Police Blotter – March 30, 2012 | Prolific residential burglar arrested

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of March 30, 2012. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Members of the SFPD recently arrested a three-strike parolee who was responsible for a long string of residential burglaries in San Francisco and the Peninsula going back to December 2011. Taken into custody on March 13, 2012 was Albert Hernandez Jr., 44, who resides in Oakland and Daly City. He was arrested by San Francisco Police Officers as he was leaving a San Bruno residence with an armful of property. Hernandez was taken into custody after a brief struggle in which he attempted to flee from Officers.

The SFPD and other local agencies have photographed the recovered property and have uploaded the photos on a web site so that burglary victims can view and identify burglarized items. The web site is:

Persons who believe they recognize their property should send an e-mail to burglarydetail2012@gmail.com, and include the agency with which the report was filed, case number, and the image number and description of the item(s). An investigator from the appropriate agency will contact the victim.

For complete details regarding this great arrest, please visit the SFPD website at www.sf-police.org. You can also find useful crime prevention tips, crime maps/stats, information on how to file a report, and useful links to other City resources on the SFPD website.

The SFPD also uses social media tools to enhance communication with the public. The SFPD website will have links to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these social media sites so that you can stay informed.

On 03/25/12 at 7:55am, plainclothes officers were patrolling the area of Sutter and Pierce St when they observed the suspect walking along the curb line looking into the windows of parked vehicles. They recognized the male from a previous arrest and detained him. When the suspect took his ID from his wallet, the officers could see a second ID with someone else’s name on it. He could not explain how he obtained the ID card. He was also in possession of a counterfeit $100.00 bill, a shaved car key and a window punch. The 44-year-old male was charged with possession of the counterfeit bill, burglar tools and stolen property.

On 03/27/12 at 2:55am, officers responded to an alarm call at a business on the 3200 block of Geary Bl. When officers arrived they saw that the glass front doors had been smashed in. Upon making entry, they saw that another interior door had been kicked open and drawers had been opened counters doors had been broken off. Continuing their search of the business they saw that there was another exit door leading into another commercial building. As they made their way through the building and up onto the second floor, they found the suspect hiding under a desk in another office. Lying near him was property that had been taken from the initial business. The suspect, a 26-year-old male was charged with burglary.

On 03/29/12 at 7:55am, officers responded to a call of a suspicious pick up truck and person, and that the male was possibly “casing” homes in the area. The officers located the vehicle at 21st Ave and Cabrillo with a female passenger inside. She told them her husband had walked down the block to look for a friend. The officer could see on the front seat of the pick up truck a catalytic convertor and one protruding from under the front seat. Officers then located the husband at 20th and Balboa Street , and through an investigation determined that the catalytic convertors had been stolen from vehicles in the Sunset District. The husband, a 40-year-old male was charged with burglary, possession of burglar tools, and stolen property.

On 03/25/12 on the 300 block of Euclid , the suspect gained entry into a laundry room of an apartment building and pried open the coin receptacle and took an undetermined amount of coins.

On 03/27/12 between 5pm and 10pm on the 700 block of 20th Ave , a suspect gained entry into a garage and took a bike. The suspect may have gained entry by hopping the back fence.

Between 03/27/12, 11:30pm and 03/28/12, 12:30am on the 2600 block of Sacramento St, a suspect gained entry into an alley way between two houses by prying open a side door. The suspect climbed the backstairs of one residence and hopped over to the neighbor’s stairs and into laundry room. The suspect then took a bike that was stored inside by cutting the chain.

On 03/28/12 at 10:30am, the victim was walking north on 17th Ave approaching Geary Bl. She noticed a light
colored SUV pull up next to her in a parking space and the driver/suspect exited the vehicle. He ran up from behind the victim and grabbed her wallet from her hands and fled to the SUV and went eastbound on Geary. The suspect was described as a black male, 25-27 years of age wearing all black clothing.

On 03/28/12 at 6:37pm, the victim was walking eastbound on Euclid approaching Collins Ave. As she got to the corner the first suspect stepped out from a slightly wooded area and grabbed the victim’s I-phone. The victim began to scream and tried to hold onto her phone. At this point a second suspect stepped out from the same area, grabbed the victim’s hair and pulled her to the ground. When the victim fell she dropped her phone which was then taken by the suspects. They fled to an awaiting silver sedan and fled west on Geary Bl. The first suspect was described as a black female, 14-17 years of age, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans; the second was a black male, 14-17 years of age wearing a dark baseball cap and sunglasses.