Noe Valley Voice February 2012

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks San Francisco Police Officer Steven Keith for providing this month’s log of incidents in “Noe Valley North” while Officer Lorraine Lombardo is on leave, recovering from knee surgery. Like Lombardo, Keith is a veteran 24th Street observer: he patrolled lower 24th Street for eight years before joining the captain’s staff at Mission Station in 2010. His tally for this issue includes most but not all incidents reported to Mission Police Station during November and December 2011, from the area bounded by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Keith, call the station at 558-5400 or email 


Nov. 4, 8 p.m., to Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m., Jersey and Church, Stolen Auto: 1999 Honda Civic, Nevada license #223TFJ. #110893953

Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Shoplifting: An unidentified customer saw three male suspects, described as African-American and wearing dresses and wigs, take two garments from the rack and flee the store. The store owner immediately alerted nearby merchants of the theft. #110905122

Nov. 10, 2:45 a.m., Castro and 22nd, Robbery with a Gun: The victim was walking home alone when he was approached from behind. Hearing footsteps, he turned to face an African-American man wearing a light-colored ball cap, gray jacket, and holding a semiautomatic handgun. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet, and he complied, fearing for his life. The suspect quickly found that the wallet was empty and discarded the ill-gotten goods during a hasty retreat. The victim was able to recover his wallet as he walked home to report the crime. #110906590

Nov. 12, 5 to 9 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Burglary, Store: The owner of a 24th Street store discovered an open window in a rear room and its screen torn. Further search revealed several hundred dollars missing from the room. Officer Wilgus responded and found a deck recliner propped against the wall underneath the window. #110914195

Nov. 20, 1:18 a.m. to 3:02 a.m., 3900 block of 25th, Burglary, Residence: Officers Kawaguchi and Kroos responded to an alarm and observed a residence with both its garage and front doors open. They searched the home for possible suspects or victims but found no one. Fresh pry marks were found on the frame of the front door. The officers walked through again with the victim upon his arrival. The victim noticed a bicycle was missing from the garage. #110934698

Nov. 23, 6 to 11 p.m., 3800 block of 20th, Burglary, Residence: The victim returned home after a night out and discovered several pounds of medicinal product was missing. Due to the fact the house was locked, he believed that one of two other people with a key was responsible for the theft. #110945190

Nov. 26, 5:26 a.m., 24th and Church, Found Person: Officer Vernengo responded to a report of a man screaming and banging on windows. The officer located the suspect, who explained the act was an attempt to test “her” pain threshold (no windows were found broken). A records check revealed she had been reported missing in Los Angeles. Notifications were made and she was released after it was determined she was unharmed and in good health. #110949669

Nov. 28, 9:24 to 9:31 p.m., 3800 block of 24th, Burglary, Store: An employee opening a shop found it ransacked. A review of security video footage gave the precise time of the event, a suspect description, and the burglar’s point of entry: the back door. The suspect is described as a bald white male of medium build, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a dark hoodie with a light-colored symbol on the back. The loss was cash and a camera. #110957850

Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m., to Dec. 5, 7:30 a.m., 4100 block of 22nd, Burglary, Apartment: A bicycle was taken from a garage. Evidence at the seen suggested the suspect entered through an unlocked door. #110975965

Dec. 6, 10:10 p.m., 1100 block of Church, Malicious Mischief, Streetcars/Buses: Officers Mora and Tozzini responded to a report of a fight on the Muni F line. A man and a woman argued as they boarded the train. The woman exited the train and smashed a window with her shoe. The train operator directed responding Sgt. Edwards to the suspect and she was issued a citation. #110979105

Dec. 8, 6:15 a.m., 24th and Fair Oaks, Sexual Assault and Robbery: A woman walking alone was viciously attacked from behind and robbed. A suspect is in custody. For an update on case #110982120, see (Also see story on Voice home page.)

Dec. 10, 2:50 p.m., 1300 block of Castro, Theft, From Building: A man and woman entered a store as the owner approached to offer assistance. The woman began asking several questions as the male suspect grabbed several items and fled the store. The female suspect then misdirected the owner and further aided the male suspect’s escape. The female suspect was described as African American, 30 to 35, 6 feet tall, medium build, dark shoulder-length hair, and wearing a blue “acid-washed” vest and jeans. No description of the male suspect was provided. #110988504

Dec. 17, 3:30 to 3:55 a.m., 100 block of Grand View, Arson of Vehicle: Officers Hansen and Campbell responded and met with SFFD Engine #24 regarding a station wagon that had been apparently set on fire. #111007060

Dec. 20, 1:20 a.m., 1100 block of Church, Assault, Aggravated, On a Police Officer: In response to the recent sexual assaults along the 24th Street corridor, a two-officer unit was on focused patrol in the area, when they came upon a large group of men, possibly Norteľo gang members, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated. One of the suspects challenged the officers and charged the vehicle. Soon the officers were surrounded, and called for backup. Multiple Mission Station units responded. Two suspects were arrested; three others were cited and released. #111014883

Dec. 22, 9:15 a.m., 200 block of Liberty, Burglary, Residence: Officer Salvador responded to a report of a possible burglary, made by the owner of an uninhabited house. Officers took a male suspect into custody as he exited the home’s garage. He was booked on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen goods and burglary tools. #111021474

Officer Keith invites you to visit Mission Station’s website at There you will find safety information, the Captain’s Message, and links to stolen and recovered bicycles inside the district.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, in the area loosely bordered by ­Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. The incidents were culled from newsletters produced by staff at Ingle­side Police Station. The log may not include all crimes reported during the month. To contact Ingleside Station, email


Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m., 100 block of 28th, Fraud: Civilian Police Service Aide Heckenberg-Tognozzi was on duty at Ingleside Station when a victim came in to file a report of fraud. The victim stated he was checking his bank statements and noticed there was $6,000 withdrawn from his account. The victim had no idea who removed the money from his account. #110885825

Nov. 13, 6:24 a.m., 28th/San Jose Ave., Traffic Collision

Nov. 15, 2:30 a.m., 400 block of Day, Theft: CPSAs Lee, Callaghan, and Navarro were dispatched to investigate a theft. They met with the victim, who advised that she had hosted a party at her home and later found various items missing. The victim stated that another individual at the party later told her he had the missing items. The victim made several calls to the individual, who refused to cooperate and return the items. The victim stated she did not see anyone steal the items, but wanted the incident documented. #110920750

Nov. 17, 10 a.m., 300 block of Day, Accident, Hit-and-Run

Nov. 19, 9:52 p.m., unit block of 30th, Robbery: Officer Lundy responded to a report of a robbery. The victim was standing on the sidewalk when a suspect approached from behind and grabbed him. The suspect reached into the victim’s back pant pocket and removed the victim’s cash. The victim could not stop the suspect because he was holding his daughter in his arms. The suspect fled. #110934115

Nov. 19, 3 p.m., 400 block of 28th, Stolen Vehicle

Nov. 20, 7 p.m. 1300 block of Sanchez, Stolen Vehicle

Nov. 21, 8 a.m., 300 block of 29th, Burglary: Officer McCall responded to a burglary. He met with the victim, who told him that he had secured his front door when he’d left earlier but found several items missing upon his return. There was no sign of forced entry into the premises, but the resident said he had left a window open for ventilation. Officer McCall noticed an area near the window that appeared to have a good surface for fingerprints, and contacted Crime Scene Investigations. He provided the victim with follow-up information and advised the victim not to touch the areas near the window where the suspect might have entered. #110939494

Nov. 21, 12 p.m., 200 block of 30th, Theft: A victim responded to Ingleside Station and told Officer Coles that he parked and secured his vehicle and when he returned found a door missing as well as various lights. The victim was unable to provide the officer with any further suspect or witness information. #110937482

Nov. 21, 10:22 a.m., 600 block of 27th, Recovered Vehicle

Nov. 21, 11:33 a.m., Dolores at 29th, Traffic Collision

Nov. 23, 8 a.m., Noe and 27th, Stolen Vehicle

Nov. 23, 5 p.m., 30th and Sanchez, Stolen Vehicle

Nov. 29, 9 p.m., 200 block of 27th, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 3, 3:34 p.m., Dolores and 30th, Influence of Alcohol: Officer Preston was dispatched to a report of a fight. The victim did not want any further police action. As the officer                 was talking to the victim, the suspect kept stepping in front of the victim. The officer told the suspect to move away, but she refused. The suspect smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet. The officer determined that the suspect was unable to care for herself due to her level of intoxication. A records check revealed that the suspect was also wanted on three outstanding warrants. #110969861

Dec. 5, 1:55 p.m., 1800 block of Church, Recovered Truck

Dec. 8, 12:55 a.m., 400 block of Duncan, Recovered Truck

Dec. 8, 6 p.m., Dolores/San Jose Ave., Hit-and-Run

Dec. 10, 6:46 p.m., 200 block of 27th, Vandalism:Officers Campos and Peregrina responded to a report of vandalism of a vehicle. The victim discovered a dent to his vehicle that had not been there before. The victim named a possible suspect whom he had had prior incidents with. The victim did not see the suspect damage his vehicle. #110988855

Dec. 12, 8 p.m., 500 block of 27th, Theft: Officer Preston responded to a burglary. He met with the victim, who said he resided in the building and left his bicycle unsecured in the garage area. He returned and found the bicycle missing and said there was no sign of forced entry to the garage area. Officer Preston investigated the general area and found no sign of forced entry or any physical evidence at the scene. #110993854

Dec. 12, 10:06 a.m., 1600 block of Diamond, Recovered Truck

Dec. 14, 12:45 a.m., unit block of Day, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 14, 11:09 a.m., Valley and Church, Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 16, 8:05 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 16, 9 a.m., 300 block of 29th, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 18, 9:30 p.m., 1400 block of Dolores, Burglary:Officer Tam responded to a burglary. He met with several victims, who said they had left their bicycles secured in the garage area of their building. Upon their return, they found the bicycles missing. They said they saw no sign of forced entry to the garage area. Officer Tam investigated the general area and found no sign of forced entry or any physical evidence at the scene. #111010869

Dec. 17, 4:33 p.m., 1600 block of Sanchez, Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 17, 5 p.m., 1300 block of Noe, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m., 700 block of San Jose Ave., Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 19, 1 p.m., 27th/Castro, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 19, 2:52 p.m., San Jose/29th, Traffic Collision

Dec. 21, 2:30 a.m., 100 block of Valley, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 23, 11:20 a.m., 400 block of Duncan, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 23, 12:26 p.m., 600 block of 27th, Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 24, 11 p.m., 200 block of Duncan, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 27, 11:59 a.m., 300 block of Day, Theft: While Officer Zabarte was assigned to station duty, the victim of a vehicle theft came in to report the crime. The victim told Officer Zabarte that during the night his vehicle was broken into and several items were stolen. The victim could not determine how anyone could gain entrance to his vehicle because he had locked it and there was no sign of forced entry. Officer Zabarte issued the victim the proper forms and informed him of the follow-up procedures. #111032857

Dec. 27, 6 p.m., Church/Dolores, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 28, 3:37 p.m., 100 block of Duncan, Recovered Vehicle

Police Beat was edited by Jan Goben and Sally Smith.


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 community meetings, held monthly. Mission Police District holds meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. 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. Robert Moser: 558-5400


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 call Police Dispatch directly: 415-553-8090.