A man was caught carting around 600 pounds of stolen copper wire Tuesday after he attempted to sell a clearly stamped Department of Public Works manhole cover to a Dogpatch recycling center, police said.
About 8 a.m., a Bayview Police Station officer was reportedly called by an employee at a recycling center in the 300 block of 20th Street who said the manhole cover had obviously been stolen from The City. The employee identified the suspect as Robert Chapple, 44, of San Francisco and said he had been coming twice a week for the past month to sell copper, police said. Read More
A 21-year-old man was seriously wounded by a gunman in a Mercedes-Benz in Potrero Hill on Monday morning, police said.
The shooting was reported at 8:37 a.m. in the first block of Dakota Street. The victim was treated for life-threatening injuries at San Francisco General Hospital, police said. Read More
A man said he was walking home from work in the Mission district Monday night when teenagers beat him up and stole his cash, police said.
Just before 10 p.m., police said, officers responded to the 3100 block of 24th Street on a report of robbery. The victim, who suffered a swollen cheek, said he saw three boys ages 15 or 16 hanging out on the street corner. To avoid them, police said, he walked into a store. But they reportedly attacked him anyway, taking money out of his pocket before fleeing. Read More
A 28-year-old woman was repeatedly kicked in the head until she gave up her purse Monday night, police said.
About 10:10 p.m. near the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets, two men reportedly grabbed at the woman’s purse. They caused her to fall to the ground, police said, but the woman did not give up without a fight. However, neither did the two crooks.
They reportedly kicked her in the head until she gave up her belongings. She was treated at a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening. Read More
Police are hunting for the heartless thug who dragged a sleeping homeless man into the street, bashed his head on the concrete and robbed him in Fisherman’s Wharf early Sunday.
Just before 4 a.m., police said, the 48-year-old victim was catching some Z’s in an alcove on Beach Street near Taylor Street when he was viciously attacked.
“He was awakened by the suspect dragging him,” Police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday. Read More
A police officer was knocked unconscious and another officer’s nose was damaged while they were breaking up a brawl near the cable car turnaround on Powell Street early Sunday.
The unidentified male officers had been patrolling the area in their police cruiser just after 2 a.m. when they came upon the fight near Ellis Street, Police Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
Two of the busiest streets in San Francisco could have double-fine zones indefinitely under legislation proposed by Sen. Leland Yee.
The state senator authored legislation in 2008 that more than doubled fines for recklessly driving along the 19th Avenue corridor and Van Ness Avenue. The temporary law is set to expire this year, but Yee says it should continue because it has lowered pedestrian fatalities. Read More
They are all prisoners of their own device.
Some of the less brilliant credit card thieves of our time have been living it up at San Mateo County hotels recently, apparently unaware that victims can easily get wind of activity on their plastic.
A man who confessed to fatally shooting East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis outside San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center less than three years ago is back on the streets.
Much to the chagrin of prosecutors, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons on Tuesday let Gregory Elarms out of jail on his own recognizance. Read More
The man who is now being called a person of interest in the famous 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins had a history of kidnapping and sexually assaulting young boys — including an incident in Fisherman’s Wharf — but police said no witnesses have been able to connect him to the cold case.
On Wednesday, police revealed that a mysterious child predator who changed his identification at least five times — most recently going by Dan Leonard Therrien — had lived in an Upper Haight duplex near the Panhandle bus stop where Collins was last seen. Read More
A real pain in the butt caused this tomfoolery.
Investigators say they believe drugs caused an armed 29-year-old man to rob a South San Francisco 7-Eleven store of candy last weekend after first buying taquitos.
Opening statements are set to begin Thursday in the trial of a transient accused of beating to death an 88-year-old Belmont man during a residential burglary three years ago.
On Tuesday, a jury was finalized in the case against Tyler Hutchinson, 24, who is accused of fatally beating Albert Korn and stealing his Jaguar in what was Belmont’s lone homicide in 2009.
At the time, Belmont’s police chief called the homicide “one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in my law enforcement career.” Read More
It turns out the locally respected labyrinth in Bernal Heights is the brainchild of a man accused of stalking a woman, according to authorities.
Self-proclaimed artist Cesar Lopez, 34, of San Francisco is charged with one felony count of stalking in connection with a December incident in which he allegedly invited a woman to the labyrinth on Bernal Heights Boulevard in order to conduct a “cleansing ceremony.”
Police said they don’t know what Lopez meant by “cleansing,” but they did say that he had been stalking the now-26-year-old woman since she was 16. Read More
Attempting to save a woman from a violent thug in the Civic Center area Sunday night earned two men stab wounds, police said, and afterward the woman simply left without so much as a thank you.
The victims, ages 33 and 22, were on an apartment balcony in the first block of Polk Street when they heard an altercation on the street between the suspect and a woman, Police Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday.
The 33-year-old went downstairs to assist the woman, Shyy said, and ended up with stab wounds in the back and arm. Read More
The San Francisco payroll clerk who was caught embezzling from her former employer after she reported the stolen income on unemployment insurance forms was sentenced last week, along with a former co-worker, to five years in prison, prosecutors said Friday.
Maria Lourdes Dionisio, 48, of Pacifica and financial analyst Hannah Yau, 58, of Fremont both pleaded guilty in September to charges that they stole more than $2.5 million from their former employer, Autonomy Inc., a global software programming company with offices at Market and Spear streets. Read More