Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sept. 6, 2013

Incident Date:
Friday, September 6th, 2013

The next community meeting at Ingleside Station will be held on September 17, 2013.  Thank you.

Back to School: As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season will be in full effect. Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall. It’s crucial that all motorists understand how to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists. It’s also a good time for parents and children to talk about how to stay safe at school.

Mail Fraud Alert: Recently, an Ingleside Resident received an official looking letter in the mail claiming she had won $250,000.00 dollars from an International sweepstakes. The company “Global Processing Inc.” gave the appearance of sending the resident a check in the amount of $4,685.00 dollars to cover the processing fee when in fact the “check” was  fake. The Nigerian letter is an advance fee fraud, a form of a confidence trick, which calls for the victim to try to deposit the fake check into their bank account and reimburse the company with a personal check to cover the fee. By the time the bank discovers the fake check is fraudulent, it’s too late. The victim is out $4,685.00 dollars. Be aware, the scam preys on people who are more trusting and the elderly. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The resident who received this letter found misspelled words and found it very suspicious. She then forwarded the letter to Captain Falvey, so that he may spread the word and prevent others from being a victim.

ALERT:  There has been an increase in auto boosts in the area of Monterey, O’Shaughnessy and Bosworth.  The break ins are occurring around the hours of 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Please report any suspicious activity to the police.  Do not leave valuables in your cars. 

Recently, a flyer was distributed to the community regarding scams targeting the monolingual Chinese.  These scams involve telling the victim that an evil spirit is following them.  They will ask the victim to bring valuables to pray over as an offering to the spirit. They will return to the victim what is believed to be their valuables. They will ask the victim not to look at their valuables for a day.  When the victim later checks their valuables, they find that the valuables were not returned by the suspects.

We urge all person(s) confronted with this scam to call 911 as this is a crime in progress.  By contacting 911, you greatly increase the chance of catching the suspect(s) so that the police can make an arrest.  If someone approaches you with this scam, decline their help, call 911 immediately and report it to the police.  Be a good witness.  Obtain a description of the suspect(s) and/or vehicles they are driving. 





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Crime Alert: Precita Park / Bernal Heights Area;  During the extended labor day holiday there were a total of 32 vehicles stolen in the Ingleside district as of 08/30/2013. Eight of those stolen vehicles were taken from the Precita Park and Bernal Heights area. Be sure to secure your vehicle (windows up, doors locked) before you leave your car parked on the street. Consider looking into getting an alarm or anti theft device such as a steering wheel club. This, for the most part, should deter most culprits from stealing your car. If you want to make it that much more difficult, consider installing a kill switch. Older model Hondas and Toyotas are among the most popular and easiest vehicles to steal.

District Wide Burglaries in the Ingleside: In The Last month of August there have been 7 reported burglaries throughout the district. 4 of those burglaries alone have taken place in the Bernal Heights area. The different methods of entries have been through unlocked windows, sliding glass doors, unlocked side doors, unlocked garages and in one case through a doggie door where the perpetrator squeezed themselves through the small opening. Also, homes under construction have been targeted and expensive tools and appliances have been taken. As the warmer weather of fall approaches, make sure to secure your residence and that all your windows and doors are locked before leaving. If you happen to see any suspicious activity around your neighborhood that looks odd or out of place, call the police immediately. 

CRIME ALERT:  An increase of robberies and thefts has been occurring in and around the Balboa BART Station and City College area. There have been five robberies in the last couple weeks alone in this area. Be vigilant of your surroundings and follow the safety tips below.

Click on Don’t be a target link below:       

                                                           Safety Tips:
*Try not to have your Iphone or other property visible for others to see.
*If someone asks to use your phone, advise them you do not have one.
*Do not store or carry your phones in your back pocket, people will know you have one.
*Have (415)553-8090 programmed in your cell phone to contact SF 911 directly.
*If you see any suspicious activity involving you or others, or see someone needing help 
              Call the police.


9:41am       5000 Blk Mission                      Fraud
A bank manager called police after a man approached a teller and tried to cash a fraudulent $950 check. Ingleside Sergeant Anderson and Officer Gallo met the suspect who was sitting in the lobby of the bank who told the officers that a few days ago he placed a “for sale” ad on Craig’s List for a Apple Macbook laptop computer. A man answered the ad and agreed to pay for that computer and another one the seller owned also for $950. The seller and buyer met a downtown Starbucks and completed the deal. The seller cashed the first check at a downtown bank the day before, which later discovered it was fraudulent, and tried to cash the second check this day in the Ingleside District. The seller claimed he didn’t know the checks were fraudulent until the officers informed him of that fact. Officer Gallo contacted the person whose name is printed on the check and he told the officer that his briefcase, containing his checkbook, was stolen from his car parked on Gough Street several days ago. The suspect was transported to Ingleside Station and booked for possession of false checks. Report number: 130744671

7:30pm       Unit Blk Farragut                    Burglary
A homeowner came home and was outside when he noticed all the windows in his garage were painted White. When he left home earlier that day, they were clear. He entered the garage and found a suspect inside with a backpack and much of the homeowner’s property on the ground near him. The suspect, seeing the homeowner, quickly fled with the homeowner pursuing in his car while talking to police dispatch. Ingleside Officers Chang, Trujillo, and Sgt. Dare responded and arrested the suspect a few blocks away on Alemany Boulevard. The homeowner believed the suspect painted the windows to prevent passersby from seeing him burglarizing the home. He was transported to Ingleside station and booked. Case number: 130744524

Serious Incidents:

8:49pm       400 Blk Silver                          Robbery
A store owner called police saying he was just robbed. Officers Chew, Lustenberger and other Ingleside officers responded and talked to the store clerk who said he was behind his counter talking to other customers when the suspect came up beside him, brandishing a firearm, and said, “give me all the s….” The clerk gave him a small amount of funds and the suspect ran outside with the clerk following. The clerk told the officers that the suspect ran east on Silver before jumping into black sedan that sped off. The store’s security camera footage showed the suspect getting out of that same car and robbing the store before running back to the vehicle, removing a wig, and driving away. Case number: 130747045

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

  8:00am           300 Blk Maynard                     Stolen Vehicle
  8:05am           200 Blk Paris                           Recovered Vehicle
10:30am           200 Blk John F Shelley            Theft from Vehicle
11:30am           50 Phelan                                 Theft from Building
12:00pm           50 Phelan                                 Burglary
12:01pm           4900 Blk Mission                     Shoplifting
  1:30pm           100 Blk Rolph                          Recovered Vehicle
  2:05pm           4700 Blk Mission                     Theft from Building
  5:00pm           Virginia/Mission                        Stolen Vehicle
  5:30pm           700 Blk Vienna                        Stolen Vehicle
  7:30pm           Unit Blk Surrey                        Burglary
  7:30pm           Mission/Castle Manor               Hit and Run
  8:00pm           500 Blk Precita                        Theft from Building
  8:28pm           Unit Blk Putnam                       Recovered Vehicle
  9:00pm           200 Blk Curtis                          Burglary

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.