Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports from the inbox tonight – a stolen car to watch out for, and a case of “metal trolling” with a witness wondering if anything got stolen as a result – read on for details:
Our 1999 Black VW Jetta was stolen the morning of 10/3 from in front of 7135 31st ave SW. It is a 4 door car with the license 9 4 0 V W N. It has a fin on back and when last seen had two bumper stickers on the back bumper (from Luna Park Cafe and Easy Street).
And from a WSB’er who asked to be anonymous:
I had an interesting interaction with a guy trolling alleys for scrap metal in the region between 35th and Fauntleroy (East/West) and between Findlay and Morgan (North/South) today around 2:15 PM. He drove slowly down my alley in a small white GMC pickup truck and seemed a little odd when I looked at him from my garage. I stepped out into the alley to take a better look and noticed that he began to proceed into the next alley and then turned when another neighbor stepped out from his driveway. I decided to take a closer look in my car and found him 2 minutes later in yet another alley pulling something from someone’s driveway. I did not see what this was. After driving around the block and into the alley in front of him, I asked him what he was doing. He responded in broken English that he was finding scrap metal and I then explained that it was illegal for him to pull stuff from people’s driveways or garbage, even though he might think it was just scrap. He had several small bikes and Razor scooters in the back of the trunk, which was very full of other metal objects.
Though its clearly illegal for him to troll through people’s driveways to take the things that he determines to be scrap, I didn’t think that the police would respond to this, so I took a very clear photograph of his face and his license plate and reminded him that what he was doing was illegal and then left him alone. If anyone is missing anything that they value and would like to report this to the police, I can provide these photos.
Our entreaty would be, to anyone, DO call the police. Maybe they are looking for someone who happens to fit the description of the person you are seeing do something suspicious. If not, well, at least you tried.
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