In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning: Got two tips on the car you see at left, from Meredith (who sent the phone photo at left) and Cheryl, both wondering why a smashed-up car was just sitting alongside California SW at SW Manning (map), no police, no fire unit … The 911 log showed the crash happened around 7:30 am, and a call to the Seattle Police media unit revealed the backstory: Det. Mark Jamieson says a car hit a parked vehicle, and its driver walked away. Witnesses gave police a description, and officers arrested a suspect shortly afterward. They subsequently confirmed the car he was driving had been stolen earlier in the morning. This car (we’re not 100 percent sure whether it was the stolen car or the hit car) has been sitting alongside the road awaiting a tow truck. Meantime, two other Crime Watch reports, both involving car prowls – read on:
First, Ron in the Lowman Beach area reports a series of car break-ins/prowls in recent days – one neighbor “had her driver-side window broken and the thief took CDs,” while he adds that other cars had obviously been rummaged through and at least one other break-in. He adds:
We are piecing together the videos that show the perp and his associates, who were more or less hanging out and casing the neighborhood between around 11 p.m and 3:41 a.m. when he broke into (neighbor’s) car. We also know what kind of car the perps were driving. He had help. A female driver. … Pretty ridiculous. Big damage to car, insurance costs, and for about $10 worth of CDs. The guy clearly cased (neighbor’s) car at about 1:48 a.m. and then broke in at 3:41 a.m.
And from a West Seattleite who doesn’t want to be identified:
Someone got into my locked Civic and rifled through it last night near 28th and Webster. I think they were looking for something specifc like an iPod or GSP, because they left my cycling shoes and helmet and some other expensive but useless (to most people) stuff – which will never be left in the car again, so if the little criminals are reading this… don’t bother.
By the way, the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council isn’t meeting this month, but if you’d like to talk with local police face to face – and organizations that work on crime and safety issues in West Seattle (including the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network) – the place to be is the annual Picnic at the Precinct, coming up Saturday, August 21st, 1-4 pm, outside the Southwest Precinct, Delridge/Webster.