Police Beat

Police Beat – Capt. Nicholas Rainsford

See Something, Say Something

Greetings everyone. I hope you are all safe and sound after such a stormy last couple of weeks.  

We had several trees down, traffic signals out and intersections flooded throughout the district but I am happy to report that there were no major injuries reported.  Just a reminder that driving in the rain is always a bit more tricky than dry conditions, so please use more caution and give yourself a bit of extra time so you don’t find yourself in a rush to get somewhere driving on wet roadways.  The old saying of “It’s not worth it” comes to mind if something happened while trying to get somewhere quickly instead of safely. Taraval Station officers will be more proactive and conducting traffic enforcement along the Sloat Boulevard corridor so drive safely.


Capt. Nicholas Rainsford

Your Taraval Neighborhood Team (TNT) has been working hard lately and has made two outstanding arrests.  In one caper, TNT set up a “bait bike” operation in the area of 46th Avenue and Judah Street.  The bait bike was stolen after being briefly left unattended.  The officers quickly nabbed the would-be thief and, low and behold, he was on active felony probation for burglary.  The surprised bike thief was booked into County Jail for grand theft and a probation violation.  Shockingly we noticed a drop in home burglaries in the neighborhood.

In yet another operation, TNT officers conducted surveillance at the Stonestown Mall parking lot and observed a young man who was peering into multiple vehicles. However, none were broken into.  The undercover officers, along with uniformed officers, conducted a traffic stop and identified the young man.  As it turns out, he happens to be on active felony probation for robbery.  

The young man bemoaned the traffic stop as he declared, “I didn’t do anything,” so TNT contacted the probation officer who told us his probationer was wearing an ankle monitor with GPS capability.  The unsuspecting probationer’s travels were subsequently tracked and revealed that he is a frequent visitor to numerous areas throughout the City where auto burglaries happen often. The young man was tracked by TNT to the area of the Legion of Honor and observed him breaking into a car. A foot pursuit ensued and the fleet-of-foot TNT crew quickly made the arrest. The young man was booked into County Jail for auto burglary and a probation violation.  

A subsequent search warrant served at his home in San Mateo County revealed evidence linking the thief to approximately 15 prior auto burglary cases.  We think auto burglaries around Stonestown might decrease a bit.

The bottom line is, the TNT crew and uniformed officers are working hard to keep thieves out of our community and are sending a message to would-be criminals that operations will continue.

As I close I would like to remind everyone, “If you see something say something.”  You are the eyes and ears of the community. Taraval Station has a great relationship with its residents so let us know when you think something is just not right.

Go to the station’s website at http://www.Taraval.org for much more information. Follow Taraval Station on Twitter at @SFPD Taraval for some really interesting tweets. If you’d like to subscribe to the station’s newsletter, send an email to benny.lew@sfgov.org. 

Captain Nicholas Rainsford is the commanding officer at the Taraval Police Station.

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