San Francisco police made several arrests this month in connection with auto burglaries around the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach areas.
A man was arrested on Sept. 15 in connection with three burglaries in a public parking lot in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. At around 8:30 p.m., officers spotted a black car leave the parking lot in the 300 block of Beach Street. Car burglars are known to frequent that garage, according to police.
Officers watched the suspect park on Greenwich Street and then drive away, leaving property on the street where the car had been parked. They confiscated the property and continued to follow the car. The car then pulled into a gas station and officers said they recognized the driver, identified as Daevon James, as a “habitual auto burglar.”
James, a 25-year-old San Francisco resident, was allegedly found with someone else’s passport and a silver laptop that was later found to be stolen, according to police. He was taken to the county jail on suspicion of three counts of burglary, three counts of possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools.
The next day at about 6:30 p.m., officers in the area of Columbus Avenue and Chestnut Street saw a man get out of his car, break the rear window of a parked car and reach inside, according to police.
They arrested 21-year-old Shaheen Ali after a brief chase on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
Officers also arrested a man identified as Raheem Lewis on Sept. 17 on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy. The 19-year-old Antioch resident was with a 17-year-old boy who was cited for alleged second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy and driving without a license.
At 5:56 p.m., police got information from a parking lot attendant about the suspects driving a Honda and casing cars inside a parking garage on Francisco Street.
Police began to follow the vehicle and saw one suspect break the window of a parked car and grab two bags. They continued to follow the suspects down Midway Street and back into the garage on Francisco Street, according to police.
Officers surrounded the garage and took Lewis and the 17-year-old boy into custody without incident.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the San Francisco police 24-hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411. Those who call may remain anonymous.
-Nuria Marquez, Bay City News