Police Blotter

All the window-shattering, flashlight-hurling crime

The crimes described below are only a small snapshot of what the police officers of Central Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit; under Compstat, select the link to Crimemaps.


Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Pier 39

Try, try again. A suspect entered a store and stole a suitcase, but the victim was able to retrieve the suitcase. The victim then followed the suspect into another store, where the suspect stole a sword. The suspect walked out of the store and, when confronted by the victim, unsheathed the sword and held it as if to strike the suitcase victim. But the suspect dropped the sword and was stopped by security. The suspect was arrested for robbery with a weapon.

Valentine’s Day Road Rage

Feb. 14, 8:08 p.m.
1500 block of Clay Street

An unknown suspect cut off another driver, who honked at the suspect. The suspect stopped the vehicle and pointed a gun at the victim. The suspect then took out a tire iron and shattered the front windshield of the victim’s vehicle.

Extra Flashlights

Feb. 15, 2:32 p.m.
300 block of Bay Street

A suspect entered a store and took flashlights, a knife sharpener, and a belt extender without paying. The store’s security stopped the suspect outside of the store, but the suspect ignored security and continued walking. When security followed, the suspect threw flashlights at security. The suspect was arrested for robbery with a weapon.

Extremism in the Defense of Croissants

Feb. 17, 12:45 p.m.
100 block of Jackson Street

A suspect entered a store and took some croissants and alcohol without paying. Store security confronted the suspect, who threatened to harm the security officer and became violent. The suspect was arrested for robbery with force.


Feb. 16–17
From Stockton to Kearny/Bay Streets

A rash of window shattering broke out. At 10 p.m. on the 800 block of Stockton, an unknown suspect shattered a store window. A couple hours later, 12:20 a.m. on the 1100 block of Taylor, someone threw a brick through an apartment window. Several hours after that, at 3:15 a.m. on the 700 block of Sansome, again an unknown suspect shattered a store window. At 4:22 a.m., an unknown suspect threw a brick against the glass door of a store, but the glass did not shatter. A second suspect forced open the door, and the first suspect entered and stole handbags. At 7:45 a.m. on Kearny at Bay, an unidentified suspect shattered the passenger-side rear window of a vehicle.

Shattered, Part II

Feb. 17–20
All over

From the Department of Stop Leaving Stuff Visible in Your Parked Car, no fewer than 21 instances took place over four days in which unknown suspects shattered windows of locked vehicles and stole items from inside. The combined loot included backpacks, batteries, binoculars, calendars, cameras, cell phones, chargers, clothing, credit cards, game systems, laptops, medication, money, passports, purses, suitcases, sunglasses, tablet computers, toiletries, wallets, and watches.


Feb. 18, 7:50 a.m.
700 Block of Jones Street

A victim heard a noise and saw an unknown suspect pacing outside the apartment. The suspect then stepped onto a window ledge and tried to open the window. As the police reported: The victim yelled “hey” — and the suspect fled away.


Feb. 18, 6:45 p.m.
600 block of Columbus Avenue

A person on the trolley was told to get off. The suspect then got into a verbal argument with the trolley employee and used a skateboard to shatter the front window of the trolley.

Failure to Engage Pitbull

Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.
100 block of Powell Street

A suspect entered a store and took clothing without paying for it. The store’s security officer followed the suspect out of the store where a second suspect unleashed a pitbull toward the security officer, but the pitbull didn’t attack. The second suspect then picked up a sign and swung it at the security officer, but instead ended up hitting another victim.

Arrests were made for robbery with force.

Mother Warned You About Lying

Feb. 20, 11:34 a.m.
Unit block of Walter U Lum

The suspect was lying in front of a business. Police officers ran a computer check and learned that the suspect had an outstanding warrant. The suspect stated that he had knives on him, and sure enough, multiple knives were found on him. He was arrested for possession of a weapon.

Bad Aim

Feb. 22, 7:08 a.m.
300 block of Sacramento Street

Another suspect was sleeping at the entrance of a store. The victim asked the suspect to move along, but the suspect mustered up the energy to throw a can and cone at the victim, but he missed.

The suspect was issued a citation for nonaggravated assault.

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