PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
November 17, 2005
Subject: Police Arrest Tunnel Entrance Burglars and Primary Fence
Due to extensive investigations by the San Francisco Police Department Burglary Detail, two prolific Sunset District tunnel entrance gate-pry and door-pry residential burglars, along with their primary fence, have been arrested. In custody are Derek Wong, 25, Albert Hernandez, 38, and Darin Delahoussaye, 38, all of San Francisco. The SFPD Burglary Detail believes that Wong and Hernandez are responsible for more than one hundred forcible residential burglaries in the past year, in the city’s Sunset, Ingleside and Park districts, and that Delahoussaye was their primary fence.
Wong was arrested on September 13, 2005 after a search warrant of his residence revealed dozens of pieces of women’s jewelry and electronics. Several of these items were identified in three such residential burglaries. He also had two pry bars when he was arrested. On September 23, 2005, additional charges were added on to Wong. He is currently in custody in the San Francisco County Jail on $200,000 bail. He has been charged with two counts of residential burglary with hot prowl enhancement, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of possession of burglary tools.
The California Highway Patrol took Hernandez into custody on November 4, 2005 for a burglary warrant out of San Mateo County. Police positively identified Hernandez on October 23, 2005 in a gate-pry hot prowl burglary on the 2000 block of Lawton Street in the Sunset District. Police found stolen property in Hernandez’s vehicle from three recent residential burglaries in San Francisco, along with a loaded handgun and three pry bars. He is currently in custody in the San Mateo County jail on a $250,000.00 bail. Hernandez was arrested on a $150,000 San Francisco warrant for residential burglary.
Delahoussaye was arrested on November 15, 2005 as a result of a search warrant on the 1500 block of Florida Street. In this search, a dozen loaded firearms, prohibited body armor-piercing
ammunition, other weapons, 40 jewelry boxes and hundreds of pieces of women’s jewelry were seized. He will be charged with three counts of receiving stolen property and one count of conspiracy.
This lengthy and diligent investigation involved a concentrated effort between Burglary Inspectors Lou Bronfeld and Denise Fabbri, and Taraval Station’s Sergeant Steve Quon and Officer Charles Chan. A large amount of property is in evidence and is being sorted for future identification by possible victims. The Burglary Detail has a dedicated a phone line, 415-553-1394, for possible victims to receive instructions in English and Cantonese on how to retrieve property.
For more information, please contact:
Public Affairs Office
Inspector Lou Bronfeld
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229