Capt. Eric Vintero: Recap of March activities

Captain's Message - March 30, 2012
Members of the SF Police Department (SFPD) recently arrested a three-strike parolee who was responsible for a long string of residential burglaries in San Francisco and the Peninsula going back to December 2011. Taken into custody on March 13, was Albert Hernandez Jr., 44, who resides in Oakland and Daly City. He was arrested by San Francisco police officers as he was leaving a San Bruno residence with an armful of property. Hernandez was taken into custody after a brief struggle in which he attempted to flee from officers.

The SFPD and other local agencies have photographed the recovered property and uploaded photos on a website so burglary victims can view and identify burglarized items. The web site is: recoveredproperty.

Persons who believe they recognize their property should send an e-mail to [email protected], and include the agency with which the report was filed, case number, and the image number and description of the item(s). An investigator from the appropriate agency will contact the victim.

For complete details regarding this great arrest, please visit the SFPD website at You can also find useful crime prevention tips, crime maps/stats, information on how to file a report, and useful links to other city resources.

The SFPD also uses social media tools to enhance communication with the public. The SFPD website will have links to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of these social media sites so that you can stay informed.

Captain's Message - March 23, 2012
St. Patrick's Day weekend recap: The officers at Richmond Station worked very hard this weekend to ensure public safety. A DUI checkpoint was set up at Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue by the SFPD's Traffic Company on Saturday night. More than 400 cars/drivers were inspected, but there were no arrests made related to drunk driving. There were no injury accidents in the district due to an intoxicated driver.

Richmond Station undercover officers conducted inspections at numerous bars along the Geary and Clement Street corridors. A total of 15 misdemeanor arrests were made for offenses such as: minor on premises (under 21); possession of a fake I.D.; bar allowing consumption of alcohol after 2 a.m.; a warrant arrest; and a furnishing marijuana arrest. Numerous quality-of-life infraction citations were also issued for public urination and drinking in public. The majority of the culprits were college students from outside of San Francisco.

Our station permit officer will be working closely with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), the SFPD alcohol licensing unit, and the Entertainment Commission to ensure that these businesses will be held accountable for violations. There were no violent crimes reported over the weekend.

Capt. Eric Vintero is the commanding officer at the Richmond Station.