A Hyper-Local Guide to Noe Valley
Kudos to that Ontrac driver. Mine typically just throws my packages down to hallway in front of my upstairs neighbors apartment.
This guy must have been following the Ontrac driver around because the same exact thing happened to me yesterday (on the 12th) in Noe. I returned home to a carefully sliced open Amazon box with all the contents removed. The box was carefully hidden back under the mat just as I suspect the Ontrac driver did. What a dirtbag.
Is that Vanilla Ice?
My package was outright stolen, also yesterday. I'm at 22nd & Sanchez. Golden State Overnight left it at the door at 10:53 and by 12:30 when I got home it was not there. Definitely a rash of package thefts right now. Hope the police catch the bandit.
Add us to the list of recent Noe victims...we were away for a few days over Labor Day and came back to 2 pilfered boxes. One had printer cartridges (sadly a score for the bad guys) and the other was a Land's End baby gift sent by friends. Seems like the police could set up a pretty easy sting operation to catch the vanilla ice scumbag. I know that felony charges can be made against anyone stealing US mail; wonder if the same can apply to UPS or Fedex items from Amazon and Lands End?
I work for OnTrac. Providing a positive delivery experience is important, and we would like to follow up on your delivery. May I please have the tracking number for your shipment? Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For privacy reasons, please do not post the tracking number in a reply or comment. Thank you.
My roommate also had a large package(Fedex) in our doorway(27th Street) that was opened, the contents removed, and the box left there on Sept 12th.
Same thing happened to us on Wednesday the 12th. Ontrac left our amazon package on our front porch. We found box opened and contents missing. Good thing it was only toothpaste. 22nd and Noe.
We also had a package stolen on Sept 12. (22nd and Grand View) Looks like these may have all been related.
One more to the list of Noe Valley packages stolen. Baby gifts (baby book and stuffed animal) from a friend and the person still took it (about 2 weeks ago). Yesterday I noticed a person driving about 1 minute behind a fedex van down 22nd street. He slowed down in front of where Fedex had stopped. It looked like he was looking to see if something was left. Glad I was home to receive the package.
add another at 22nd and Sanchez. He's hit us on three separate occasions now and I have a security camera now recording our stoop. I've spoken with FedEx and they've described the same person and are aware of him, but haven't been able to catch him. USPS reports that there are two different people, one caucasian, one african american on a bicycle. UPS is the one that told me about this video on the Noe Valley site. The UPS driver also mentioned that SFPD has arrested him once but were unable to hold him due to insufficient evidence.Just FYI. All of the carriers will hold packages until you are available if you leave notice on your door. Even OnTrac.
We had a package stolen today at 3:00 from our apartment stoop. A used children's book, of all things. I saw the guy from my window. He put the book in his bag and took off on a bicycle. I called the police and filed a report, as we were encouraged to do. The more people report it, the more they will be aware of the problem, I guess. I hope they catch this guy. It's really awful having to replace gifts when you really can't afford it.
Just want to add: on Sat 9/29 around 4-5pm, I saw the infamous guy on the bicycle (mentioned in the Noe Valley Newspaper). He was cruising looking for packages. I actually followed him a bit (and just stared at him to let him know I was watching..of course, he just smiles and waves). Anyway, he started on 22nd/Castro, cruised 22nd to Sanchez, goes down a street, and then zig-zags all the way down to Elizabeth. He is exactly as the newspaper describes. I suggest keeping an eye out and if you see him taking stuff, call the police.
It's up to UPS (or any other carrier) to replace the package if they do not successfully deliver it. Leaving it at your door is not successful delivery. All you have to do is call UPS and say you didn't get the package and they have to replace it. Since they didn't get your signature they have no proof of delivery. If this happens more, then perhaps UPS will be more careful to get a signature in the future. For business addresses, they do not leave packages without signatures. They only do this for residential addresses.
This man is a notorious Noe Valley thief who sometimes acts with another man who is his accomplice. He has been stealing things from Noe Valley residents for over two years and the police seem unmotivated to catch him.He is about 40 years old, just over 6' tall, with medium complexion darker skin, usually with light facial hair, almost always wears a SF Giants jacket - and always, always, always rides a cheaper bike wherever he goes. He also favors stealing on weekends, though has been known to steal on weekdays, too. Days and nights are both fair game.His m.o. seems to be starting high in the Noe Valley/Twin Peaks area and making his way down toward the Mission district. He usually has a trash bag or large backpack with him, usually filled with other people's packages that he takes from their doorsteps or entry ways.How do I know so much about this guy? I caught him stealing a flower bouquet from my front foyer and confronted him when he did so. "Hey, those flowers were sent to my sick girlfriend who is bedridden with a really bad injury." "Oh yeah, well I thought they were sent to me. Whatever, I'm just trying to eat." "Eat? Oh, really? You can eat my sick girlfriend's flowers" "Fuck you, man, life's a bitch sometimes." Drops the flowers, runs back to bike, hops on and rides away. Called SFPD. Talked me out of filing a police report.A few months later, I was looking out of my front window and saw the same guy using a knife or box cutter to cut open the soft-top on a convertible Mazda Miata parked in front of my house. He reached through the cut top and into the car, when he grabbed what looked like a laptop bag from the back seat. He got back on his bike and started riding away quickly.Immediately I called the SFPD and they came and offered and drive me around to try and find the guy, but then declined doing so when I agreed. I then saw the guy walking down 24th Street a few minutes later, only to tell the same cops that he was just around the corner. They talked for a while amongst themselves and then took off in their patrol cars. No idea how it turned out, though I have seen the same guy stalking houses and packages in Noe Valley a half-dozen times since.
It's the carrier's fault for leaving packages lying around as bait for theives.
He (or someone like him) took my Amazon/OnTrac package, two weeks ago. I think he must be following the delivery guy because mine is left up some stairs, and around a corner on the front porch of my stand-alone house. It's 8ft above street level and completely out of view from the sidewalk; not the kind of thing one could easily stumble upon. No-one has any reason to be there unless they're knocking on my front door or up to mischief.
I just saw this guy yesterday on Sanchez and Jersey. It was around 4 pm and he was riding his bike slowly; so I asked him if he had stolen any packages lately and he took off!! I suggest everyone that sees him confronts him and maybe he will get the message. I am a woman; not very big and this guy did not intimidate me at all. We need to let him know we will not put up with this!!!
Everyone. Talk to your carriers and leave a sign stating that all packages must be delivered in person. All of our carriers gladly accepted our request and keep us updated on where the thief was last seen. They're doing the same thing we are and he's just as brazen towards them.And yes, he follows them around the neighborhood.
There is a long-haired bearded guy who walks dogs down 22nd St.and then down Sanchez in the morning (around 9 am)who is taking a Chronicle from the front porch or steps of various houses on various days. After losing my paper several mornings, I contacted the Chron to report these incidents and asked them to deliver the paper through the mail slot. They now do, thank you very much. Petty yes, but WTF.
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At 8:15AM this morning I watched the same guy casually riding down Elizabeth Street between Diamond and Castro Streets toward the Mission with 2x different bikes - his usual bike and another smaller sized, electric blue bike that he was double riding alongside his bike.The only time people do that is when they are taking their bike to a bike shop to get it fixed or stealing someone else's bike and riding away with it.No bike shops are open at 8:15AM in the morning.
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