Noe Valley Voice July 2011

Police Beat



The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents in the part of Noe Valley covered by Mission Police Station. The tally includes most but not all incidents occurring May 11 to June 10, 2011, in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call the station at 558-5400 or 


May 11, noon, 3700 block of 24th, Burglary of Garage: A woman reported that someone entered the garage of her apartment building and stole the handlebars and stem from her bike.

May 13, noon, 4300 block of 24th, Malicious Mischief: A neighbor informed police that black and red graffiti was painted on the side of a house next to Noe Courts. The graffiti vandal(s) had to enter the park to gain access to the house. (Officer Lombardo later contacted the city’s Graffiti Abatement Unit, as well as the Recreation and Park Department, and was told it was the property owner’s responsibility to remove the graffiti.)

May 23, 10 p.m., 4200 block of 23rd, Vehicle Vandalism: A local man parked his Lexus on the street overnight. When he returned, he started the car, but it stalled after going only three blocks. The man had his car towed, the gas tank cleaned, and the fuel pump changed. Still, the car would not start. The likely cause was that the gas had been tainted with a foreign substance. The Lexus owner had to replace the entire fuel system at a cost of more than $6,000.

May 28, 6 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Shoplifting: A shopkeeper reported to police that a man had stolen a $400 amethyst from her store. She said the suspect had been targeting 24th Street and was known for taking spiritual artifacts and Buddha statues. He was described as a 45- to 55-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with bad teeth and short cropped hair, often seen wearing a large coat and carrying a backpack.

May 31, 12:30 p.m., 1300 block of Noe, Battery: A man parked his car and in so doing partially blocked a driveway, causing a resident to have to drive on the sidewalk in order to get out. She had the man cited by the Department of Parking and Traffic. When she came home, she saw the car was still there with a ticket on its windshield. She removed the ticket to look at it. The man then confronted her angrily about touching his car. She pushed him to get him away from her. He yelled “Battery! Battery!” and jumped in front of a passerby and demanded she be his witness. He called police, signed a citizen’s arrest card, and the woman was cited for battery.

June 1, 1:12 p.m., 4300 block of 24th, Malicious Mischief: A woman reported to Officer Chow that a suspect spray-painted the east side of her house with black paint. She said it was the second graffiti incident in a month (see May 23 vandalism above) and an ongoing problem due to her house sitting next to Noe Courts. She said Rec and Park built a retaining wall alongside her house years ago, which allowed the suspects to walk on the top of the wall and spray the graffiti. She complained to Rec and Park but was told not to stand on the wall to paint over the graffiti. She said her 70-year-old husband had to repel from the roof of their house to paint over the graffiti, to avoid violating Rec and Park’s rules.

June 1, 5 p.m., 1300 block of Castro, Theft from a Building: A shopkeeper had her $650 iPhone 4 stolen from the counter of her store after being distracted by three suspects—a woman and two men—in their 20s. The female suspect was described as African-American, 5-foot-5, 250 pounds, wearing a white top, gray jeans, and pink nail polish. The two male suspects were also African-American, one described as 5-foot-6, 160 pounds, with short wavy hair; and the other described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing True Religion jeans and carrying a camel-colored man purse.

June 4, 12:30 p.m., 1100 block of Church, Burglary: A local couple reported two bicycles stolen from the locked breezeway to their apartment building. Metal rods and part of a credit card were left on the ground outside their iron gate. The bikes were described as a new 15-inch silver Trek 7.2 Ladies Hybrid, serial #WTV036C4349F, valued at $550; and a purple Welch’s 17-inch bike valued at $150. #110451664

June 3, 9 p.m., 1000 block of Castro, Theft from a Building: Victim reported that his black 2009 Raleigh Sport 21-speed road bike with clip pedals, valued at $700, was stolen from his shared garage area.

