Public Safety

Excelsior-Outer Mission Crime: Late-Night Grocery Thieves, Friday-night Shakedown Foiled, More

Here’s a recap of recent criminal activity in the Excelsior and Outer Mission neighborhoods between Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. Unless otherwise noted, all incidents were reported in the Ingleside Station Police district’s daily blotter.

Daly City teens caught dealing, stealing

Officers pulled over a stolen car from Daly City driving south on Moscow Street on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 12:20 a.m. In the car, the officers discovered a group of juveniles, “a significant quantity of marijuana,” scales for weighing the product and a large amount of cash. All of the kids were taken to Ingleside Police Station and later released to their parents. The driver, who was unlicensed, was interviewed by a San Mateo Police Department detective, cited and released.

Late-night grocery thieves

Seven officers responded to a burglar alarm at Pacific Supermarket on the 2900 block of Alemany Boulevard at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The officers found the market in disarray. Both front and back doors were damaged, file cabinets were opened and files were strewn on the floor. Video from the store’s surveillance cameras showed four burglars rummaging through the store. Despite the mess, a store manager told police that the thieves had only taken cigarettes.

Three bottles of vodka by 3 p.m.

A drunk man drove his 2014 Audi A6 into a parked car with enough force to shove the car into more parked cars and a fence in an incident near Morse Street at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. After Fire Department officials removed the driver from the Audi, police officers discovered five bottles of Vodka in the car. Three bottles were empty, another was half empty and one was full. After consenting to a blood alcohol test, the driver was cited for drunk driving and released to medical professionals to be treated for alcohol poisoning.

Friday-night shakedown foiled

After a Lyft rider realized she had left her iPhone 7 in the car upon completing a ride, her mother received a text from an unidentified number informing her that they could get the phone back — for a price. The rider offered $100, but the anonymous texter replied that the woman could get her phone back if she left $350 in a mailbox of a house on the 300 block of Athens Street. The rider called the police and arrived at the house with three Ingleside officers. At the door, the mastermind was revealed as the woman’s Lyft driver. The driver immediately admitted to orchestrating the poorly-planned shakedown and was cited for grand larceny and theft.

Backpack thieves

Two officers detained two young men after watching them be chased onto a Muni bus on the 4700 block of Mission Street, at 5:38 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. The four entered a Muni bus. The two men chasing the suspects told officers that the men had stolen a backpack while they were in a nearby restaurant. Officers arrested the two suspects and booked one at Ingleside Police Station and the other at the Juvenile Justice Center.

Attempted burglary

At 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the 600 block of Persia Street, a woman opened her front door to find a man standing outside in a white plastic mask. The man pushed the woman backward through a hallway and into the bathroom. The assailant tied the bathroom door with a electric cord, but the woman fled through a second door to the bathroom and alerted a nearby worker. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was gone. The resident said nothing was missing.

Hot prowl burglary on Geneva Avenue

A couple came home on the 1000 block of Geneva Avenue at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to discover the home’s gate unlocked and front door ajar. When the man pushed open the door, a burglar standing in the home threatened to shoot him. Two more burglars stood in the house. The couple fled the home and called the police. The victim reported that he had seen the suspects flee in a dark blue Dodge Magnum. The thieves ransacked several rooms and made away with cash and jewelry, according to the victims.

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