Police Blotter

Police Blotter: Richmond District

Burglary, Forcible Entry: 300 Block of Second Avenue, Oct. 18, 2:48 a.m.

A jewelry store was burglarized by seven unknown suspects using three vehicles. Two vehicles were parked across the street and one vehicle was parked directly in front of the store.

Video shows a suspect using crowbar and prying the front door open. Five suspects entered, shouldered the secondary interior security doors until they flung open. Once inside, they ransacked the jewelry store tossing unwanted items all over the store.

The suspects exited the store, put stolen items in the trunk of the staged vehicle, got in their vehicles and fled.

Loss was determined to be approximately $50,000 worth of antique coins. The Investigations Bureau is conducting the follow up investigation.

Shots Fired From Vehicles, Vehicle Collision: 2900 Block of Geary Boulevard, Oct. 19, 8:42 p.m.

Multiple 911 callers reported hearing a gun battle between two vehicles as well as a vehicle collision.

Officers arrived on scene, spoke with the reporting victim, who was uninjured in her vehicle. There was no gunfire damage to her vehicle.

Multiple witnesses reported two armed suspects last seen running away from scene. Additional officers responded immediately, set up a perimeter and searched the area. The victim said she was driving on Geary when she heard gunshots. She said she attempted to move into the bus lane to her right when she was sideswiped by a vehicle. The Investigations Bureau is conducting a follow-up investigation.

Catalytic Converter Thefts, Firearm Discharged: 800 Block of 37th Avenue, Oct. 24, 4:21 a.m.

Witnesses reported seeing a gray Charger driving down the street with its headlights off. The Charger double-parked and three suspects jumped out, jacked up a Prius and cut off the catalytic converter.

A white vehicle was seen driving slowly down the same street. The white vehicle slows down and a suspect exited the vehicle, walked in the street and fired three shots in the air.

All suspects parties ran back into their vehicles and fled area. Investigating officers located and seized three bullet casings. No walk-in victims at hospital or at any surrounding hospitals were reported. There was also a second Prius victim vehicle that had its catalytic converter stolen.

Firearm Possession by Prohibited Person, Outstanding Warrant: 300 Block of Third Avenue, Nov. 2, 1:21 p.m.

SFPD Crime Gun Investigations Center and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms units were serving a no bail federal probation arrest warrant for a known suspect. SFPD also had a Special Victims Unit (SVU) crime alert for the probable cause arrest of same suspect.

The suspect was located in front of his residence and was taken into custody without incident. A BB gun involved in an open investigation, along with four additional firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammo were seized during the incident. One of the four firearms seized was later determined to be an assault weapon.

The Investigations Bureau is conducting the follow up investigation.

Firearm Possession by a Prohibited Person, Loaded Firearm in Vehicle, Possession or Use of a Firearm With Altered Identification: 2800 Block of California St., Nov. 4, 7:05 a.m.

Police were called to respond to a medical well-being check of a man asleep at the wheel in his car with the hazards lights on while it was stopped in a lane of traffic.

SF Fire Department (SFFD) responded to the medical well-being check call for service and arrived on scene before police. While SFFD personnel were assessing the driver, they observed a firearm in plain view on the floorboard at the driver’s feet.

Police contacted the driver and had him exit the vehicle. The driver was detained and identified.

Based on the officers’ investigation, the suspect was arrested for a variety of firearm violations and possession of drug paraphernalia. A firearm and several rounds of ammo were seized.

Violation of a Restraining Order, Outstanding Warrant: Middle Drive West and Transverse Drive, Nov. 8, 4:38 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to Middle Drive West and Transverse Drive to meet with San Francisco Park Rangers who had a suspected arsonist detained.

A computer records check revealed that the suspect had two active warrants for his arrest and an active served restraining order which prohibits him from being within 50 yards of Golden Gate Park.

The subject was booked at County Jail.

Violation of a Restraining Order, Felony Threats: 400 Block of 31st Avenue, Nov. 10, 1:13 a.m.

Officers were dispatched to a call of threatening behavior.

Upon their arrival, the officers could hear the suspect in one unit yelling loudly at an individual in another unit. A computer records check revealed that the suspect had an active served restraining order which prohibits him from being within five feet of, annoying, harassing, threatening or disturbing the peace of the victim.

The subject was placed under arrest and booked at County Jail.

Driving While Under The Influence of Alcohol: 700 Block of Seventh Avenue, Nov. 10, 12:57 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a driver possibly under the influence.

