While we’re devoting much of the day to West Seattle Summer Fest coverage, the other news will go on. We’ll keep this story ongoing for any non-breaking Crime Watch reports that need to be added during the day. First one comes from Mary in Seaview, who sent the photo at left, explaining, “I just want to report that our car was vandalized, probably last night. We saw some orange paint that had been sprayed on a white fence on 49th last night as we walked home from Morgan Junction, then discovered that our car and a neighbor’s car had also been sprayed with a line of orange paint. I did report it to police.” Morgan Junction also is the location of another report from an incident Wednesday night – read on (also added, possible casing on Puget Ridge):
Had an issue (Wednesday) night here on 41st and Morgan (in the alley between 41st and 40th where the condos are). There was a man (20s-ish) lingering by our neighbor’s alley-facing fence/garage. One of our neighbors saw this activity and asked if the ‘individual’ needed any help. There was some shoegazing and mumbling in response to that question…then he responded that he was fixing his bike…in the pitch dark alley….So our neighbor made it very clear that he was going to stand there and wait for this person to do their thing and be off. Eventually he ‘fixed his bike’ and proceeded up Morgan and turned down the next dark alley he could find. The neighbor called the non-emergency line, no answer, and left a message regarding the incident. (Thursday), he flagged down a cop and detailed the situation with him. The officer pulled up a picture and asked if this was the guy. Dark alley and all, but it fit the description to a T. This kid that the officer showed the neighbor was a known petty thief that has been working the Morgan and Alaska areas for the past 4 years. The cops indicated that he usually has 2-3 friends that run with him and he carries a back pack and rides a bike (that apparently ‘breaks down’ in dark alleys near potential targets…). As it warranted a call to the cops, thought I would pass it on.
(added) From Crystal:
I just wanted to mention that I saw a couple of teenage/early 20 looking boys walking around my neighborhood (north of SCCC) looking in people’s windows this afternoon. They did walked away quickly when I said something to them, but still, it was in broad daylight. I don’t think they were actively trying to break in to any of the homes I saw them looking in, but they were definitely suspicious. I am assuming they were looking for open windows. Just a reminder that even though it is tempting in this heat, windows should be closed when people are gone and sleeping. Unfortunately some people use the heat as an opening for crime, remember it was this time last year and during heat like this that the South Park incident happened.
Again, though police are now reporting more “incident types” online, most of the reports are not ever updated with publicly available details, so if you have information to share, here’s how.