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FiDi/North Beach crime: Interior of car set on fire in public garage; overnight burglaries; more

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By Teresa Hammerl - Published on May 18, 2020.

Here are some notable crime incidents in SFPD's Central District since our last biweekly recap. The district encompasses Chinatown; the Financial District; the Embarcadero; Russian, Telegraph and Nob Hills; North Beach and Union Square.

Interior of car set on fire in public garage

On May 12, a 30-year-old man broke the passenger window of a car parked in a public garage on the 700 block of Pacific Avenue (between Grant and Stockton) at 5:17 a.m. He then used an aerosol can and lighter to burn the front and rear interior of the vehicle. Officers arrived at the scene and the man was taken into custody.

Clothes set on fire in alley

Another arson investigation occurred on the same day around 8:44 a.m., after a 29-year-old man set clothing items on fire at Cosmo Place (between Jones and Taylor). Officers responded and put out the fire, and the suspect was arrested.

Bicycles, backpack taken in garage burglary

On May 8 around 4:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the garage of a home on the 1100 block of Greenwich Street (between Leavenworth and Hyde). The The intruder took bicycles and a backpack as the victim, a 36-year-old man, slept. No arrest was made. 

Newspapers lit on fire in alley

A 40-year-old woman set newspapers on fire in Ils Lane (a small side street near Columbus Avenue and Jackson Street) on May 5 at 5 p.m. The fire was lit adjacent to a building, but the blaze didn't cause any damage. The woman was arrested.

Man awakens, finds belongings missing

Also on May 5, a 51-year-old man awoke in his home on Grenard Terrace (near Greenwich and Polk streets) around 7:45 a.m., and found his back door open. A search revealed that a laptop, tablets, purses and cash were missing. The victim did not witness a suspect entering the home; no arrests were made. 


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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