Crime Bulletin – April 2024

Posted on May 1, 2024

Information in this report may not include all responses or participation of the Colma Police Department.

Crimes Investigated

In March of 2024, we took 143 reports, about slightly up from February which had 129 reports.  We arrested 82 people for 76 misdemeanors and 6 felonies; issued 325 criminal, traffic, and parking citations; and conducted 110 traffic enforcement stops.  Between April 1st and April 22th, we have already taken 122 reports, made 66 arrests, issued 256 citations, and conducted 111 traffic stops.

On March 23rd we took 6 cases involving theft and warrant arrests.  One case of note occurred at a local retail establishment where two people acted in concert to steal over a thousand dollars’ worth of baby clothing.  Through the investigation it was determined that this was an organized retail theft ring.  The suspects fled the scene in a black BMW 320i and were last seen getting onto northbound Hwy 280.  Anyone with information regarding this or any other crimes are encouraged to contact our detective division at 650-997-8321 or our anonymous tip line at 650-997-8337.

Between March 24th and March 31st officers took 35 cases, ranging from theft arrests, narcotic related arrests, warrant arrests and driving under the influence of alcohol arrests.

One case occurred on March 27th where officers were on routine patrol in one of our shopping centers.  While on patrol they were approached by a loss prevention officer from one of the stores.  The loss prevention officer informed the officers that there was a subject inside of the store concealing merchandise.  As the suspect exited the store the officers detained him for the theft investigation.  A search of the suspect revealed narcotics, a taser and pepper spray concealed on his person.  A records check of the suspect showed that he was a convicted felon, on Post Release Community Supervision (PCRS) and had an active felony no bail arrest warrant, which means that he can not bail out of jail.  Following medical clearance, the subject was issued a citation for theft, narcotic possession, and being a felon in possession of a taser and pepper spray.  He was booked into county jail on his arrest warrant.  On March 29th he was released from our county jail and sent to the county that had the warrant out for his arrest.  The same subject was then booked into our county jail again on April 14th for theft and narcotic related offenses by a neighboring jurisdiction.  He was released on April 18th.  Then on April 19th Colma Officers observed the same subject in the same shopping center he was arrested in on March 27th.  Recognizing who he was the officers stopped and conducted a PCRS search of his person.  He was found to be in possession of narcotic paraphernalia.  He was issued a citation and released from the scene.

On April 1st officers took nine cases ranging from found property to theft arrests, narcotic possession arrests, vandalism cases, warrant arrests and a burglary arrest.  The burglary case involved a series of retail thefts from one of our local retail establishments.  The loss prevention officer for the store reported that the same known individual had stolen on multiple occasions.  Officers responded on scene and was able to link four previous cases to this individual.  On Aril 7th Officers located the subject and arrested him for all outstanding theft cases.  He remains in custody at the jail pending trial for the cases.

Between April 2nd and 8th officers took another 41 cases ranging from thefts, warrant arrests, narcotic arrests, stolen vehicles, burglaries, vandalism, missing person cases, and court order violation cases.

On April 9th at approximately 3:00 pm, Colma Officers were dispatched to the area of Mission Road and El Camino Real on a report of a male physically attacking another male. Officers arrived on scene and located one male victim laying on the ground andthe male suspect laying on the ground. Officers detained the male suspect without incident. Speaking with the victim, he told Officers the suspect came up behind him and placed him in a “bear hug”. The male started punching the victim in an attempt to take his cell phone. The Colma Fire Department arrived on scene and treated the victim who sustained moderate injuries. Matthew Callaway, a 65-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested for robbery and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.  He remains in custody at county jail as of 4-22-24.

Between April 10th and 13th officers took another 19 cases, one of which occurred on April 12th when officers conducted a pedestrian stop of a subject pushing a shopping cart along Junipero Serra Blvd.  The subject falsely identified herself to the officer indicating that she was a different person.  Upon discovering her identity officers learned that there was a warrant out for her arrest.  A search of her person revealed that she was in possession of additional victim’s personal identifying information in violation of various identity theft laws.  She was arrested and booked into jail for various felony charges and her outstanding warrant.  She remains in custody as of 4-22-24.

On April 14th officers were dispatched to the area of Junipero Serra Boulevard and Serra Center on a report of a reckless driver. We were informed that a black Mercedes-Benz had run two red signal lights and was currently stopped in the middle of the road.  Officers arrived in the area and observed the Mercedes-Benz stopped on S/B Junipero Serra Boulevard. Officers observed a male and female walking away from the vehicle and walking towards a nearby shopping center. Arriving officers contacted the male driver who told officers the male and female were associated with him and the vehicle. The male driver told officers his vehicle had run out of gas and the male and female were walking to get gas. A records check conducted by our dispatchers revealed the male was on Parole out of Austin, Texas and was a wanted fugitive out of Texas. During a search of the vehicle, rifle ammunition was in the driver’s side door. Clothing from various stores, with the security sensors still attached, were in the front and rear passenger seats of the vehicle. The male driver was placed under arrest. The female and second male were located and detained. They both initially provided officers with fake names. A records check conducted by our dispatchers of the female’s true name revealed she had an out of county, felony warrant for her arrest. A records check conducted by our dispatchers of the male’s true name revealed he had two, out of county, felony warrants for his arrest. It was later determined the male and female had stolen from two different businesses in the 100 block of Serramonte Boulevard in Daly City, with the male driver acting as the getaway driver. At one business, the male and female stole approximately $1,043.68 worth of merchandise. The business’ manager also advised the male used wire cutters to remove security sensors. At the second business, it was determined the female stole approximately $410.65 worth of merchandise. All three subjects were arrested and booked into jail and all three are still in custody as of 4-22-24.

Between April 15th and 22nd Colma Officers took another 34 cases.  These cases ranged from traffic collisions, burglaries, thefts, stolen vehicle reports, narcotic possess, warrant arrest and various other crimes.

Community Events

4/7/2024 Worship Services Mercy Housing
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4/17/24 Senior Luncheon CCC
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4/25/24 Mercy Monthly Breakfast Mercy Housing
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4/28/24 Worship Services Mercy Housing
4/29/24 Law Enforcement Explorer Academy Graduation St. Francis High School, Mountain View


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