Crime Bulletin – August 2020

Posted on October 1, 2020


Crimes Investigated

Vehicle Burglary

During the month of August, there were no (0) reports of vehicles being burglarized within the Town of Colma.

Stolen Vehicles

During the month of August, there was one (1) report of a vehicle being stolen or embezzled within the Town of Colma.  One stolen vehicle was recovered by Colma Police Officers in the Town of Colma.


During the month of August, the Colma Police Department received twenty-three (23) reports of theft related crimes and made nine (9) arrests ranging from petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting, fraud, and embezzlement.

Towed Vehicles

During the month of August, there were eight (8) vehicles towed for violations ranging from arrested suspects, expired vehicle registration over six months, and abandoned vehicles.


During the month of August, patrol officers made a total of twenty-one (21) arrests for drug and alcohol related charges, which included four (4) arrests for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.


On 08/10/20, a robbery occurred on the 1200 block of El Camino Real.  Colma Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery that had just taken place where the male suspect threw a glass bottle at the person attempting to stop the theft, then lifted the side of his t-shirt exposing the grip of a handgun tucked into his waistband.  The suspect told the witness, “you better back off” after revealing the handgun.  The loss in the robbery was $70.00.  Colma Police Detectives located the suspect a short time later to the rear of the 500 block of Serramonte Boulevard where he was taken into custody without incident.  The handgun was later recovered from underneath a vehicle where the suspect had thrown it to avoid being apprehended with a gun in his possession.  The suspect was booked into San Mateo County Jail on several felony charges.

Grand Theft/Burglary

On 08/04/20 at approximately 3:05 PM, Colma Police Officers responded to a “grab and run” type theft from a business on the 200 block of Colma Blvd. The suspects entered the store and stole numerous laptops, for a total loss determined to be over $6,000. A witness provided officers with a license plate for the suspect vehicle and Colma Detectives later located the vehicle on northbound I-280 prior to the HWY 101 Interchange in San Francisco.  With the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) San Francisco Area Office, the occupants were detained without incident. The driver, identified as a female resident from Oakland, and a male juvenile out of Castro Valley were arrested for commercial burglary and grand theft.  Through our investigation, it was determined that this theft crew was linked to numerous other laptop thefts throughout the Bay Area.

Attempted Robbery/Criminal Threats while on Parole

On 08/20/20, at 9:59 am, Colma Police Officers responded to the 1400 block of Hillside Boulevard on a report of a woman stating that someone tried to kill her.  Colma Officers located the female who stated that a male suspect had just pushed her, attempted to steal her cellular device from her pant pocket and then threatened to kill her as she ran away from the suspect. Colma Detectives located the male suspect at the intersection of Hillside Boulevard and Chester Street where he was taken into custody without incident.  The male suspect was booked into San Mateo County Jail on several felony charges including a parole violation.

County-Wide Efforts

Officers Mercado, Trask, McKenna, Moreno, and Perez participated in Mutual Aid Fire Details in the Counties of San Mateo, Monterey, and Santa Cruz, to assist local law enforcement with evacuations and the safekeeping of evacuated areas from looters and criminal activity.

Community Events

  • 08/12/20, Council Meeting via Zoom
  • 08/26/20, Officer Escobar was Sworn in as a Full Time Police Officer
  • 08/26/20, Council Meeting via Zoom

August Statistics

Arrests 43
Reports Taken 86
Traffic Citations 46
Parking Citations 260
Automobile Collisions 5


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