Police Blotter – July 9, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of July 9, 2010. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Bicycle thefts continue to be problem in the district. Many bikes are taken from garages in multi-family apartment buildings and often times because the owners haven’t noted the serial number of their bikes our chances of recovering it are low. Please record your bicycle’s serial number and note any after manufacturing parts that you have installed.

We have had several thefts of older model Honda’s from the area of Lake Street between Arguello and Park Presidio. Please call 911 immediately if you see any suspicious activity.

During the past week, there were 18 traffic accidents, 5 involving injuries. There were 3 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license.

There will be no Police Community Forum meeting for the month of July.

On 7/02/10 at 3:45am officers responded to a call of two subjects doing graffiti in the area of Geary and Arguello. A witness had seen one of the suspects “tag” the side of the building and provided dispatch with a description and direction of the suspects. The officers located the suspects at Geary Boulevard & Spruce Street as they were boarding a MUNI bus. The suspects were detained and were in possession of aerosol paint cans. The officers observed what the suspect had written on the building and found that same “tag” on nine other buildings. The males, a 27 year old and a 25 year old, were charged with the vandalism and possession of the aerosol cans.

On 07/04/10 at 7:09pm a victim was in her hotel room on the 4700 block of Geary when there was a knock on the door. The victim partially opened the door and a suspect asked if the victim’s husband was there. When the victim replied no, the suspect forced open the door and entered the room with a knife in his hand. He demanded money from the victim and after getting some cash, he fled the room. The victim screamed for help and several other guests at the hotel tried to detain the suspect, but were unsuccessful. One of the responding officers located the suspect at 10th Avenue and Geary and when the officer attempted to detain the suspect, he threw the officer to the ground. A foot pursuit ensued and the officer lost sight of the suspect on the 1800 block of Anza. A resident on the block came out and told officers that she had heard someone running up the stairs of her apartment building and saw that the front door had been forcibly opened. Officers located the suspect inside the apartment building on a landing and when they attempted to detain him, he resisted violently. They were finally able to take him into custody. As the investigation continued, it was determined that the suspect was responsible for two other robberies that had occurred earlier in the evening in two different parts of the city. The 27 year old male was charged with robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, assault and possession of a knife.

On 07/07/10 at 7:45pm officers served a search warrant on a residence on the 700 block of 33rd Avenue. Through investigation it was believed that this residence was being used as a marijuana “grow house.” The officers detained the resident and located a large quantity of marijuana and cash inside. The 48 year old male was charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale.

Between 07/02/10 at 3:30pm and 07/06/10 at 11:00am on the 2400 block of Pierce Street, a suspect gained entry into a home under construction by kicking open a doggie door. The suspect took numerous tools.

Between 07/02/10 at 4:30pm and 07/06/10 at 8:00am on the unit block of Raycliff Terrace, a suspect gained entry into a construction site and forced open the door to a storage shed. The suspect took tools.

Between 07/03/10 at 11:30am and 07/05/10 at 1:10pm on the 2000 block of Divisadero, a suspect entered into a garage by removing a lock and pulling on a wire latch. The suspect took clothing and poker chips.

Between 07/04/10 at 10:00pm and 07/05/10 at 3:55am on the 6100 block of Geary Boulevard, a suspect broke the front window of a business, reached in and removed flowers from the front display.

On 07/05/10 between 3:00pm and 4:00pm a suspect entered a garage through the open door and took a bike.