Crime and Public-Safety News: Oct. 6

Woman robbed at gunpoint on Eads Avenue

A woman was robbed at gunpoint of her purse and cell phone around 11 p.m. on the 7400 block of Eads, between Pearl and Genter streets, Monday, Sept. 12. The woman told police that two black men approached her as she was walking, brandished a handgun and demanded her purse and cell phone. She complied and the suspects fled on foot, heading northbound on Eads toward Pearl Street.

It is not known whether the woman was a random target or whether she was chosen for the robbery.

One suspect was described as an adult male, about 20 years old, between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing 150-160 pounds. The other suspect was described as an adult male, also about 20 years old, between 6 foot 4 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighing 220-240 pounds. The Police Night Team is continuing to investigate.

Sheriff warns of gas station ‘skimmers’

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department advises residents to keep their eyes open the next time they fill up at the gas pump, as someone has been installing scanning devices known as “skimmers” inside credit card readers at gas stations. They can steal credit or debit card information (including pin numbers), and use it to make fraudulent purchases.

The Sheriff’s Department has partnered with local and federal agencies to investigate these crimes. Several arrests have already been made. Here are things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Use the gas pump closest to the building. Most “skimmers”” are installed far away from the view of the gas station clerk.
  • Look closely at the gas pump and make sure the seal by the lock has not been broken. If the seal is broken, alert the clerk immediately.
  • Don’t use a card reader or keypad that is loose or raised above the surface of the gas pump panel.
  • Use cash and pay inside.
  • When possible, use a credit card (rather than a debit card) at the pump because it offers better fraud protection.
  • Always check your bank statements for any signs of fraud.
  • If you are a victim, call your local law enforcement agency.

How do I request extra patrol time in my neighborhood?

You can request extra patrol in your neighborhood using the Citizen Request Form on the San Diego Police Department website at and click on “Citizen Request Form.”

The form asks for information about the location and nature of your problem, when it occurs, who is involved and whether you’d like to be contacted directly. Once submitted, the request will be forwarded to the appropriate Division for follow up. —

Police Blotter

Sept. 17

  • DUI, 6000 block Beaumont Avenue, 8:05 a.m.

Sept. 20

  • Fraud, 1000 block Loring Street, 12 p.m.

Sept. 23

  • Vehicle theft, 7600 block La Jolla Boulevard, 1 p.m.

Sept. 24

  • Vehicle theft, 7100 block La Jolla Boulevard, 9:30 a.m.
  • Vandalism ($400 or more), 1200 block Coast Boulevard, 12:45 p.m.
  • Petty theft, 7900 block Girard Avenue, 5 p.m.

Sept. 26

  • Vehicle theft, 1100 block Sapphire Street, 12 a.m.
  • Vehicle theft, 2000 block Spindrift Drive, 12 p.m.

Sept. 27

  • Disorderly conduct, 7500 block Eads Avenue, 4:55 p.m.
  • Grand theft over $950, 1100 block Prospect Street, 11 p.m.

Sept. 30

  • Vandalism ($400 or more), 7500 block Girard Avenue, 12 p.m.

Oct. 1

  • Vehicle break-in/Theft: 200 block Bird Rock Avenue, 6:30 a.m.
  • Malicious mischief, 200 block Bird Rock Avenue, 9 a.m.

To report a non-emergency crime: Call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.