Police Blotter – December 19, 2012

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 7, 2012. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Our hearts go out to Connecticut as we acknowledge their tremendous loss. The scope of this tragedy weighs heavy on all of our hearts. We are working closely with our schools and we have plans in place to address many incidents including shootings. I for one will be taking the time to keep my loved ones close and let them know how grateful I am that they are in my life.

I would also like to take this time to wish you all Happy Holidays and hopes for a much brighter New Year. I thank you all for what you do for our community, no matter how big or small. As many of my staff will be out for the holidays, the newsletter is taking a vacation and will return the week of January 7, 2013.

For additional information on Crime Statistics, go to the SFPD Website.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave. (NOTE TIME CHANGE)

On 12/06/12 at 7am, plainclothes officers were in the area of Anza and 28th Ave looking for a known burglar who may have been staying at a residence in the area. Officers located the male, who was not currently wanted; however his companion did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for burglary. The 64 year old male was booked on the warrant.

On 12/11/12 at 2am, plainclothes officers were in the area of 47th and Fulton and observed a male on a bike. The officers stopped the male who had numerous arrests for burglary, possession of burglary tools and stolen property, and narcotic violations. The male was in possession of a key ring with 28 keys on it. There were at least 6 automobile keys, and one shaved key which would allow access to vehicles. The 51 year old male was charged with possession of burglar tools and several outstanding warrants.

On 12/14/12 at 10:38am, an officer was in the area of 9th Ave and Clement, when she observed two vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed, north on 9th Ave to east on Clement. It appeared that the second vehicle was chasing the first, and when the driver of the second vehicle saw the officer, he began to point at the first car. The officer was able to stop the first car on the 4400 block of Geary. The driver of the second vehicle told the officers that he saw the passenger of the first vehicle break the window of his vehicle while he was parked at Stow Lake . He saw the passenger reach in and take a bag, and when he yelled out at the suspect, the suspect dropped the bag and ran back to the suspect’s vehicle. He then chased them to the area of 9th and Clement. The two males, a 32 year old and a 58 year old were charged with auto burglary.

On 12/14/12 at 12:10pm, officers responded to a call of a phone that had just been forcibly taken from the victim, while she was riding on a #1 California MUNI bus. The bus had stopped at 25th and California and the suspect took the phone and ran down 24th Ave towards Lake St with the victim chasing him. The officers caught up with the victim and suspect at 22nd and California and detained the male. The 16 year old male was charged with the theft.

On 12/08/12, between 1pm and 2:15pm, two bikes were stolen from a bike rack near the DeYoung Museum.

On 12/08/12 at 6:10pm, the victim had just returned home on the 400 block of 31st Ave. As she placed her bags
down and inserted the key into the door lock, she heard footsteps behind her and saw a male with a handgun. The male told her to open the door and then pushed her inside. Three other males entered the home and went through drawers and closets and took cash, jewelry and a laptop from the home. Neither the victim, nor her father (who had come home in the midst of the incident) was injured. The suspects were described as black males wearing dark clothing and ski masks.

On 12/10/12 at 8:57pm, a male driving a silver or gold SUV fired numerous shots into the air while driving south on Palm between Geary and Euclid . There were later reports that at 9:45pm, a male was shooting into the air from a SUV on the Great Highway near Balboa. The driver was described as a male with long hair and a beard.

Between 12/12/12 at 9pm and 12/13/12, 7:30am on the 500 block of Arguello, a suspect gained entry into a multi-unit garage and took CD’s and a checkbook from a vehicle.

On 12/15/12 at 5:12am, officers responded to an alarm call on the 3000 block of Clement St. They saw that the glass on the front door had been smashed out, but the suspect was gone. The loss was cash.

Between 12/15/12, 11:30am and 12/16/12, 8am on the 200 block of 24th Ave, a suspect gained entry into a garage by unknown means and took two bikes.

