car in the garage and left the garage door open and unattended for 45 minutes. Taken from the garage were three bicycles: a silver/aluminum Trek 2.1 road bike, valued at $3,000; and two silver road bikes—one with a rack and extra handlebar brakes. #116116911

Sept. 14-15, 8:30 p.m.-7:15 a.m., 3500 block of 21st, Burglary of a Garage: Pliers were found lying inside a garage door and an automated gate that were damaged and broken into. Stolen from the garage were a black Specialized S-Works road bike, valued at $3,800; and a silver, custom-built Scott road bike, valued at $1,800, with “Scott” in red on the frame. #110742435

Sept. 16, 2:10 p.m., 24th & Guerrero, Robbery: A woman reported that she was walking on the sidewalk, texting, and passed a male suspect before he came up behind her, squeezed her tightly as if hugging her, and ripped her iPhone out of her hand and ran off. He was described as an African American juvenile, 14 to 16 years old, 5-foot-4, 125 pounds, wearing a black puffy jacket, hoodie, and blue jeans. #110746465

Sept. 10-17, 4 p.m.-3 p.m., 4100 block of 26th, Stolen Vehicle: Taken was a 2000 silver Honda Civic, license plate 4JUZ282. #110750400

Sept. 19, 3:47 a.m., 400 block of Hill, Burglary: A resident reported that he awoke to a loud noise, went to check on his family, then noticed his garage door open. Missing from the garage was a Raleigh Passage 4.0 mountain bike, valued at $400. Stickers on the bike said “Critical Mass” and “Milk.” #110753921

Sept. 18-19, 4 a.m.-12 p.m., 1200 block of Dolores, Burglary: A resident told police he left his home and when he returned he found the deadbolt on his front door in an unlocked position. He found a broken window in his living room and several items stolen, including an Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer valued at $2,000 and a custom-made laptop valued at $800. #110755234

Sept. 19, 1 p.m., 24th & Hoffman, Found Property: Found on the sidewalk were two Volvo fob keys and a San Francisco Library scan card. #110755074

Sept. 23-24, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., 4000 block of Cesar Chavez, Burglary of a Flat: A resident reported someone broke into his flat by breaking a window. The intruder stole $18,300 worth of items, including a handmade heirloom valued at $6,500. #110772078

Sept. 27-28, 7 p.m-7 a.m., 4000 block of 26th, Stolen Vehicle: A black, two-door 1998 Honda Civic, license plate 5HSK355, was stolen. #110782817



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Sept. 1–30 in the part of Noe Valley bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingle­side Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station, email 


Sept. 5, 9 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Vandalism: A tenant in an apartment complex came home to find his doorknob damaged. No entry appeared to have been made into the apartment and the door itself was not damaged. He replaced the doorknob and contacted Ingleside because he wanted the incident documented. #110710567

Sept. 6, 7:45 a.m., 400 block of 29th, Stolen Vehicle

Sept. 8, 12:40 p.m., 330 block of 26th, Narcotics Possession: Officers Almaguer and Housecarriague conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driving through the area. They recognized the driver to be a subject that they were familiar with. Previous contact had discovered that the driver did not have a valid license and was currently suspended. Upon making contact with the passenger of the vehicle a computer query discovered two active warrants for his arrest. Both subjects were removed from the vehicle and taken into custody without incident. While removing the two males, officers on scene could see narcotics in plain view between the seats. The narcotics were seized as evidence and both suspects transported to Ingleside Station for booking. #110723736

Sept. 11, 2200 block of Castro, Fraud: The victim came to Ingleside Station to report a fraud. She explained that she had put an ad on Craigslist in order to sell her couch. She received an email from an unknown female who said she was interested in purchasing the couch. The suspect mailed the victim a check in an amount much greater than the cost of the couch and asked that she deposit the check. The victim was told to complete a money transfer that wired back the difference. The victim deducted the amount she had been asking for the couch and completed the bank transaction. She was contacted by her bank and informed that the initial check had not cleared. The victim had no suspect information other than the address where the funds were transferred and the email account used. Further investigation to be conducted. #110730424

Sept. 12, 5 p.m., 1500 block of Noe, Stolen Vehicle

Sept. 16, 7 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Stolen License Plate

Sept. 19, 4 p.m., 400 block of Day, Stolen ­Vehicle

Sept. 19, 11:47 p.m., 200 block of Valley, Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Sept. 24, 9:36 p.m., 1500 block of Church, Vandalism: Officer Lundy and several other Ingleside officers responded to a report of suspects vandalizing a bus stop. The officers made contact with three suspects. All were in possession of graffiti tools and were subsequently cited. #110771688

Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Theft: Officer Sanchez and various other Ingleside units responded to the call of a theft from a person. She met with the victim, who advised that he arrived home and found a known suspect and a few friends sleeping in the living room. The victim stated his sister lived with him and she had given them permission to spend the night there. The victim noticed a wallet that he claimed had been missing for several months near one of the individuals. He confronted the known suspect, took his cell phone, and told him that he was not going to return his cell phone until the suspect returned his wallet. The suspect grabbed a knife and began threatening the victim and demanding his cell phone back. Another individual who resides in the home took the knife away and the suspect jumped on the victim, punched him repeatedly, and left the area. The victim had visible bruising and cuts, and the officers immediately summoned an ambulance. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. #110773333

Sept. 25, 7:49 p.m., 200 block of 28th, Robbery: Officers Paris and Shugars were on patrol when they were dispatched to a robbery. Victim advised that he was standing in front of his home when someone approached him from behind and told him to give him his cell phone. The victim refused to do so and the suspect displayed a knife and told him he saw him using his phone. The victim was afraid and handed the phone to the suspect, who fled on foot on 28th Street. The officers broadcast a description of the suspect and units responded to the area to search for him. The victim said he was not injured, refused medical assistance, and stated he did not believe he would be able to identify the suspect if he saw him again. The officer’s search of the area for the suspect was unsuccessful. #110774284

Sept. 27, 12:20 p.m., Church & Duncan, Unlicensed Driver: Officer Preston was dispatched to the scene of an accident involving a truck and a Muni light-rail vehicle. A record check of the male who had been driving the truck revealed he was driving on an expired license, his registration was expired, and he had no insurance. Additionally, the suspect had an active warrant. He was arrested and booked for the violations. #110779046

Sept. 28, 7:09 p.m., 300 block of Valley, Recovered Vehicle

Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 200 block of 30th, Burglary: Community Police Services Aides Der and Reynolds responded to a report of a burglary. The victim had left her bathroom window opened when she left her residence. Upon returning home, she realized there were items missing from inside. #110785441

Sept. 30, 10 a.m., 1600 block of Dolores, Mischief: Sgt. Miller responded to a report of damage to a window. The owner of the business showed the officer two windows that had been damaged consistent with being shot at with a BB gun. #110788467


Police Borders

Noe Valley is shared by two San Francisco police jurisdictions—Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District—with Cesar Chavez Street as the dividing line. Mission Station covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside patrols the southern half. Both districts invite citizens to attend police community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 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 Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane.


Police Contacts

Mission Station: 558-5400
Anonymous Tip Line: 392-2623

Newsletter: sfpd.mission.station
Capt. Greg Corrales: 558-5455

Ingleside Station: 404-4000
Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Daniel J. Mahoney: 404-4000


To file a police report, go to any local station or file online at

To report a crime in progress, call 911. Cell phone users can dial Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.


Police Beat was compiled and edited by Jan Goben and Sally Smith.