Noe Valley Voice December-January 2009

Police Beat


The Voice thanks San Francisco Patrol Special Officer Jane Warner and Mission Police Officer Lorraine Lombardo for providing this tally of incidents occurring in the part of Noe Valley within the Mission Police District. The log includes some but not all incidents occurring Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2009, in the area bordered by Grand View, 21st, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. Officers Lombardo and Warner both do walking foot patrols of 24th Street and environs. To reach Lombardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400. Contact Warner and the Patrol Special Police by emailing or calling 559-9955.

Oct. 16, 9:30 p.m. (rprtd), 4000 block of Cesar Chavez, theft: Two potted plants valued at $75 each were stolen from a residential front porch. No known suspects.

Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. (rprtd), unit block of Fountain, attempted vehicle theft: A woman discovered her 2007 Honda Accord had been broken into. However, there was no sign of damage. The woman found wires to the car's alarm were cut. The suspect apparently tried unsuccessfully to hot-wire the car. Nothing was taken.

Oct. 19, 10 a.m. (rprtd), Alvarado and Douglass, theft from locked auto: A gray Acura legend was broken into while parked on a public street overnight. Taken was $10 in change and a Bluetooth. The car had been rummaged through, and the glove-box door had been ripped from its hinge.

Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. (rprtd), unit block of Jersey, theft from locked auto: A man parked his GMC Sierra on the street overnight. In the morning, he noticed the passenger-side door had been jimmied open. Taken was a Pioneer radio valued at $300 and a $100 scientific calculator.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m. (rprtd), unit block of Chattanooga, theft from locked auto: A passenger-side window was smashed and items stolen from a 2007 Mini-Cooper while the car was parked overnight in front of its owner's residence. Data-processing equipment and a GPS system were taken.

Nov. 1, 5:15 p.m. (rprtd), Church and 23rd, vehicle vandalism: A man parked his 2001 BMW overnight on a public street. When he returned in the morning, he discovered large, deep scratches around the entire vehicle.

Nov. 2, 5:27 p.m., Church and 24th, battery: A woman reported to police that while riding on a J-line LRV she was suddenly approached by another woman who pushed her backwards. "I'm going to beat your [expletive] ass if you don't stop saying shit about me," the offending woman threatened as she swung a juice bottle toward the woman's face. Fearing for her safety, the woman walked backward trying to avoid a confrontation. She recognized the woman as the mother of one of her daughter's schoolmates. The suspect was held back by a male companion, and both of them got off the bus without further incident.

Nov. 4, 12:45 p.m. (rprtd), 4100 block of 20th, access card fraud: Bank of the West called a customer and informed him that there was unusual activity on his account. The customer discovered someone had fraudulently used his ATM card and there were four unauthorized transactions totaling over $2,400. The victim did not know who had accessed his account and thought it could have been through his computer. The bank changed his account number, deactivated his debit card, and sent his claim to their investigation unit.

Nov. 5, 9:45 a.m. (rprtd), 22nd and Chattanooga, theft from locked auto: A black Audi A4 was broken into overnight while parked on a public street. The owner found the passenger-side door forced open and damaged. Taken was a Dell laptop, a Palm cell phone, and a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Nov. 9, 5:19 p.m. (rprtd), 4000 block of 26th, fraud by game or trick: A landscaper became concerned for an elderly man that he cuts lawn for, after the resident told him he thought he had been the victim of a fraud. The resident told his grass-cutter he had received numerous calls over a period of seven months from individuals claiming he had won millions of dollars in prizes and that all he had to do was send money to collect. The landscaper was shocked when the resident showed him receipts from Western Union for cash totaling about $60,000 that he had sent the solicitors, located abroad in Jamaica and Canada. The landscaper urged the resident to call the police and report the incident. Officers arrived and filed a report of fraud, forwarding a copy to Adult Protective Services.

Reported Stolen Vehicles:

2008 gray Toyota Corolla from Homestead and 24th

2005 silver Honda Civic from Clipper and Castro

1990 gold Nissan Pathfinder SUV from Clipper and Noe

1999 blue four-door Honda Accord from 1100 block of Guerrero


This crime log for Upper Noe Valley--an area roughly bordered by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets--has been culled from newsletters produced by Capt. David Lazar, commander of Ingleside Police Station. The incidents are those reported Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2009. Please note that the log may not include all incidents occurring during the month. If you would like to receive Capt. Lazar's newsletter, send an email to

Oct. 16, 6:04 a.m., 400 block of 27th, vandalism: Officer Massey was sent to investigate a vandalism case. The victim told the officer that the known suspect broke the window of the house, then got into an argument with another resident. The suspect was arrested and cited to appear in court.

