Noe Valley Voice October 2004

Police Beat

Those Curb Painters May Not Be Legit

Ingleside Station Captain Paul Chignell reports that there are people knocking on doors in the area and offering to paint curb numbers for a fee. The vast majority of these people do not have authorization to solicit this work, he says, and need a special permit from the Department of Public Works. If you are approached, call Robert Arevalo of DPW at 725-6130 or 695-2182.

Police Beat is a log of criminal incidents in Noe Valley, defined as the area bordered by Grand View, 21st, Fair Oaks, and 30th streets. The following crime summaries were culled from incident reports filed at Mission and Ingleside police stations during August 2004.

Malicious Mischief: Between 7:20 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2; 1300 block of Noe Street

A woman returned home after work to behold a soggy scenario: Someone had turned on the water in her faucets and stuffed the drains with towels. Her carpet was wet and the kitchen linoleum was under water. She said she would have a talk with her roommate about the situation.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2; Noe and Jersey streets

The owner of a 1983 BMW reported that someone broke into his car and stole bottles of wine, compact disks, and knives.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2, and 8:42 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3; Noe Street between 24th and Elizabeth streets

A man who was caring for his neighbor's 2002 Volkswagen Jetta while she was out of town reported that one of the vehicle's rear-door windows had been broken. He was not sure whether anything had been stolen from the car.

Burglary: Between 4:30 a.m., Saturday, July 31, and 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3; 200 block of 28th Street

A woman returned from a trip out of town to discover her laptop computer missing. One of her roommates reported that she had come home one day during the victim's absence to find the back door to the house unlocked. The suspect was unknown.

Theft of Plates: Between 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, and 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7; Alvarado and Sanchez streets

Front and rear plates were taken from a 1999 Honda Civic parked at Alvarado and Sanchez streets. The plates bear the California license 4FVH717.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, and 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 5; 500 block of Valley Street

Two residents of Oregon reported that their vehicle was broken into while parked on Valley Street. Missing items included clothing, CDs, and a stereo.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, and 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 6; 500 block of 29th Street

A 29th Street resident reported that an unknown suspect broke into his 1997 Honda Accord, stealing a stereo and camera as well as the car's battery. The door lock and dashboard were damaged.

Burglary: Between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6; 1400 block of Dolores Street

Residents of Dolores Street reported that an unknown person broke into their home and stole a number of items, including laptops, a camcorder, two watches, and jewelry. Police believe the burglar entered through a bathroom window.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, and 9 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 8; 27th and Church streets

A stereo and its accessories were stolen from a 1989 Honda Accord parked at 27th and Church streets.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, and 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8; 600 block of Duncan Street

A Petaluma resident reported that tools were stolen from her gold 1990 Honda Civic while the vehicle was parked on Duncan Street. The stereo was also damaged.

Burglary: Between 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, and 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11; 400 block of Elizabeth Street

A worker at a house under construction notified police that a jackhammer and dolly, worth more than $1,500, had been stolen from the job site. No suspect has been found.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, and 8 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11; Castro and Alvarado streets

An unknown suspect broke into a 1985 Toyota Landcruiser and stole $3,000 worth of clothing and a duffel bag.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 1 and 7 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11; 400 block of Jersey Street

A silver 2001 Honda Civic was stolen from near the home of a Jersey Street resident. The car bears the California license 4RPG470.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 8:10 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, and 9:05 a.m., Friday, Aug. 13; 28th and Church streets

A Duncan Street resident reported a white 1995 Honda Civic stolen from 28th and Church streets. The car bears the California license 4HUK174.

Theft: Between 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, and 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14; Jersey and Castro streets

A Jersey Street man reported that two mountain bicycles were stolen from a rack on his car, where they had been secured.

Burglary: Between 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, and 1 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 15; 300 block of 29th Street

A 29th Street resident reported that someone stole a digital camera and a bottle of liquor from his home. His cousin, who lives upstairs, witnessed the burglary and reported that the thief was a family friend who had dined with the victim earlier in the evening. With friends like that...

