Group of Males Reported in Linda Mar Area Asking for Money

Linda Mar residents experience a spree of late night and early morning visits the past week from unidentified males knocking on their front doors and asking for gas or drug money.

Pacifica Police were called to Linda Mar Boulevard on Sunday to a report that two men had knocked on a resident’s door at 10 p.m. Saturday demanding money because they ran out of gas.

They were “very confrontational” and “neighbors say it has happened to them also,” according to the reporting party in the Oct. 21 Pacifica Police log.

On Monday, Pacifica Police were dispatched to Anza Drive to yet another report that at least three males in their late teens or early 20s knocked on a resident’s door at 6:45 a.m. yelling “give me some coke.”

Pacifica resident Marci Haas says this has been happening to residents in the Linda Mar area since last Wednesday.

“People have been getting woken up late at night and very early in the morning by a group of males banging on their front doors, ringing the door bell and either demanding money for gas or yelling really loud that they want cocaine money,” she said.

According to Haas, her co-worker who also lives in the Linda Mar area called the Pacifica Police about it because it’s happened two times to her within the past week that someone has knocked on her door asking for money.

She describes the two males she saw on her porch as “ghetto dudes, wearing grey and black hoodies with hoods on and saggy pants.”

Haas has heard five stories so far, she said, all complaining about the same reoccurring issue and in one instance, perhaps unrelated, the men were wearing Halloween masks.

Has this happened to you? If so, what neighborhood do you live in?

