SFPD Gives Details on Recent Crimes Reported at Gateway

Social media network Nextdoor’s Gateway news feed has been abuzz lately with posts about crimes at the Gateway Apartments and Townhomes.

After hearing about the incidents, Golden Gateway Tenants Association President Bill Hannan sent an email to members reading, “There have been reports of several recent burglaries at the Gateway. Please always keep your apartment door locked.

“Also, there is a security lock at the base of your sliding glass door, which will allow you to lock that door in one of two positions, either open a few inches or completely closed.

“You may want to consider buying renters insurance.  If you have an existing auto insurance policy, your insurer may give you a discount if you add renters insurance.  Gateway management recommends Resident Shield at http://www.residentshield.com/ and (800) 566-1186. I do not know what relationship if any Gateway may have with that company.

“If you can avoid letting strangers into our buildings without risk to your own safety, please think about keeping strangers at bay.

Be careful in here.”

SFPD Central Station Capt. David Lazar gave details from several recent reports filed.

Oct. 10, 13 and 17

550 Battery St.

An 83-year-old woman who lives on the 20th floor of the Gateway filed three reports within seven days.

The first report, on Oct. 10, claimed that between 9 a.m. and noon, two soap dishes were stolen from her apartment. An officer was in her unit at 2:30 p.m. and prepared the report. No signs of forced entry were noticed.

The same woman called back to claim that on Oct. 13 between 1 and 2 p.m. a silverware set worth $10,000 was stolen. And Oct. 17, she called to say that on Oct. 10 between 1 and 3 p.m. – the same day the officer originally went to her unit to take the report about the stolen soap dishes – a sterling silverware set worth $20,000 was taken.

Oct. 12

550 Battery St.

The robbery victim was walking north on Battery Street around 1:50 a.m. and was approached by an African American male, 20 to 25 years old. The suspect showed the victim a silver handgun and stole a backpack containing an iPhone, wallet, passport, credit cards, and cash, and and also took the victim’s watch, then ran away.

Oct. 19

550 Battery St.

Between 7 and 8:30 a.m., the victim entered a ninth-floor apartment and left a note on the outside of door saying, “Hospice, come in – door is open” and put her purse on the table near the kitchen. Within minutes, she came back to find her purse with a wallet, cash, a blank check and ID, along with an iPad, were stolen. The victim was not a resident of the unit.

Oct. 21

440 Davis Court

Someone called security to report a suspect had climbed through a fifth-floor apartment window around 6 p.m. Security went to the apartment and searched it, but didn’t find anyone. The victim may have been distracted by a loud television.

The victim noticed her window shades were disturbed and the window was pulled out. It appears the suspect entered through her apartment and exited into the hallway, as security did find a man on the fourth floor matching the description. He ran, but Gateway security captured him and officers arrested him.

The suspect is a Hispanic male, 22, who lives in San Francisco. He was charged with burglary and also misappropriation of lost property because he had a cellphone on him that he claimed belonged to a relative.

Gateway residents might recall another “hot prowl” burglar was arrested in May entering apartments while victims were home, but he was a young African American male. Read the SFPD Central Station Newsletter, May 15, 2014, for more.