Oct. 16, 7 p.m., 1400 block of Noe, burglary: Officers Bernal and Stansbury responded to investigate a burglary case. The victim told the officers that he parked his car in the garage and closed the door. The next morning, he discovered the garage door open and numerous items missing.

Oct. 16, 3:15 p.m., 1700 block of Dolores, stolen auto.

Oct. 19, 5 p.m., 300 block of Duncan, residential burglary: Officer Morgante was sent to investigate a burglary. The victim told the officer that someone had broken into a coin box and stolen all of the money. There were no suspects or witnesses observed.

Oct. 23, 8:05 a.m., 300 block of 27th, attempted homicide: Officers Martinez and LaRocca were sent to investigate a man yelling for help. When the officers arrived, they were met with Officers Najarro, Smethurst, and Muro. The officers discovered that the victim was in the hospital, but able to be interviewed. The victim told the officers that while he was at home with the suspect, who was a friend of his, he became annoyed that the suspect's dog was out of control. The suspect then allegedly got angry, knocked the victim to the ground, and hit him on the head with an object. The suspect was arrested; the case is under investigation.

Oct. 25, 9:59 p.m., 29th and San Jose Ave., assault with knife: Officers Cole and Ma were sent to investigate a stabbing case. Officers Faye and Anderson responded as backup. They were told that after a security guard refused to allow a group of suspects into a local establishment because they appeared intoxicated, a suspect or suspects had stabbed the first person who walked outside. The stab wound was not life-threatening. Because there is surveillance evidence, the case is still under investigation.

Oct. 26, 5:50 a.m., 400 block of 28th, theft from auto: Officers Faye and Anderson were sent to investigate a theft case. The victim told the officer that he was at home with his brother when his brother heard glass break outside. The victim's brother said that he looked out the window and saw a suspect inside his brother's car, which was parked across the street. The victim's brother yelled at the suspect and then ran after the suspect. The suspect got into a waiting car and fled. The loss was a GPS.

Oct. 27, 3:25 p.m., 1700 block of Church, theft: Sergeant Miller was sent to investigate a theft case at a store. The victim told the officer that three unknown suspects went to an outside rack of coats, took several and fled.

Oct. 29. 11:26 p.m., 200 block of Valley, recovered auto.

Nov. 6, 2:50 a.m., 1500 block of Noe, burglary arrest: Officers Gabriel and Khan were sent to investigate a burglary in progress. The officers were assisted by numerous Ingleside units. A partial license plate was broadcast of the suspect vehicle that was seen leaving the scene by the victim. Sergeant Lozada and Officers Rueca, Brown, Hom, and Sullivan located a vehicle with two occupants that matched the possible suspects' vehicle. The officers brought the witnesses to identify the suspects. All three witnesses positively identified both suspects, and they were arrested.

Nov. 8, 3:55 p.m., 300 block of 27th, recovered auto.

Nov. 9, 4 p.m., 300 block of 27th, theft from person: Officers Kabanuck and Leong were sent to investigate a theft case. The victim told the officers that she had gone out to run some errands. At one point, she stopped to eat lunch and discovered her wallet was missing. The victim retraced her steps but was unable to find her purse. The victim went home and discovered that someone had already used her credit cards.

Nov. 13, 7:05 p.m., Duncan at Diamond, robbery arrest: Officers Leong and Kabanuck were sent to investigate a robbery incident that had just occurred. The victim told the officers that she was walking along when two suspects came up to her and demanded her purse. When the victim did not react as fast as the suspects wanted, they beat her to the ground and took her property and fled in a car that was nearby. The victim had the presence of mind to get the license plate. The vehicle was registered out of Pacifica. The Pacifica police were notified and were able to locate the vehicle. Ingleside officers responded to Pacifica accompanied by the victim. Both suspects were positively identified, and the property was still in the car. The robbery suspects, one of whom was found to be on parole for robbery, were taken into custody.

Nov. 15, 11:43 p.m., 30th at San Jose Ave., residential burglary: Officers Khan and Jones were sent to investigate a burglary case. The victim told the officers that she was in her room, but had to leave to use the restroom. Because the restroom is only down the hall, she did not lock the room. When she returned, she discovered someone had stolen her checks.


Noe Valley is split between two San Francisco police jurisdictions: Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District. With Cesar Chavez Street as the dividing line, Mission police monitor the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside police patrol the southern half. Both districts invite citizens to attend police community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia Street near 17th Street. Ingleside's community meetings take place on the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at different locations in the district. This month, the meeting will be held Dec. 15 at Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane off San Jose Avenue.


Mission Station: 558-5400

Anonymous Tip Line: 552-4558

Capt. Stephen Tacchini: 558-5455

Ingleside Station: 404-4000

Anonymous Tip Line: 587-8984

Capt. David Lazar: 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 dial S.F. Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.