Noe Valley Voice May 2012

Police Beat


The following police blotter covers incidents reported March 1–31, 2012, in the southern half of Noe Valley—the area loosely bordered by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingleside Police Station and may not include all that were reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email


March 5, 11 p.m., Sanchez and 27th, Robbery: Officers Dominguez and Carrasco responded to a robbery. They met with the victim, who stated he was walking on Church Street when he noticed a male looking into a parked vehicle. The male asked him if he had a light and the victim said no. The victim then noticed that the suspect had a gun in his right hand. The suspect pointed it at the victim’s abdomen and said, “What do you have for me then?” The suspect reached into the victim’s pockets, removed a cellular phone, and turned around and walked down Sanchez Street. The officers dispatched a description of the suspect, and various officers searched the area unsuccessfully. #120185659

March 6, 11 p.m., San Jose Ave. and 29th, Stolen Vehicle

March 7, 12 p.m., 1500 block of Noe, Stolen Vehicle

March 10, 4:17 p.m., 1500 block of Church, Theft: Officers Gonzalez and Hom were dispatched to investigate a theft. The victim told them that she was working when several females entered the store and asked to use the restroom. The women left the salon and the victim noticed that several of her personal items were missing. She did not see anyone take the items, but she believed it was the females because the items disappeared after they left the store. The victim said she exited the store in search of them, but they boarded a vehicle and fled in an unknown direction. The officers searched the area to no avail. #120199547

March 10, 5 p.m., 100 block of 29th, Burglary: Officer Morgante responded to a burglary. He met with the victim, who told him that she placed her bicycle in the garage area of the apartment building, and when she returned, the bicycle was missing. There was no sign of forced entry to the premises, but the victim advised that the garage door had been forced off its rollers in the past and did not shut securely. She was unable to provide any suspect information and was provided with follow-up information.

March 11, 9 a.m., 1400 block of Guerrero, Burglary: Officer Preston was dispatched to investigate a burglary. He met with the victims, who advised that they secured their bicycles in the garage area and when they returned found the bicycles missing. They were unable to locate any signs of forced entry. #120202510

March 13, 6:30 a.m., 1700 block of Sanchez, Burglary: Officers Morgante and Martinez responded to a report of a burglary. The victim told the officers that he had stored three bicycles in his garage. He believes that he had closed the garage. In the morning, he discovered the garage door open and the bicycles missing. #120206766

March 13, 8:39 a.m., first block of Chenery, Recovered Vehicle

March 13, 9:44 a.m., 2300 block of Castro, Recovered Vehicle

March 14, 3:31 a.m., first block of 30th, Recovered Vehicle

March 14, 9:43 a.m., 500 block of 27th, Recovered Vehicle

March 14, 6:44 p.m., 100 block of 27th, Recovered Vehicle

March 27, 8 a.m., 300 block of 30th, Burglary: Officer Frisk responded to a report of a burglary. The victim told the officer that an unknown suspect somehow gained entry into the apartment. The suspect located a garage door opener that was concealed in an unlocked closet. The suspect gained entry into the garage and cut the lock that had been securing a bicycle. The bicycle was taken. #120246778

March 28, 11 p.m., 1500 block of Church, Vandalism: Officers Chew and Lim responded to a report of vandalism. The owner of the building advised that he locked and secured the building and when he returned, there was visible graffiti painted on the side. The officers took pictures of the graffiti, which they booked into evidence at Ingleside Station. #120249346

March 30, 6 p.m., San Jose Ave. & Randall, Vehicle Accident (Hit-and-Run)



Twenty-fourth Street Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo provided this month’s tally of incidents in “Noe Valley North,” the area bounded by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. Her log includes most but not all incidents reported to Mission Police Station during March. To contact Officer Lombardo or another officer at Mission Station, call 558-5400, or email


March 3, 12:30 p.m., 1700 block of Church, Bicycle Theft: A red Jamis Allegro Hybrid bicycle valued at $700 was taken from a resident’s apartment building garage. The postmaster key box appeared to have been pried open. #120178159

March 3-4, 7 p.m.-10 a.m., 1200 block of Church, Stolen Vehicle: 2003 white MS motorcycle, Lic. #2OP3923. #120181500

March 11, 9 a.m., 24th and Fair Oaks, Attempted Robbery with Force: A resident was walking home when he was approached by two suspects who demanded, “Give us your money!” The resident told them he didn’t have any money. The suspects punched him multiple times in the face and head with closed fists, knocking out his two front teeth. Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital. The victim was unable to identify the suspects because he has only 5 percent vision and is legally blind. #120201584

March 12-13, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 24th at Diamond, Attempted Burglary of Restaurant: A restaurant owner was unable to open his main door due to a damaged lock with hammer marks on it. A locksmith determined that someone had put glue in the lock, leaving a piece of metal stuck in it. The restaurateur said the same suspicious activity had happened a month prior.

