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
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
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
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.