Police Blotter

’Twas the season for breaking the law

The Marina and Cow Hollow really stepped up this past holiday season to help make the San Francisco Police Department’s annual toy drive a success.

Northern Station Captain Greg McEachern expressed his gratitude for everyone who participated. “I can’t thank the community enough for your generosity, and I hope you all know that your generous gifts will bring smiles to the children who might otherwise not have a lot to smile about during the holiday season.”

McEachern also gave special thanks to “the merchants that participated in the toy drive by opening up their doors and hearts to our community. Those merchants include Jack’s on Chestnut, The Tipsy Pig, The Marina Lounge, the Coffee Roastery, Cat Nip and Bones, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, and Reed and Greenough. I would also like to thank the Cow Hollow/Marina Neighborhood Association that helped promote the toy drive to the community and ensured that the community was aware of the worthwhile event.” He said all of that generosity went “a long way to bringing a joyous holiday season to our community.”

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


Dec. 2, 7:10 a.m.
900 Block of Franklin Street

Officers responded to a call regarding a trespasser in an apartment building’s basement. They found a male subject asleep in a basement stairwell of the building. The subject said he entered the building to sleep until it was time for him to go to work. A computer check revealed there was an active warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and in a search the officers discovered a meth pipe and marijuana. He was booked at Northern Station.


Dec. 2, 9:45 a.m.
2900 Block of Gough Street

A resident came home to find a male subject leaving the building through the premise’s second front gate. The resident knew the subject didn’t live in or belong in the building, so she called the police. The officers were able to detain the subject without incident, and a search revealed numerous small items the subject had taken from various apartments in the building. He was booked at Northern Station.


Dec. 2, 10:05 a.m.
700 Block of Van Ness Avenue

Officers met with an employee of a drugstore that had just been robbed. The employee said a male subject entered the store and began stealing razors from the shelves. The employee confronted the subject and was punched in the face; the subject then pulled out and brandished a knife before fleeing.

The employee said he didn’t need medical attention, and he joined the officers in their car so they could search the area for the subject. They spotted the subject, and officers got out of the car and ordered him to stop; he ignored their commands, instead changing direction and continuing walking and putting his hands in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. The officers saw him pull out a stolen razor and throw it to the ground. He then turned to the officers and began to yell at them, “I didn’t do nothing.” He put his hands back into his pockets.

The officers knew about the knife being used in the robbery and presumably now somewhere on his person. With his agitated mindset and his hands in his pockets, the officers feared for their safety and pulled out their firearms and pointed them at the subject. He removed his hands from his pockets and showed them to the officers, becoming even more agitated, saying, “What are you gonna shoot me for a razor, like Ferguson?” Additional Northern Station officers arrived, and the subject gave up without further incident. He was handcuffed and searched, and a switchblade was found in his pants pocket. There were several witnesses, and video cameras confirmed the drugstore employee’s story. The subject was booked at Northern Station.


Dec. 4, 11:22 p.m.
Larkin at McAllister Street

Officers responded to a call regarding a male stealing items from a bulldozer and attempting to steal the bulldozer itself. They arrived to see him removing chains that secured the bulldozer to its trailer. They ordered him to show his hands and step away from the construction vehicle, but he did not comply and continued to manipulate the chains. They had to physically stop and detain him, which was accomplished without injury. He was searched, and the officers found a bottle of prohibited pills in his pocket. The officers contacted the owner of the bulldozer and booked the subject at Northern Station.

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