March 15, 9:35 a.m., 3900 24th at Noe, Mental Health Detention: Police responded to a call about an aggressive panhandler on 24th Street and found a man running in and out of               traffic, creating a danger to himself. The man spoke with the officers, calling one “the Archangel Michael” and the other “Eve.” An employee from a nearby coffee shop said the man had been harassing people in the cafe, and had taken an umbrella and swung it at customers. Medics took the man to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

March 16, 6 a.m., 900 block of Douglass, Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Hit-and-Run, Property Damage: A resident was awakened by a loud crash. When he investigated, he found his garage door damaged and a vehicle partially parked

in his driveway with rear-end damage that corresponded with the major damage to the garage door. Officers went to the home of the registered owner of the vehicle and found the owner of the car, whom they arrested for intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident. #120214957

March 23, 1:30 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Warrant Arrest, Theft; Shoplifting: An undercover security officer at a local grocery followed a man who stuffed sushi, wine, and other items into a soft bag he had brought into the store. The man paid for a bunch of bananas but slung the bag of groceries over his shoulder, failing to pay for them. He then left the store and was detained. Officer Lombardo responded and found that the man had a $10,000 burglary warrant. She booked him for both the warrant and the shoplifting charge. #120236274

March 24-25, 11 a.m., Guerrero and 24th, Theft, from Locked Vehicle: A visitor to San Francisco parked and locked his vehicle overnight. When he returned the next day, he found his dashboard damaged and car stereo stolen. #120241502

March 25, 1:17 a.m., 4000 block of 25th, D.U.I.: Officers responded to two reports (at two different locations) of a man asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle with its engine running and wipers on, in the middle of the street, and with one tire on the sidewalk. After undergoing several examinations, the man was booked for driving under the influence of alcohol. #120240849

March 25, 3 a.m., 1100 block of Guerrero, Residential Burglary: After the landlord heard a door swing open during the night, a resident discovered two bicycles had been stolen from the garage: a Garnelli Luciano black and red road bike valued at $2,000 and an aqua blue and white Trek, model 1.5 WSD, valued at $1,500. #120241756

March 25-26, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m., 3900 block of 21st, Malicious Mischief, Graffiti:While going out to pick up his newspaper, a resident discovered graffiti spray-painted in blue on his sidewalk. After making a report, Officer Chow drove his squad car away and noticed a city-owned traffic sign that had new graffiti in the same blue paint as on the resident’s sidewalk. The police report was copied and submitted to the SFPD Graffiti Unit for further investigation. #12024412

March 27-28, 10 p.m.-6 a.m., 4200 block of 24th, Burglary, Garage, Forcible Entry: A resident was awakened by loud barking from their dog. The next day, they discovered someone had removed the side door to their garage, leaving it lying on the ground with the door hinges removed. Two bicycles and the padlock securing them were stolen. One was a black 21-inch Giant road bike with Shimano parts and triathlon-style handlebars, valued at $3,500. The other, also a Giant, was silver and valued at $1,800. #120248906

March 29-30, 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m., 4200 block of 24th, Burglary of a Residence: A resident told police that someone stole two bicycles from her garage after a houseguest failed to shut an iron gate tightly enough and entry was made. Stolen was a $5,000 white Trek bicycle (model 5.2), a box game, and a suitcase filled with bottles of liquor. #120254373

March 30, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., 200 block of Jersey, Burglary of an Apartment House: A resident left her apartment, leaving a window unlatched but closed. When she returned home, she found several items were missing, including a Nikon camera valued at $1,000, a Dell laptop computer valued at $1,000, and an iPod Touch valued at $270. #120257189

March 31, 12:30-6 p.m., 4200 block of 24th, Attempted Burglary of a Residence: A resident came home to find the side door to his garage slightly open and pry marks around the latch area. Entry was not gained, as the door’s chain and swing bar were locked.

April 1, 10:07 a.m., 1300 block of Sanchez, Found Property: A citizen reported that a silver Segway was found leaning next to a tree. Police brought the two-wheeled vehicle back to Mission Station and booked it “Property for Safekeeping.” #120259599



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

Newsletter: sfpd.mission.station
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.