Police Blotter

Police Blotter


Possession of Burglary Tools,

Stolen Vehicle: April 10,9:48 a.m., 34th Avenue and Fulton Street

A concerned Richmond District resident called to report

a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. The witness said it had

been in the area for some time, moving from one parking spot to

another. She also provided a description of the vehicle and driver

for the officers.


When an officer arrived at the scene, he quickly located the vehicle

and the suspect. The officer ran a records check on the vehicle’s

license plate and the suspect, which showed the vehicle’s

registration was expired, but no information could be found

about the suspect.


The suspect’s behavior during the incident was erratic, causing

the officer to sense that he was being deceitful, so he used his

investigative skills to probe further. The officer ran the vehicle’s

identification number, which showed that the vehicle was

stolen. As well, the license plates attached to the vehicle belonged

to a different vehicle of the same make.


The suspect eventually revealed his identity, which showed a criminal history and

several outstanding warrants for his arrest.


A search of the stolen vehicle revealed a large quantity of tools

and instruments commonly used by burglary suspects in the commission

of crimes. There was also a large amount of property, which the officers on scene believe

may have been stolen.


This suspect was booked at County Jail for several felony offenses.


Possession of Burglary Tools, Probation Violation:

April 10, 1:46 a.m., Jackson and Baker Streets

Officers from Richmond Station’s midnight watch were

on patrol looking for criminal activity. That’s when officers observed

a suspect riding his bicycle without an attached light during

darkness, which is a violation of the California Vehicle



The officers stopped the suspect to investigate further,

and discovered the suspect was on probation for burglary.

As a result of his probation status, the suspect was subject to

a warrantless search of his person, which revealed a canister of

pepper spray. The suspect is prohibited from possessing pepper spray.


The officers also located a broken porcelain chip from a

spark plug on a string, a “tool” commonly used in auto burglaries.

The officers also located numerous additional tools commonly

used by burglary suspects. The suspect was booked at County Jail.


Driving While Intoxicated: April 8, 2:28 a.m., 26th Avenue

and Clement Street

The driver of a vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence

of alcohol after being involved in a traffic accident.


Vehicle Burglary: April 7, 8:10 p.m., Funston Avenue and

Anza Street

Officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle burglary after

a witness heard the sound of glass breaking and saw the suspect

riding away from the scene on a bicycle.


The witness provided a description of the suspect and his

bicycle to the dispatcher and attempted to follow the suspect

until police arrived.


Officers searched the area and were able to locate and detain a

suspect matching the description. On the suspect, the officers

located property that was taken from inside the burglarized vehicle.


Officers also located a porcelain chip tool, which is an

instrument commonly used to break vehicle windows.


The suspect initially provided the officers with a bogus identification;

however when his real identity was established, officers

discovered that he had recently been released from jail for a prior

felony arrest.


The suspect was returned to County Jail and booked on a

new set of felony charges.


Robbery: April 6, 1 p.m., 27th Avenue and Geary Boulevard

A suspect entered a supermarket and found the items he was

looking for before nonchalantly placing the items in his pants

and walking out of the store without paying.


Loss prevention employees were onto his scheme as they

had been watching him on the store’s surveillance camera system.

They called 911 to report the incident, and police officers

were dispatched to the scene.


Upon arrival, the officer observed the loss prevention employees

physically restraining the suspect on the ground.


Through a thorough investigation, the officer learned that the

suspect had attempted to barge past the loss prevention employees

when they attempted to stop him, which elevated the severity

of the offense from shoplifting to robbery.


The stolen merchandise was quickly located inside the suspect’s

sock. He was also in possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

The suspect was arrested and booked on robbery charges at

County Jail.


Hot Prowl Burglary, Theft by False Pretenses:

March 30, 11:17 a.m., 31st Avenue and Geary Boulevard

Richmond Station officers were sent to the area of 31st

Avenue and Geary Boulevard regarding a burglary incident.


Upon interviewing the elderly victim, she told officers something

that is becoming a disturbing trend. The victim stated that a suspect,

who falsely identified himself as a SF Water Department

worker, gained access to her residence by telling her he needed

to check the pipes in the bathrooms and back yard.


After a few minutes, the victim told the suspect her son was coming

home soon. The suspect appeared to “radio” his “associate,”

and quickly left the property.


The victim went to her bedroom and discovered all of her jewelry,

which she had been collecting over the decades, was gone.


The suspect escaped, and the investigation is ongoing.


Note from police: Take pictures of your valuables, appraise

them and install video cameras so police officers can identify

and catch the criminals.

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