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Apr-17-2014

Police Blotter – April 17, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of April 17, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
Pedestrian traffic safety is a priority for the SFPD, so I want to share some tips to help you keep safe. These tips are taken from the SF SAFE website:

- Make yourself visible to drivers. Consider a friendly wave to catch their attention.
- Keep your eyes on the traffic, not on your phone or electronic device.
- Don’t step out from behind a parked vehicle suddenly. Make sure that drivers can see you in time to stop.
- Crossing at marked crosswalks and at places where there are stop lights and stop signs is safest.
- Do not cross an intersection diagonally.
- Look both ways at least TWICE before crossing, don’t immediately walk as soon as the light turns green.
- Do not cross against a red signal.
- Do not step off the curb once the pedestrian red hand signal starts flashing. The numbers that you see counting down are an estimate of how many seconds until the signal light for cars crossing your path turns green. The countdown is telling you to go immediately to safety at a median or even the curb that you started from if you can’t make it across.
- If you are crossing in front of a car that is signaling for a right turn, take care that the driver sees you.
- Many drivers will be looking left at oncoming traffic and not at the pedestrian in their path.
- Hold hands with small children and teach children how to cross safely.
- Wear bright and or reflective clothing and carry a light, especially at night or in bad weather.

Pedestrians generally have the right of way, but don’t assume that drivers will yield to you. Anticipate that drivers may do unpredictable, unsafe and illegal things so take action to keep yourself safe.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 04/12/14 at 7:55pm, officers responded to a call of a male walking in and out of traffic, and hitting people on the street. One caller reported seeing the suspect hit one male walking out of a business on the 5300 block of Geary and then the suspect grabbed the caller as well. Officers located the male standing in front of the caller’s vehicle screaming profanities. The suspect was detained and officers determined that the suspect had an outstanding warrant. He was also in possession of a meth pipe. The 45yr old male was charged on the warrant and pipe as well as battery.

On 04/14/14 at 12:30am, officers were called to the area of Lyon and Jackson Sts on a report of a male looking into vehicles with a flashlight. A description and direction were given and they located the male walking west on Jackson St. He originally gave the officers a false name; however they were able to establish his true identity and saw that he had two warrants for his arrest, one four burglary, the other narcotic violations. In his possession were credit cards with the different names on them. Each of the cards were reported stolen by their owners and were taken in auto burglaries. The 30 year old male was booked on the warrants and charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and a probation violation.

On 04/17/14 at 12:45am, officers responded to 700 block of 7th Ave on a report of intoxicated persons stealing liquor from the store. When they arrived on scene an employee pointed to a group of four that were on the corner of 7th and Cabrillo. He told the officers that they had being stumbling around the store and were trying to steal bottles of vodka. As the officer went towards the group he could see one of the males was lying on the ground and a second male was trying to help him up. When the group saw the officers, one tried to hide behind a car and the others walked away. As the first officer approached the one behind the car he immediately became confrontational and yelled at the officer “What am I being charged with?” The officer explained the call and the male continued to yell and clench his fists. A second officer arrived and was dealing with the three that were trying to walk away and recovered a bottle of alcohol with the security seal still on top. The first male began to fight with the officer and as the second officer went to assist, one of the other three grabbed the bottle and fled. The first suspect continued to struggle and was finally detained by the officers. The first suspect, a 21yr old male who was intoxicated, was charged with resisting an officer and being drunk in public. A 21yr old female was also charged with being drunk in public.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 04/11/14 at 5:30pm, the victim got on a 38L Geary bus at 25th and Geary and took a seat. Two or three stops after the suspect got on and sat next to her. The suspect got off at O’Farrell and Market Sts and at that time another passenger alerted the victim that the suspect had removed her wallet from her purse. The suspect was a black male, 35yrs, 6’, 250lbs, wearing an oversized cream colored sweatshirt.

On 04/13/14 at 11:30pm the victim was walking on the 2400 block of Pine St. The suspect jumped out from some bushes and punched her in the face. He then grabbed her buttocks and when the victim screamed he fled south on Steiner St. The suspect was described as black male, 35-40yrs, with a skinny build, wearing a black baseball cap and black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect also “smelled bad.”