Burglary: Between 2 and 2:45 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16; 400 block of Elizabeth Street

A contractor working on a house on Elizabeth Street reported that an unknown person stole his laptop computer from inside the house. Since many workers were in the house and the premises were unsecured, police have not pinpointed a suspect.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17, and 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18; Hill and Noe streets

A local resident reported that someone broke into his 1992 Ford Escort, damaging his dashboard and stealing his car stereo and earthquake kit.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, and 6:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19; 400 block of Diamond Street

A green 1998 Acura Integra was stolen from Diamond Street near 21st Street. The car bears the California license 4AOH023.

Recovered Vehicle: 7:35 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18; 200 block of Duncan Street

A green 1989 Chevrolet Astro van was recovered on Duncan Street near Dolores. The car was towed to the Auto Return department.

Theft from Vehicle: Between noon, Thursday, Aug. 19, and 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20; Day and Sanchez streets

The owner of a 1990 Toyota Camry reported that an unknown person broke into her car and stole maps, the auto registration, and a FasTrak responder.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, and 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20; Church Street between 29th and Valley streets

A Dolores Street woman reported her burgundy 1999 Toyota Tacoma stolen. The vehicle bears the California license 5X12237.

Burglary: Between 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20, and 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21; a church in the 1200 block of Sanchez Street

A local church was burglarized by an unknown person who stole $50 in cash and a digital camera, a caretaker who lives at the church reported. The thief apparently entered through an unsecured window.

Burglary: Between 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, and 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22; 1400 block of Noe Street

A man reported that he returned to his apartment after a night away and discovered his back door unlocked and several items missing, including a laptop and watch.

Burglary: Between 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, and 7:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 23; 500 block of Alvarado Street

Residents of two adjoining apartments discovered several items missing after a burglary, including a bicycle, jewelry, and a backpack. No suspect has been found.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, and 7 a.m., Monday, Aug. 23; 1400 block of Noe Street

A black 1997 Honda Civic belonging to a Noe Street resident was stolen. The car bears the California license 3UGS922.

Battery: 3:20 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23; 600 block of Clipper Street

A man pushed his elderly mother to the ground, dared another family member to call the police, and then fled the scene during a domestic dispute. The man's mother took out a restraining order against him.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 11:25 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, and 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25; Sanchez Street between Duncan and 28th streets

Several items were stolen from a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass, including a makeup bag, baseball cap, and car radio.

Burglary: 8:51 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25; 4100 block of 24th Street

An unknown suspect broke into an apartment complex and went through the garage area, opening cabinets and smashing a car window. Police could not find any signs of forced entry.

Assault, Aggravated: 2:46 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26; a drugstore in the 1300 block of Castro Street

An attempted shoplifting went bad when employees of a local drugstore observed a man leaving the store without paying for some toothbrushes and vitamins he had concealed on his person. When employees attempted to detain the thief, he sprayed them with a fire extinguisher, used the extinguisher to hit one of the employees on the shoulder, and bit him on the arm. When police arrived on the scene, they were able to subdue the shoplifter. The toothbrushes and vitamins were left at the store.

Suspicious Occurrence: 3:40 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26; a store in the 3800 block of 24th Street

A local shopkeeper reported that a representative of one of the distributors he works with demanded premature payment and yelled at him in front of customers. He reported the incident because he believes the man is potentially violent.

False Impersonation to Receive Money or Property: Reported 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26; 1500 block of Church Street

A Church Street resident reported that someone opened a Sprint cell phone account in her name. She did not discover the fraud until she received a bill for more than $400 from Sprint; the account was cancelled and she was not required to pay.

The Voice thanks Mission Police Captain John Goldberg and Ingleside Officer Mike Smith for providing the incident reports for this month's Police Beat. The reports were summarized by Erin O'Briant.


Noe Valley residents and merchants are welcome to attend community meetings held monthly in both the Mission and Ingleside police districts. The next Ingleside meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at 1 Sgt. John Young Lane, off the 2000 block of San Jose Avenue. Mission Station's next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., at 630 Valencia Street near 17th Street. Noe Valleyans who live or work north of Cesar Chavez Street (within the Mission Police District) should report recurring problems by phoning Mission Station at 558-5400 or e-mailing SFPDMissionStation 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 Street--may contact officers at Ingleside Station by calling 404-4000 or e-mailing

To report a crime in progress, call 911. (Cell phone users, dial 553-8090.) To alert San Francisco police about a non-emergency situation, call 553-0123.