Noe Valley Voice April 2012

Police Beat



The Voice thanks 24th Street Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing this month’s log of incidents in “Noe Valley North,” the area bounded by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. Her tally includes most but not all incidents reported to Mission Police Station during February. To contact Officer Lombardo, call the station at 558-5400 or email


Feb. 2, 11:45 a.m., 3900 block of 24th, Shoplifting: A man identified by his Italian ID card was cited for shoplifting at a grocery on 24th Street after making no attempt to pay for gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto, gelato, cabernet sauvignon, and other items. #120091824

Feb. 3, 8 a.m. - Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m., 24th and Guerrero, Theft: A black Dawes bicycle valued at $1,100 was stolen after being locked to a street sign overnight. #126019709

Feb. 3, 2:10 p.m., 4600 block of 25th, Battery: A woman was arrested for domestic violence and her former partner was granted a restraining order after their verbal argument over a broken vacuum cleaner led to a physical fight. #120095042

Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. - Feb. 4, 12:50 p.m., 4400 block of 23rd, Theft from a Building: A resident parked her unlocked vehicle in her building’s garage overnight. The next day, she discovered the garage door open and a number of items stolen, including a sea-foam-green Bianchi bicycle valued at $800, bicycle tires worth $200, a $200 iPod nano, and gray Ray-Ban sunglasses valued at $190. #120097703

Feb. 7, 5:40 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Theft from a Locked Vehicle: A resident reported that when she returned to her locked vehicle left in a parking lot on 24th Street, she found a smashed window and several items missing, including $400 prescription glasses and a MacBook laptop valued at $1,100. #120107437

Feb. 11, 12 a.m. - 5 p.m., 100 block of Vicksburg, Burglary of an Apartment House: A resident reported someone broke into her locked apartment through a window whose lock was broken. A Diesel watch and a $3,000 HP laptop computer were stolen. #120118860

Feb. 12, 12:26 a.m., 4200 24th, Malicious Mischief: An employee at a restaurant on 24th Street reported to police that while he was inside the restaurant after midnight on a Saturday evening he saw a male in a black hoodie break out one of the windows of the restaurant from the street. #120119448

Feb. 12, 3:40 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Petty Theft with Prior Conviction, Obstructing Peace Officer Duties, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia: A shoplifter with a prior conviction, who lied to police about her name, was booked for stealing gloves and a handbag from a 24th Street store. A police search uncovered a glass narcotics pipe in the suspect’s jacket pocket. #120121045

Feb. 12, 7:35 p.m., 1600 block of Castro, Robbery with Force: While sitting in a laundromat using his computer and waiting for his clothes to dry, a local resident was punched in the face by a man who then ran off with the victim’s $3,000 Toshiba laptop. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, seen escaping in a black four-door sedan. #120121603

Feb. 13, 5:35 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Shoplifting: A woman was cited for shoplifting at a grocery, after making no attempt to pay for stolen boxes of assorted chocolates and eight bottles of wine. #120124469

Feb. 13, 11:50 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Theft from a Locked Vehicle: A woman returned to her car 20 minutes after she parked it in a lot on 24th Street and found her window smashed and items missing including a backpack containing a $3,000 IBM computer, a $900 iPad 2, a $75 Olympus mini-recorder, and $150 in cash. #120123132

Feb. 15, 2:38 a.m., 400 block of 26th, Malicious Mischief: A sleeping resident was awakened to a loud banging and glass breaking at the front door of his home. He was unable to provide a suspect description. #120128176

Feb. 17, 11:30 p.m., 20th and Church, Stolen Vehicle: Taken was a 1997 red, four-door Honda Civic, license #6FZL633. #120140863

Feb, 19, 2:30 a.m., 600 block of Clipper, Domestic Violence: A man told police that he accidentally got locked out of his apartment and spent some time out in the cold pounding on the door. When his partner woke up and let him in, they got into an argument. A scuffle ensued after one kicked the other in the face, causing a nosebleed. The primary aggressor causing the injury was arrested. #120139355

