Crime Bulletin — December 2019

Posted on February 3, 2020

Crimes Investigated

Vehicle Burglary

During the month of December, there were two (2) reports of vehicles being burglarized.

Stolen Vehicle

During the month of December five (5) vehicles were reported stolen or embezzled and one (1) stolen vehicle was recovered.


During the month of December, The Colma Police Department received twenty-five (25) reports of theft related crimes and made ten (10) arrests ranging from petty theft, grand theft, shoplifting and burglary.

Towed Vehicles

During the month of December, there were four (4) vehicles towed for violations ranging from arrested suspects, expired vehicle registration over six months, and abandoned vehicles.


During the month of December, patrol officers made a total of eighteen (18) arrests for drug and alcohol related charges, which included four (4) arrests for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Attempted Stolen Vehicle X6 By a Street Gang – UPDATE

On 10/24/19, Colma Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Serramonte Boulevard on a report of multiple vehicle thefts in progress by at least five (5) suspects.  Several suspects fled the area in a white Lexus while one male suspect was observed running south from the property and one suspect was detained after a short foot pursuit.  A perimeter was set up with the assistance of Broadmoor, Daly City, South San Francisco, and Pacifica Police Departments in an effort to locate the suspect that fled on foot but was unsuccessful.  Further investigation revealed that the suspects were part of a criminal gang that has been targeting similar businesses in Northern California to steal vehicles.  They attempted to steal six (6) vehicles but were unsuccessful as Colma Officers arrived on scene as the theft was in progress.  After an extensive investigation involving multiple Law Enforcement Agencies, eight suspects have been identified.  Colma Detectives expedited arrest warrants on all eight suspects and with the help of Sacramento County Probation arrested two of the suspects on 12/23/19, in the Sacramento area.


Domestic Violence/Carjacking/Vehicle Theft

On 12/03/19 at approximately 5:30pm, a female was injured due to a physical altercation with her boyfriend, who then physically removed her from her vehicle and then stole the car.  This took place on the 400 block of Serramonte Boulevard.  The suspect fled the area in the vehicle and was later arrested by SFPD in San Francisco, as the vehicle was electronically tracked by the registered owner (victim).  Suspect was transported back to Colma where he was arrested on multiple felony charges and booked into San Mateo County Jail.

Shooting in to Inhabited Dwelling

On 12/22/19 at approximately 8:42pm, Colma Police were dispatched to the 400 block of “F” Street on a report of multiple shots fired.  Officers arrived and contacted several subjects that stated they were inside of a residence in the area at the time of the shooting.  Further investigation revealed four bullet holes in a structure, and it was determined to be an isolated incident.  Colma Detectives are currently investigating the crime.

County-Wide Efforts

No Officer participated in a San Mateo County Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) detail, as it was not conducted during the month of December.

Officer Mercado graduated from Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).

Detective Sergeant Pfotenhauer retired after serving 24 years in Law Enforcement, 21 of those years with the Colma Police Department.

Community Events

  • 12/02/19, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 12/03/19, Re-Organization of City Council
  • 12/07/19, Stuff the Police Cruiser Toy Drive
  • 12/11/19, Senior Luncheon
  • 12/14/19, Candy Cane Day Event
  • 12/14/19, Colma Holiday Party
  • 12/16/19, Cocoa with a Cop
  • 12/12/19, Senior Luncheon
  • 12/20/19, Council of Cities Dinner
  • 12/25/19, MERRY CHRISTMAS


December Statistics

Arrests 63
Reports Taken 122
Traffic Citations 39
Parking Citations 171
Automobile Collisions 13


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