On 12/15/12 at 3:20pm, the two 13 year old victims got off a MUNI bus at 17th and Geary. They observed the three male suspects standing at the bus stop and continued to a friend’s house on the 400 block of 17th and Geary. While in front of the friends’ house, 2 of the suspects walked around the corner and approached the victims. One of them asked for directions and then asked to borrow one of the victim’s cell phone. The victim originally told the suspect that his phone was dead, but then got scared and said the suspect could use the phone but he was going to hold it. As the suspect began to dial, he grabbed the phone from the victim’s hand and ran off to Geary. One of the suspects returned and approached the second victim and demanded his phone, when the victim said no, the suspect told him that he had a gun. The victim then handed over his phone and all suspects fled east on Geary towards 16th Ave. The suspects were described as black males, 18-22 years of age, one wearing a black jacket and jeans, the other a knit cap and baggy blue jeans with black shorts underneath.

On 12/15/12, between 7:30pm and 10:30pm on the 2900 block of Clay, a suspect broke the glass on the front door of an apartment building. The suspect then made his way into the building and forced open a door to one of the apartments. The suspect moved some items, and took a spare key.

On 12/16/12 between 2am and 3:30am on the 500 block of 30th Ave, a suspect pried open a metal gate and took two bikes that were inside the entry way.

Between 12/16/12, 11pm and 12/17/12, 5am on the 300 block of Funston, a suspect entered a garage and took 3 bikes. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 12/17/12 at 12:50am, the victim was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot on the unit block of Masonic. He was approached by a female who said she needed a jump and could he come help her. He agreed and the female walked towards the street. Prior to the victim being able to leave, he was then approached by three males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The victim was told to hand over his property and he complied. The suspects then all fled. The first suspect a black female was described as being 20-25 yrs, wearing all dark clothing. The three male suspects were 25-35 years with scarves covering their faces.

On 12/17/12, between 2:30am and 10am on the 400 block of 3rd Ave , a suspect entered an apartment through an
unlocked door. The suspect entered the bedrooms of the victims while they were sleeping and took wallets, phones and laptops.

On 12/17/12 at 7:35pm, the victim was on the 600 block of Arguello, pushing a stroller and felt someone tugging at her purse that was on her shoulder. She started to scream out loud and held onto her purse. The suspect dragged her several feet but failed to get the purse and fled. He was described as a black male, 18-20 years, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and carrying a multi-colored backpack.

On 12/18/12 between 7:20am and 7:40pm on the 2800 block of Pine, a suspect entered a residence by prying open the front door. The suspect took a 50” flat screen TV and jewelry.

On 12/18/12, at 10:30am, the 64 year old victim was standing at the bus stop at Balboa and 16th Ave. She was approached by the first suspect who asked if there was an auto repair business nearby and the victim answered her. The suspect then asked if she knew if there was an herbal doctor close by and the victim replied no. A second suspect approached and said that she knew of one close by and they should all go as it was good luck. The victim agreed and they walked south on 15th Ave from Balboa. The second suspect was on the phone with the third suspect who met them on 15th Ave, between Balboa and Cabrillo. The third suspect told the victim that she had bad luck and needed to bring her valuables to her to be blessed. The victim agreed, left them there, went home 10 blocks away and brought them back some foreign currency and some US currency. They had they had the victim place the items in a bag and told her not to open it for 7 days. Everyone then went their own separate ways, and now the victim became suspicious and opened the bag, discovering only water bottles and newspaper. The suspects were all Asian females, 45-55 years of age. Two were wearing gray jackets and blue jeans and the third was in a burgundy jacket and jeans. All had short hair.


  1. Just a heads up, lots of car break-ins in the Richmond recently as well. Not sure the stat’s but I don’t think they get posted about much here. Had two friends’ cars get broken into via window and valuables stolen on 33rd & Anza and 34th & Clement early Sunday morning, sometime between 2 AM and 9 AM. We assume they have a getaway vehicle. Tried searching the area several times to see if they dumped our dirty gym clothes anywhere and alas no luck. Just be warned!

  2. Whitney, the Richmond has historically had lots of car break-ins. The Sunset & the Avenues are sort of mini suburbs, with most workers going downtown or to some other area to work (so many cars are not used during the week). What has changed, with the influx of a more diverse population, is that there are more strong-arm robberies and assaults now . Probably no place in the city is as safe as it was 10 yrs ago, but it’s especially noticeable in neighborhoods that used to be much safer than now.

  3. Definitely. I’m not surprised…just giving a friendly warning/reminder. Renters’ insurance my friends! Got mine through State Farm, covers up to $25,000 and is only $20/month.

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