Noe Valley Voice September 2012

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 June 1 to July 31, 2012, in the area bordered by Grand View, 20th, Guerrero, and ­Cesar Chavez streets. To contact Officer Lombardo, call Mission Station at 558-5400. To receive the Mission Police District newsletter, write


June 6, 1:20 p.m., 3900 block of 24th, Theft and Trespassing: A man in his mid-60s entered a local coffeehouse, stole money from the tip jar on the counter, and fled out the door. When confronted by an angry employee, he gave the money back. The same man came into the coffeehouse a month prior and took $125 worth of honey off the shelf. A customer witnessed that theft and reported it to the busy owner. The owner confronted the man and demanded he put the honey back, which he did. The owner chased the man out the door while reporting his description to Police Dispatch. The man allegedly entered another shop to change bag colors to throw police off. The coffeehouse owner followed the man to 24th and Church, where he got onto a bus. Police arrived, took him off the bus, and advised him not to come back to the store. #120499472

June 12, 9:50 a.m., 1300 block of Church, Robbery and Conspiracy: A woman was walking and texting on her iPhone with both hands when a man came up behind her and forcefully grabbed her phone from her hands. The suspect ran off toward a dark blue sedan that was double-parked with the engine running. When the woman chased after him, the suspect turned around and yelled “Stop!” as he pointed a can of pepper spray at her. The suspect then jumped into the getaway car, with another suspect driving. A witness working out at a gym saw the robbery and the vehicle from the window while running on a machine. Police arrived and put out a description on the police radio. Police found the suspects in the vehicle at Sixth and Market streets, where the victim and witness positively identified them as the robbers. Police arrested the suspects after finding cell phones and pepper spray in their vehicle. #120461998

June 15, 9:10 p.m., 4000 block of 20th, Malicious Mischief, Vandalism: A resident was in his home when he heard footsteps at the front door. Suspicious after no one knocked, he looked through the peephole. He saw an Asian man and a white male standing there. He opened the door, and both suspects threw eggs at him. He yelled at them as they threw more eggs at the house, then fled.

June 18, 1 a.m., 1300 block of Castro, Grand Theft: A customer at a local bar placed her purse on the bar next to her and looked away for three minutes. When she looked back, it was gone. She described the purse as a brown leather “Hobo bag” with a shoulder strap made with brass and two tassels. It was valued at $600. #126082336

June 20, 11 p.m. - June 21, 11 a.m., Residential Burglary: A $900 bicycle was stolen from the garage of a building shared by two units. The bike, a Specialized Sirrus men’s hybrid, has a red frame with a black carbon fiber fork, black nylon seat bag, and two bottle cages. #120533581

July 5, 5:40 a.m., Diamond & 24th, Robbery with Force: A man was walking south on Diamond Street to catch the Muni bus at 24th Street when he was approached by two suspects who tried to grab his backpack and duffle bag. The man held on to his bags but was punched in the back of the head, causing him to fall to the ground injured. The suspects then took the bags and ran toward a waiting green pickup truck with a camper. The victim was able to grab and bend the rear windshield wiper of the truck before it fled with the suspects inside. Inside the backpack was an Apple MacBook Pro valued at $1,200 and an $800 Nikon camera. #120529370

July 9, 9:15 a.m., 1200 block of Guerrero, Mental Health Detention: Police responded to a call of a man breaking windows at a house and saw four broken windows on the second story and glass pieces all over the street and sidewalk. A man was sitting in the window yelling obscenities. He had lacerations on his feet and was holding a large shard of glass. The man told police that they were going to inject him with some liquid and then would steal his blood. It was determined he was a danger to himself and others. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for a 72-hour evaluation. #120540291

July 6, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., 4000 block of 20th, Burglary, Apartment House: A resident came home to find his door ajar and his black Yale suitcase missing from his kitchen counter. It contained an Apple 4S iPhone, serial #328397072, a black Swatch watch, cash, and papers. A gold pillowcase was taken and may have been used by the suspect to carry the stolen items. His dog was still inside the home. #120540611

July 11, 12:08 p.m., 4100 block of 24th, Malicious Mischief: A mother called police saying her daughter had shattered the house window when the mother would not let her in. #120545194

