(updated) Four West Seattle Crime Watch reports to share – starting with a burglary that included a van theft, and a request that you be on the lookout for the van. Read on:
We would like to alert our West Seattle neighbors to a recent break in at our home at the west end of SW Othello St. Sometime during the day on Wed. 6-30-10, while we were away, someone removed a window screen and pulled out some weather stripping on a 2 year old double-hung-type window which allowed them to open the window despite the fact that the tabs in the frame to prevent raising them above a few inches were open (these windows were not as secure as we had hoped–we’ll lock them when we are away in the future).
They entered the house and took both of our computers (a fairly new Mac and an old Dell), a spotting scope, a new Canon Power Shot, (a) check book and debit card and the keys to the house and to our 2001 VW Eurovan (camping van) along with the van. When we returned home in the evening we notified the police who responed promptly and efficiently. Dectective Ballew (206 233-7836) is working to track the thieves through purchases they made in Tukwila using (a) debit.
In particular, we’d like to ask your help in finding our white 2001 VW Eurovan. It needed washing and has a crease on the driver’s side low behind the door. It also has an awning housing above the sliding door on the passenger side. The Washington plate number is 432 YB-. Sorry I don’t have any photos, they were in my computer. If you have any leads contact Detective Ballew at 206 233 7836. Reference SPD Incident # 10-222946.
A bold prowler went through my car last night on 108th in Arbor Heights. I typically lock it but not last night. Thanks to WSB we leave no valuables in our car so nothing was taken. The change wasn’t even disturbed. The worst part however is that they/he/she is within a few feet of our home.
And from J:
There have been many car prowls lately in the Lincoln Park area. Nothing of value
has been taken but the glove compartments have been gone through. Came home from
work late one night and saw a guy on a bike in dark clothes with a hooded sweatshirt
trying to get into the neighbors’ car and when I drove up he took off into the park. Keep a lookout for this. I am pretty sure the trouble in our neighborhood is why the police sit in the north parking lot and watch across the street.
J says the area is between Austin and Elmgrove.
(added 8:13 pm) From GC:
Someone got into our car last night (Hill Street in the Admiral District) and hunted through the glove box, pulled out our registration and insurance information (but did not take it), looked through car repair receipts, and took the change out of the ashtray. Coincidentally, someone (the same someone?) left a hooded sweatshirt on the public stairs next to our house. If you’re missing your sweatshirt, come claim it. You might also have some answering to do.
No West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting this month, but as we mentioned the other night, Night Out – a chance to close off your street for a neighborhood-strengthening, crime-prevention-awareness-raising block party – is coming up August 3rd, and you can register here.