Noe Valley Voice May 2008

Crime Beat

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 in Noe Valley from March 16 to April 15, 2008. "Noe Valley," in this instance, is the area bounded by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets.

Malicious Mischief to Vehicle: 500 block of Clipper, 4-1-08, 5:40 a.m.: A man awoke to the sound of a popping noise outside his bedroom window. When he looked outside, he saw a shattered windshield and broken eggs dripping off his silver Saturn automobile. When he got dressed and went outside, he discovered the tires on his car were flat. A search of the area turned up no suspects.

Theft from Building: 400 block of Jersey, 4-2-08, 4:43 p.m. (reported): A man met another man near Collingwood Park over the weekend and brought him to his residence on the 400 block of Jersey. The aquaintance only stayed about an hour before the man asked him to leave his house because of erratic behavior. The next day, the man discovered that his Sony Cyber-shot digital camera and Raymond Weil watch were missing. When the man checked his bank account, he also discovered $100 missing from his savings. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, six feet tall, 150 pounds, and wearing a black jacket and black baseball cap. He also had a black backpack.

Driving without a License: 26th and Church, 4-8-08, 7:18 a.m.: While on routine patrol, an officer pulled over a maroon Jeep for expired license plates. The driver admitted to the officer that he didn't have a license and did not possess insurance for the vehicle. In addition, the car's registration tabs failed to match the vehicle. The driver, 50, was arrested and issued a citation and a court date. The red Jeep was towed.

Burglary: 400 block of Hill, 4-8-08, 9 a.m.: A woman on her way to work discovered that her car parked outside her residence had been broken into and her garage-door opener taken from the glove box. Concerned, the woman checked inside her garage and found that her neighbor's car had a smashed rear window; a crowbar and pickax lay nearby. She notified her neighbor and called police. The neighbor told responding officers that a fax machine, jar of coins, a circular saw, and various computer parts were missing from the car and garage. There were no known suspects.

Graffiti: 1500 block of Castro, 4-9-08, 4:30 p.m. (reported): The merchant of a small computer store reported to police that the side of her building had been spray-painted with graffiti. "Locus" had been sprayed in large letters. The owner estimated that repainting and repairs could cost up to $100 dollars.

Robbery: 30th and Sanchez, 4-12-08, 9:32 p.m.: A man walking on Sanchez Street near 30th was suddenly approached by two men, one of whom grabbed him by the throat and forced him down onto the sidewalk. "Stay on the ground and give me all your money!" the suspect yelled. The second suspect then rifled through the victim's pockets, taking his cell phone and wallet, which contained $45 in cash. The robbers fled after hearing a car engine start. The suspects were described as African American in their late teens or early 20s. Both were about six feet and wore black baggy clothing. The victim reported that he was uninjured in the attack.

Sexual Battery: 400 block of Elizabeth, 4-14-08, 12:05 a.m.: A woman reported to police that she had boarded a bus at Geary and Divisadero after partying in the Richmond District. While riding the bus, she noticed a man sitting near her who was looking at her. The man, who had been drinking, came up to her and engaged in polite conversation. When the bus stopped on 24th Street near Elizabeth, the woman got off and walked to her house a short distance away. When the woman put her key into her front gate, the same man that was on the bus came up from behind her and pushed her off balance. Before the woman could react, the suspect reached under her dress and grabbed her between the legs. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, approximately 5'4", 140 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, fled eastbound on Elizabeth Street.

Officer Jane Warner is a member of the San Francisco Patrol Special Police. You can reach her by e-mailing or calling 559-9955.

Report from Ingleside Station

The Voice thanks Ingleside Police Captain Denis O'Leary for providing this month's crime log for the southern half of Noe Valley, also known as Upper Noe Valley. The area is roughly bordered by Cesar Chavez Street, Guerrero/San Jose Avenue, 30th Street, and Diamond Heights Boulevard. The log covers incidents that took place from March 16 to April 15, 2008, but may not include all reports filed during that period.

If you would like to receive Capt. O'Leary's weekly e-mail newsletter, send an e-mail to You may also view updates online at In addition, you are invited to attend the Ingleside Police District's monthly community meeting, held on the third Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane, located off Balboa Park at San Jose Avenue. The station's number is 415-404-4000.

Capt. Denis O'Leary's Incident Report for March 16 to April 15, 2008

March 16, noon, 400 block of Duncan: Found missing person.

March 18, 3:30 p.m., 1700 block of Dolores: A neighbor confronted a man who had entered a former partner's apartment and appeared to be ransacking the premises. Officer Hector Rodarte and Sergeant Eric Kim responded to the scene and arrested the man, a 22-year-old Polk Gulch resident, for burglary and narcotics charges.

March 20, 2:20 p.m., 300 block of 27th: Officer Craig Wilson investigated a report of vandalism and found that a 22-year-old Upper Noe Valley woman had kicked in the door of her boyfriend's sister's home. A restraining order was in effect. Sergeant Eli Turner and Officer Val Altamirano found the perpetrator at home on the 1200 block of Church Street and arrested her.

March 25, 11 a.m., 1700 block of Church: Commercial burglary: building under construction.

March 26, noon, 1700 block of Church: Commercial burglary: restaurant. Occurred between March 25 and 26. Entry via front window. Cash taken.

March 28, 8:30 p.m., 100 block of Valley: Vandalism to a parked car.

March 30, 10 a.m., 1300 block of Dolores: Stolen license plate.

March 31, 3:15 p.m., 100 block of Duncan: A 42-year-old Upper Noe Valley woman was at home when she heard someone rattle her front door's knob. The secured door flew open, and the would-be burglar fled upon seeing someone home.

March 31, 10 p.m., 1400 block of Dolores: Stolen truck.

April 1, 1 a.m., 1300 block of Sanchez: Auto burglary.

April 1, 9 a.m., 100 block of Valley: Criminal threats.

April 2, 9 p.m., 100 block of 28th: A resident left her laptop computer in her bedroom for less than an hour and returned to find the computer missing. A burglar entered the home via a rear deck. No forced entry found. Inspector Joe Nannery of Burglary Detail took over the case.

April 10, 8 a.m., first block of 28th: Stolen car.

April 11, 5:30 p.m., 400 block of 29th: A landlord reported that her tenant, a 50-year-old man, had been missing since March 6.

April 11, 6:40 p.m., 100 block of 27th: Stolen 1991 Honda Accord recovered by Officer Samson.

April 11, 6:30 p.m., 1800 block of Castro: Residential burglary occurred between 1:30 and 6:25 p.m. Laptop computers taken. Alarm sensor dismantled on rear door.

April 14, 1 a.m., 500 block of 28th: Auto burglary.

Noe's Police Districts

Noe Valley falls under the jurisdiction of two San Francisco police districts: Mission and Ingleside. Mission Police Station covers the northern half of the neighborhood, including 24th Street, and Ingleside 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 contact Mission Police, call 558-5400 or e-mail To contact Ingleside, call 404-4000 or e-mail To report a crime in progress, call 911. For non-emergencies or to make a report, call 553-0123.