July 13, 3 a.m., 1300 block of Noe, Trespassing:  A resident called police after hearing a man climb over his fence into his back yard and talk to his dog. Officers found the suspect crouched behind a bush adjacent to the yard and covered in brush. When asked why he was in the back yard, the suspect told police that he was climbing around the hill looking for the “800” bus, which was supposed to take him to Berkeley. Police arrested the trespasser and found crystal meth and a glass pipe in his pocket while searching him at the station. #120551088

July 24, 8:48 a.m., 4400 block of 20th, Suspicious Occurrence:A resident called 911 and threatened to “strap on a bomb and blow up City Hall.” After he called the Department of Parking and Traffic to cite a car parked in his driveway, an officer responded but told him the city was unable to cite the car because the red zone driveway corners were painted over by someone other than DPT. The resident got angry and frustrated and phoned numerous city agencies. After a lengthy police investigation, the resident apologized and said he wasn’t serious about the threat, just mad. #120582986

Mission Station reported nine stolen or recovered vehicles in its part of Noe Valley during the months of June and July.



The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported June 1 to July 31, 2012, 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 includes most but not all incidents reported during the period. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email

June 4, 3:52 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Auto Theft:Officers responded to a call about a stolen vehicle that was occupied. They detained two males inside the vehicle. A computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant. The driver was transported to Ingleside Station, where an arrest search uncovered a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The suspect and all evidence were booked at Ingleside Station. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and he responded to Ingleside Station, where the vehicle was released to him. The narcotics were hand-delivered to the Narcotics Drop Box at the Hall of Justice. #120441683

June 5, 5 p.m., Dolores & 30th, Vehicle Accident:Two vehicles were involved, no injuries.

June 6, 9:48 p.m., San Jose Avenue & 30th, Traffic Collision

June 7, 10:18 p.m., 400 block of 27th, Violation of Court Order: An officer was sent to a fight regarding a male and a female. Various other Ingleside units arrived to assist. They determined that one of the parties had a stay-away order from the address, and a record check revealed he also had an outstanding warrant. Neither party was injured. The suspect was transported to Ingleside Station, where an arrest search found him in possession of an illegal knife, which was confiscated and booked into evidence. The officers confirmed the restraining order and warrant. The suspect was then booked. #120451397

June 9, 9:30 p.m., 800 block of San Jose Ave., Theft:Officers met with the victim of a theft who reported that his bicycle had been taken from inside a locked gate that led to his building. There was no sign of forced entry to the premises. #120455258

June 13, 8:30 a.m., 1500 block of Diamond, Theft/Building: An officer was sent to investigate a theft from a building. The victim told the officer that he had been working in the garage when he stepped inside for a moment. When he returned, he realized his $5,500 bike was gone. Since there was no physical evidence, SFPD’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit was not notified. #120466108

June 13, 8:30 a.m., 1500 block of Noe, Theft/Building: An officer was sent to investigate a theft. The victim said an unknown suspect had broken into her garage and removed her $1,200 bike. Once again, there was a lack of evidence. Therefore, CSI was not notified. #120465382

June 13, 9 a.m., 1600 block of Guerrero, Theft: A woman reported to police that someone had taken a purse she had left on a chair during a garage sale. She did not see anyone take it. #120465401

June 17, 1:11 p.m., 1700 block of Diamond, False Plates: An officer conducted a computer check on a car displaying two separate license plates and discovered that one was registered to a stolen car. The vehicle was towed for displaying unlawful license plates. #120476323

June 19, 4:15 a.m., 1400 block of Noe, Burglary:An officer responded to a report of burglary. When he arrived, he spoke with the man who reported the burglary, who said he had seen a man standing outside of the garage. The suspect walked away but returned shortly after. The officer spoke to the owner of the garage, who said that the lock had been damaged. #120480540

June 22, 5:30 p.m., 28th & Church, Vandalism: A man reported to police that he had locked and parked his car and that when he returned someone had scratched the right side of the car. There were no suspects observed. #120489467

June 24, 8:28 p.m., Church & Day, Battery: An officer on patrol was flagged down regarding a fight involving two subjects. The officer located a victim who said he had a great time partying all day before he met the suspect on Muni. The victim thought he was having a good conversation with the suspect, but it turned into an argument. The suspect suddenly punched the victim in the stomach. The victim fell and scraped his head as the suspect fled. The victim told the officer to go find the suspect so he could fight him again. The officer summoned an ambulance to treat the victim for his head injury. The victim refused transport. Several Ingleside officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. #120497448