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Vicki Zettler October 25, 2012 at 12:50 AM
It happened to us the other night. A young man, maybe early 20's knocked on the door and said his name was Chris and he lived up the block and needed bus token. He was sweating, wore a hoody and a baseball cap. I said no, he then said then just give me some money to get a bus token. When I said no, he ran back to the street, got on a bike and rode away. We live off Linda Mar not far from the Sanchez art center.
MM October 25, 2012 at 05:28 AM
So is any of this related to the kids that were partying at the house on Dell where the murder took place last week? Seems to fit the profile of age range, erratic, drug induced behavior. Coincidentally, the same time frame?!?! Just a thought... Hope the patrol steps it up with more presence. Like Mandi said, the community will need to come together to get these kids, who I sense are all of the same group, off the streets.
Natasha October 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Do we have a community watch? How does one get involved? I'm very concerned with this uptick in violence and burglary occurring in the Linda Mar area. We live in the general area and were actual hit by the vehicular burglary spree last year. What are the police doing? It seems like things are getting worse. I'm raising my daughter here and I thought that this was a good neighborhood for that, now I'm wondering.
NUNYA October 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM
They should have used a stun gun on you.
Marianne October 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Vicki this same exact thing happened to me a few days ago -- sounded to be the same person and he used the same name. However this guy was super polite and asked for a bus token - gave me a sob story and when I cut him off and told him "look, what do you really want?" He asked for money. I told him no and he politely said thank you and took off. The really scary part about this though was he told me "I'm friends with your neighbor across the street." He knew their first names so I didn't think anything about it and is why I talked to him initially. I asked my neighbors and they said they had no idea who that was - he must have known their names somehow. Looking at mail or scoping out the place perhaps?
Deb Wong October 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM
We're seeing it everywhere. Just got back from a road trip around the northern part of our state, including many areas where crime is on the upswing. The use of methamphetamine is especially ubiquitous. My niece's home in Eureka was recently burgled twice by what the local law enforcement calls "tweekers" (methamphetamine users who are known for their extreme paranoia, flagrant dishonesty, and lack of non-tweeker friends. A tweeker will steal your stuff, and then help you look for it). So, it isn't just Pacifica (I grew up in Pacifica- it is my home town), but these types of behaviors are everywhere.
Jo Tog October 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Obama's America.
p-town rabit October 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
maybe if this town would build something like a roller rink or somehting for the kids to do you idiots wouldnt have this problem. I grew up here and so did my son, and there wasnt anything to do then either ... thats two generations and im sure we're not the only two ...Instead of spending over a million on some stupid walkpath and uping residents garbage rates , and then complaining the streets are over run by hoods and turning this town into a gastapo , get smart and build something for these kids to do ... they're good kids ,just board ! ignorance of the city council and the idiots who voted them in are to blame , not the kids.........
john currie October 26, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Yeah i thought the same thing.. these punks show at my door at 2 am their kneecaps are gonna be missin the next time they wake up...
p-town rabit October 26, 2012 at 06:06 AM
sounds to me like you have no clue what your talking about so how about keeping you thoughts to yourself , those kids involved in that murder have people who are going thru enough without you trying to making whats going on the cause of an awful occurance without people trying to make it a ongoing headline or daily reminder.....
p-town rabit October 26, 2012 at 06:11 AM
and how the hell would you know , are you a tweeker , you sure know the slang words for them ? i suggest you keep your text book talk where it belongs , stereo typing is wrong, and theat crap doesnt do that to everyone and not all of them are thiefs, I'd look at the parents for the answer to that statement....
p-town rabit October 26, 2012 at 06:12 AM
p-town rabit October 26, 2012 at 06:19 AM
well if its money for a bus token this kid wanted , and you all want him to go away get everyone on the block together chip in and buy him a bus pass, sounds to me like hes trying to leave and just needs a little assistance , you're the ones stoping him...
Vanessa Slagboom October 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I raised my kids in Linda Mae because I was raised Linda mar to have good hometown value and life long friends. They lost their good friend to extreme violence. The kids knocking on doors to me is sign of drug use. Very sad. I am at a lose what to do and if I can help. I
MM October 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
p-town rabit, you, my "friend" are a part of the problem. Something I wouldn't expect for you to see or understand. In reading your comments, you should be ashamed of yourself. Saying there is "nothing" for the kids to do in this town? What about take up surfing, baseball, soccer, musical instruments, art, becoming more involved in school activities, etc.? Why is it the towns responsibility to do the parents job? Maybe try occupying the children's time yourself and take responsibility as a parent. After all, you are the one that brought life into the world and is ultimately RESPONSIBLE. I would be dammed if I blamed my child's failures on anyone but myself. "well if its money for a bus token this kid wanted , and you all want him to go away get everyone on the block together chip in and buy him a bus pass, sounds to me like hes trying to leave and just needs a little assistance , you're the ones stoping him..." Really, REALLY? Feed the behavior and give them what they want? Sounds like a plan. Do yourself a favor, change your negative, carping attitude and watch the world around you change... Best of luck to you! Wishing you happiness and success!
KJpacnative October 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I grew up here, drugs have always been here unfortunately. It was wide spread in the 70s. Now the newer drugs are more dangerous especially meth. It's been relatively safe here for the most part regarding violence, it depends on what part of town your in. I remember in the 60s as a kid driving by the Wonder Inn bar (on the beach by Crespi dr) where there were always riots. Linda Mar overall has been a safe place. Different decades has had different problems. Overall it's been a safe place to raise kids. Praying for my City.
