Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May. 3, 2014

Incident Date:
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

The next community meeting at Ingleside Station will be held on May 20, 2014.  Thank you.

Fraud Alert: We have noticed a dramatic rise in a specific type of fraud case over the past four week period.

A person calling San Francisco residents identifying himself as a San Francisco deputy sheriff tells victims that he called regarding some sort of violation unknown by the victim and required money immediately to remedy the situation.  For example, on numerous occasions, the “deputy” stated he worked in the warrants division and required several hundred dollars from residents to clear up old warrants or else another deputy would arrive at the residents’ address to arrest them.  The “deputy” required victims to go to a local drug store, such as CVS, Walgreen’s, etc. to obtain a GreenDot MoneyPak (a pre-paid debit card used for in-store or online purchases) and load the card with several hundred to several thousand dollars.  The “deputy” told residents to call back once they obtain the pre-paid debit card, scratch off the gray box to reveal the access codes then read the code to the “deputy” over the telephone.

As time went on over the past four weeks, we noticed that the amount “required” by the “deputy” increased from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars.  As the caller tested the local response, he became more confident in this scam.

We have also received similar reports with the caller identifying himself as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The “FBI agent” states that victims need to send him pre-paid debit card information via telephone or else victims will be placed under arrest.

Related to these crime, but with a much wider scope, are people identifying themselves as Internal Revenue Service employees.  These “employees” claim that victims owed massive sums of money in back taxes and required immediate funds – again, through use of pre-paid debit cards – to remedy the situation or face immediate arrest.  In one instance, the “IRS employee” required the victim to purchase an $8000 Reload it pre-paid debit card and provide the card’s access information via telephone.

These are all illegal confidence schemes.  The callers are confidence men, better known as con artists.

If you receive any such solicitations via telephone, please do your best to note the phone number used, time of day, the name the caller identifies him/herself as, and anything distinguishable about his or her voice.

Be advised that neither the Sheriff’s Department nor federal government solicit funds related to criminal justice matters via telephone calls and any outreach regarding such matters would be made in person or through post office correspondence.

If you feel that you were the victim of such scams, please contact the police immediately.  While being duped out of money by fear of arrest can be embarrassing to admit, this is happening to your families, friends and neighbors.  Do not be a silent victim.

Our Fraud unit is aware of – and investigating – this ongoing scam.  The Fraud unit can be reached at 415-553-1521 Monday thru Friday during normal business hours.

Please contact the police at 415-553-0123 if you have received a phone call from such a con artist.  You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission for IRS-related scams at

The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is free training from the San Francisco Fire Department in how to help yourself and your neighbors prepare for and respond to a disaster by working together. The 20-hour training, taught by First Responders, includes personal preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medicine, shutting off your utilities, and how to participate as a member of a neighborhood response team.  NERT also offers continuing training for graduates and activities that support building robust neighborhood teams.  For more information, visit the NERT website at, or contact Lt. Erica Arteseros at (415)970-2022 or


Are you someone who is interested in disaster preparedness and wants to help out your community while working hand in hand with law enforcement? Then the ALERT program is for you!    
                                            What is the A.L.E.R.T. Program?

The San Francisco Police Department has developed a volunteer citizen disaster preparedness program. The Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) is modeled after and works in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). The ALERT program will train members of the public to assist law enforcement in essential tasks after a major disaster. Such tasks may include: traffic control, foot patrol of business and residential areas, and reporting criminal activity. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and live, work, or attend high school in San Francisco.

Three steps to becoming an
A.L.E.R.T. volunteer:
1. Complete NERT training and receive certification. To register for NERT training courses please visit
2. Once NERT certified, forward a copy of your NERT ID card to the ALERT program.
3. After clearing a basic background check the individual is eligible to register for ALERT training.