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Apr-10-2014

Photos: Up close and personal with a fearless car burglar


The car burglar steals a bag out of the window he broke

Reader Brian sent us these photos of a car thief stealing bags from an SUV parked on Geary near 28th Avenue on Tuesday night.

The burglary took place in two parts – first breaking the window at 7:15pm and then leaving the scene. And then once confirming all was clear after police came by, the thieves returned around 8:30pm to take the loot. Even a nosy neighbor with a camera didn’t deter them.

Brian described the scene:

“We watched some guys break into a car yesterday outside our window. Called the cops after they broke the window, then they drove around a bit. Cops got there, took the info. Guys came back… First time I scared them off again, then the second time I took pictures and tried to scare them off again. Unfortunately they got one of the guy’s bags.”

San Franciscans know not to leave ANYTHING in plain view inside their car, right?! Hopefully rental car companies give the same warning to their customers.

Brian says he saw the band of thieves hanging around the neighborhood the day before, casing the area.

“They had been wandering around the neighborhood earlier yesterday, around 2PM, mostly hanging out across the street from Grocery Outlet. I’m sure they probably broke into several cars yesterday.”

If you have any information on who this saggy pants robber is, contact the SFPD at (415) 553-0123 (anonymous tips are ok too).

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Crime, Photos | 19 comments
Apr-2-2014

Police Blotter – April 2, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of April 2, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Although it’s common sense that safe driving requires your undivided attention, officers regularly catch people doing things like texting, checking their e-mail, talking on the phone, shaving, putting on make-up, reading the paper and even making a sandwich while driving. If you’re reading this behind the wheel, stop!

Distracted driving is a contributing factor in many of our traffic collisions, but we aim to change this behavior through education and (for those who didn’t pay attention to our message or to their driving) through enforcement. The officers of Richmond Station issue citations for distracted driving all the time, and they don’t have to look too hard for violators, since most of them are too distracted to notice the police car and drive right by the officer.

Drivers are part of a road going community consisting of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers. Being a responsible member of a community means looking out for others. Sometimes when people are in their cars they can forget that they are in public. People tend to think of their cars as an extension of their homes, and so they lose focus on the environment around them. Unfortunately, it only takes a momentary lapse in attention to cause a collision that hurts or kills someone.

As a reminder, I’ve listed the California vehicle code sections most commonly violated by distracted drivers. For more information visit http://www.distraction.gov/. Please drive safely!

23123(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.

23123.5(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text–based communication, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text based communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.

23124(a) A person under the age of 18 years shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device, even if equipped with a hands-free device.

22350 No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent … and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

This section is used for drivers who engage in any behavior that hampers their ability to drive safely like reading, shaving, putting on make-up, eating, and attending to children. This basic speed law says that one may never drive faster than is safe for current conditions – even if those conditions are created by the driver being inattentive.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/29/14 at 10:55pm officers responded to multiple calls of a loud party getting out of hand on the 600 block of 12th Ave. Some callers were reporting a large fight out in front; another caller reported hearing someone talking about a gun. When officers arrived on scene, additional callers were reporting that some of the party goers were hopping fences to escape. The officers spoke to two males that were behind the front gate and those two kept telling the officers that they were unable to open the gate from the inside, that they didn’t have the key. That was determined to be false and officers entered the home and detained several people inside the home and 40-50 in the backyard. Officers were unable to locate a weapon and dispersed the party. The father of the male that was having the party came home, unaware of what had occurred. The house was in complete disarray and there was broken furniture and alcoholic beverages. The two males who were initially contacted at the front gate were charged with delaying an investigation.

On 04/01/14 at 7:30pm, officers were called to an assault and a possible stabbing on the 1500 block of Broderick. When they arrived they located the victim who had a laceration to the side of her head. The victim told the officers that she was confronted by three females one that had a knife in her hand. They called her names and when she tried to enter her home, they grabbed her arm and prevented her from doing so. Two of the girls held her down and punched her while the other cut her in the side of her head with the knife. All three then fled the scene. Officers searched the area and as able to locate one of the suspects. The 25yr old female was charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

