West Seattle Crime Watch: About this morning’s Fauntleroy search

Via Facebook, Tracey wondered early this morning about what appeared to be an extensive police search in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne area (45th/Wildwood). We’ve been pursuing information ever since, and just received a reply from Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Rasmussen:

Our officers were out in the area looking for car prowlers. They found one in this area who was in the process of breaking in to a car. The bad guy ran and other officers moved in to contain the area. Canine officers responded, tracked the suspect and we were able to arrest him. The stolen property was recovered as well. This was great proactive work on the part of our officers to help bring down crime in West Seattle and give the bad guys credit for all their hard work.

Southwest Precinct leadership has said time and again that car prowling is the toughest crime trend to get under control. P.S. Look for a followup later this weekend on a separate case – the status of the still-in-jail “active” car-prowl suspect whose arrest they recently announced.

21 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: About this morning's Fauntleroy search"

  • Scootter1 February 26, 2011 (2:43 pm)

    Way to gO SW precinct!

  • Kate K February 26, 2011 (2:45 pm)

    Yay for the police that pursued and caught this thief.

    I wonder how many cars this guy has broken into?

  • Genesee Hill February 26, 2011 (3:03 pm)

    Thank you, Seattle Police Department.

  • HelperMonkey February 26, 2011 (3:29 pm)

    right on! good job catching this punk.

  • As-If February 26, 2011 (5:09 pm)

    Yes, Thank You SPD!
    And, Thank You WSB, for this public forum that brings us together as a neighborhood.
    I believe that if we, as West Seattlites, continue to watch out for suspicious behavior, report it, and support the police, we can get a reputation as a place where crime will not be tolerated. Not as-if it would be tolerated other places, only that we need to do what we can to protect our little corner of this fine city.

  • S February 26, 2011 (5:16 pm)

    A great big thank you to the officers!!… Thank you catching that one.. hope there are more to come!!

  • Star 55 February 26, 2011 (5:32 pm)

    Somebody should let the Mayor know about the good work of these officers…. I wonder how many live in the expensive Seattle area?

  • Jim February 26, 2011 (5:33 pm)

    Great job at getting this low-life off of the streets!

  • Gini johnson February 26, 2011 (6:34 pm)

    The cops rock in my book! Too many of us are hit by crime.

  • Tom February 26, 2011 (6:44 pm)

    Excellent news, but the last sentence of the quote makes no sense at all. If they are going to use kindergarten terms like “bad guys” and “good guys” they should keep them straight!

  • me February 26, 2011 (8:11 pm)

    Good job SPD!

    @Star 55 – The mayor says 18 percent of officers live in Seattle but I tend to not trust his figures considering the ridiculous point he was making with it. Many officers and their families live in West Seattle. What the mayor said about wanting them to live here because ‘they get us’ is silly. Most of them did at one time and they ended up moving but not for his reason of ‘don’t get us’. They move away due to the high housing prices – and some just can’t afford to live here in the first place.

  • T February 26, 2011 (8:18 pm)

    Thank you, SPD!

  • Lorelee February 26, 2011 (9:04 pm)

    The city of Minneapolis about 7 years ago, had a program for teachers, police officers, and firemen to purchase bankowned homes in “up and coming” neighborhoods at 50% the appraised cost. My sister got one! It brings upstanding citizens into the hood, improving the neighborhood. Good program! Let’s get more SPD officers in Seattle!

  • KCH February 26, 2011 (9:48 pm)

    @me & @Lorelee –

    I have family on the SPD and know a few officers that live outside of Seattle all for the same reason. They have families and do not want to be recognized while off duty w/ their families by people they may have arrested, etc. I cannot speak for all police officers tho.

    Also – our officers are paid quite well. Between salary and the overtime they can earn, it is not unusual for a SPD officer to make over six figures annually.

    My 2 cents.

  • Billy February 26, 2011 (10:38 pm)

    Right on SPD! Find out where the jerk was going to pawn the goods and shut down that place to.

  • lenguamor February 27, 2011 (1:07 am)

    Good job, Blue. The neighborhood appreciates it.

  • Sheila Valentine February 27, 2011 (8:59 am)

    I go to work at 5am and walked down to go to my car and saw 3 police cars between director & henderson asked if all is ok said they were looking for a car prowler but my garage had been cleared. Nice to them trying to get the guy our garages have ransacked at least 2 times a month.

  • ummm February 27, 2011 (11:25 am)

    Last night our car was stolen, but this gives me hope!

  • Bob February 27, 2011 (10:28 pm)

    Thanks SPD…while I know it’s all in a days work…I appreciate your career choice and dedication.

  • Lt. Rasmussen February 28, 2011 (9:48 am)

    We really do want to give the bad guys credit for all their hard work! Our goal is to try to identify every single car or house that they’ve broken in to or stolen from and to include all these crimes in the case that we send to the Prosecutor. We’d also like to locate every piece of property that they have stolen and return it to the victim from whom it was taken. These are lofty goals, but we think that the citizens of West Seattle deserve nothing less than our best effort to attain them. Thanks for all your help and support!

  • Carmen February 28, 2011 (10:30 am)

    Just wanted to give a big Thank you to all the officers involved in capturing this guy. This was the 2nd time my car broken into in the last month and I was starting to lose hope in our police force, but after hearing all they went though to get this guy I know now that my car may not be safe form theft but their are plenty of really awesome people out there trying their darnedest to make sure jerks like him are held accountable for what they do.

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