West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; stolen converter

2 West Seattle Crime Watch reports from the WSB inbox. First, a truck stolen and stripped before its owner, LB, even knew it was gone:

Writing to report that my truck was stolen sometime after midnight last night from in front of my house near SW Andover and 40th Ave. SW.

Seattle PD knocked on my door at 4 a.m. to let me know it had been stolen and found stripped and abandoned on 30th Ave. SW directly behind Luna Park Cafe. Thieves tore out the ignition to start the truck and drove it to the location behind Luna Park Cafe where they proceeded to remove parts of the body, major parts of engine, including the hood and front grill. Also stolen from inside the truck were my laptop, CB, Radio, Tools, etc. Even the ashtray and lighter were taken.

Letting you folks know so you can get the word out the rainy weather is good cover for this sort of crime. Nobody in my house or neighborhood saw or heard anything. Apparently neither did the folks living in the houses 10 feet from where the truck was stripped and dumped.

And from Sam:

Yesterday, sometime between 10 am and 1 pm, someone sawed off my catalytic converter off my Toyota Tacoma. This is the second time now in less than 4 months. I couldn’t believe this happened in broad daylight while my truck was parked on 42nd Ave SW right at the junction of 42nd and Fauntleroy. This happened in the middle of the day and pretty much in the middle of Morgan Junction! So just a heads up for people who live in the area that own Tacomas and 4Runners. They seem to be the targeted vehicle due to ease of access. These cat thefts seem to go in waves too.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car; stolen converter"

  • JimmyG December 12, 2010 (12:45 pm)

    Sorry to hear it Sam, he hit me about 18 months ago.
    The catalytic converter thief lives in that area, ask SPD, they know his WS address in Fairmount Springs.

  • Cclarue December 12, 2010 (12:58 pm)

    We woke up to find my bfs work car had been hit last night out in front of our house on 16th ave south of the college. There is silver paint on the car from the other vehicle. The other car must be damaged as well. His work car has front end damage enough to have bent the axle so if anyone sees a silver greyish car with front end passanger side damage that would be helpful.

  • Dawson December 12, 2010 (2:42 pm)

    May be unrelated cclarue, but there is a newer silver Volvo wagon down on alki where the cars first start parking west bound. With a broken passenger side front wheel. Seemed real odd to me when I went by today

  • Bettytheyeti December 12, 2010 (2:57 pm)

    Thanks JimmyG for that lead. I guessed that thief was near Seaview since so many catalytic have been cut out here. Ours already stolen, yes during the day, in front of our house.

  • Cclarue December 12, 2010 (4:25 pm)

    Thanks Dawson! We went to check it out and that couldn’t have been it because there was no body damage to that Volvo but man I sure wonder what they hit or ran over to break their wheel right off the frame like that??!?

  • A December 12, 2010 (8:11 pm)

    Sorry LB. total bummer.
    and sorry sam….they hit my toyota p-up about 6 months ago. the only way to get these guys (or girls) is to catch them in the act. Seems like it is always toyota tacomas and 4runners. be on the lookout.

  • Sam December 15, 2010 (9:48 pm)

    -thanks everyone. This is the second time now for me. They stole one of my 4runner a few months ago

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