On 04/03/14 at 12:55pm, the victim was sitting in the library on 9th Ave, working on her iPad. The suspect came from behind her, reached over her shoulder and grabbed the iPad. The suspect then fled with the victim chasing him and yelling for help. Members of the library staff and a patron chased after the suspect and were able to detain him at 11th Ave and Geary until officers arrived. The 40 year old male was charged with robbery. This is the same suspect who is mentioned in the “Noteworthy Arrest” section in the 03/20/14 newsletter. He was the suspect that was seen breaking into a Zip Car on the 300 block of 6th Ave, and opened the lift gate of another vehicle on Clement St when the owner was sitting in the car.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 03/20/14 at 11am the owner of a business on the 3000 block of Clement St received a call from a woman claiming that she was from PG&E. She told the victim that he needed to pay half an outstanding bill within the hour or his power would be cut off. The payment also needed to be paid by Green Dot MoneyPak cards and the amount was $900. The victim did what was asked and provided the caller with the card numbers to her at the phone number she provided. On 03/28/14 at 1:15pm, the victim received a call from a male at a different phone number telling him to pay $900. This time the victim thought it was suspicious and called PG&E directly. They told him he had been a victim of a scam and they would never call him for payment.

On 03/28/14 at 10:30am, the victim was home on the 2500 block of Balboa. His back steps lead up to his kitchen door which opens inward. He has his garbage cans in front of the door on the inside. He was sitting in his living room when he heard the back door hitting the garbage cans and went to investigate. He saw the suspect standing outside and asked what he wanted. The suspect said he was a maintenance worker that was hired by the landlord. The suspect then left. The victim then noticed the screen on the door window had been cut allowing the suspect to reach in and open the door. The victim contacted the landlord who said he had not hired any workers. The suspect was described as a white male with a 5 o’clock shadow, shaved head, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white design on it. He was also wearing flip flops and gardening gloves. There was no loss.

On 03/30/14 at 7:15am, near Spreckels Lake, the victim exited her vehicle, leaving it running. She was standing directly next to her vehicle near the driver’s side door and began doing exercises. The suspect then approached her, pushed her away from her vehicle, jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away. The suspect was described as a white male, 35-45yrs, wearing a light colored cap and a light colored shirt or jacket. The victim was uninjured.

On 03/30/14, between 9:10am and 11:30pm on the 2700 block of Pine St, a suspect entered an easement area on the side of a building and took a bike. The easement has a locked gate and there were no signs of forced entry.

On 03/31/14 at 9:40pm on the 2800 block of Jackson, the upstairs neighbor heard a loud noise and left her apartment to investigate. As she went down to the lower level apartment she saw that the front door looked unsecured. She yelled out her neighbor’s name and suddenly the apartment door burst open and three males came running out. The males all had hooded sweatshirts on that was covering the head and faces and they ran out of the building. The tenant of the lower unit was out of town and it appears that the front door had been kicked in. The witness told the officers that when the suspects ran out, it appeared they had nothing in their hands. The loss if any will be determined.

On 04/01/14, between 9:30am and 6:30pm, a suspect entered an apartment on the 2000 block of Post St by unknown means and took 2 laptops, 2 cell phones, a kindle and an ipad.

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Apr-1-2014

No foolin’: Photo of “Shrimp Boy” riding high at Toy Boat Cafe

Yup, that’s the now infamous Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow who was arrested in the Leland Yee scandal last week.

The photo, which was posted on Chow’s Facebook page, shows him whooping it up on the mechanical horse at Clement Street’s Toy Boat Dessert Cafe.

Yet another rule Chow broke – no adults allowed on the Toy Boat horse!

Sarah B.

3:16 pm | Posted under Crime, Photos | 8 comments
Mar-28-2014

Police Blotter – March 28, 2014 | Common tricks & scams to watch for

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of March 28, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
From time to time, the officers at Richmond Station see cases where a criminal uses a trick or a scam to steal from trusting victims. By using deception, the criminal is trying to separate people from their money and valuables without being caught. The good news is that most suspects who use tricks and scams want to avoid a confrontation with their victims. Usually, they are non-violent and will quickly switch to another target if their intended victim doesn’t cooperate. Here are some examples of tricks or scams that we have seen in the Richmond.