Heat wave:  Many residents are leaving their windows and doors open in an effort to keep cooler as the temperature increases during these gorgeous sunny days. Be extra careful, especially when you leave your home, paying attention to secure the windows and doors when you leave. Burglars are always looking for the easiest way inside your home. Don’t give them the opportunity for the easy access. Make sure to secure these entry points and leave them locked when you are not around. A third of all the burglaries committed in the Ingleside district during the month of April were due to open garages and unlocked or open windows. Also, remember to keep hydrated with lots of water!!

Crime Alert: As of the start of April ‘2014 there has been an increase in auto boostings in the Noe Valley, Glen Park and Bernal Heights Area. Ingleside officers have stepped up patrol in these areas but, we ask you that you do your part to prevent from being a victim. Take extra precautions to avoid a criminal from window-shopping inside your car. Never give them a reason to break into your car and steal your belongings. Try to park in a well lit area and always lock your doors and secure your windows. Never leave possessions in plain view and never leave important documents inside your car that contain personal information. Remember, if a criminal is unsuccessful and is not benefitting from his criminal activity, the thief will move on, thus making your neighborhood less of a target.


12:25am     4400 Blk Mission                       Drugs/Firearms
A vehicle with a loud exhaust caught the attention of Ingleside Officers Hauscarriague and Garon- Fermo while the pair patrolled Mission Street early this morning. The officers stopped the car and asked the driver for her license, insurance, and registration. She complied and the officers asked if she or her male passenger were on probation or parole. The driver said “No” but the passenger said he was on probation with a warrantless search condition. With that knowledge, the officers searched the car and found several baggies of methamphetamine in the glove compartment. The officers found more methamphetamine in suspect’s shirt pockets. Later, during a search of his home, the officers found a larger quantity of meth along with several firearms and a large amount of power tools. He was taken to Ingleside Station and booked for narcotics and weapons violations. Report number: 140365364

Serious Incidents:

12:30am     Geneva/Cielito                           Robbery
A robbery victim walked into Ingleside Station with a story about his narrow escape from serious harm. The man told Ingleside Officers Rand and Leong that shortly after midnight he walked from his home on Parque Avenue to a store at Geneva and Santos Street to get something to eat. After picking up his food, he started walking home and was nearing his residence when he felt something push against the back of his head. He turned around and saw a man holding a semi-automatic pistol. He told the robber, “Don’t shoot”. The suspect, while pointing the gun at his chest, said, “Empty your pockets”. The victim replied, “I’m not going to give you anything”. The suspect then said, “If you don’t give me your stuff, I’m going to shoot you.” At this point, the victim grabbed the suspect’s arm holding the gun and started wrestling with him. But the wrestling match ended when a second suspect ran up and punched the victim in the head. However, the victim wasn’t finished resisting. He challenged both suspects to “Drop the gun and fight like men” to which the first suspect said, “Remember, I got the gun. Do this the easy way or I’m going to shoot you. “The victim finally understood his circumstance, telling the robbers “Don’t waste a bullet”, surrendering his passport, comb, and cell phone but not his wallet. One suspect then told the other suspect, “This guy is crazier than us, shoot him or go”. The victim, after hearing this exchange, surrendered his wallet containing cash, a debit card, and a medical insurance card. The suspects fled on foot eastbound on Geneva. Report number: 140366124

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

  1:15am           Mission/Russia                                     Assault
  9:00am           Unit Blk Turquoise                               Burglary
  9:36am           400 Blk Harvard                                  Recovered Vehicle
10:15am           Unit Blk John Shelley                            Dog Bite
12:07pm           5100 Blk Diamond Heights                   Harassing Phone Calls
12:20pm           3800 Blk Mission                                 Stolen License Plate
12:36pm           Unit Blk Raymond                                Recovered Vehicle
  4:20pm           900 Blk Ellsworth                                 Battery
  8:21pm           Unit Blk Elsie                                        Burglary
  9:25pm           400 Blk Excelsior                                 Warrant Arrest
10:00pm           400 Blk Beacon                                   Theft from Vehicle
11:30pm           100 Blk Moneta                                   Stolen Vehicle
11:47pm           Unit Blk Rudden                                   Trespassing

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.