Noe Valley Voice September 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 in July 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 email


July 2, 5:14 a.m., 3900 block of 25th, Vehicle Burglary: Police arrested two men suspected of breaking into cars at 25th and Vicksburg and at 23rd and Guerrero streets. One suspect had been wearing a black and orange Giants baseball hat. #110531056

July 2, 8 p.m., 1200 Dolores, Theft of Computer: A resident went out for the evening, leaving several windows open in his house. When he returned, his $3,000 Lenovo ThinkPad T60 computer, which had been sitting on his dining room table, was missing. #110535337

July 2, 11 p.m., 1300 block of Church, Residential Burglary: A suspect entered an unlocked garage and stole a $4,000 bicycle, described as a silver Orbea Onix men’s road bike. #110535105

July 4, 8:15 a.m., Castro and 23rd, Vandalism to a Cab: A Yellow cab was double-parked next to a fellow cab, chatting, when a gray 1999 Intrigue Oldsmobile, license number 4LDK289, honked twice. The taxi driver said he did not move because the car appeared to have enough room to go around him. The suspect got out of the Olds and said, “See what I am going to do.” He then let the air out of the cab’s tire (while the cab driver videotaped him) and took off. #110536288

July 4 to 5, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., 4000 block of 24th, Theft: A $650 Apple iPad 2 was stolen during a party at a resident’s home.

July 5, 8:30 a.m., 4700 block of 25th, Burglary: A suspect broke into a flat and stole three bicycles from the garage. Damage was done to the front door lock. Two of the bikes were locked on one corner of the garage while the third was unlocked and hanging from a hook from the garage ceiling. The bicycles were a black Specialized Stumpjumper valued at $1,300; a Litespeed Pisgah, silver with yellow labeling, valued at $3,000; and a silver Fuji valued at $1,500. #110538870

July 9-10, 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., 4400 block of 23rd, Burglary: Victims found their garage door open and three bicycles stolen from their garage. Taken were two Trek FX men’s mountain bikes valued at $750 and $1,000, and a Trek Atwood women’s bike valued at $550. #110554274

July 10, 11:33 p.m., 4100 block of 23rd, Suspicious Occurrence: Police were met by hysterical homeowners who reported that a bloody intruder had tried to gain entry to their house by shaking the front locked door. The man was described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, round face, short brown hair, wearing a dark jacket and seeming to have blood on his face. The man fled after the woman’s husband yelled at him.

July 7-12, 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., 300 block of Duncan, Burglary/Forcible Entry: The victim reported to Mission Station that an unknown suspect broke into his garage via a back door and stole more than $18,000 worth of tools. He found the broken doorknob.

July 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 600 block of Alvarado, Burglary of Apartment House: The victim told police that he left his locked apartment to run errands and when he returned he noticed that his $2,000 laptop (gray Mac Pro) was missing from his kitchen table. Officer Claudio discovered pry marks on the door frame. A neighboring apartment was also missing a laptop (a $650 HP Pavilion with charging cord). #110564320

July 20, 3 p.m., 1000 block of Sanchez, Theft from Building: Officers responded to a call from an employee of a church at Sanchez and 23rd streets who reported that a 20-foot piece of copper pipe, valued at $1,000, had been stolen from the side of the building. The copper piece had been cut off from the second floor down to the first.

July 25, 2:45 a.m., 300 block of Elizabeth, Attempted Hot Prowl Burglary: A resident approached Officer Lombardo on 24th Street and said, “Last night a man broke into my bedroom through the window.” The frightened resident said he was in bed when he saw the burglar’s hands enter his open window. The suspect pulled himself up through the window while focusing on a nearby computer. The resident yelled out, and the startled burglar slid back down into the garden and fled, leaving streaks of his fingerprints on the window sill. The intruder was described as a dark-skinned African American man, 30 to 40 years old, 6' 2", 200 pounds, dressed in dark clothing and wearing a gray wool ski cap. #110594383

July 27, 10:41 p.m., 1000 block of Church, Robbery: Police arrested and booked three juveniles on charges of robbing a man walking south on Church Street near 22nd Street. The suspects had black handkerchiefs over their faces; one put his hand on the victim’s rib cage and said, “Give us everything you have!” They took cash from the victim’s pocket, a cell phone, and a gym bag. After a police broadcast of the suspects’ descriptions, the suspects were located in the Bayview District with the victim’s property and were identified by the victim. #110601900

July 27, 11:01 p.m., 3500 block of 22nd, Investigative Detention: A juvenile was stopped by police because he matched the description of a robbery suspect. He was walking with a bicycle. When questioned, the young man said the bicycle was not his and that he found it leaning against a tree at 21st and Valencia streets. Police could not locate the owner of the bike and booked the property for safekeeping at the Hall of Justice. It is described as a green Puch Bergmeister, serial #4442618.

