Noe Valley Voice October 2011

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station. The tally includes most but not all incidents occurring Aug. 1–31 in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call the station at 558-5400 or email


Aug. 1, 2:20 p.m., Sanchez and Clipper, Found Property: A woman came to Mission Station and claimed she found a camelback day bag containing the following items: United Kingdom passport in the name of Lesley Ann Hepburn, U.S. currency and Scottish currency. The property was booked for safekeeping. #110633602

Aug. 1, 6:18 p.m., 4200 block of 23rd, Possession of Marijuana for Sale: Narcotics complaints led police to the arrest of two young local men and the towing of a tan Mercedes after a traffic violation. Officers smelled marijuana and found an unlawful quantity of the substance in the vehicle. A large amount of cash, a digital scale, a BB gun, and 16 marijuana brownies were also found. #110614903

Aug. 2, 1:33 p.m., 4200 block of 23rd, Possession and Sales of Methamphetamine: A SFPD tactical swat team armed with a “police search warrant” entered a residence known for narcotics sales and removed and booked an unloaded shotgun, extra shotgun barrel, shotgun shells, live rounds, a rifle case, a computer disk, digital scales, bundles of cash, marijuana, and pills of Ecstasy. #110615553

Aug. 3, 12:45 p.m., Clipper and Douglass, Theft: A man left brand-new camping gear next to his vehicle on the sidewalk unattended. When he returned, it was gone. A neighbor told him she saw a woman and her small son pick up the items, put them in her lime-green Mercedes SUV, and drive away.

Aug. 3-4, 8 p.m. to 7 p.m., 4000 block of 25th, Burglary: An estimated $5,625 in golf equipment, motorcycle accessories, and construction tools was stolen from a garage adjacent to a residence. #110662372

Aug. 14-15, 8:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., 400 block of Jersey, Theft from a Building: A resident reported that he found his garage door open and two bikes stolen—a blue Bianchi Imola woman’s bike, valued at $1,250; and a white Bianchi man’s bike, valued at $2,000. #110656171

Aug. 14, 3:25 p.m., 700 block of Castro, Street Robbery: Two men were robbed after a suspect held a black semiautomatic pistol to the temple of one of the men and yelled, “Break out your pockets!” Their wallets and cell phones were taken during the robbery. Suspects were described as Hispanic males, 19 to 22 years old, wearing black hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans. #110649819

Aug. 14, 4 a.m., 1100 block of Sanchez, Street Robbery:A resident was standing on his front porch steps when he was approached by two suspects (similar description as prior robbery). One pointed a black semiautomatic gun at the man’s face and said, “Give me all you got.” The resident hit the gun away and was attempting to punch the suspect, when the other suspect took the resident’s Apple 3G iPhone from his hand. #110649869

Aug. 17-18, 9:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., 26th and Diamond, Stolen Vehicle: 1997 Honda Accord, four-door, green, CA 6MPH844.

Aug. 18-19, 6:30 p.m. to 11 a.m., 300 block of Clipper, Stolen Vehicle: 1994 Honda Civic, four-door, black, CA 5UZX517.

Aug. 22, 12 p.m., 4400 block of 24th, Embezzlement by Elder Adult Caretaker: Adult Protective Services reported to police that $76,000 had been drained from an elderly woman’s bank account by her caregiver over the past couple of years. The woman hired the caregiver for personal assistance after recovering from a stroke. The caregiver left her employment and has gone back to the Philippines. #110673614

Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 4200 block of 24th, Residential Burglary: While the executor of an estate was in jail, the estate house was broken into and items including a $2,000 water heater were stolen. #110070336

Aug. 27, 1:59 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Malicious Mischief: Police arrested a man who returned to a 24th Street bar after being asked to leave and broke several panes of glass. The intoxicated man argued with a Patrol Special Police officer, then pounded on the bar’s glass door and windows, causing them to shatter. The damage was estimated at $1,500.

Aug. 29, 6:30 a.m., 4300 block of 21st, Burglary/Garage: A neighbor heard a loud sawing sound at 4 a.m., looked out his window and saw nothing unusual. Later when he left his residence, he noticed his neighbor’s garage door was open and the adjoining garage door had a large portion of it cut out. #110696525

Aug. 29, 4 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Lost Property: A woman reported to police that while she was getting her nails done, she removed her engagement ring from her finger and set it on her lap. She left the salon, forgetting she’d put the ring on her lap. She returned to look for it but it was gone. It is described as a rose gold band with diamonds around it, with a two-carat pear-shaped diamond in the center, valued at $16,000. #110694488



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Aug. 1–31 in the part of Noe Valley 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 month. To contact Ingleside Station, email                  

Aug. 1, 12 p.m., 1400 block of Noe, Fraud:Victim came to Ingleside Station to report a fraud. She told Police Service Aide (PSA) Cato that she received her bank statement and noticed that someone had opened an account which she had not authorized. Although she had suffered no financial loss at the time, she wanted the incident documented should anything further occur. #110614113