The witness told officers that he was backing out of a parking spot when his vehicle was hit by a van. When the witness made contact the other driver, she could not provide insurance information and seemed to be under the influence.

The suspect did not perform well in field sobriety tests and was taken to Richmond Station where a breath test was administered. The subject was unable to perform the breath test satisfactorily, so she was transported to Mission Station for a blood draw. The subject subsequently became sick and started vomiting, so medics transported her to SFGH.

She was cited for driving under the influence and for not having insurance and was released.

Driving While Unlicensed: Park Presidio Bypass and Fulton Street, Nov. 11, 10:49 p.m.

A sergeant conducting speed enforcement observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Park Presidio Bypass approaching Fulton Street at a high rate of speed. A Lidar (“light detection and ranging”) unit – similar to radar – was used to detect that a vehicle was traveling at a speed of 53 mph in a 35mph limit zone.

The sergeant conducted an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver, who identified herself with a Mexican Consular Card. She said she had no driver’s license.

A computer records check revealed the driver had a prior conviction for driving unlicensed. The driver was cited for driving unlicensed and her vehicle was towed with a hold for the San Francisco Traffic Offender Program (STOP).

Burglary, Unlawful Entry: 200 Block of 31st Avenue, Nov. 12, 2:37 a.m.

A witness reported hearing crashing and wood breaking, then seeing three males rolling a safe down the street on a dolly. The witness also provided last direction of travel to Dispatch.

Officers responded to the area, detained two suspects at their getaway vehicle, with the stolen 3-foot by 3-foot metal safe on the ground at the foot of the tailgate.

Officers searched the area, where they located and detained the third suspect, who was laying behind a bush nearby.

Initial investigation coupled with all parties’ statements resulted in the arrest of all three suspects, who were later booked at County Jail.

The safe was removed from the scene with the assistance of a tow truck.

Hit and Run: Balboa Street and 36th Avenue, Nov. 14, 8:20 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to the scene of a hit and run injury collision, with a victim laying on the ground.

The driver of the victim’s vehicle said he was crossing Balboa Street when a gray Honda Civic came westbound on Balboa at a high rate of speed. The Honda failed to stop at the stop sign and T-boned his Bronco, dislocating the rear axle.

A delivery driver told the officers that he had witnessed the collision and followed the gray Honda, then watched it park on Fulton Street and saw the driver walk toward Cabrillo Street. Officers located a vehicle parked on Fulton, matching the description, which had extensive front-end damage and was leaking fluids.

Officers responded to the owner’s address on the 800 block of 43rd Avenue and detained him. The officers conducted an eyewitness identification (“cold show“) and the suspect was placed under arrest.

The subject was booked at County Jail for felony hit and run.

Stolen Property, Possession With Knowledge, Parole Violation: Clement Street and 16th Avenue, Nov. 18, 4:18 p.m.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a mentally disturbed individual climbing the scaffolding of an eight-story building.

Officers detained the subject and a computer records check revealed that he was on active parole with a search condition. Upon searching the subject, officers found packages addressed to victims located a few blocks away. When contacted, the victims said that they had not given anyone permission to take their packages.

The subject was placed under arrest and transported by medics to SFGH for evaluation, due to his altered mental state. His parole officer was contacted and granted a parole hold.

The subject was subsequently booked at County Jail for possession of stolen property and parole violation.

Selling Or Furnishing Tobacco Products to a Minor: 700 Block of La Playa, Nov. 19, 12:28 p.m.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Liaison Unit (ALU) conducted a minor decoy tobacco operation in the Richmond District at various locations. Supporting officers and ALU utilized a civilian minor decoy (between 15 and 20 years of age) to attempt to purchase alcohol or tobacco products in designated licensed premises, using SFPD Marked City Funds (MCF) in U.S. currency. A licensed tobacco retailer sold a pack of Camel cigarettes to the minor decoy. The incident was documented and will be investigated by ABC/ALU Unit in conjunction with Department of Public Health.

Bank Robbery With Force: 400 Block of Clement Street, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m.

The suspect entered the bank with two other suspects. The suspect handed a crumpled paper note to the teller which read, “This is no joke, empty all the money in the drawer, no marked bills, no ink bags, calmly, no one will get hurt!” The teller did not comprehend the note and called the Branch Supervisor to her desk, who understood and told the teller to comply.

The suspect left the bank with cash, with the two suspects following.

The get-away vehicle was spotted driving in the Tenderloin four hours later with two suspects inside.

A pursuit was initiated, spike strips were successfully deployed, the vehicle was immobilized and both suspects were arrested.

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