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REPORT FROM MISSION STATION
The following crime summaries were culled from incident reports filed at Mission Police Station. They cover some but not all incidents occurring Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2009, in the northern half of Noe Valley, defined as the area bordered by Grand View, 21st, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. The Voice thanks Mission Capt. Stephen Tacchini and Officers Lorraine Lombardo and Miguel Granados for providing the descriptions.
Sept. 16, 11:30 p.m., 25th & Dolores, Auto Burglary: Victim found vehicle had been broken into and numerous personal items stolen. No suspects were observed.
Sept. 17, 8 a.m., 300 block of Chattanooga, Auto Burglary: Victim found vehicle had been broken into and personal items stolen. No suspects were observed.
Sept. 20, 8:15 p.m., Castro & Jersey, Vehicle Vandalism, Warrant Arrest: Officers responded to vehicle being vandalized and located the suspect, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. Suspect booked accordingly.
Sept. 20, 2 p.m., 22nd & Guerrero, Stolen Vehicle Recovered: Officers located and recovered a victim's vehicle. Vehicle released to owner. No suspects observed.
Sept. 20, 9 p.m., 9 p.m., 22nd & Fair Oaks, Stolen Vehicle: Victim parked and locked their vehicle and upon return found it was stolen. No suspect observed.
Sept. 22, 10:54 a.m., 3900 block of 26th, Burglary Arrest, Possession of Stolen Property: Victim saw a burglary suspect exiting their home and called police and provided a detailed description. Officers located the suspect driving a vehicle and placed the suspect under arrest and recovered the stolen property. The suspect was subsequently booked.
Sept. 23, 7:01 p.m., 1400 block of Church, Theft from a Locked Vehicle: Witnesses saw a suspect exiting a neighbor's car and called police. Officers arrived moments later. The suspect fled. Several personal items had been stolen.
Sept. 24, 4100 block of 24th, Auto Burglary: An unlocked vehicle, parked overnight on a public street, was vandalized. The car stereo was pried from the dash, and radio and television equipment taken.
Sept. 30, 9:30 p.m., 1300 block of Noe, Burglary: Victim found their garage door broken into and personal items stolen. No suspects were observed.
Oct. 2, 6 p.m., 21st & Guerrero, Vehicle Vandalism: Victim found their vehicle had been vandalized. No suspects were observed.
Oct. 2, 10 p.m., Alvarado & Douglass, Auto Burglary: Victim found vehicle had been broken into and personal items stolen. No suspects were observed.
Oct. 3, 12 p.m., 4100 block of 25th, Vehicle Vandalism: Victim found their vehicle had been vandalized. No suspects were observed.
Oct. 3, 5 p.m., 26th & Douglass, Stolen Vehicle: Officers located and recovered a victim's vehicle. Vehicle released to owner. No suspects observed.
Oct. 4, 2:42 p.m., 4200 block of 26th, Stolen Vehicle: Victim parked and locked vehicle and upon return found it was stolen. No suspect observed.
Oct. 5, 2 p.m., 1000 block of Sanchez, Stolen Vehicle: Victim parked and locked vehicle and upon return found it was stolen. No suspect observed.
Oct. 5, 3 p.m., 22nd & Guerrero, Petty Theft: Victim left several items at a table and upon return the items were taken. No suspects observed.
Oct. 7, 4:20 a.m., 100 block of Fair Oaks, Stolen Vehicle: Victim parked and locked vehicle and upon return found it was stolen. No suspect observed.
Officer Jane Warner of the San Francisco Patrol Special Police gave the Voice these additional summaries, gathered from Mission Station incident reports during the same period, Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2009.
Sept. 19, 8:55 a.m. (rptd), 300 block of Clipper, Burglary: After coming home from work, a man discovered his front door open and pry marks near the door latch. Slowly entering his home, the man found his apartment in disarray; dresser drawers had been pulled open and papers and clothes strewn about the floor. A search of his flat revealed an Apple iBook laptop, along with an iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and iPod Nano, and a couple of digital cameras were missing. Officers responded and took a report; however, there are no known suspects.