June 29, 11 a.m., 600 block of 29th, Burglary:Officer Preston responded to a burglary call after the victim had come home and witnessed a burglar fleeing from her residence. He and other Ingleside officers responded to the area where a man fitting the description of the suspect had been seen. The officers set up a perimeter and proceeded with a yard-to-yard search. After a long search, the suspect was found inside a laundry room attempting to hide and was arrested. As he was being arrested, Captain Mahoney confirmed that the man was the correct suspect in the burglary. Stolen property totaling $7,450 was recovered and given back to the victim. #120512187

June 29, 6 p.m., 400 block of Day, Vehicle Tampering: An officer answered a call dealing with tampered vehicles. When he arrived, he spoke with one of the victims, who stated that she had locked her car the previous night, but when she left the house [the next day] she saw the doors open and that someone had been through her belongings. Nothing was reported stolen, however. Other vehicles on the same block had been treated in a similar manner with no signs of forced entry, broken glass, or damaged locks. No suspects were observed. #120512507

July 1, 11:55 a.m., 1500 block of Church, Stalking:An officer responded to a call about a male being stalked. According to the man, the restaurant he works at is receiving threats and protests relating to the use of foie gras. The employee stated that as he drove home a black Ford Explorer had been following him for some time and the driver and passenger had been photographing his car and license plate. #120518107

July 11, 11:50 a.m., 300 block of Duncan, Theft:Officers reported to a local residence in regards to a theft. The victim told police that a package had been delivered to his home and that the company had not rung his bell to inform him of the delivery and had left the package outside. Later, the victim heard someone outside his door, and when he went to investigate he saw an unknown suspect with his package in a backpack fleeing on a black bicycle. #120546380

July 18, 4:45 p.m., 30th Street, Dog Bite: An officer responded to an incident regarding an accident involving a dog. A dog had been running in and out of traffic, and nearby people tried to capture the dog. However, when trying to subdue the dog, a man was bit on his left hand, causing punctures on two fingers. The victim of the dog bite was stable and the dog was taken away by Animal Care and Control. #120544083

July 20, 11:15 a.m., 100 block of Day, Burglary: An officer was dispatched to a burglary. When he arrived he was met by the victims. The officer was told that the victims had left their house earlier in the day and while out had received a call from a neighbor who stated that their front gate had been damaged. When the victims returned, the gate had been completely unhinged and the bedroom window and kitchen doors were found open. When the victims entered their house, they noticed several items missing. The officer inspected the entire residence and was able to call CSI to process the scene. In a related incident, the officer was told by the victim that her neighbor had seen someone try to break into the house several days prior to this incident. #120573690

July 27, 6:15 a.m., 100 block of 28th, Theft: Officers were sent to investigate an auto boost in progress. While on the way, they were notified by Dispatch that the suspect had fled. The officers conducted a search of the area for the suspect, to no avail. The officers then contacted the victim and learned the following: the reportee was inside her home when she heard glass shattering outside. The reportee looked outside and saw a suspect rummaging through a car.                  The reportee said that she saw the suspect walk away with something that resembled a television. After speaking to the victim, it was learned that the item was an electromagnetic massage machine. #120592054

July 27, 6 p.m., 100 block of 28th, Theft: Officers responded to a call regarding a residential burglary. They met with the victim, who told them he had just moved to San Francisco and was storing his belongings in a shared garage. He came back the day after he stored various items to an empty garage. The loss is in excess of $2,000. CSI was not called due to the lack of evidence. #120592399


According to Ingleside Station police stats, there were nine stolen and 11 recovered vehicles in the southern half of Noe Valley during June and July.


Police Borders

Noe Valley is shared by two San Francisco police jurisdictions—Mission Police District and Ingleside Police District. Mission police cover the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside’s beat is the area south of Cesar Chavez Street. Both districts publish digital newsletters and hold monthly community meetings. Mission Police District holds its meetings on the last Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m., at Mission Station, 630 Valencia St. Ingleside’s community meetings are 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.