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Criminals to city: Catch me if you can

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

UNWANTED PASSENGER

April 1, 10:48 p.m.
Geary at Gough Street

Patrol officers heard a car alarm sounding; when they approached the vehicle, they saw a subject on his hands and knees in the back seat of the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.

A computer check on the vehicle determined that the subject was not its registered owner. Further, a search of the subject uncovered narcotics paraphernalia and a broken spark plug (broken spark plugs are a common tool for breaking car windows). The subject was transported to Northern Station, where investigators discovered several warrants for his arrest on burglary charges. He was taken to County Jail and booked.

NO RESTRAINT

April 2, 8 a.m.
1100 Block of Laguna Street

A woman called to complain that her grandson was violating a restraining order, knocking on her door and trying to get in, demanding she give him his belongings. The caller said she had told her grandson to get a police escort, but he had instead returned hours later to again bang on her door.

He was not present when police arrived; however, while they were talking with the caller, they heard a male voice coming from the back door. Officers opened the door and saw the grandson standing there. He was taken into custody and later booked at County Jail for the restraining order violation.

CATCH AND RELEASE I

April 12, 8:15 p.m.
1300 Block of Gough Street

Officers responded to a report of a trespasser. A security guard had witnessed a subject jumping over the building perimeter fence. Officers arrived and watched the video monitor to observe the subject in a private patio area. The security guard told the officers the subject did not live in the building. When the subject walked out of an exit gate, he was detained by officers, positively identified by the security guard, and cited and released.

CATCH AND RELEASE II

April 16, 5:01 p.m.
1500 Block of Van Ness Avenue

Patrol officers were dispatched to a bank on the report of a subject trying to cash a fraudulent check. They arrived and detained the subject.

A bank teller said the subject had tried to cash a check for $950. She said she checked the signature on the check and it did not match the signature they had on file. At one point, the subject left the bank in a hurried fashion and left behind a California driver’s license and Visa card. The teller signed a citizen’s arrest form. The subject was cited for passing a bad check and released.

RELEASE THE HOUND

April 16, 8:15 p.m.
Gough at Green Street

A citizen reported that she had been walking her two dogs in Allyne Park when she saw one of the dogs eating a sandwich filled with “dozens of pills and tablets.” The sandwich was located on a park bench near a dumptser near the Gough Street entrance. She stopped her dog from eating any more, and she photographed the sandwich and its location. She took her dog to a veterinary hospital, where she was told the sandwich contained the medications Lisinopril and Fenofibrate.

The dog was fine after some vomiting and upset stomach. The dog was released from the hospital the same day.

CATCH AND RELEASE III

April 18, 2:40 a.m.
700 Block of Oak Street

Officers responded to a report of vandalism. They arrived to find that the 911 caller had the subject detained. The caller reported having heard a loud cracking sound coming from their front door. They opened the door to find the subject pulling a wood plank off a planter box located on the sidewalk. The subject fled on foot but was chased and caught by one of the neighbors.

A citizen’s arrest form was signed, and the subject was cited for vandalism and released.

THE NAME GAME BLAME

April 18, 11:12 p.m.
Larkin at Sutter Street

Officers on patrol were flagged down by three people, who said a subject had a knife. The subject had left the area before the officers had arrived, so the officers drove around the block and located him on the corner of Polk and Post streets. They performed a pat-down search for weapons on the subject, and they recovered a concealed fixed-blade knife from his back pocket.

The subject gave them a name they were unable to verify. He was taken to Northern Station, where he was identified under a different name. He was booked for carrying a concealed weapon, probation violation, and providing false information to a police officer.

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