Thursday, May 8, 2014

May. 4, 2014

Incident Date:
Sunday, May 4th, 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.


No Incidents to Report.

Serious Incidents:

7:59am       3800 Blk San Bruno                         Robbery
A man working on a car in his garage heard a woman screaming for help. When he walked out of his garage he saw a woman running in the middle of the street chasing a car. The man called “911” and Ingleside Officer Morrow responded and discovered the woman was a purse snatch victim. She told Officer Morrow that she was waiting at a bus stop when someone knocked her down and took the purse which was strapped around her torso. The suspect ran to a waiting vehicle that sped away with the purse snatch victim in foot pursuit. The chase quickly ended with the suspect’s vehicle escaping westbound on San Bruno Avenue. The loss was cash, a driver’s license, credit and debit cards, and keys. Report number: 140368540

1:10pm       Naples & Italy                                  Robbery
Ingleside Officers Fulgado and Deering were dispatched to Crocker Amazon Playground to investigate a robbery. The victim told the officers he was walking down Naples Street a few minutes before when he was punched on the head from behind. He fell to the ground and the beating continued as three suspects kept punching him in the head and body before taking his cell phone from his hand and running away. Report number: 140369128

7:45pm       300 Blk Moscow                              Robbery
A young woman was robbed of her belongings while walking home. The victim told Ingleside Officers Gonzalez and Snadow the suspect walked up behind her and grabbed her messenger bag before running to a waiting vehicle that sped away. Inside the bag was her iPhone, iPad, more than $200 in cash, a black purse, her passport, textbooks, bank card, and student ID.  Report number: 140370034

8:30pm       Joost/Lippard                                  Robbery
Another woman was the victim of a violent robbery while walking home from the Glen Park BART station. The victim told Ingleside Officers Gonzalez and Kerlegan, along with Sgt. Lozada, that as she approached the intersection of Joost and Lippard she noticed and older model “junky” looking vehicle double parked with several men standing near it. After she passed the men she heard someone running behind her and then, within seconds, she was stuck in the lower back with an unknown object. The victim fell backward onto the ground injuring one of her arms and further injuring her back. One of the suspects yelled at her, “Where’s the money?” The victim said she didn’t have any. One of the suspects yanked her purse from her shoulder and then, along with his accomplices, ran to the double parked vehicle which drove away. The victim ran home and called police. She was taken to UCSF for medical care. The loss was a purse containing her wallet and cell phone. Report number: 140370153

Vehicle and Other Incidents:

12:20am           3500 Blk Mission                     Recovered License Plate
  2:00am           100 Blk Rae                             Hit and Run
  3:15am           700 Blk Paris                           Vandalism to Property
  5:15am           100 Blk Kingston                     Battery
  7:27am           Mission/Silver                           Traffic Collision
  2:39pm           4400 Blk Mission                     Burglary
  4:38pm           300 Blk Athens                        Recovered Vehicle
  7:30pm           Seneca/Bertita                          Traffic Collision
  8:24pm           Unit Blk Rosenkranz                 Recovered Motorcycle
  9:58pm           San Jose/30th                            Traffic Collision
10:00pm           100 Blk Delta                           Stolen Motorcycle       
10:30pm           200 Blk Mullen                         Stolen vehicle

Burglaries with suspect description:

No Incidents to Report.