Taraval police station newsletter February 1

SFPD shield emblemTaraval Station police activity: Police Advisory Board roster; bicycle thefts; car break-ins; watch out for curse-removal scam

This is an excerpt of the Feb. 1 newsletter of San Francisco Police Capt. Curtis Lum of Taraval Station, which is responsible for an area including most of the Sunset and Parkside districts.


A Reintroduction Your Community Police Advisory Board

By Vicki Seiler Pate

We are quickly coming to the third anniversary of the establishment of the Taraval Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) comprised of civilian volunteers from their respective residential and commercial communities, and a representative from the San Francisco SAFE office. The role of each CPAB is to advise the District Captain about crime and quality of life issues that affect the community and help problem solve and brainstorm creative solutions to recurring issues.

Recently a call went out for new members of the CPAB and Captain Lum was pleased to have many capable candidates from which to select those who will best balance the current Board to represent much of this largest of the ten SFPD districts.

CAPT. CURTIS LUM is a 24 year veteran of the SFPD.  Over the course of his career he has been assigned to several different stations and has been the officer in charge of the Youth Service Unit and the Professional Standards Division. He has been at Taraval Station for 2 years.  He is very responsive to the community and anyone can call him at the station or email him.

DAVID CHAN serves as a Public Safety Coordinator for San Francisco SAFE and our CPAB meetings. David has recently retired and will remain with our CPAB until a replacement is trained.

MARC CHRISTENSEN is a third generation San Franciscan, retired teacher and coach with the San Francisco Unified School District and currently Vice President of the Merced Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association (METNA).

GARY GEE is a consultant specializing in law-enforcement management, mass-transit policing, and counterterrorism to the US Department of State and non-government organizations. Gary was a career police officer for 42½ years, and chief of the BART Police Department for 9 of those. He is an officer of Police-Fire Post 456 of the American Legion and a volunteer at Seton Medical Center. Gary is one of our new members.

AL HARRIS has been a homeowner in the Ingleside since 1974. He worked for Safety Network as a Community Organizer and the OMI Family Resource Center, as the OMI Convener. He is a graduate of the Citizen/Community Police Academy and NERT, and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB.

MARY C. HARRIS is a native San Franciscan. She was PTA President and a volunteer at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in the Sunset for 10 years. Mary is President of OMI Neighbors In Action, and The District 11 Council, and she sits on many other community, park, & library boards in District Eleven. She is a Citizen/Community Police Academy and NERT graduate, and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB.

GLEN HATAKEYAMA is currently President of the Merced Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association (METNA); and is retired after over 28 years at UC Berkeley in the College of Letters and Science.

JOHN HUGHES was born and raised in the Sunset. John attended Holy Name and Saint Ignatius before joining the US Coast Guard. After the Coast Guard, he returned to San Francisco and put in a full career with Chevron. He is mostly retired now, but maintains a small consultancy in emergency response and crisis management focusing on non-US locations. John lives in the Inner Parkside with his wife, Julie. He is another of our newest CPAB.

RIZWAN HUSSAIN has lived in the district for more than ten years. He is Captain of the Rockridge Neighborhood Watch and a Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) Coordinator, and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB.

CURTIS MALLEGNI is a native San Franciscan who has lived in the Lakeside Village neighborhood for the last 25 years. He is a retired banker. He currently serves as the Chair of the Trustees of St. Ignatius College Prep located in the outer Sunset District. Curtis is one of our newest CPAB members.

ELISE McGUIRE one of our new members, is a native Sunset district San Franciscan whose family has lived in this city for almost 100 years. She is a CPA who works as an independent accounting contractor and personal trainer. She is looking forward to establishing a SAFE Neighborhood Watch in her area and communicating with residents and business owners and assisting them with their concerns.

MEGAN McTIERNAN one of our new members, Megan is a fourth generation resident of the city and a third generation resident of the Sunset. She is the Executive Director of a small family foundation and active in the local non-profit community.  She is often found at one of the local restaurants on Irving Street.

VICKI SEILER PATE is CFO of a private investment fund.  She has lived in Ingleside Terraces since 1989 and has been the Block Captain for the Mercedes/Moncada/Cedro/Paloma SAFE Group for over 20 years.  Vicki has been a Member of the Board at three SF schools, has chaired innumerable committees and is one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB.

TOM ZIMBEROFF is a world-class photographer whose work has been and can still be seen in national magazines & galleries and international museums. Tom is also author and illustrator of several books and textbooks and creator of specialty photographic software. Tom is new to the CPAB and eager to become more involved in the district community.

