Fraud: Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., 16th Avenue and Balboa Street
A 64-year-old woman was waiting for a bus when the first suspect approached and asked if there was a herbal doctor located nearby. The victim replied “no,” but a second suspect approached and said there was a good one located nearby. The two suspects convinced the victim that she should join them for good luck and to have her valuables “blessed.”
The victim went home and got American and foreign currency to be blessed. A third suspect, who blessed a bag with the victim’s valuables, told her not to open the bag for seven days.
The victim got suspicious and looked in the bag. Missing were the victim’s money … replaced with a water bottle and newspaper.
The suspects were all females, 45 to 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.
Armed Robbery: Dec. 17, 12:50 a.m., Unit Block of Masonic Avenue
A man was sitting in his vehicle in a parking lot when a woman approached and asked for a jump start for her car. The man agreed to help and started to walk toward the woman’s vehicle when three males, between 25 and 35 years of age and wearing scarves over their faces, approached. One suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s property.
The victim gave the suspects his property before they fled.
Hot Prowl Burglary: Dec. 17, Between 2:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 400 Block of Third Avenue
An unknown suspect entered an apartment through an unlocked door and stole wallets, cell phones and lap-top computers from the victims’ bedrooms while the victims slept.
Attempted Robbery: Dec. 17, 7:35 p.m., 600 Block of Arguello Boulevard
A woman was pushing a stroller when she felt someone tugging at her purse, which was on her shoulder. The woman started screaming and latched onto her purse.
The male suspect, about 18 to 20 years of age, dragged the woman several feet before letting go of the purse and fleeing.
Burglary: Dec. 16, Between 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., 500 Block of 30th Avenue
An unknown suspect pried open a metal gate and took two bicycles that were located in the building’s entryway.
Auto Burglary, High Speed Chase: Dec. 14, 10:38 a.m., Ninth Avenue and Clement Street
An officer on patrol noticed two vehicles traveling at high speed on Ninth Avenue, with one vehicle chasing the other. When the driver of the vehicle chasing the first vehicle noticed the officer, he pointed at the vehicle ahead of him.
The officer conducted a traffic stop on the lead vehicle in the 4400 block of Geary Boulevard. The driver of the second car said he witnessed the suspect breaking the window of his car and taking a bag. When the victim yelled, the suspect dropped the bag and jumped into a waiting vehicle with another suspect driving. That is when the high-speed pursuit began.
The two suspects, aged 32 and 58 years of age, were arrested and booked.
Robbery: Dec. 14, 12:10 p.m., 25th Avenue and California Street
When a Muni bus stopped, a 16-year-old suspect grabbed the cell phone from an unsuspecting rider and exited the bus.
The victim gave chase. Officers caught up with the suspect three blocks away and arrested him on theft charges.
Possession of Burglary Tools, Outstanding Warrant: Dec. 11, 2 a.m., 47th Avenue and Fulton Street
Plainclothes officers noticed a known felon riding a bicycle and conducted a traffic stop. Because the 51-year-old suspect had a key ring with 28 keys on it, including some “shaved” keys used for auto boosting, he was arrested. The suspect also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Shots Fired: Dec. 10, 8:57 p.m., Palm Avenue and Geary Boulevard
A man driving a gold or silver SUV fired numerous shots in the air while driving on Palm Avenue. Later, the same suspect, described as a male with long hair and a beard, was seen firing shots at Ocean Beach near Balboa Street.
A search for the suspect was to no avail.
Home Invasion Robbery: Dec. 8, 6:10 p.m., 400 Block of 31st Avenue
A woman returned home after shopping for groceries and was unlocking her front door when an unknown suspect approached with a handgun. The suspect pushed the woman inside the home and entered with two other suspects.
The three suspects ransacked the home and took cash, jewelry and a laptop computer before fleeing. The victim’s father returned home while the suspects were in the home but was not injured.
The suspects, all wearing ski masks, escaped.
Robbery: Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., 19th Avenue and California Street
A woman was texting a friend while riding a Muni bus when a male suspect suddenly grabbed the phone and exited the bus. The suspect got away.
Possession of Stolen Property, Driving with Suspended License: Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., 500 Block of 34th Avenue
Officers on patrol conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver’s license was suspended. It was also discovered that the vehicle contained numerous cell phones and an iPad computer.
The suspect claimed he bought the items from an unknown male at Seventh and Folsom streets.
Officers were able to get a name from the computer and contacted the owner, who said the computer had been stolen from Navato four days earlier.
The 20-year-old suspect was arrested.
Hot Prowl Burglary: Dec. 3, 2:40 p.m., 400 Block of Third Avenue
Two people were returning to their home when they discovered two suspects exiting their home with a flat screen television and X-Box game console.
The victims confronted the suspects, one of whom pointed to his waistband as if he had a gun. The victims ran but noticed the suspects getting into a charcoal-colored Jaguar. The suspects, between 45 and 55 years of age, fled.
Attempted Burglary, Vandalism: Dec. 2, 8:24 a.m., 5100 Block of Geary Boulevard
A man entered a vestibule of bank where the ATM machine was located and tried to pry open the main doors to the bank. He damaged a brochure holder in the process.
The suspect then laid down on the floor of the vestibule and fell asleep. About an hour later, he awoke and fled the scene.