The crimes below are a small snapshot of what the officers of Northern Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit www.sf-police.org; under Compstat, there is a link to CrimeMAPS.
UNWANTED HOUSE GUEST
Thursday, Jan. 2, 9 a.m.
2800 Block of Filbert Street
A man returned from a week’s vacation to find that his home had been ransacked. The place had a cigarette odor, numerous items were boxed up and placed by the front door, ready to be removed, and his car keys for two vehicles were missing. He went down to the garage, where he saw the building’s supervisor with a woman. She said her dog had been lost and the supervisor was helping her find it.
She asked to speak in private with the victim, and she told him she is homeless and stayed in his apartment the previous night. She said she was there with a homeless male she had just met, and that it was the male who had removed items from the apartment.
When officers responded to a call, they also spoke with the subject, who told them the same story she’d told the victim, who noticed that she had several of his stolen items on her person. She was arrested for burglary, unlawful entry, and stolen vehicle charges and booked at county jail.
OFFICERS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK
Saturday, Jan. 4, 3:52 p.m.
Sacramento Street at Polk
Police officers were called for a woman attempting to set fire to piles of newspaper. She was walking northbound on Polk Street, lighting multiple fires. The caller who had alerted police was following the woman, watching the situation unfold. The subject would light a fire and the SFFD would extinguish the fire — whether it be in garbage cans, Christmas trees and trash.
When the police arrived, the subject said she wasn’t doing anything wrong, she was just burning compost. A computer check revealed numerous warrants for her arrest. She was booked at county jail on charges of arson and for the warrants.
Sunday, Jan. 5, 4 p.m.
Van Ness Avenue at Eddy
A caller summoned officers to a store, where a male subject had come into the store with a large bag, in which he placed clothing items as he walked around the store. The subject tried to leave through a garage door, but finding that locked, he went to the front door. He was detained by store employees.
The bag contained numerous stolen items, but he told the police officers that it was all a mistake; he said he had forgotten to remove the items from the bag before he left. He was booked at Northern Station for burglary, unlawful entry, and warrant charges.
Sunday, Jan. 5, 1:50 a.m.
1125 Fillmore Street
Two women in their late forties came to Northern Station’s front counter after being dropped off together. One woman said she was using the bathroom at a bar when the other woman barged into the unlocked room without knocking. They began to argue.
The argument turned physical, with one woman grabbing the other’s hair and dragging her to the ground; the second woman bit the first woman’s leg and they both punched each other numerous times in the face.
The Northern Station front desk officer summoned medical help for both of the women (one of whom had a contusion from the leg bite and the other had her front teeth knocked out).
Both were booked at county jail on charges of aggravated assault with force, and officers sought video footage from the bar.
SECURE LOCK BOX
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 11 p.m.
1100 Gough Street
A caller told police that there were two male subjects in an apartment building lobby trying to steal packages. Officers set up a perimeter around the building before entering. In the lobby, they saw the two subjects using a drill to try to get into the fire lock box — presumably there were keys to other locations in the building.
When the subjects saw the officers, they ran, but they were captured after officers chased them through the workout room and pool area. They were arrested and booked at Northern Station on charges of burglary, unlawful entry, conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, possession of prohibited weapon and narcotics and stolen property, and resisting arrest.