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Castro Crime: Portable toilet arson, car robbery turns into assault, more

Fire incident near Duboce Park. | Photo: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline
By Brian Ray - Published on September 12, 2018.

It's time for another look at the notable crimes reported in the Castro since our last roundup. All details are from SFPD reports, unless otherwise noted.

Early-morning store robbery

On September 12th at 2:40 a.m., a woman, 30-35, walked into a store on 18th Street near Noe Street. A 40-year-old male employee was present; the woman forced her way behind him to get to the counter and stole money from the cash register before fleeing the scene. No injuries were reported.

Three suspects break into car, attack owner

On August 30th at 11:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking to his vehicle when he discovered three male suspects, all in their 20s, breaking into his car. The suspects assaulted the victim, stealing his phone before fleeing in his vehicle. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Robbery leads to vehicular assault

On August 22nd at 2:30 p.m., a male suspect of unknown age stole a laser survey gun from a tripod near 17th and Castro before getting into a vehicle and attempting to flee. The victim of the theft, a 21-year-old man, stood in front of the suspect's car to prevent him from leaving, and was struck by the vehicle. The suspect drove away, and the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Corona Heights hot prowl

On August 20th at 4:15 a.m., a 61-year-old woman heard glass breaking in her residence near 16th and Flint. Upon investigating, she discovered that a window had been shattered and an unknown suspect had stolen a bicycle from her garage.

Portable toilet arson near Duboce Park

On August 19th at 10:53 p.m., an unknown suspect set fire to a portable toilet on Walter near Duboce. The SFFD arrived and extinguished the fire, which caused damage to the toilet (pictured above).

Robber scared off when discovered in victim's driveway

On August 15th at 9:30 a.m., a 55-year-old man was in his residence near 18th and Market when he heard a noise downstairs. Upon investigation, he discovered a male suspect, 50-55, in his driveway, who fled on foot. The suspect had kicked in a door to gain access, but was unable to steal anything before being found.


Anyone who has information about any of these incidents is encouraged to contact SFPD via the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

Here’s why we usually don’t include suspect descriptions in crime reports.

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