Feb. 22, 9:39 a.m., 1200 block of Church, Mental Health Detention/Malicious Mischief:A cab driver reported to undercover police that a naked woman was lying on the ground at 24th and Sanchez. Police found the woman wearing nothing but tennis shoes, surrounded by six SFFD firefighters attempting to cover her with a blanket. The woman threw the blanket off, broke away, jumped onto the hood of a nearby Volvo (with a driver inside), and stomped the windshield, causing it to shatter. Based on her erratic, aggressive behavior, police decided to escort her by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital, where she was put under a 72-hour watch for evaluation and treatment. #120147916

Feb. 24, 9:20 a.m., 4300 block of 25th, Recovered Vehicle: 1995 Honda Odyssey van.

Feb. 24, 6 p.m., 300 block of Elizabeth, Stolen/Recovered Vehicle: 1995 Honda Civic.

Feb. 25, noon, 1200 block of Castro, Stolen/Recovered Vehicle: 1995 Nissan Altima.

Feb. 26, 2 p.m., 1300 block of Noe, Stolen/Recovered Vehicle: 1990 Acura Legend.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported during February in the area bordered by ­Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by staff at Ingle­side Police Station. Most but not all incidents are included here. To contact Ingleside Station, email 


Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Sanchez & Day, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 4, 3:35 p.m., 500 block of 28th, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 6, 7 a.m., 400 block of Day, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 1600 block of Noe, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 8, 9:47 a.m., 1600 block of Noe, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 8, 2:06 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m., 400 block of Day, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m., 200 block of Day, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 14, 9:15 p.m., 500 block of Duncan, Personation: Police Services Aide Cato took a report regarding false personation. The victim said she attempted to file her tax return online but it was rejected. The service informed the victim that her social security number had already been used to file taxes for the year 2011. The victim believed that a suspect had used her                        number fraudulently. #120127435

Feb. 15, 7 a.m., first block of Valley, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 20, 7:41 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Burglary: Officer Coles and several other Ingleside officers responded to assist a citizen who was chasing a burglary suspect. They spoke with the victim, who told them that he was in his apartment when he heard noises coming from the downstairs apartment. The victim knew his neighbors were not at home and that no one should have been in the apartment. He responded downstairs and observed an unknown male on the side of the home. He asked the man why he was there and the man said he was visiting. The suspect then began running down Church Street and the resident began chasing him as he called the police on his cell phone. He observed the suspect board a vehicle and drive off down Duncan Street. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspects or the vehicle. Officer Coles returned to the address where the suspect may have entered and noticed several pillowcases stuffed with items, and a front door that was pried open. She spoke with the resident of the home via telephone, who stated that some items which seemed to have been left behind did not belong to them. SFPD’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit was contacted to process the scene. A record check of the suspect’s vehicle returned out of another county. Police contacted the registered owner, who stated the vehicle had been sold. #120142091

Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Guerrero and 28th, Traffic Accident

Feb. 22, 1 p.m., 500 block of 28th, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., Dolores and 30th, Attempted Theft: A victim responded to Ingleside Station and told PSA Heckenberg that he parked and secured his vehicle and when he returned found the rear window smashed but it did not appear the suspect made entry into the vehicle. The PSA dusted the vehicle for fingerprint evidence to no avail. #120154278

Feb. 24, 2:45 p.m., Guerrero and Duncan, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 24, 5 p.m., 29th and San Jose Ave., Vehicle Accident (Hit-and-Run)

Feb. 25, 10 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Stolen Vehicle

Feb. 25, 11 p.m., 1600 block of Church, Graffiti: Officer Lim was sent to investigate malicious mischief. He spoke with the victim, who told him he left his business secure and when he returned he found his front window had fresh graffiti. He was unable to provide any more details regarding the incident. #120157874

Feb. 26, 5 p.m., 300 block of Valley, Recovered Vehicle

Feb. 28, 11:47 p.m., Sanchez and Valley, Recovered Vehicle


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 community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds 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

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 call Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.


Police Beat is edited by Sally Smith and Jan Goben.