An elderly gentleman was home when his doorbell rang. He opened the front door and saw a suspect at the bottom of the front steps, outside a locked gate. The suspect said he was working on the plumbing next door and needed to check in the victim’s backyard for water leaks. Because the suspect was insistent the victim finally let him in. The victim brought the suspect to the rear yard then had to sit down as he was out of breath. The suspect went into the yard but quickly came back in, opened the front door and let in a second suspect. The first suspect said he now needed to go upstairs to check for leaks. The victim tried to stop him but the second suspect stood in the way and distracted the victim by talking about a photo displayed on the wall. The victim became tired and sat down in a chair on the front porch, leaving the suspects alone in the house for several minutes. When the suspects came back downstairs, the victim saw that one of them was carrying a pillow case full of his property. The victim tried to grab the pillow case but was unsuccessful and the suspects drove off in a black newer model Toyota mini-van taking jewelry and cash with them.

Anytime that someone you don’t know wants to come into your house you should be suspicious of their story. If you ever have any doubt at all about someone, do not open your door. Call the SFPD and we will come out to check that the person is legitimate and that you are safe.

Another type of scam involves fooling the victim into making a payment via cash cards, wire transfers or similar remote, untraceable, non-refundable means. In one recent case, the criminal called a Richmond District business and said that he was from a utility company and was about to shut off the electricity unless the victim paid the bill immediately. The suspect demanded that the victim purchase a cash card as payment and then call back with the cash card number. The suspect then cashed out the card and was not heard from again. The victim called her utility company and they told her that there was no problem with her bill and that they were not the ones who called her.

Real utility companies do not demand immediate payment by untraceable transactions over the phone. You can always hang up and call the customer service number for the utility to verify the status of your account. We have also seen versions of this scam where the suspect claims to be from the IRS and demands payment of back taxes or the suspect claims to be a police officer and demands payment of bail or fines to avoid arrest.

In another scam the suspect contacts the victim (often by e-mail) and claims that the victim has won a huge lottery prize, but needs to pay an administrative processing fee to collect the money. Just as in the utility scam, the suspect will ask for payment by cash cards, wire transfers or similar remote, untraceable, non-refundable means.

Another variant on this scam is to contact a person saying that one of their friends or relatives is in legal trouble or had been robbed while abroad. The suspect will usually claim to represent an embassy or governmental agency and ask for money to be sent by a wire transfer.

The key to avoiding these types of scams is to be very suspicious of sending money via cash cards, wire transfers or other remote means unless you are absolutely certain about who you are sending the money to. If you simply refuse to go along with the scam, the suspect will find someone else who will. Most of the time, the person trying to scam you isn’t anywhere near you so there is little physical danger. As with any suspicious activity, you should call the police.

For those of you with elderly parents, please discuss this with them as they are often the targets of these scams.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/21/14 at 10:10pm, officers were called to the area of Fulton and 33rd Ave on a report of a male that had just been robbed on a 5 Fulton MUNI bus. The witness was following the group after they exited the bus and was providing a description and direction to 911. The officers arrived and detained four suspects at 34th and Cabrillo and an additional two at 43rd and Fulton. Officers learned from the witness that he had observed the suspects all gather around the victim on the bus and go through his backpack and pockets and flee after taking his wallet. Officers located the victim, who was intoxicated, at 33rd and Fulton. He said he got on the bus and the suspects were all sitting near the rear of the bus. He was suddenly surrounded by the suspects, one who took his phone, the other his wallet and contents. The suspects fled the bus and the victim informed the driver what had occurred. The victim’s wallet was located in the purse of one of the female suspects along with pepper spray that belonged to her. The phone was not located. The suspects between the ages of 15 to 21yrs were charged with robbery, conspiracy and possession of the pepper spray.

On 03/26/14 at 9:45pm, officers responded to 27th and California on a report of an injury accident where one of the drivers fled the scene on foot. The passenger in the vehicle where the driver fled provided the driver’s information to the officers who searched the area and located the driver on the 600 block of 27th Ave. The driver, whose license was suspended for driving under the influence, was also under the influence at this accident. The 29yr old male was charged with hit and run, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. The other party in the accident was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries later released.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
Between n03/19/14, 3pm and 03/23/14, 11am on the 2900 block of Bush St, a suspect entered a vehicle that was parked on the street. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and the suspect took several items, including the garage door remote. With the remote, the suspect entered the garage and took a bike and a laptop computer.

