Noe Valley Voice February 2013

Police Beat


The Noe Valley Voice thanks Officer Lorraine Lombardo for this month’s log of incidents reported to Mission Police Station Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. Her tally includes most but not all incidents occurring 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


Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-5:24 p.m., 200 block of Quane, Burglary: A resident left his home locked and secured. When he came back, he found a glass door broken and open. Taken from the home were items valued at more than $3,000, including an Xbox video game console, a knife, a backpack, and a MacBook computer. The damage to the door was estimated at $500. #120908398

Nov. 19, 2 p.m., 22nd and Sanchez, Suspicious Occurrence: Police responded to a report of a suspicious man on a bicycle accused of stealing packages. There had been a rash of theft (packages from doorsteps or porches) in the neighborhood. The witness stated that the suspect is “very brazen” in his actions and often smiles and waves at him as he prowls throughout the neighborhood. #120937450

Nov. 21, 8:10 a.m., 4200 block of 26th, Theft: A resident reported that she’d met a distraught woman in tears at San Francisco Airport in the lost baggage area. The woman said her son was in intensive care at St. Mary’s Hospital and that she had nowhere to stay and Delta had lost her luggage. She asked if she could stay on the resident’s couch. The sympathetic resident agreed to temporary lodging at her home. While the resident was away at work, the woman took the resident’s laptop, camera, jacket, and boots from the home’s bedroom. The resident called her home and was told by her visitor, “I have your Pentax camera to take pictures of my son’s injuries and the laptop to load the pictures…. I have borrowed a pair of boots and a jacket and will be back.” The resident said the woman had not returned the property nor had she called back. #120946489

Nov. 22, 3:25 a.m., unit block of Homestead, Hot Prowl Burglary: Residents sleeping upstairs were awakened to the sound of their front door creaking. They got up, went downstairs, and found the sliding-glass door to the back yard open and items missing from the house. They suspected that someone entered through an unlocked back door, took cash and cards from a purse lying on a couch, then unlocked the front door and fled. There were numerous clumps of dirt on the floor of the house, extending from the back door to the front door. #120945851

Nov. 24, 4:45 p.m., 4200 block of 26th, Dog Bite: A resident walking down the hill came across a man walking a large black, brown, and white Bernese mountain dog. She told police that the leashed 80-pound dog lunged at her causing her to fall to the ground, then bit her on her right rear thigh. The man apologized and said he was taking care of the dog for a friend. He told police that the woman tried to pet the dog and fell, then the dog bit her. Kaiser Hospital recommended washing the wound out and to keep it clean. Animal Care and Control advised the owner to quarantine the dog for 10 days and contact the Dog Bite Report Line (415-554-9422). The owner said the dog was up to date on all of his shots and that he was willing to help the woman with any medical bills. #120951381

Nov. 27, 2:11 p.m., 3600 block of 22nd, Attempted Burglary: A resident planted a package inside a six-foot gate at the entrance to her home. From her balcony she heard the sound of her gate opening and saw a man she suspected of being a serial parcel thief carrying the package. The homeowner ordered the suspect to leave, then sprayed him with “bear spray” repellent. Coated with the orange spray, the suspect fled the scene. Minutes later, he was surrounded by police, identified by the homeowner, placed under arrest, and booked at Mission Station. #120958832

Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m., 4000 block of 24th, Theft: A customer at a local bar placed her purse on a hook under the bar. When she reached for it 15 minutes later, she found it missing. The tan synthetic leather purse, measuring 16 by 12 inches, contained $340 in cash, credit cards, checkbook, $400 glasses, and keys. #120999369

Dec. 17, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 3900 block of 22nd, Burglary: A resident returned from work to find that someone had broken a window and ransacked her house. She found a large rock inside of a sock lying on the floor. Stolen was a laptop computer valued at $1,200 and miscellaneous jewelry valued at $400. #121016324

Dec. 20-21, 10:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., 400 block of Alvarado, Burglary: A resident went to his garage and found a side window and the garage door open. Stolen were three bicycles valued at $7,500: a black Trek Madone, serial #WTU162XD506169; a white Trek Madone, #WTU062CT11F; and a blue Trek, model 7200. #121026787

Dec. 21, 11:05 p.m., 1200 block of Diamond, Robbery with Force: A man was walking home alone when one of two male suspects approached him from behind and struck him in the head with a silver object (causing a one-inch laceration), making him fall. Both suspects then went through the man’s pockets and took his cell phone and wallet. A resident told police she heard a scream, looked out her window, and saw the victim lying on the ground with two suspects leaning over him. The resident yelled out the window, and the suspects pulled their hoods over their heads and ran. The resident ran outside to help the victim, whose face was covered in blood from the head wound. #121028971

Dec. 28, 7:01 p.m., 4200 block of 26th, Fire Report: Fire investigators determined that a two-alarm fire on 26th Street was not suspected arson but an accidental fire caused by a furnace. During the incident, a firefighter carrying equipment tripped over a hose and fell, breaking his wrist. He was transported to the hospital. #121044795

Note: Eight out of 10 vehicles stolen in Noe Valley during November and December were recovered.