JOHN ZWOLINSKI has been a resident of the Outer Sunset for nine years. He is the La Playa Park SAFE group Block Captain, and a Middle and High School teacher in East Oakland, and is also one of the original members of the Taraval CPAB.

Residents are encouraged to get to know one or more of the CPAB members, particularly those in your sector of the district. Doing so may be helpful if a concern arises that needs particular attention.

Taraval Police Station holds its monthly community meeting from 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. If you would like to attend, please stop by. I also email a newsletter on Friday to people who request it. If you would like to receive these crime reports, email Officer Chan at charles.chan@sfgov.org and request it.


Taraval Station Police Beat Report

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Auto Burglary

10:30 AM, Skyline Blvd – An unknown suspect broke into a parked vehicle. A purse was stolen.

Stolen Vehicle

1/26/2013 2900 20th Ave 2001 Silver Honda Accord

1/27/2013 200 Montana St 1991 Gray Honda Accord

Stolen Property – Misc.

1/28/2013 1500 41st Ave 2013 Motorcycle Engine

Recovered Vehicle

1/29/2013 200 Ramsell 1997 Gold Infiniti I30

Hit and Run

1/28/2013 6:00 PM 1500 Sloat Blvd

1/28/2013 11:35 AM 21st Ave/Irving

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Grand Theft – Bicycle

8:00 AM, 1500 8th Ave – The owner left her bicycle within a locked parking lot when she went to work. When she returned, she discovered the bicycle was missing.

Grand Theft

11:00AM, Lake Merced – A victim of theft came to Taraval station to report that someone had broken into her car while it was parked next to Lake Merced. Her purse containing several credit cards and cash was stolen.

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Residential Burglary

6:30 AM, 1400 28th Ave -An unknown suspect broke into a locked garage. The owner of the garage noticed that some of his property was missing.

Petty Theft

3:50 PM, 200 West Portal – An employee of a drug store noticed an unknown suspect walked into the store with a handbag. After 15 minutes, the suspect left the store without a purchase. When the employee checked the surveillance video tape, she noticed that the unknown suspect had placed multiple products into the handbag.

Auto Burglary

7:00 PM, 11th Ave – The owner of the vehicle discovered that someone had broken into his parked vehicle and stole his equipment.


7:11 PM, 27th Ave/Lawton – The owner of a vehicle discovered that someone had punctured the tires and grafittied the hood of the vehicle.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Driving While Under the Influence — Arrest

1:33 AM, 3600 Irving – A driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver alcohol level was above the legal limit. The driver failed the sobriety test. Due to the high alcohol blood level, the driver was transported to General Hospital for medical evaluation.

Investigative Detention

2:15 AM, 1400 22nd Ave – Officers detained a intoxicated subject for refusing to pay a cab fee. Officers handcuffed the subject because of the subject’s hostile behavior. The subject paid the cab driver and was released because the cab driver did not want to press charges.

Residential Burglary

9:30 AM, 2000 43rd Ave – A resident returned to his home and noticed the front door ajar. When he checked his room, he noticed his personal belongings were missing.

Residential Burglary

12:45 PM, 200 Montana – A resident pulled into his driveway and noticed that the front gate of his house ajar. When the resident remotely opened the garage door, an unknown male subject ran out from the garage. The resident followed the male subject but lost sight of him. Officers responded to the scene and determined that it was safe to enter the house.

Auto Burglary

1:10 p.m., 00 Harding Road – A woman returned to her car and noticed her window had been smashed and her purse was missing.

Petty Theft

1:30 PM, 600 Font – An unknown suspect in a vehicle requested to use the victim’s cell phone. When the victim let the suspect make a phone call, the suspect drove off with cell phone.

Auto Burglary

6:10 PM, 9th Ave – An owner of a vehicle discovered that someone broke into her vehicle and stole her personal belongings.

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Attempted Robbery with a Gun

12:40 AM, 000 Louisburg – A driver was in his parked vehicle with the engine running. An unknown suspect approached the passenger
side of the vehicle and pointed a gun at the driver. The driver pushed the gun away and drove away.

Auto Burglary

10:30 a.m., 19th Ave. / Eucalyptus Drive – A man returned to his car and found that it has been broken into.

Malicious Mischief & Vandalism to Property

6:00 p.m., 300 West Portal Ave. – An unknown suspect smashed the window of a local store.

Fraudulent Game or Trick

7:00 p.m., 100 Cambon Drive – A lady received an email about an internet purchase from her account. The suspect has purchased an item(s) from a department store to a specific address using the victim’s PayPal information.

