Noe Valley Voice July-August 2012

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Steven Keith for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station. The tally includes most but not all incidents occurring May 1–31, 2012, in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To reach Officer Keith, email or call the station at 558-5400. To receive the Mission Police District newsletter, write


May 3, 8:37 p.m., 3500 block of 21st, Attempted Burglary of Apartment: An alert neighbor observed a man trying the handles of several cars parked on the block and called police. The suspect was of average height and build, wearing a blue and white nylon jacket, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. He was described as “homeless with facial hair.” The witness then noticed damage to the next-door neighbor’s door jamb and called police. No entry was made. #120351957

May 4, 8:15 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Theft from Building: A female suspect took from a tip jar and fled the scene in a car. An employee gave chase and an alert customer noted the fleeing vehicle’s license plate. Ingleside officers later detained possible suspects on the 200 block of Andover. Witnesses identified the suspects, and two were taken into custody. #120355307

May 9, 6:39 a.m., 3700 block of 26th, Burglary of Flat: A staff member found the front door open. A camera, laptop, iPod, and backpack were missing from the room. #120367807

May 9, 11:19 p.m., 1300 block of Noe, Stolen Auto: A 1998 Honda Civic was stolen and later recovered on May 13 in Daly City. #120370270

May 13, 12:53 a.m., 1200 block Dolores, Burglary of Apartment: A resident reported that several watches, an iPad, iPod, and jewelry were taken. The responding officer determined an unsecured roof access was the likely point of entry. #120379266

May 14, 4:48 a.m., 400 block of 26th, Attempted Burglary: Residents were awakened by the loud noise of somebody attempting to break in the front of the building. Police responded, but the suspect had already given up and fled the scene. Witnesses recalled a similar incident the day before. Only description was a white male carrying a messenger bag. #120381578

May 14, 7:50 a.m., 21st and Dolores, Stolen License Plate: The rear license plate of a 1997 Honda Accord was taken. #120384011

May 17, 9:21 a.m., 1100 block of Guerrero, Burglary of Apartment: A quick-thinking resident noticed an unfamiliar man in the common area of the building, hovering over a bike. The man fled but not before his photo was taken. The responding officer distributed the photo to the oncoming shift, and a suspect was arrested later that evening. #120391141

May 19, 4200 block of 24th, Suspicious Occurrence: Officers responded to a vandalism call and found a large hole in the sidewalk. A worker displayed a valid permit for the work but had no way of making the site safe. Work was stopped pending inspection by a building inspector. #120397650

May 24, 11:15 a.m., 1200 block of Dolores, Burglary of Apartment: A neighbor alerted the out-of-town resident of the burglary. The resident discovered that a brick had been used to break through glass on the front door. A large TV, laptop, and hard drive were missing. #120411454

May 29, 1:05 p.m., 3600 block of 21st, Theft from Building: A resident reported that two bikes and a pair of shoes had been taken from a storage shed. The suspect may have left some of their property behind. CSI was called to collect the evidence. #120425308



The following police blotter covers incidents reported May 1–31, 2012, in the southern half of Noe Valley—the area bordered loosely 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 or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email


May 1, 1:39 p.m., 29th & Day, Warrant: Officer Chew responded to a vehicle accident. The driver and passenger of one of vehicles involved fled the scene prior to Officer Chew’s arrival. A witness flagged down Officer Martinez and pointed out one of the suspects. The suspect had asked the witness to hide her from the police. Officer Martinez contacted the suspect, who told him that she was just the passenger of the vehicle and was getting a ride from the second suspect. She claimed not to know who the driver was. A records check revealed that the suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The suspect was treated for minor injuries from the accident and booked into county jail. #120346077

May 1, 9:23 a.m., 200 block of 30th, Burglary: Officer Martinez was dispatched to a report of burglary. A witness told him she had arrived at work and taken the elevator to the second floor. When the doors of the elevator opened, the witness saw a suspect standing in the hallway. The witness immediately ran to her office and locked the door. A second witness arrived and saw the same suspect. He asked the suspect what he was doing, and the suspect told the witness that he was lost. The second witness escorted the suspect out of the building. Officer Martinez viewed the surveillance footage, which showed the suspect prying the door open to gain access to the building. Several items were later found stolen. #120344946

May 2, 1:22 p.m., Noe & 29th, Vehicle Accident

May 5, 2:06 p.m., 1700 block of Church, Obstruction: Officer Preston was on patrol when he observed a vehicle parked in front of a red painted curb in front of a fire hydrant. The suspect exited the vehicle and walked towards a business. The officer called out to the suspect and asked that he move his vehicle. The suspect approached the officer’s vehicle and told him that he just needed to run inside and grab his phone. The officer advised that if he left his vehicle there, he would ticket it. The suspect got into his vehicle and drove off. The officer continued his patrol and noticed a vehicle double-parked, blocking traffic. The officer made a U-turn and approached the second vehicle. The officer then noticed the suspect pull his vehicle into a driveway, blocking the sidewalk. The suspect exited his vehicle and entered a business. The officer parked and exited his vehicle and approached the suspect’s vehicle. The officer wrote a citation for the vehicle. As he finished writing, the suspect approached the officer and confronted him about the ticket. The suspect began to swear at the officer and challenged him to “come see me after work!” The officer detained the suspect, and several other Ingleside officers responded to the scene. The suspect was placed under arrest for delaying and obstructing officer duties and was transported to Ingleside Station. The suspect’s vehicle was towed because it was not parked in a legal parking space. The suspect was cited for delaying officer duties and released from Ingleside Station. #120357212

