Police make nearly a dozen auto burglary arrests

San Francisco police made nearly a dozen auto burglary arrests in the first week of this month as part of ongoing efforts to curb The City’s high vehicle break-in rates.

In the first arrests on Monday April 2, officers were called to Grant and Filbert streets around 1:45 a.m. on a report of an auto burglary and told that the suspects had fled the area.

While the officers were on their way, the victim called dispatch and reported that he had spotted the suspect vehicle at Montgomery and Francisco streets.

After spotting one of the suspects allegedly breaking into another vehicle in the 1800 block of Kearny Street, police took four people into custody, including 26-year-old Berkeley resident Tyler McKinney, 28-year-old Sacramento resident Christopher Wise, 23-year-old San Francisco resident Robert Warren and a 16-year-old male.

All four were booked on suspicion of two counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy.

The next day, officers patrolling near Church and 20th streets around 11 p.m. saw a vehicle with dealer plates and attempted to make a stop.

The vehicle sped away but then crashed at the corner of 25th and Church streets.

The suspect was not with the vehicle but police located him in a backyard in the 3800 block of 25th Street after a resident called to report someone jumping over his fence.

Police arrested Dominic Spears, an 18-year-old with no fixed address, and booked him on suspicion of one count of vehicle theft, one count possession of stolen property one count reckless evading, one count of failing to stop and exchange information at an accident, one count of failure to have a valid driving license while driving, one count of resisting arrest and one count of driving without a license plate.

On Wednesday, plainclothes officers conducting surveillance in the 1700 block of Alameda Street around 8:24 p.m. spotted a car double-parked near another vehicle and watched a man get out and begin looking at another vehicle.

The man drove away, but then returned a few minutes later, got out and approached the same vehicle and allegedly broke the window and grabbed a backpack from inside.

When officers moved in to arrest the man he tried to drive away, crashed into a parked car and fled on foot along with a passenger.

Police caught both after a short pursuit, however, and took into custody 20-year-old San Francisco resident Troy Savoy and 18-year-old Pleasant Hill resident Earl Jihad. Savoy was booked on suspicion of one count of second degree burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, one count of conspiracy, one count of resisting arrest and vehicle code violations, while Jihad was booked on suspicion of one count second degree burglary, one count of conspiracy, two counts of possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

On April 5, plainclothes officers spotted a man who appeared to casing vehicles near the corner of 10th and Harrison streets around 9:32 p.m. They watched the man get into the front passenger seat of a car and drive away, and then change seats with the driver before driving to Division Street west of King Street, where he allegedly broke the rear window of a parked car.

Officers tried to detain the suspects, but the driver reversed the car and crashed into a vehicle stopped in traffic.

Officers found burglary tools in the car and arrested 30-year-old Manuel Mills, of Richmond, 41-year-old Taj Williams, of Alameda, as well as 25-year-old Savannah Jacobs, a Richmond resident who officers found in the vehicle’s backseat, on a variety of charges including auto burglary and possession of stolen property.

Police also arrested 34-year-old Troy Hawthorn on Saturday April 7, after responding to a report around 3:30 p.m. of a bicycle being stolen out of a vehicle he area of Fifth and Townsend streets. Hawthorne, who has no fixed address, was identified as the suspect through the use of surveillance video and witness testimony, and located him and the stolen bicycle in a tent at Fourth and Harrison streets.

Hawthorne was booked on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Sara Gaiser
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