Maiz Puerro October 27, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I came to Linda Mar a year and a half ago from Oakland. I lived in Oakland for 10 years, but in the time I lived there, there was so many murders and attempted murders it was frightening. Myself? I had a middle school gang chase me down the street from my house (yes, middle school). I called 911 twice and it was busy. Gangs of kid broke into homes and cars on my street. I've been spit on and threatened on the bus. I stopped 2 teens from beating an older man while a bus driver watched. 3 neighbors on our block had their cars stolen. We interrupted a car chop in front of our house where they are dismantling the car for parts. I was threatened on the city bus twice, hit with a water bottle once. A body bag with a dead body was thrown on the interstate ramp a block from my house. A neighbor (and yes he was 7 houses away) was dismembering women in his house. Jean Quan had her purse snatched at our Safeway. I quit carrying a purse because a woman was ant spraying women in the face to get their purse and rob them. The final blow? A home invasion directly across the street from us. They put a gun on a 10 year old child and threatened to kill her in front of her father. I loved our neighbors there. The perps were paroles, same prior crime. Why the diatribe? Because Pacifica is extremely safe!!!! There are isolated incidents I agree, but even with this "Chris" person, there was NO violence. AND, the police are responsive and patrol here constantly.
Aloiysa Mangini October 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
As a parent who has been actively involved in my child's life, good schools, sports, church, morals, love, affection, discipline, travel, family, friends, good life, not perfect but good. I love Pacifica and it's not the responsibility of the city to "entertain" our kids, for the love of God we have a beach, good schools, a skate park, hiking/biking trails, parks, trails, a bowling alley (expensive, but we still have one :) my point is we can't blame, the city, the government, and parents. Even if these kids where raised with none of the things I have instilled in my children every human beings has the ability to know right from wrong. It would seem that life could be pretty easy, do what you're suppose to do (school, work, obey the law, don't do drugs, do unto others as you would have done unto you) and don't do what you're not suppose to do (drugs, don't work, sit around and complain about what the city/government is not doing for you), but unfortunately things don't always work out so smoothly. I am just saying it's so easy to sit back and judge until things get real. I truly believe most people are just trying to do their best. Simple I know, but hey I'm a simple person.
Dan Druff October 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Yes, these people are scary douchebags. Yes, they're creepy. I used to know some of them. I can confirm that for you. Want to know something that would have helped them not being trained into a life of shitfuckery? If the schools around town didn't have programs that systematically left them in the dirt. Because that's what happens. You know who's the primary culprit for that in Pacifica? IBL. You know why? Because so many of the teachers there are put into a system where they don't have time/aren't trained to give a damn about them. Bullying. Sexual harassment. Body shaming. And then you get these kids who don't know what to do with themselves because nobody ever had time or thought it was important enough to involve them in events or programs that are constantly stripped until the schools are barebones institutions devoted to methods that DO NOT WORK. You can talk all about how your generation were a bunch of upstanding little adults as much as you want, but when it comes down to it: Kids don't magically teach themselves to grow up. They require role models who give a damn about them, and people TEACHING them at a young age. Money constraints and lack of resources in the last 20 years have dramatically changed the availability of this. That's what you had that made you so damn special. Put some points in empathy and stop shaming people for what they don't have that you had.
Dan Druff October 28, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Punishing kids by hitting them is basically telling your kid "Look, you did something wrong. Because I'm big and I am in a position of power, I get to hit you for this." and then they go through life with the understanding that if they are in a position of power, it is okay for them to hit people to punish them. It's a stupid, hamfisted, inefficient, and outright mean way to send a very mixed signal to your child and for them to develop a distrust of you.
Jo Tog October 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I disagree it is the moral breakdown of the American family that is breeding kids to not know how to make the right decisions.
Calliope Konstantine November 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
happened to us 10/22 right after the Giants winning. 20-something vaguely familiar-looking white kid knocks on the door. My husband was in the garage and even though the kid wasn't super big, i felt it was a better move to lead him away from the house to the front yard because I had a child inside and was sort of creeped out by his story that made no sense: Do you know X neighbor down the street, they sent me here, blah blah, i need bart money to go to a giants after party....are you X's mom? (yeah that makes a lot of sense, didn't you just say you were at X's house?) . I get husband to deal with him and go back in the house and don't think much of it. Husband sends him away, says the kid said something to the effect of "you don't have to be such an ***hole about it" upon being turned down and hence proceeded to bicycle away. A few minutes later I told husband I was not sure what to do when he came to the door so that is why i led him outside to the garage (I guess the door was closed so he didn't know any of this). Upon hearing the kid had come to the door (as opposed to the kid just circling around the street) husband re-ignites and decides to track down this kid on his harley, finds him at the sun valley dairy. I tried to stop him, not wanting to make the situation worse to no avail. The kid is freaked out having this angry 200 and something pound loud and angry Italian after him. Kid runs into the pizza place near the sun valley convenience store (cont)
Calliope Konstantine November 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