Between 03/21/14, 5pm and 03/22/13, 1pm on the 100 block of 12th Ave, a suspect entered the garage of a home under construction by unknown means. The suspect then took two sets of brand new kitchen appliances from the garage. This included refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and oven hoods. The victim was told by a neighbor that he had seen a white box truck pull up in front of the victim’s home on 03/21. The three suspects were seen loading up the truck, and the witness didn’t realize that anything was wrong as he thought they were construction workers.

Between 03/21/14, 5pm and 03/25/14, 7:30am on the 400 block of 25th Ave, a suspect entered a multi-unit garage and took a bike. There were no signs of forced entry.

Between 03/22/14, 2pm and 03/23/14, 3:30pm on the 800 block of 30th Ave, a suspect entered a home through an open rear window. The suspect took a TV monitor, wallet and sound dock.

On 03/23/14, at 3:15pm on the 300 block of Spruce St, the resident of an apartment was home when he heard noises from the rear of his home. As he walked into his hallway he saw the suspect standing by his bedroom door. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing and the suspect replied, “My bad, I was just leaving.” The suspect then walked out the front door. The suspect entered through a rear unlocked window and there appeared to be no loss. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25yrs, wearing a black baseball cap and a gray sweatshirt. He also had “bulging” eyes.

On 03/26/14 at 10am, the victim received three different messages on her home phone from a male who said he was from the IRS. The messages stated that she owed $290,000 in taxes and that if she didn’t call back and pay the debt she would be arrested. The victim felt that this was some type of fraud and confirmed with her accountant that her taxes were up to date. When the officer arrived they called the phone number that the suspect had left and when questioned by the officer the male admitted to making these calls to elders to gain money and didn’t care that an officer was calling him. The caller was apparently making this call from another country.

On 03/26/14 at 9:50am on the 3200 block of Geary, a male entered a business and asked the lone employee for an item. When the employee showed the suspect the item he said he wanted to see one less expensive. As they moved to another part of the store, the employee was then nudged in the back by the suspect. As the employee turned around, the suspect was holding a handgun and said, “Where are all your phones.” The employee replied that they were downstairs and the suspect directed the employee to the storage room. The employee was made to fill up several duffle bags with phones and iPods. When the bags were filled, the suspect attempted to lock the employee in the storage room as he went back upstairs. After several minutes the employee was able to get out and call 911. The suspect was described as a black male, 25yr, wearing a dark jacket with a hood and dark jogging pants with white stripes on the side.

On 03/26/14 at 3pm a business owner on Geary Blvd received a phone call from a male who said that he was from PG&E and that his account was past due for over $1400. The caller stated that unless payment was made within the next 40 minutes, his power would be turned off. The caller stated that the only type of payment they would accept is a Green Dot MoneyPak Card. The victim was suspicious of the caller, but sent his wife to purchase these cards as he attempted to contact PG&E. The victim was unable to reach a representative and the suspect continued to call and demand the codes from the back of the cards. Finally when the wife arrived back, the codes were provided to the suspect. Shortly after, the victim was able to talk to a representative and was told that his account was fine and that he was a victim of a scam.

On 03/27/14, between 3am and 4am, two vehicles were damaged by large cement pieces being thrown at their cars. One was parked on Balboa and La Playa, the other at 44th and Anza. The windshield and door windows were damaged and one victim found footprints on the hood of his vehicle.

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Mar-26-2014

State Senator Leland Yee arrested on corruption, bribery charges


Leland Yee arriving at Phillip Burton Federal Building, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Photo: KPIX

State Senator Leland Yee was arrested this morning by the FBI on public corruption charges at his Sunset District home and taken to the federal building in San Francisco, where he will be arraigned at 1:30pm.

Yee, a Democrat, represents Senate District 8, which includes the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County.

The FBI also raided his office in Sacramento and the Ghee Kung Tong Supreme Lodge of the Chinese Freemasons in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The investigation is also targeting Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a notorious former San Francisco gangster, who was arrested today.

Yee was led away from his home in handcuffs this morning. Other locations being searched include a building on the 1700 block of Hyde Street, a home on the 600 block of 42nd Avenue in San Mateo, and Yee’s office in Sacramento.

Yee, a former San Francisco school board member and supervisor and member of the state Assembly, is a candidate for California Secretary of State, one of the state’s seven highest offices.