Malicious Mischief, Graffiti

9:30 p.m., 1600 45th Ave. – A man returned to his house and noticed there was spray paint in different areas of the home.

Stolen & Recovered Vehicle

10:00 p.m., 1600 45th Ave., 1994 Brown Buick Park Avenue

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Petty Theft from Locked Vehicle

2:34 a.m., 2500 Great HY – A person’s car was broken into overnight and a electronic device was missing. Description of suspect 1: Clothing: Sweater, black shorts and white socks pulled up. Description of suspect 2: Clothing: Light colored beanie and a sweater.

Grand Theft from Locked Vehicle

7:00 a.m., Junipero Serra Blvd. – A woman returned to her car and found out it has been broken into.

Residential Burglary, Forcible Entry

11:30 a.m., 2400 19th Ave. – A family’s home was burglarized by an unknown suspect.

Grand Theft from Locked Vehicle

12:45 p.m., 3200 20th Ave. – A woman returned to her vehicle to find that is has been broken into. A few items were missing.

Grand Theft from Locked Vehicle

3:30 p.m., Winston drive – A man returns to his car to find that is has been broken into. Numerous items were missing.

Suspicious Occurrence

4:00 p.m., 1300 La Playa Street – Police were contacted to the scene of two siblings verbal argument. No injuries were found on any of the

Grand Theft/Shoplifting

4:30 p.m., 2300 20th Ave. – Two suspects enter a store in Stonestown Mall shoplifting two items. Description of suspect 1: Age between 30 to 35, African American, Male, 5’9, 160 lb., black hair with a light beard, black jacket and black pants. Description of suspect 2: Age 30 to 35, African American, Female, 5’5, 160 lb. black hair, black hoodie, camouflage colored black and white jeans.

Grand Theft from Locked Vehicle

4:30 p.m., Eucalyptus Drive – A man returns to his vehicle and finds that it has been broken into. Clothing and a few other items were missing.

Speeding with a Suspended License—Cited

6:43 p.m., 1200 Sloat Blvd. – An officer stopped a driver of a car for driving over the speed limit. A computer check revealed the driver’s license was suspended. The driver had a new registration sticker, which did not belong to the car.

Suspicious Occurrence

8:22 p.m., 1100 Ocean Ave. – Police were notified that a possible bomb threat was to occur at a local grocery store. No injuries or evidence from the threat has occurred.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Grand Theft from Person

12:45 a.m., 300 Randolph Street – A man’s electronic device was stolen from his lap by an unknown suspect. Description of unknown suspect: Age between 20 to 40, male, 5’8, 190 lbs., white hooded sweatshirt with hood up and black pants.


Please be advised that the Taraval Community Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m. in the Taraval Community Room.


Be aware of the latest series of scams targeting older Chinese victims resulting in great financial loss.

The latest reported incident occurred on January 19th on the 2500 block of Noriega Street at approximately 10:15 am. As a result of the scam, the victim a 70-year-old San Francisco woman sustained a loss of currency and valuables amounting to approximately $50,000.00.

In this incident, the victim was approached by the first of three Cantonese-speaking suspects, all female, just after the victim left a restaurant.

One suspect asked her if she knew where to find a particular Chinese doctor. As part of the scam, the second suspect pretends to have overheard the conversation, telling the suspect that she knows where to find the doctor. These two suspects then convince the victim to walk with them to the supposed location of the doctor, on the 1600 block of Noriega Street.

At this point, the two suspects meet up on the street with the third suspect acting as the doctor, who in conversation with the victim tells her that she is suffering from an illness and that she is under a curse that will adversely affect her loved ones. To relieve the curse, the victim must present her with valuables to be “blessed,” thus relieving the curse.

The suspects accompanies the victim to her home, where she got her valuables, consisting of currency and jewelry, and brought them to the suspects waiting on the nearby street. A “blessing” was performed and, in a dexterous switch, another bag containing worthless items were given to the victim, who was instructed not to look in the bag for a specified amount of time, lest the “blessing” be invalidated.

Police obtained video surveillance footage of the incident. The three suspects are all wearing hats. The suspect’s vehicle in the video is a late model silver Toyota Prius. A fourth suspect, a Chinese male, remained in the car.

Tips: Do not speak with strangers. Do not give money or valuables to be “purified.” There is no lucky jade bracelet. If you are approached by strangers with this story or something similar, call 911.

Anyone with information on these cases are asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at (415) 553-1521.

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