June 8, 3:15 p.m., 600 block of Clipper, Mental Health Detention: Police responded to a call of a possible suicide attempt involving a woman walking around a rooftop. Police found her behaving erratically on the roof. She climbed over a stairwell guard when an officer tried to speak with her. She told him, “I’m taking the Fifth. You don’t speak my language.” She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for evaluation. #110462912

Additional incidents reported in the Mission Station newsletter by Capt. Greg Corrales:

June 6, 7:50 a.m., 23rd & Dolores, Auto Burglary: #116071537

June 6, 8:50 a.m., 23rd & Dolores, Recovered Stolen Auto: #110451448

June 6, 8 p.m., 24th & Vicksburg, Malicious Mischief, Vandalism: #116072115

June 7, 9 a.m., 24th & Vicksburg, Malicious Mischief, Auto: #127954198

June 7, 12:30 p.m., 24th & Guerrero, Auto Burglary: #110460126

June 8, 8 a.m., 25th & Vicksburg, Malicious Mischief, Vandalism: #116072610

June 8, 3 p.m., 23rd & Diamond, Stolen Truck: #110463807



The following police blotter covers incidents reported May 11 to June 10, 2011, in Upper Noe Valley—the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingle­side Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the period.


May 12, 8 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Stolen Vehicle

May 14, 12:34 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Recovered Vehicle

May 21, 4:20 p.m., 1600 block of Guerrero, Stolen Motorcycle

May 23, 9 a.m., 1600 block of Church, Burglary: Officers Curry and Sanchez were sent to investigate a burglary case. The victim told the officers that he left his home after securing it. The victim was called by his daughter-in-law and advised that his bikes were missing from the garage. The garage was the only area that was accessed. #110415610

May 25, 6:39 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Recovered Auto

May 26, 2:09 a.m., San Jose Ave. at 29th, Traffic Accident

May 26, 7:59 p.m., 29th at Church, Found Auto

May 26, 8 p.m., San Jose Ave. at Valley, Stolen Auto

May 27, 12:10 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Ave., Graffiti: Officers Murphy and Wilson responded to a report of graffiti. The victim showed the officers a sign with writing on it posted on a tree directly in front of his residence. The graffiti appeared to be directed towards the victim because of his religion and the nature of the graffiti. #110428237

May 27, 6:45 p.m., 1500 block of Dolores, Stay Away Order: Officers Barajas and Shugars responded to a report of a restraining order violation. The victim told the officers that he had a restraining order against a suspect. The victim’s dogs were barking, which angered the suspect.                    The suspect yelled profanities at the dogs and then at the victim. The restraining order states that the suspect cannot have any personal contact with the victim. #110429417

May 28, 1:55 a.m., first block of 29th, Vandalism: Officer Baldovino was on patrol when he was flagged down by a witness. The witness told the officer that she saw two suspects break a window on a vehicle. The witness yelled at the suspects and they fled to a nearby building. Attempts to locate the suspects were unsuccessful. The owner of the ­vehicle could not be contacted. #110433327

May 28, 7:08 p.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Theft: Officers Apodaca and Gabriel responded to a report of theft from a vehicle. A witness heard the sound of glass breaking and looked outside. He saw a vehicle that had a window smashed and a suspect inside the vehicle who appeared to be rummaging around. The witness saw the suspect flee with items in his hands. #110432523

May 28, 8:44 p.m., 1600 block of Church, Burglary: Officer Coles responded to a report of a burglary. The victim said a suspect entered his business through an unlocked back door. The suspect took several items and fled through the same door. #110431177

June 8, 8 a.m., 2000 block of Castro, Theft: Sgt. Miller responded to a report of a grand theft. The victim kept a box of expensive items in her room. She noticed the items missing recently, but there were no signs of forced entry. There is only one person who has access to the victim’s home. #110462796

June 8, 9 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Recovered Vehicle

June 8, 2:31 p.m., San Jose Ave. at 30th, Accident

June 8, 6:47 p.m., 200 block of Day, Recovered Vehicle



Police Borders

Noe Valley is shared by two San Francisco police jurisdictions—Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District—with Cesar Chavez Street as the dividing line. Mission Station covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside patrols 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 Ingleside Station, 1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane.

Police Contacts

Mission Station: 558-5400
Anonymous Tip Line: 392-2623

Newsletter: sfpd.mission.station
Capt. Greg Corrales: 558-5455


Ingleside Station: 404-4000
Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444


Capt. Daniel J. Mahoney: 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 Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.


This month’s Police Beat was edited by Jan Goben and Sally Smith.