As a candidate, he has promised to “increase government transparency, support small businesses, reform campaign financing and protect the most vulnerable.”

UPDATE 5:18pm: The charges against Yee include conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, conspiracy to illegally transport firearms, six counts of a scheme to defraud citizens on his services, and wire fraud. Lee was released on a $500,000 unsecured bond and will return to court Monday, March 31st to revisit the terms of his release. A total of 26 people were arrested on a variety of charges, including murder-for-hire, drug trafficking and gun running, according to the federal criminal complaint. Read the criminal complaint (PDF, 16MB)

Sarah B.

[via SFGate, Huffington Post, SFAppeal, CBS SF]

11:46 am | Posted under Crime | 14 comments
Mar-20-2014

Police Blotter – March 20, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of March 20, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
Each week we write about crime trends and include examples of recent crimes hoping that this will help people to understand and lessen their risk of becoming a crime victim. One of the problems with publishing a newsletter that talks about crime all the time is that it can create the impression that the crime rate is rising. In fact, overall crime is actually down year to date. I’m unwilling to tolerate any level of crime. One crime is one crime too many, but I can at least report that crime rates are headed in the right direction.

Overall crime rates have decreased in the first part of 2014 when compared to the first part of 2013. This decrease is true citywide and is slightly greater for the Richmond District than for the City as a whole. Total violent crime is down 21% in the Richmond (17% citywide) while property crime is down 11% in the Richmond (6% citywide). Bearing that in mind, here is this week’s crime recap.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/15/14 at 1:30pm, officers responded to a call of a male breaking into a Zip Car on the 300 block of 7th Ave. The caller stated that he saw the male take items from the vehicle and provided a description of the suspect. While officers were searching for the suspect, another male came running up to an officer yelling that a male had just broken into his vehicle that was parked on Clement near 6th Ave. This male pointed out the suspect who was standing across the street who also matched the suspect from 7th Ave. The suspect saw the patrol vehicle and took off running east on Clement to 5th Ave. When the officer turned the corner, the suspect went back north on 5th and ducked into a market. Numerous citizens pointed out the suspect’s whereabouts and when the officer came back to the corner, the suspect fled the market and ran west on Clement to north on 6th Ave, where he was detained by the officers. The male that had his car parked on Clement near 6th told the officer that he was sitting in his vehicle when the indicator light came on that his rear lift gate was open. When he went around to the back of his car, he saw the suspect standing there removing items from the back. That is when he began to chase the suspect and saw the officer. The suspect, a 39yr old male, was charged with the theft and possession of stolen property.

On 03/16/14 at 6:10pm, at 34th and Fulton, officers stopped to talk to a bicyclist that had committed a moving violation. The bicyclist took off at a high rate of speed and entered Golden Gate Park on a dirt pathway. One officer pursued on foot as the suspect headed towards Spreckels Lake while the other drove into the park. The officer in the vehicle saw the bicyclist now on the access road near the dog park where he dumped the bike and headed into the dense brush. Several other officers arrived and they located the male burrowed underneath some dense foliage. The male was detained and it was determined that he had a warrant out for his arrest. The 44yr old male was charged with the warrant.

On 03/16/14 at 8:30pm, officers were called to 2nd and Balboa on a report of citizens detaining two auto burglary suspects. When officers arrived, they took custody of the two males and where told the following. The upstairs neighbor was on the back steps and could see that his neighbor’s vehicle had its parking lights flashing. He ran downstairs to alert his neighbor and when they looked outside they could see two males in the vehicle. They both ran outside and detained the two, one of whom was still inside the car. When the officers arrived on scene the upstairs neighbor looked at some of the property that was now lying on the back-seat of his neighbor’s car and realized that some of the items had come from his vehicle. He then went to his cars and saw that both of them had been broken into. The two suspects, one who was 18, the other 15, where charged with the auto burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

On 03/20/14 at 5:20am, officers responded to a call of a male trying to break into a garage on the 2000 block of Post St. The caller provided a description of the suspect and officers located the male on Sutter St. When the male was approached by the officer he said, “I was just trying to get into the garage to get my car.” The male however said that he did not live there and was also holding onto a wrench and chisel when stopped by the officer. The suspect was also in possession of a fraudulent credit card that had the name of a woman who had been a victim of a theft. The 31yr old male was charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and a fraudulent card.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 03/14/14 between 8:15pm and 8:40pm on the 300 block of Walnut, a resident forgot to close their garage door and two bikes were taken.