July 26-27, 6 to 9:50 p.m., 1200 block of Sanchez, Burglary: Workers left a construction site for the night and when they returned found four boxes had been broken into and $10,500 worth of tools stolen. The bolts of the boxes had been cut and eight locks had been drilled out. #110599270



The following police blotter covers incidents reported in July 2011 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


July 9, 11 a.m., 1400 block of Noe, Theft: Officers Morgante and Martinez were dispatched to a report of a theft. The victim had secured his bicycle outside his residence, but a suspect had taken it. #110550664

July 8, 10:46 a.m., 1400 block of Diamond, Vandalism: Officer Ocreto responded to a report of vandalism to a vehicle. The victim witnessed the suspect walk over to her vehicle and scratch it with a key. The victim confronted the suspect, but he fled. #110544667

July 9, 7 p.m., first block of 29th, Battery: Officers Archilla and Paras were dispatched to a report of a battery. The victim was on her bicycle at a red light. The light changed to green and she proceeded forward. A vehicle pulled up behind her, and a suspect yelled at her to get out of the way. The suspect threw a hot dog at her and the vehicle fled. #110549134

July 13, 7:30 a.m., 200 block of Valley, Theft from a Vehicle: Victim reported that his father had locked and left his vehicle at this location. He returned to find that an unknown suspect had entered the car and stolen his cell phone and a set of keys, as well as two San Francisco Giants jerseys. #116088015

July 13, 5:46 p.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Recovered Stolen Vehicle

July 14, 7 a.m., 400 block of 28th, Theft from Vehicle: The victim reported to Dispatch that she locked and left her vehicle at this location. Upon returning to the car, she discovered that her passenger-side rear window had been smashed. A bag full of exercise clothing and a backpack were stolen from within the vehicle. She had no suspect information. #116088269

July 20, 9:27 p.m., Dolores at 30th, Traffic Collision

July 21, 10:30 p.m., Dolores at 30th, Theft: Officer Gomez was sent to a reported theft case. The victim told the officer that he had left his bike in front of his house and that someone had removed the bike by lifting it over the gate. #110584497

July 26, 6:45 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Burglary: Officers Curry and Sanchez responded to a construction site regarding a burglary. They met with the site foreman, who told them that the area had been locked up the night before via a chainlink fence and padlocks. When he arrived that morning, he discovered that the chainlink fence had been cut open and all of their tools stolen. There was no camera surveillance in the area nor any suspect information. #110596276

July 26, 4:21 p.m., 500 block of Valley, Traffic Collision

July 27, 8 p.m., Valley at Castro, Theft: The victim reported that he had locked and left his car at this location and did not return to it for a couple of days. When he did return to his vehicle, he discovered that someone had broken into it and stolen a navigational system from within the glove compartment. #116094175

July 27, 8:30 p.m., San Jose Ave. at Day, Theft: The victim parked and locked her vehicle at this location while dining at a restaurant. She went back to retrieve her jacket and realized her car had been broken into. The front passenger window had been shattered and some clothing and personal items were missing. She had not seen anyone near her vehicle and had no suspect information. #116094169

July 29, 9 a.m., 400 block of 27th, Fraud: Officers Wong and Fung responded to the call of a fraud. The victim reported that he was checking his credit report online when he noticed various inquiries had been made which he had not authorized. Victim wanted the incident documented should anything further show up on his credit report. #110606198

July 29, 5:15 p.m., 100 block of 27th, Fraud: Officers Wong and Fung responded to the call of a fraud. The victim reported that she was checking her credit report online when she noticed an account had been opened with Dish Network which she did not authorize. Victim wanted the incident documented should anything further show up on her credit report. #110606825


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.


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