May 9, 7:57 a.m., first block of 28th, Theft: Officer Almaguer was dispatched to a report of theft. The victim told the officer that he had left his bicycle in the entryway of his residence, behind a locked metal gate. Upon his return from work, the bicycle was gone. There were no signs of forced entry. #120369922

May 13, 3:11 p.m., 100 block of Duncan, Burglary:Officer Preston responded to a report of burglary. The victim told the officer that she accidentally left her garage door open overnight. In the morning, the victim discovered that her bicycle and skis had been stolen. #120380398

May 14, 7:26 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Burglary:  Officer Preston responded to a report of burglary. The victim had just returned from a weekend trip and pulled into her garage to park. The victim noticed that her bicycle was missing from the rack where she had left it. There were three bicycles still on the rack, but they were each secured with locks. The victim admitted she had not locked her bicycle. The victim contacted the other tenants in the building and discovered that the door to the premise had been damaged a couple of days before and a locksmith had come to fix it. #120383621

May 14, 9:20 a.m., Dolores & 30th, Vehicle Accident

May 15, 1 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Burglary/Residence: Officer Castillo was sent to handle a burglary case. The victim told the officer that an unknown suspect had entered his shared garage and removed his $2,500 bicycle. There were no suspects observed. #20386960

May 15, 10 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Theft/Auto: Officer Morgante responded to a theft from an auto case. The victim told the officer that he had locked his car in the garage but might have left the doors unlocked. In the morning the victim discovered that his GPS and $12 were missing. There were no suspects observed. #120384914

May 17, 6:45 a.m., 700 block of Duncan, Burglary:Officers Khan and Dilag were dispatched to a burglary. The victim advised that he locked and secured his home and when he returned found the front gate open and the front door unlocked. He said several items were missing and others had been moved. The officers could locate no sign of forced entry nor any fingerprint evidence. #120392917

May 17, 8:30 a.m., 100 block of 29th, Attempted Burglary: Officer Morgante responded to investigate a possible burglary. The victim advised that he had left and secured his home and when he returned found the door handle broken. He advised the officer that no entry had been made and that no items were missing. Officer Morgante noticed tool marks on the lock and that the door handle was broken. He took pictures of the damage and booked them into evidence at Ingleside Station. #120391157

May 18, 12:53 p.m., 1400 block of Dolores, Burglary:Officer Conceicao was dispatched to a report of burglary. The victim left his residence for about four hours. When he returned, he found his front door had been broken and was left ajar. The victim entered the residence and discovered several items missing. The victim called the police and then his insurance company. While on the phone with the insurance agent, the victim heard a male voice saying, “Police, we’re here!” The victim responded by saying, “Yup,” and walked towards the front door. The victim found no one there and went outside. The victim saw a man, possibly the suspect, running from his residence down the street. The suspect waved at a vehicle as if to tell him to keep driving. The victim lost sight of the suspect and returned to his residence. Officer Conceicao arrived a short time later. #120394474

May 21, 5:20 a.m., 1400 block of Sanchez, Vandalism: Officer Duffin met with a resident, who told him that at midnight the night before, when he had gone to sleep, his garage door had been undamaged. The following day, the victim discovered that the lock on the outside of his garage door was damaged. Nothing was stolen from the garage.

May 21, 3:30 p.m., Sanchez at Day, Stolen License Plate

May 25, 10:14 p.m., 200 block of 30th, Burglary: Officers Lustenberger and Benavidez responded to a report of a burglary. The victim left his residence, securing all of the windows and doors. When the victim returned, he noticed the door to the back yard was open. Upon further investigation, the victim discovered several items were missing from inside. There were no signs of forced entry into the premises. #120416084

May 26, 5:05 a.m., 1600 block of Dolores, Hot Prowl Burglary: Officers Ferronato and Anderson were sent on a hot prowl burglary in progress. As the officers entered the house, they found a male subject on the floor and another standing holding a folding chair. The victim told the officer that he was in his bedroom sleeping with his wife and their young child when they heard a noise from downstairs. He went down to investigate and was face-to-face with an unknown suspect—standing in front of the kitchen stove—who was telling him he was going to burn his house down. Fearing the man would start a fire, the victim picked up a folding chair and told the intruder that if he did not step away from the stove he would be hit. The victim repeated the warning several times, and then struck the suspect, getting him away from the stove. It was at this time the officers arrived and took custody of the suspect. The victim and his family were safe with no injuries. The suspect suffered a fracture on his hand. #120416614

May 27, 2:07 p.m., 1600 block of Dolores, Burglary: Officer Naval was dispatched to a report of an attempted burglary. The victim told the officer that a couple of days prior, he had left his residence to go on vacation. All of the windows and doors were secured. The victim received a phone call from a neighbor informing him that there had been a burglary in the area and that the police had taken a suspect into custody. When the victim returned home, he found damage to the exterior of his home—the roof and gutters—as if the suspect had walked on the roof. The suspect did not gain entry into the victim’s residence. #120419969


Police Borders

Noe Valley is shared by two San Francisco police jurisdictions—Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District. Mission police cover the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside’s beat is the area south of Cesar Chavez Street. Both districts publish digital newsletters and hold monthly community meetings. Mission Police District holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. Ingleside’s community meetings are 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
Capt. Robert Moser: 558-5400

Ingleside Station: 404-4000

Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Daniel J. Mahoney: 404-4000


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