Between 03/15/14, 8pm and 03/16/14, 6:25am on the 600 block of Arguello, a suspect attempted to enter the main door to an apartment building by using a tool, possibly a wrench. There was damage to the door and door lock, but entry was not made.

Between 03/15/14, 11:30pm and 03/16/14, 10:15am on the 100 block of Balboa, a suspect attempted to enter the main door to an apartment building by using a tool, possibly a wrench. There was damage to the door and door lock, but entry was not made.

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Mar-14-2014

Police Blotter – March 14, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of March 14, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
Richmond Station periodically gets requests for us to install stop signs, signal lights, speed bumps and other traffic control measures. The process of deciding whether and where to install traffic control devices is actually the responsibility of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. So if you would like to request traffic control measures for a specific area, please go to SFMTA.com and click the link for services.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/08/14 at 11am, neighbors reported a possible theft from a garage on the 3000 block of Washington St. A garage door was open and the neighbor saw a suspicious male with a cart in front of the garage with property that looked like it had been stolen. The suspect had walked away and was being followed by another party who was on the phone with 911, updating the location. Officers detained the male on Sacramento and Divisadero. The caller told officers that he had observed the male with items in his cart that the suspect began to discard as he was walking away. One was a blue folding camping chair. As the officers continued their investigation they were approached by a woman who lives on the 2100 block of Baker St. She told the officers that she was in her home and heard knocking coming from inside her garage. She opened an interior door that lead to the garage and saw that the garage door was now open. She saw no one inside and shut the door. A short time later she left and saw the commotion and the police officers. She saw that her blue camping chair was out on the sidewalk and informed the officers that the chair should be in her garage. The suspect was also in possession of a tennis racket that had been taken from her as well. Although there was no evidence that the suspect entered the garage on the 3000 block of Washington, he was in possession of numerous items that may have been taken from elsewhere. The 55yr old male was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools and stolen property.

On 03/09/14 at 4:50pm, officers responded to a call of a road rage incident where the victim was following the suspect’s vehicle. Officers caught up to the suspect and 23rd and Geary and detained him. The victim told the officers that the incident originated on Pine near Scott St and ended up with the suspect throwing an object at the victim’s vehicle. The officers with the suspect’s consent searched his vehicle and found a billy club, BB gun, a crossbow, a taser, pepper spray and an axe. The 54 year old male was charged with weapon violations.

On 03/10/14 at 6:30pm, the victim was on a westbound 38 Geary MUNI bus. When it came to a stop at Geary and Divisadero, the suspect grabbed the victim’s phone from her hand and fled. The victim gave chase, screaming as she ran after the suspect. A passerby called 911 and provided a description and direction of the two. When they got to the area of Broderick and Garden the suspect suddenly stopped and said he had a gun on him and he would hurt her if she caused a scene. The victim begged for her phone and the suspect told her she had to give him money to get her phone back. As she had no cash, they walked to a nearby ATM machine where she withdrew money and gave it to the suspect. Police arrived on scene and the male told the officers that this was a “domestic dispute.” The victim told the officers that in fact she did not know the male and he had robbed her on the bus. The 19yr old was charged with robbery and extortion.

On 03/11/14 at 4:26am, officers conducted a traffic stop at Washington and Divisadero. The driver had a suspended license and was on probation. Officer located in his possession 11 different credit and debit cards belonging to other people. Officers were able to contact some of the victims who had been victims of thefts, auto burglary and a robbery. These dated back to 2012. The 44 year old male was charged with possession of stolen property, an outstanding warrant and a probation violation.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 03/07/14 at 4:50am, officers were called to the 3100 block of Sacramento St on a report of a burglary in progress. A neighbor called stating he was hearing noises from the house next door which was under construction. The caller also reported that there was a strange white van parked in front of the house. Officers arrived and set up a perimeter and conducted a walkthrough of the home. They located a small flashlight which was illuminate in the backyard however the suspect had fled the scene on foot. The contractor arrived and found that many tools had been taken from a box and placed on the ground. The front door appeared to have been pried open. In the van parked out in front were numerous power tools and copper wiring. The registered owner of the van was contacted and he stated he sold the van six months ago. The van was towed pending further investigation.

