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The following crime summaries were culled from incident reports filed at Mission and Ingleside police stations during September 2002.
Residential Burglary: Between 2:45 and 3:51 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5; 4000 block of 22nd Street
At 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, a woman returning to her residence in the 4000 block of 22nd Street near Diamond noticed two unfamiliar young men sitting on the steps of her neighbor's home. One of the men was playing with a pizza delivery flyer he was holding in his hand. The woman felt uncomfortable about walking past the men, so she left the block without going into her house, hoping they would be gone by the time she returned.
When she came back 40 minutes later, she found the deadbolt to her side gate unlocked and a pizza flyer hanging on the door. She also noticed that her dog was outside. Since she had left her dog inside when she'd left the house that morning, she immediately suspected that someone had entered her home.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the side door to the living room unlocked. Police searched the entire house and yard, but did not find anyone in the home. However, they determined that an unknown suspect had entered the home through a bedroom window. The resident noticed that several items, including a camera, a DVD player, and a collection of DVD disks were missing from a living-room cabinet, and that several other items in the home had been touched and moved. Police called Crime Scene Investigations to follow up. The case has been assigned to the SFPD's Burglary Division.
Note: A similar burglary occurred in the 700 block of Elizabeth Street near Douglass Street on Friday, Aug. 23, between 4 and 4:45 p.m. A wedding ring valued at $10,000, a Sony camcorder, a Dell laptop computer, a Pioneer DVD player, several DVDs, and a Sony CD player were stolen. In this incident, the same pizza delivery flyer was found hanging on the front door, and earlier in the day, neighbors had noticed two young men sitting on the front steps of the home. This case has also been assigned to the SFPD's Burglary Division.
Residential Burglary: Between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6; 1700 block of Dolores Street
A resident of an apartment building in the 1700 block of Dolores Street near 30th left his home at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. When he returned home at 7 p.m., he found a window open that he thought he had left closed. He then noticed that a tray to his DVD player was open and that 20 DVD movies were missing along with his cell phone. When police arrived at the apartment, they discovered fingerprints on the DVD player and the window, and called Crime Scene Investigations for follow-up. The case has been assigned to the SFPD's Burglary Division.
Residential Burglary: Between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13; 1600 block of Dolores Street
When he arrived home from work at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, a resident of the 1600 block of Dolores Street near Day discovered that his mountain bike, a computer bag, and an electric saw were missing from his garage. He told police that a family member who had been making repairs to the home had left the garage door open while he was on the premises during the day. Police found no signs of forced entry, and determined that an unknown suspect entered and exited through the open garage door. The case has been assigned to the SFPD's Burglary Division.
Theft from Locked Vehicle: 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21; 1400 block of Dolores Street
Around midnight on Saturday, Sept. 21, the owner of a black Chevrolet Blazer parked and locked his truck in the driveway of a home in the 1400 block of Dolores Street (near 28th) and went inside the home. Twenty minutes later, he got back in the car and was driving only a few blocks when he noticed that the passenger-side window had been broken out. He also discovered that two credit cards, his driver's license, two cell phones, and his house keys were missing from the truck. He immediately cancelled his credit cards and had the locks to his home changed.
Verbal Threats: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25; 4000 block of 24th Street
At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, a 35-year-old woman who was panhandling near a parking lot in the 4000 block of 24th Street approached a police officer acting "very upset and shaken" about a 51-year-old man who was panhandling near her. She told the officer that the man had been "stepping out in front of people and holding out his cup within a foot or two of their faces and leaning toward them and shaking the cup at them," then yelling expletives if they did not give him money. Bothered by his behavior, she told the man, "You shouldn't do people like that." He allegedly replied with several expletive-laced threats. The woman told the officer that the man frightened her and that she was worried that he might hurt her. Police arrested the man and booked him at Mission Station.
Residential Burglary: Between 7:15 and 9 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 29; 4000 block of 20th Street
At 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, a resident of a home in the 4000 block of 20th Street near Noe discovered that his red "stump-jumper" mountain bike, valued at $2,000, was missing from his garage. The resident told police that his girlfriend had arrived at his home around 7:15 p.m., and that he had opened the garage door to let her in, but failed to close it. Neither he nor his girlfriend heard or saw anyone in the garage. The case has been assigned to the SFPD's Burglary Division.
Possession of Marijuana: 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 400 block of Jersey Street
A little after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, a group of several young men and one woman were standing in front of a home in the 400 block of Jersey Street near Diamond. Police officers, who were investigating an ongoing complaint about the possible sale of narcotics on the block, approached the group. When the officers asked a 22-year-old man his name, he replied that there might be a warrant out for his arrest on an outstanding traffic violation. Police asked him for identification, and he gave them his passport. A police officer then noticed the man put his left hand inside his jacket pocket. The man attempted to turn away from the officer as he pulled his hand from his pocket, and the officer noticed two zip-lock bags with "green vegetable matter" between the tips of the man's fingers. The officer determined that the "green vegetable matter" was marijuana and placed the man under arrest, later transporting him to Mission Station for booking.
The Voice thanks Mission Police Officer Lorraine Lombardo and Ingleside Officer Mike Smith for providing the incident reports for this month's Police Beat. The reports were summarized by Kathy Dalle-Molle.
How to Contact the SFPD
Noe Valley straddles two San Francisco police districts--Mission and Ingleside--each with its own turf. Mission Police Station covers the northern half of the neighborhood, from 21st Street to Cesar Chavez Street. Ingleside Police Station has jurisdiction over the southern half of Noe Valley, from Cesar Chavez Street to Glen Park.
Those who live or work within the Mission Police District can report recurring crimes or safety problems by phoning Mission Station at 558-5400. You also may send email to Capt. Greg Corrales at firstname.lastname@example.org, or attend police/community meetings held the last Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street. (To report anonymously on drugs, gangs, or other crime, call Mission Station's nontraceable hotline at 558-5452.)
Residents and merchants in "outer" Noe Valley--south of Cesar Chavez--can contact Ingleside Station by calling 404-4000 or emailing Capt. Kevin Dillon at kevin_dillon@ ci.sf.ca.us. The Ingleside police/community meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at Ingleside Station, 1 Sergeant John Young Lane, near the 2000 block of San Jose Avenue. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
To report a crime in progress, call 911. (Cell phone users, dial 553-8090.)