The Ingleside police blotter covers incidents reported Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, in Upper Noe Valley—the area roughly bounded by Cesar Chavez, Guerrero, 30th, and Diamond streets. Incidents were culled from newsletters produced by Ingleside Police Station. The log may not include all events reported during the period. To contact Ingleside Station or receive its newsletter, call 404-4000 or email ­

Nov. 1, 11:46 a.m., Dolores and 30th, Traffic Collision

Nov. 2, 11:40 a.m., 400 block of 30th, Burglary

Nov. 7, 10:47 p.m., 600 block of 30th, Recovered Vehicle

Nov. 12, 11:04 p.m. 100 block of Day, Recovered License Plate

Nov. 19, 9:35 p.m., Dolores and 27th, Traffic Collision

Nov. 20, 8:27 a.m., Guerrero and 27th, Traffic Collision

Nov. 20, 11 a.m., 700 block of Duncan, Burglary

Nov. 24, 3:05 p.m., San Jose Ave. at 29th, Traffic Collision

Nov. 24, 5 p.m., 900 block of Duncan, Theft

Nov. 25, noon, 200 block of Day, Malicious Mischief

Nov. 26, 12:42 a.m., 30th Street, Assault: Officers Peregrina and Mcmilton responded to 

a call regarding an attempted robbery and stabbing. The officers were told while en route that the victim was being transported to S.F. General Hospital. Upon arrival, they met with a doctor who said that the victim had small lacerations on her buttocks and more on her mid-back. The officers then interviewed the victim. She didn’t answer any questions except for where the crime occurred. In an effort to gather more information, police contacted the victim’s cousin, whom she had called right after the incident. He stated that he got a phone call at around midnight from his cousin, who was screaming. He said she was calling him to go and pick her up but would not give an exact location, only that it was by a Safeway near Mission and 30th streets. The officers contacted Safeway to ask for any surveillance information and bagged the victim’s clothes, which were still wet with blood. CSI was called to collect the victim’s clothing. #120954777

Nov. 30, 2 p.m., 100 block of 27th, Burglary

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sanchez at Day, Traffic Collision

Dec. 2, noon, 900 block of Duncan, Stolen Auto

Dec. 3, 7 p.m., 200 block of Valley, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 3, 10:15 p.m., 29th Street, Battery: Officers Mcmilton and Peregrina were sent to Mission and 29th streets regarding a physical fight. Upon arrival, they found the victim lying on his back and bleeding from the back of his head. There was a witness, who said that he and the victim were walking outside from a bar where they were playing billiards. The three men whom they were playing with followed them out of the bar. They said that one of the three suspects was upset with the victim, calling him a sore loser. They said the suspect threw some unknown items at the victim, saying, “You don’t know how to lose! Why do you even play!” Then the suspect threw several punches in and around the head. The victim was able to deflect a few before he was knocked to the ground. The victim fell to the concrete sidewalk, resulting in a laceration and concussion, but never lost consciousness. He was transported to the hospital, where he received stitches. The security guard who was working at the bar said he told the billiard players he had to kick them out before the fight, since they were getting rowdy. He didn’t see anything after they left the bar, but said the bar had surveillance cameras that would help with identification if needed to further the investigation. #120977020

Dec. 7, 3:42 p.m., first block of 29th, Battery

Dec. 12, 9 p.m., 300 block of 29th, Theft

Dec. 13, 1 p.m., 500 block of Duncan, Fraud

Dec. 14, 1:59 p.m., 500 block of Duncan, Fraud

Dec. 14, 2:45 p.m., 400 block of 29th, Vandalism to Vehicle

Dec. 16, 3 p.m., 600 block of Duncan, Burglary

Dec. 19, 11:21 a.m., Duncan at Church, Robbery:  Officers Rueca and Elton went to investigate a robbery that had just occurred at Church and Duncan streets. They met with the victim, who was visibly shaken. The victim said she had just parked her car and begun walking on the sidewalk while talking on her Apple iPhone, which was described as black in color with an orange-and-white-striped phone cover. As the victim arrived at her destination, she saw a suspect crouching down on the sidewalk who appeared to be tying his shoelaces. When she walked past him, the suspect quickly stood up and pushed her, knocking her off balance, and snatched her cell phone out of her hand. The suspect then pulled his hood over his head and fled the scene. After the units searched the area, Officers Hurwitz and Canales located and detained a subject matching the physical and clothing description. The victim was transported to view the subject. She immediately recognized him as the same suspect who had robbed her. The officer then searched the suspect and found the victim’s iPhone. The suspect admitted to taking the phone. The suspect was booked for the robbery. #121020648

Dec. 20, 2:23 a.m., 1400 block of Sanchez, Fire Report

Dec. 20, 9:16 p.m., Day at Sanchez, Traffic Collision

Dec. 22, 6:12 a.m., Dolores at Duncan, Traffic Collision

Dec. 22, 9:22 a.m., 1700 block of Diamond, Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 22, 2 p.m., 600 block of San Jose Ave., Theft

Dec. 22, 5 p.m., 2300 block of Diamond, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 25, 10 p.m., 28th at Dolores, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 26, 12:24 p.m., 600 block of 27th, Recovered Vehicle

Dec. 28, 8:15 a.m., 100 block of Valley, Stolen Vehicle

Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., 400 block of 29th, Burglary




Noe Valley falls under the jurisdiction of two police districts—Mission and Ingleside. The Mission Police District covers the northern half of the neighborhood, while Ingleside covers 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. Tim Falvey: 404-4000


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