Noe Valley Voice February 2005

Police Beat

Police Beat is a roundup of crimes and other police incidents in Noe Valley. "Noe Valley" is 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 Ingleside Police Station during November and December 2004.

Because of a change in policy at Mission Station, crime records for the part of Noe Valley within that station's jurisdiction--north of Cesar Chavez Street--were not available.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, and 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13; 27th and Sanchez streets

A man reported that an unknown person broke into his Honda convertible, damaging the top of the car and stealing his Armani sunglasses and a suitcase.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, and 7:10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17; Duncan and Dolores streets

A Duncan Street woman reported that her garage door opener and some paperwork had been stolen from her vehicle overnight.

Burglary: 3:23 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 18; a coffee shop in the 1500 block of Church Street

A coffee shop owner was detained by police while responding to an alarm sounding in his business. After police confirmed the owner's identity, they investigated the scene and discovered the cash register drawer open and $150 missing. The front door showed pry marks. No suspect was found.

Burglary: Between 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, and 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 22; 200 block of 29th Street

An unknown person broke into a house under construction and stole four saws that had been left there overnight. Police believe the point of entry and exit was an unlocked window. No suspect has been found.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, and 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23; 500 block of 27th Street

A 27th Street resident reported several items missing from his 1999 Honda CRX, including a laptop computer, cell phone, iPod, camera, Palm Pilot, and opera glasses. He found no signs of forced entry, and a suspect has not been found.

Burglary: 12:12 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24; a store in the 1400 block of Church Street

An unknown suspect broke into a business on Church Street, smashing in the glass front door and activating the building alarm. Apparently nothing was taken.

Burglary: 3 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 25; 1700 block of Church Street

An unknown person attempted to break into a building at Church and 30th streets, setting off the building's alarm. There was no sign the suspect gained entry to the building.

Theft from Vehicle: Saturday, Nov. 27, 6:35 p.m.; 100 block of Day Street

Neighbors on Day Street reported a man picking the lock of a pickup truck and stealing what appeared to be a briefcase from the vehicle. The man rode away on a red bicycle. Police detained a man who fit the neighbors' description, but he was not the suspect.

Burglary: Between 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, and 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 28; a restaurant in the 1700 block of Church Street

The window of a local restaurant was damaged overnight, but apparently the unknown suspect did not gain entry into the establishment. Police fingerprinted the area.

Recovered Vehicle: 9:24 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 27; 300 block of 29th Street

A Honda Accord belonging to a San Leandro man was recovered by police on 29th Street.

Burglary: Between 12:20 and 5:15 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 28; a restaurant in the 1700 block of Church Street

An unknown person stole $200 in cash and damaged the windows of a local restaurant. Nothing else was taken and the burglar was not found.

Burglary: Between 9:30 a.m. and 7:50 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29; 1700 block of Dolores Street

A local man reported many items stolen from his apartment, including a wireless, phone, computer printer, digital camera, MP4 player, and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry. There was no sign of forced entry, and no suspect was found.

Burglary: Between 12:15 and 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7; 200 block of 27th Street

Two 27th Street residents returned to their home to discover that their garage had been ransacked. Stolen items included a bicycle, saw, drill, and picnic basket. No suspect has been found.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, and 8 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9; 300 block of 28th Street

A 28th Street man reported his aqua 1991 Honda Civic stolen from near his home. The vehicle bears the California license 4AKB306.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8; Church and 30th streets

A Day Street resident reported her silver 1990 Toyota Celica stolen. The vehicle bears the California license 2TSL633.

Theft: Between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8; Sanchez and 29th streets

A local woman returned home to discover that two bicycles were missing from her garage, and that the chain bike locks had been cut off. No suspect has been found.

Burglary: Between 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12; 100 block of Valley Street

Residents near Church and Valley streets told police a suspicious man was running through neighborhood yards and jumping fences. Police caught and arrested a suspect, a Valencia Street resident, who had allegedly broken into an apartment in a nearby building. Nothing was stolen from the apartment.

Malicious Mischief: 9:23 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13; outside a bar in the 1600 block of Dolores Street

A drunken man rammed his pickup truck into another vehicle following a verbal altercation outside a local bar. The suspect was not found.

Theft of Vehicle: 5 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17; Noe and 28th streets

A 28th Street woman reported her white 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid stolen from near her home. The vehicle bears the California license 5CVV519.

Theft from Vehicle: Between 12:45 and 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 18; 1400 block of Duncan Street

A woman reported that an unknown person broke into her 1995 Ford Windstar overnight, damaging the window and stealing crystals valued at $400.

Theft of Vehicle: Between 1 and 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20; 28th and Douglass streets

A local man reported his gray 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass stolen. The vehicle was recovered the next day in the 2700 block of Diamond Street.

Theft of Vehicle: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21; 4200 block of 23rd Street

A woman reported her red 1988 Mazda RX7 stolen from 23rd Street. The vehicle was recovered on Dec. 27 in the 700 block of Duncan Street.

Theft of License Plate: Wednesday, Dec. 22; 200 block of 27th Street

The California license plate 4MXB128 was stolen from a Honda parked on 27th Street.

The Voice thanks Ingleside Police Officer Mike Smith for providing access to the incident reports for this month's Police Beat. The reports were summarized by Voice writer Erin O'Briant.


Noe Valley residents and merchants are welcome to attend police-community meetings held monthly in both the Mission and Ingleside police districts. The next Ingleside meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., at Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John Young Lane, off the 2000 block of San Jose Avenue. The next Mission meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street near 17th Street.

Noe Valleyans who live or work north of Cesar Chavez Street (within the Mission Police District) may report recurring problems by phoning Mission Station at 558-5400 or e-mailing SFPDMissionStation@ To report anonymously on drugs, gangs, or other crimes, call Mission Station's nontraceable hotline at 552-4558.

Residents and merchants in "outer" Noe Valley--south of Cesar Chavez Street--may contact Ingleside Station by calling 404-4000 or e-mailing SFPDInglesideStation@ The Ingleside anonymous tip line is 587-8984. To sign up for the station's daily crime e-letter, e-mail Captain Paul Chignell at

To report a crime in progress, call 911. To report a non-emergency situation, call 553-0123.