Noe Valley Voice April 2002

Police Beat

Eggings Have Neighbors Fried

The following crime summaries were culled from incident reports filed at Mission Police Station in February 2002.

Vehicle Vandalism: 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 2; 24th and Homestead streets

At 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, a man was driving his Volvo eastbound on 24th Street near Homestead when an unknown suspect threw eggs at the car's open sunroof, rendering the sunroof window inoperable. The suspect also threw eggs at the hood of the car, damaging the paint. Later, an unidentified person provided the driver with a possible name and address for the egg-throwing suspect. Police responded to the address, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Shooting into Inhabited Dwelling: During the week of Feb. 5­12; 400 block of Jersey Street

A resident of a home on the 400 block of Jersey Street near Diamond called police to report that an unknown suspect fired two gunshots into her front bay window sometime during the week of Feb. 5-12. The resident did not immediately notice the bullet holes because they were covered by her drapes. Police searched the premises for casings, but did not find any and believe the bullet holes may have come from a BB gun. The resident also told police that her family previously had eggs thrown at their home during a few months last fall.

Petty Theft with Prior Conviction: 8 p.m. on Feb. 6; Store Burglary and Forcible Entry: Between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Feb. 24; 3900 block of 24th Street

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, an employee of a grocery store on the 3900 block of 24th Street noticed a large man -- about 6 feet, 200 pounds -- enter the store and glance down several aisles. Eventually, he walked down the liquor aisle and grabbed three bottles of cognac, valued at $91, and placed them under his sweatshirt. He then passed several clerks at their cash registers and walked out the door. The store employee stopped the man after he left the premises, placed him under citizen's arrest, and called police.

Police transported the suspect to Mission Station for booking. A police computer check revealed that the man, 44, was currently on parole and had served jail time for previous thefts.

Two and a half weeks later, at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, police were again called to the grocery store after an employee witnessed two male suspects, aged 18 to 20, quickly exiting the store with a large black bag.

Earlier that evening, at around 8 p.m., one of the suspects had come to the store to apply for a job and was taken by the store manager to the "employees only" area for an application. An hour later, an employee discovered the suspect wandering around the "employees only" area and told him to leave. Not long after, another employee spotted the suspect in the store's upstairs office, where liquor items and cigarettes are stored (in a locked area surrounded by wire fencing). The suspect told the employee he was looking for the bathroom, and she escorted him out of the area.

Two hours later, the store manager discovered that two small holes had been cut into the fence that secured the cigarettes and alcohol. Twenty cartons of Parliament and Merit Gold cigarettes, valued at $900, were missing, along with six bottles of Baileys Irish Cream, valued at $150.

Due to lack of evidence, Crime Scene Investigations was not notified, but the store manager was given an additional loss form and a follow-up form.

Police also searched the area for the two suspects, but failed to find them. The case was forwarded to the SFPD's Burglary Division.

Shoplifting: Between 12:49 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Feb. 26; 3900 block of 24th Street

Around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, a 684(, 225-pound male, aged 30 to 35, wearing red high heels and a denim miniskirt, entered a clothing store on the 3900 block of 24th Street. The suspect removed several dresses of various colors and styles, valued at approximately $850, from the display racks. He then walked around the store and asked an employee questions about other items in the store.

As the employee walked to the register counter, the suspect took the dresses and left without paying. The employee saw the suspect walk eastbound on 24th Street, but due to his size, did not try to stop him. The case has been forwarded to the SFPD's Burglary Division.

The Voice thanks Noe Valley Beat Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing the incident reports for this month's Police Beat. The reports were summarized by Kathy Dalle-Molle.

SFPD Contacts

Noe Valley straddles two San Francisco police districts -- Mission and Ingleside. Officers from the Mission Police District, headquartered at Mission Station, cover the northern half of Noe Valley, from 21st to Cesar Chavez Street. Ingleside police have jurisdiction over the southern half of Noe Valley, from Cesar Chavez to 30th Street.

Mission District residents and merchants should report recurring crime or safety problems to Mission Station by phoning 558-5400. You may also send e-mail to Captain Greg Corrales at or attend the regular police-community meetings held the last Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street. (To report anonymously on drugs, gangs, or other crimes, call the nontraceable hotline at 558-5452.)

Residents and merchants in "outer" Noe Valley -- south of Cesar Chavez -- may contact Ingleside Station by calling 404-4000 or e-mailing Captain Kevin Dillon at The Ingleside police-community meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at Ingleside Station, 1 Sergeant John Young Lane, off the 2000 block of San Jose Avenue. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

To report a crime in progress, call 911. (Cell phone users, dial 553-8090.)