West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen kayaks; hungry burglars; more

August 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

Five West Seattle Crime Watch notes this afternoon … First, from Patricia, 2 stolen kayaks to watch for:

Our two Easy Rider Kayaks were stolen last night off our car along with the racks and locks. We live on 46th Ave SW between Lander and Stevens. Would like people to keep an eye for them. One is hot pink with yellow trim and the other is white with blue trim. They are 16 foot Eskimos.

We also have a couple other break-in and theft reports from the past few days – including one in which the burglar(s) made off with items large and small, including … an ice-cream bar … and another one in which an item left behind might have been loot from an EARLIER burglary. Read on:

From Glen:

My house was broken into (Sunday) afternoon between about noon and 3:30pm. Thieves used a ladder from my back yard to gain entry into an open window. Took small easy stuff, ipods, phone, purse, other small electronics and a box of checks from the desk. Someone else’s purse was left in the backyard as well so there was another break in somewhere. We are on Garlough between Hanford and Stevens.

From Jonathan:

(Friday) night at 1:30 or 2:30am, not sure (9:30 GMT) our mail was stolen out of our mailbox. A neighbor found it on their walk this morning several blocks away and all rifled through. I definitely did not get it all back and there is a check missing. None of our direct neighbors were hit, so not sure why they targeted us. This was in the Alki area of 59/Admiral.

(Jonathan has given the US Postal Service surveillance video which shows a prowler whom he believes was the thief.)

From Trevor:

I’d like to report a forced entry break-in at our house on 41st Ave SW just north of Oregon. Sometime between 3pm Wednesday 8/11 and Thursday mid-day on 8/12, someone kicked in the back door at our house, breaking it off its hinges. Mostly smaller electronics were stolen (iPod, laptop, 23″ LCD television) but also sunglasses, frozen sausage and an ice cream bar! Everyone’s heard this before, but we had a bunch of photos from our sailing trip in the Caribbean on that laptop that weren’t backed up! I know… I know. We just moved back in last week so we’re trying to get organized. This doesn’t help.

And from David:

I want to alert westsiders about new rampant car prowling in the west-of-Westwood area. We’ve had a 2nd car prowl / break-in in three days. Same exact location near corner of 32nd Ave SW and SW Trenton St.

First happened on Monday 8/9 @ 9pm, during a four minute window of opportunity, which I emailed to you. Trashed a friend’s car while they were dropping off a child.

Second break-in happened Wednesday night / Thurs morning, same place as #1, eighteen feet from our door. Took place between 11 pm 8/11, and 6am, 8/12. The perp got into our locked van and trashed it. Not much taken.

If you have a Crime Watch report to share – of course, report it to the police first! – then, here are all the ways to reach WSB. Meantime, if you’d like to meet Southwest Precinct police and find out more about how they work as well as share your ongoing concerns, check out this Saturday’s “Picnic at the Precinct” in the street alongside the SWP, SW Webster west of Delridge Way, 1-4 pm.

12 Comments

  1. Patricia, we had a Yakima rack system forcibly removed from the roof of our Mazda a couple of years ago in the Alki area late on a weekend night. The thieves took a pry bar or something and managed to pop three of the towers off and removed the entire Yakima rack system with towers, bars, and bike racks. It was all locked onto the roof and they did some nasty damage to the roof in the process. Ours was one of many vehicles on the block with an aftermarket sports rack system, although ours was the only car that had to use the side mounted window/gutter mounts instead of a factory mount. Was your roof damaged in this theft? Did this happen overnight?

    Comment by on board — 3:26 pm August 16, 2010 #

  2. Same thing happened to us almost two years ago the day after new years day, someone pried off our Thule rack from our jetta.

    Comment by Patrick — 8:34 pm August 16, 2010 #

  3. several weeks again my car was left unlocked (car always garaged except for this night) someone stole my gps as well as left someones mail in my car. they lived on 62nd sw & sw stevens we live on 58th sw & sw stevens. have had lots of problems with kids hanging out at entrance to schmidt pk. as well as alki elem. school. never in the 31 yrs. we’ve lived here has it been such a problem.

    Comment by terri — 9:44 am August 17, 2010 #

  4. OMG. I was about to invest in a rack system…now I am not so sure. I hope you get your kayaks back.

    watch craigslist…they will more than likely sell them…most people who enjoy the outdoors do not steal…not that I am profiling, but…watch CL for your boats.

    Comment by truckdriver — 11:12 am August 17, 2010 #

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    Comment by Keith — 3:11 pm August 17, 2010 #

  6. I’m also really sorry to hear about all the thefts… We keep hearing about them all over. Please let Keith or I know if there’s anything that we can do to help. jbeem@freedomsystemsinc.com (206)261-1903

    Comment by Jimmie — 4:13 pm August 17, 2010 #

  7. My rack system got stolen a week ago and I’m pretty sure I saw it on Craiglist (the moron couldn’t get it off the front bar so he’s trying to sell the 2 bike racks still attached to the single front roof rack bar, said his kid lost the keys…). They opened the doors and pried it off. At least keep yours locked so if they steal it they can’t open the components and so can’t sell it.

    Comment by suz t — 7:40 pm August 17, 2010 #

  8. I watched Craiglist for about 2-3 months after it was stolen and unfortunately never saw it listed, I found it strange that they would steal a rack, since they would need to replace all of the locks in order to use it….

    Comment by patrick — 8:47 am August 18, 2010 #

  9. Wow, you mean you live in a metro city and you are experiencing crime? Get a life people and quit living in fear. I have been burglarized before while asleep and it is definitely a sickening feeling, but it did not change how I feel about society or change the way that I live.

    truckdriver, continue living in fear and not enjoying your life to the fullest. and people who enjoy the outdoors don’t steal? lol wtf?

    Comment by bear arms — 11:23 am August 18, 2010 #

  10. Wow, bear arms, you’re obnoxious. Looking out for your property is not living in fear. Oh, wait, you’re a troll… sorry, carry on. Or even better, “get a life” :).

    Comment by Lucky chick — 1:31 pm August 18, 2010 #

  11. I think the lesson to be learned here is that the roof of your car is not a secure place to leave kayaks or bicycles, especially overnight. Automobiles are enough of a target for crime on their own without attaching thousands of dollars worth of gear to the outside.

    Comment by austin — 8:46 am August 19, 2010 #

  12. Looking out for your property is not the issue here. These are stories of cars sitting out on streets or driveways, and in Terri’s case the car was left unlocked. I don’t think it is obnoxious to say that you should not have great expectations of security when things are left out in the open in a high density urban environment. If you choose to live in such a place you need to understand that these risks are inherent.

    Knowing that I chose to live in beautiful West Seattle, I am not going to bow to the select few criminals that are out there and let them dictate what I purchase, like truckdriver.

    Comment by bear arms — 9:20 am August 19, 2010 #

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