continued- they take it outside. Husband says "you know where i live, now I'm going to know where you live." Husband follows kid on bicycle down the wrong side of the road on his harley, cops drive by, take no notice. They arrive at residence on main blvd. Husband makes kid show his ID and gets his name. The kid's brothers are all there, but no parents in evidence. One brother threatens to call cops, husband says good, do it, you probably all have records, etc. Brothers do not call cops. Husband probably rants and raves at them for a bit. I hear this story after he was gone a good 30 min or so. I actually felt bad for the kid having unleashed the 'kracken' upon him not knowing he would actually follow him, but at the time I thought this was the proverbial 'isolated incident'. This kid needs to know how dangerous it is for him to be doing door-to-door begging. He should consider himself lucky that my husband was home. I have PTSD . What if I had felt afraid and was here alone with a young child and freaked out thinking this was a home invasion or worse? He might think dealing with him was a nightmare but it could have been much worse. The only reason I even opened the door was i thought it was a neighbor thinking it was us lighting off firecrackers or whatever to complain. It was after 9 pm, porch light was off. I don't open the door to hardly anyone period and as i said I have weapons, in case. This kid better get his act together.
Maiz Puerro November 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I think "kracken" may have cured up this problem. I'm sorry you and your family were traumatized but I think the kid really needed a good dose of 200 pound angry Italian "kracken" following the kid to his own home. Sorry, I did laugh a bit at your comment. I hope that is the end of this now. Thank you "kracken."
Christa Bigue (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
It's great to know that neighbors like "kracken" are watching out for each other in the Linda Mar neighborhood now. This door to door begging has to stop and comment threads like this on Patch help get the word out. Sad that it's come to this with our economy and some of our youth who get on the wrong path and become so desperate. Please use Patch to inform your community so we can work together and keep Pacifica the safe place we all love.
Kay Fuller-Nichols November 08, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Bush's America. These are the leftovers of jerks who believe that they are entitled. Contrary to many of the ironic comments above, this activity BEGAN during Bush's era, so let's get the history STRAIGHT on that point. We lived there in 2002. Now let us count back several years and figure out which administration riled up all of this country to behave like the fascist scuttlebuckets that we have personally witnesses. Many of you just hate Obama because of his race and many of you own small businesses that have nothing that the people want or need. I rather NOT have a lying jerk running this country with his disconnected family. This country went down hill with 8 years of that jerk destroying the lives of many, including many of you. Bush does not care about any of you The RNP does not even see you silly little republicans as people. You are merely spokes in a greater machine which will eventually destroy all of you who follow. Most of the thugs are white, so remember whose reflection you are seeing when they follow you home because they want your fat of the land and want you wiped out. The way you raise your children to sneer down upon others, to lie, to steal, to manipulate, to lay false witnesses and on it goes. This behavior comes from your own hatred against others. They are YOUR children& they have harmed many non-threatening families all across this country. Stop deceiving yourselves. The truly wealthy aren't looking out for your piddly little self-employed businesses
Kay Fuller-Nichols November 08, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Additionally, so many of you (perhaps not all of you) though many of you truly believe that you have some hand in the upper class, when, to THEM, you are nothing. Your quarter of a million to million annual salaries mean NOTHING to the RNP. They will just as well steal that from their mother and who are you. Just think of the millions who fall for the same trash every four years, truly believing that you are one of them. None of you will ever be one of them. Your problems are not with the Democrats or the poor or the under employed. Your problems are with yourselves and those whom you truly believe to side with you. The RNP stands for their own, not your interests. You are only a ballot to satisfy where they get to move their billions. Your annual income of 150,000 (higher or lowers) is a crap in their grand babies diapers compared to how much they are truly concerned about. The 6% of the wealthy aren't even all Americans. This country owes far too much to the same countries that you look down upon. So I really do not understand where the Us versus Them fits into your plan. So what that you make a few thousand more than your neighbor in the next county, what you make is what the true wealthy give to their kids as weekend expenses at one of the resturant chains that you own. It busts my stitch how foolish so many of you are. You are cows being used to secrete milk to help those wealth bastards to escape with YOUR money. You mean nothing to anyone but of a nusiance. Remember.
concerned citizen November 10, 2012 at 02:11 AM
A young man was taken into custody yesterday (about 9am) after going through peoples side gates and into their backyards on Dell and Standish. With the help of some residents, the police did an excellent job of tracking this guy down before he was able to steal anyone's belongings. Nice work Pacifica PD - keeping our neighborhood safe - fist pump!
Christa Bigue (Editor) November 10, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Great news! Thanks for sharing. Look for a Pacifica Police blotter next week where Patch will update everyone on what's been happening in the community so we can get more residents out there as watchdogs to keep our neighborhoods safe.
concerned citizen November 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Watchdogs Unite - we can take this neighborhood back! If you see suspicious characters you are unfamiliar with lurking around your streets, please inform the Pacifica PD. We need to create a safe environment for our youth. It's out of control, when you go to drive your kids to school and have to explain to them what some guy is doing looking in your neighbors yards...as he's looking around twitching...then jumping fences evading the police... Talk to your neighbors - that's how we got this guy the other day - teamwork! We know this neighborhood a lot better than these guys. It's time to make a statement -we will not let this continue to happen. I used to go outside as a boy on these very same streets and play ball with all the kids from around the block. How dare these guys try and rob our neighborhood from us. There has been several thefts around our street the last couple weeks and a murder? It's time folks. -Lock your doors -Talk to your neighbors -Security Lights / Cameras? -Report anything suspicious to the police -Report news on these blogs / social networks LOG THESE #s in your Cell phone Pacifica PD 738-7314 911 from CELL 355-4151


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