Aug. 1, 5 p.m., 27th at Guerrero, Theft:Victim came to Ingleside Station to report a theft from her vehicle. She told PSA Cato that she parked and secured her vehicle and when she returned found the rear window had been smashed and various items taken. #110615252

Aug. 2, 9:30 p.m., 300 block of 30th, Burglary: Officers Castillo and Campos responded to this location regarding a residential burglary. The victim reported that she had three bicycles stored within her locked garage. On today’s date, she realized that all three bikes had been removed from their hooks and stolen. No signs of forced entry were located. #110617587

Aug. 2, 9:30 p.m., 1700 block of Church, Theft: The victim came to the station to report the theft of her bag. She had gone to a café at this location and left her bag on the table when she went to use the restroom. The bag contained electronic equipment. Upon returning to the table, she discovered that the bag had been stolen. Further investigation to be conducted. #110617747

Aug. 2, 11 p.m., San Jose Avenue at 29th, Auto Burglary: The victim reported that she locked and left her vehicle at this location. Upon returning, she discovered that her window had been smashed and several personal items stolen. #116096870

Aug. 3, 3 p.m., first block of Duncan, Burglary: Multiple Ingleside units as well as several units from Mission Station responded to the area when advised of a burglary in progress. A male suspect had smashed a front window to a residence and entered the living room wearing only a hospital gown. The resident of the house was holding her newborn child and stepped onto her back porch to scream for help. Officers set up a perimeter and called canine units to assist in capturing the suspect, who in fact had fled from the room prior to police arriving on scene. The suspect was ultimately located within another residence he had broken into. Ingleside Station classified the incident as the “Best Arrest of the Day.” #110619696

Aug. 9, 3:30 p.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Stolen Vehicle

Aug. 9, 6 p.m., 300 block of Valley, Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Aug. 11, 4:30 a.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Burglary: Officers Ma and Benavidez were dispatched to the scene of a burglary. As the officers approached the residence, they saw a vehicle nearby. The vehicle’s engine was started and it sped off at a high rate of speed without its headlights on. The officers located several tools outside the residence belonging to the victims. #110640851

Aug. 11, 6:15 p.m., Valley and Dolores, Vehicle Accident

Aug. 15, 8 p.m., 100 block of Day, Burglary:PSA Navarro and Officer Giannini responded to a burglary. The victim reported that someone had entered her garage area and stolen two bicycles. She stated she had left the garage door open overnight and felt entry could have been made at that time. One of the bikes had been secured to a stationary post. The other had been standing against a wall. She had no suspect information nor potential witnesses. #110652765

Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., Dolores and 28th, Stolen Vehicle

Aug. 18, 12:58 a.m., 1500 block of Sanchez, Robbery: Officers Baldovino and Otaguro were dispatched to the area regarding a robbery. The victim told them he had been walking home from a friend’s house when he saw two suspects cross the street and come toward him. One of the two pulled out a handgun and put it up against the victim’s chest. The victim was ordered to give the suspects all of his possessions, which he did, fearing for his safety. After they took his money and personal property, he was directed to walk away. The victim was not harmed during the incident. Officers conducted an unsuccessful search of the area for the two suspects. #110664180

Aug. 22, 2:17 p.m., 500 block of San Jose Ave., Recovered Auto

Aug. 22, 6 p.m., 500 block of 30th, Stolen Auto

Aug. 27, 4:20 p.m., first block of Duncan, Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Aug. 29, 12 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Fraud:PSA Lee and Officer Fung responded to a fraud. Victim advised that he was attempting to sell some furniture on Craigslist and corresponded with someone who wished to purchase it. The emails were supposedly sent by a legitimate company known as PayPal, and the individual asked the victim to deposit money into an account for the shipping expenses for the furniture. Victim did so, but when he was asked to deposit more money into the account, he became suspicious. He then contacted PayPal and they advised him they had sent no such emails to him. Victim provided the name to the officers of the individual he corresponded with. #110693941

Aug. 30, 11:45 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Ave., Threats: Officers Dominguez and Conceicao responded to this location regarding potential criminal threats. The victims explained that they had been walking down the street when approached by a male suspect who was known to them. They could see that the male was yelling aggressively and appeared hostile. He began screaming hate crime–related threats towards them, which both victims felt were credible threats. A third party in the area grabbed the suspect when he began to aggressively close in on the two victims. The suspect was identified and taken into custody when located at his residence. #110698060

Aug. 31, 8:50 p.m., Sanchez and Duncan, Attempted Robbery: Officer Dominguez responded to a call of people fighting. He met with a male who stated he had just been robbed. The victim told the officer that he was walking on Church Street when he noticed a few people sitting in a vehicle and another male standing behind the vehicle with the trunk open. As the victim walked by the vehicle, he was jumped from behind and the suspects attempted to take his bag, which he had on his back. The victim began to scream and refused to give up the bag. The suspects jumped off of him, boarded the vehicle, and fled the area toward Sanchez Street. The victim was not injured and refused medical assistance. Officers from several Ingleside units searched the area for the suspects and vehicle, to no avail. #110700665


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
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.


The Voice Police Beat is edited by Sally Smith and Jan Goben.