On 03/07/14 between 7:30am and 8pm on the 1600 block of Pierce St, a suspect entered an apartment through an unlocked front door. The loss was a suitcase, laptop and stereo speaker.

On 03/07/14 between 12pm and 5pm on the 500 block of 12th Ave, a suspect entered a home by prying open the front door. The suspect took two laptops and an iPod.

On 03/07/14 at 1:40pm, the 88 year old victim was home on the 200 block of 8th Ave when his doorbell rang. He opened the front door and saw a male at the bottom of the steps, behind the locked gate. The male said he was working on the plumbing next door and needed to check the backyard for leaks. The male was insistent and the victim finally let him in. He brought the male to the rear door which leads to the yard and then had to sit as he was feeling winded. The suspect had gone into the yard but quickly came back in, opened the front door and let in the second suspect. The first male said he now needed to go check upstairs for leaks and as the victim tried to stop him; the second male stood in his way and began to distract him by talking about a photo displayed in the victim’s home. The victim became tired and sat down in a chair on the front porch, leaving the suspects alone in the house for about a half hour. When they finally came back down stairs and passed him in the porch, the victim noticed one of the suspects was carrying a pillow case that appeared to be half full. The victim tried to grab the pillow case but was unsuccessful and the suspects fled. They entered a black newer model Toyota mini-van. The victim then called his daughter who came home. They discovered there was a loss of jewelry and cash. The suspects were described as Hispanic or Middle Eastern males, both wearing blue shirts and blue jeans.

On 03/08/14 at 1:15am on the unit block of 6th Ave, a resident of a home heard the garage door open. The residents went downstairs and found the door partially open and the victim’s bike was gone. When they looked outside they saw a silver hatchback driving down the street, but could not see who was driving.

On 03/08/14 at 1:55am, the two victims were walking west on Cabrillo at 35th Ave when they noticed they were being followed by 5-7 Hispanic males. When the suspects approached the two, one of them asked for a dollar. They told the suspects that they had no money. At that point one of the victims was pushed against the wall and a suspect brandished a knife and demanded his property. A second suspect reached in and took his phone from his pocket. The suspect with the knife grabbed the second victim and demanded his property but he had none. The suspects then fled north on 35th Ave. There were all between 18-25yrs and the suspect with the knife was wearing bandana and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.

Between 03/09/14, 6pm and 03/10/14, 6am on the 200 block of Willard North, a suspect was able to get into a garage through a locked gate. The suspect took a laptop and a bike.

Between 03/09/14, 9pm and 03/10/14, 1am on the 2500 block of Sutter, a suspect entered an apartment and took jewelry, 3 laptops, a desktop computer, 2 TV’s and game consoles. One of the victim’s had lost their keys a few days prior and there was no sign of forced entry.

On 03/10/14 at 1:12pm, a caller reported a male and female in a fight on the 400 block of Clement St. The caller also reported that the male had a gun and shot into the air. The area was searched as well as two addresses on 5th Ave that the suspect may have fled to but no one in those residences matched the description. The suspect was described as an Asian male, 30-35yrs wearing all dark clothing.

On 03/10/14 at 1:37am, the victim was walking south on 11th Ave towards Clement. Prior to reaching Clement the suspect ran up to him with a gun in his hand and said “Where’s your car, give me your keys now.” The victim said the suspect then fired two shots into the air. The victim told the suspect he did not have a car and then ran from the area to get away from the suspect. The suspect fled west on Clement St and was described as an Asian male, 16-25yrs with short hair, wearing a black shirt and dark jeans. This incident is not related to the one from the 400 block of Clement St.

On 03/10/14 between 6:30pm and 9:30pm on the 700 block of 6th Ave, a suspect entered a home by using a spare key that was kept under the mat. The suspect took two laptops, two tablets and a camera.

On 03/11/14, between 1:30pm and 2pm on the 3000 block of California, a suspect entered a residence while the victim was in the shower. The suspect took a wallet containing cash and credit cards. There were no signs of forced entry and when the victim contacted her bank to report the theft, one of her credit cards had already been used at a gas station.

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