Police Blotter – July 13, 2016

SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 07-13-2016

The 251st San Francisco Police Academy Recruit Class

The 251st San Francisco Police Academy Recruit Class

The 251st San Francisco Police Academy Recruit Class came to Richmond Police Station on Friday, July 8th to learn about community policing in the Richmond District. They were excited to spend the day in the neighborhood, playing with kids from the Beacon Program at Washington High School and walking around the Clement Street business corridor, where they interacted with merchants and community members. They also participated in a question and answer session with Sarah Wan, the Executive Director of the Community Youth Center. The Recruit class was energetic and enthusiastic and we are looking forward to them working as our newest San Francisco Police Officers very soon!

Pokémon Go!
I’m sure everyone has heard about Pokémon Go, a new smart phone app phenomenon. The game is getting people outside, which is great, but it has also created a few problems. There have been reported incidents of people walking into holes, trenches, lakes, creeks, and even in front of moving vehicles. People have also been wandering into restricted areas such as private property, police and fire stations, military installations, and other government facilities. In fact, we experienced such an incident last night.

On 07/12/2016 at 11:27 PM, a Richmond Station Officer found a person wandering in a restricted area of the Police Station. When the Officer asked the person what he was doing he said, “looking for Pokémon,” not even looking up from his phone to acknowledge the Officer. If the person would have looked up from his phone he would have realized it was a restricted area of a police station. The driveways and parking areas inside of Richmond Station are restricted to Police personnel only. Additionally, our emergency vehicles often need to exit rapidly and distracted people walking in these areas looking for virtual Pokémon creatures could be at risk. This is especially true for children.

Please have fun, but always look around and be cognizant of your environment. We are asking everyone to be aware of their surroundings and not to wander into places they shouldn’t be. Play and enjoy Pokémon Go with a buddy, if possible, for safety.

**Just a reminder to those who book and use Richmond Station’s community room for events. When you arrive at Richmond Station, check in with the Officer at the front desk and the Officer will walk you back to the room. If anyone else is joining you in the room please advise them to go directly to the Community Room and not to wander around the Police Station, as it is a secure area. We want to make the Station safe for both Officers and our visitors using the Community Room.

Next community meeting:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:00 PM
Richmond Police Station (Community Room)
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco
A speaker from the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management will speak about a few topics including general emergency preparedness, AlertSF and the public warning system, and the Richmond District’s tsunami threat.

Here are some of the incidents that occurred in the Richmond Police District this week:

07/05/2016 13:48 PM
Bush St. & Broderick St.
Richmond Station’s plain clothes Officers were in the area of Bush St. & Broderick St. when they observed a suspicious vehicle. Officers stopped and spoke with the occupant of the vehicle, who had a bowl of marijuana placed between his legs. Officers also observed brass knuckles (a prohibited weapon) on the passenger seat of the vehicle. The suspect told Officers he was on County Probation out of San Mateo with a search condition. Officers searched the vehicle and located several edible marijuana products, additional suspected marijuana, liquid THC, and a large quantity of cash in addition to the brass knuckles. The suspect was arrested and booked on several charges including: violation of probation, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a prohibited weapon.

07/06/2016 11:08 PM
Geary Blvd & Collins St.
An Officer on patrol observed a man washing his car at the carwash on Geary Blvd. at Collins St. This particular car wash is known for narcotics use and sales at night. The Officer conducted an investigation and discovered the owner of the vehicle was on active felony probation out of San Mateo County. The Officer parked his patrol car behind the vehicle and approached the suspect. The suspect verbally identified himself as the owner of the vehicle and said he was on felony probation with a search condition. The Officer searched both the suspect and his vehicle and located suspected heroin in the suspect’s pants pocket and additional narcotics in his vehicle. The suspect was arrested and booked on several felony charges.

07/07/2016 11:04 AM
Fulton & 38th Ave.
Officers responded to a call of a burglary that had occurred earlier in the day. When Officers arrived, they spoke with the victim who stated she returned home to find her front gate and her front door open. When the victim walked inside her house she found the kitchen window smashed open and several drawers opened. The victim walked through her home and realized a safe, that contained jewelry as well as a firearm, had been stolen. Also missing was a credit card. There is no suspect description at this time and the investigation in ongoing.

Safes should always be secured to either the floor or wall studs with long screws or bolts attached from inside the safe (so thieves cannot access them). If this is not possible, a heavy steel cable should be used to secure the safe to an immobile object. If a safe is not secured to the home, burglars will often steal the entire safe and take it to a discrete location where they can then use heavy tools to open it.

07/07/2016 6:25 PM
Stow Lake Dr. & MLK
The victim was taking photographs near the Hagiwara Tea Garden when he heard someone running up behind him. The victim felt the strap of his camera being pulled over his head. The victim attempted to hold on to the strap of the camera but was unsuccessful. The suspect fled with the camera and jumped into a waiting older model sedan.
Suspect description: White male, 30 years old, 5’8’, 200 lbs, wearing an orange “snow” jacket.

07/10/2016 5:43 PM
Geary Blvd. & 4th Ave
Officers responded to a call about a man brandishing a gun at another man. When Officers arrived they spoke with the victim who pointed out the suspect. Officers quickly detained the suspect and located a folding knife in his pants pocket. When Officers spoke with the victim he told them the suspect had been acting erratically walking up and down the street, when he suddenly turned his attention on the victim. The victim said the suspect approached him with the knife and began threatening him. The suspect then went to a trunk of a parked vehicle, pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at the victim. The victim said he was afraid for his life and ran for cover. Officers looked into the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle and saw a handgun in plain sight. Officers arrested the suspect and booked him on several felony charges.

07/11/2016 10:35 PM
19TH Ave. & Balboa St.
The victim was inside her home when she heard what sounded like someone prying or scratching at the door leading to the downstairs flat. When the victim opened her window, she looked out and saw a man in front of her home. The suspect saw the victim looking at him and he immediately ran off. Officers arrived on scene and quickly located the suspect. With the help of a neighbor and a video surveillance camera, the suspect was positively identified and arrested for attempted burglary. Officers located pry marks on the door, which the victim said were not there before the incident.

07/12/2016 1:22 AM
9TH Ave. & MLK Dr.
Officers responded to the San Francisco Botanical Library on an audible alarm call. Officers, including a K-9 Officer, arrived on scene and conducted a search. The K-9 and his handler located a male suspect in the rear of the building. The suspect was detained and handcuffed without incident. Inside, Officers located several pieces of clothing belonging to the suspect, and a pile of cash next to those items taken from a locked cash box. The suspect was transported to County Jail and booked for Commercial Burglary.

The Sandlot Program
The Sandlot program is about having Officers go out and interact with kids in their communities in a fun and healthy environment! All children are welcome to attend and play with the Officers.
The next Sandlot date is:
Rochambeau Playground 250 25th Ave.
July 19th, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Contact Us:
Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118