Oct. 4, 6:32 p.m., 24th & Dolores, Possession of Graffiti Tools: Police received an anonymous tip about two juveniles "tagging" a bus stop. When officers arrived, they observed two teens that fit the description of the suspects walking eastbound on 24th Street away from the bus stop. The officers stopped the suspects and after a search of their possessions discovered several felt-tip pens, a paint spray can, and a bottle of brown liquid commonly used by "taggers" to etch graffiti into glass. The suspects, ages 12 and 13, were taken to Mission Station, cited, and released to the custody of their mothers.
Oct. 9, 5:37 a.m., 1400 block of Castro, Burglary: A man called police after finding the garage door of his complex open. Upon arrival, officers observed two parked cars with broken windows inside the garage. Both cars had been rummaged through, and one car had wires pulled down from underneath the dash. In the second car, officers discovered dried blood on top of window glass on the floorboards. The officers determined the suspect gained entry by waiting outside the garage for one of the cars to enter and then entering the garage door behind the vehicle. Officers called CSI to process the scene for evidence.
Oct. 11, 2:02 p.m., Clipper & Douglass, Hit-and-Run: A man was sitting in his car parked on the side of the road when he heard a loud crash, looked up, and saw two vehicles in a head-on collision on a one-way street. As he called 911 on his cell phone, the vehicle that had been driving on the wrong side of the road drove away. The man followed the fleeing car, which stopped at a red light at the intersection of Clipper and Douglass. The witness got out of his car and approached the suspect's hit-and-run driver, knocking on his window. "Turn off your car and give me the keys," he told him. The driver complied, and the two waited without further incident until the police arrived. Officers took the driver into custody and determined he was driving a stolen vehicle. The suspect, 33, who was unhurt in the accident, was taken to Mission Station and booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop and render aid at the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance, and a no-bail parole violation. The other driver was treated by paramedics for minor injuries and released at the scene.
REPORT FROM INGLESIDE STATION
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 Sept. 16 to Oct. 15, 2009. Please note that the log may not include all incidents occurring or reported during the month. If you would like to receive Capt. Lazar's newsletter, send an email to SFPDInglesideStation@sfgov.org.
Sept. 17, 5:34 p.m., 1800 Church, Miscellaneous Investigation: Ingleside officers arrived at a home where a resident wished to turn over a suspected explosive device. Proper steps were taken to ensure neighborhood safety, and fortunately it was discovered the item was not what it was thought to have been.
Sept. 17, 10:15 p.m., 400 block of 28th, Vehicle Vandalism: Officer Chou took a report on 28th Street, where two vehicles were found with the windows broken and the trunks opened. The owners of the vehicles were not located, and it was therefore unknown whether any items were taken.
Sept. 18, 2 p.m., Day & Church, Hit-and-Run.
Sept. 19, 4:38 a.m., 300 block of 27th, Theft from Building: Officer Jones investigated a report of a theft of property from a home. The victim believes a recent houseguest stole the items, which included a ring, a computer, cash, and keys.
Sept. 19, 3:39 p.m., 30th & San Jose, Hit-and-Run Collision with Bicyclist: There were no injuries.
Sept. 22, 1 a.m., Church & 30th, Vehicle Vandalism: Officer Curry, while on patrol, observed a vehicle with its windows broken. The officer was able to locate the owner and found that an unknown suspect vandalized the vehicle overnight.
Sept. 27, 2:52 p.m., San Jose & Duncan, Traffic Accident.
Oct. 8, 4:16 p.m., Dolores & 28th, Traffic Collision.
Oct. 11, 11 p.m., 1400 block of Noe, Auto Burglary: Officers Gardiner and Thompson were sent to investigate a reported theft. The victim told the officers that they parked and locked their car only to come back and discover that the window was broken and his property missing.
Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Sanchez & 30th, Stolen Vehicle.
Oct. 14, 3:18 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Stolen Truck Recovered.
Oct. 15, 6:10 p.m., 300 block of Duncan, Auto Burglary: Victim reported a theft from her car to 311 Operator Menegatti. Victim explained she parked her car and when she returned, she observed the front passenger window smashed and her backpack missing. No suspects were observed.
Tale of Two Districts
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 Nov. 17 at Crocker Amazon Clubhouse, 801 Moscow; 337-4708.
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 www.sfgov.org.
To report a crime in progress, call 911. Cell phone users can dial S.F. Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.