The latest West Seattle Crime Watch reports from the WSB inbox include an “open letter” from a theft victim to the thieves, whom she believes were at an unauthorized party at her house, asking that two items with keepsake value be returned; plus, a stolen car to watch for, and more:
First, the “open letter,” from Justine:
On Saturday February 19th, my daughter, who attends West Seattle High School, used our home to host a party without permission. For this I apologize to the parents of teens who may have attended for my daughter’s irresponsibility. On our end, this party resulted in a great deal of property damage to our home and a number of items stolen. While we have filed a police report, I am far less interested in pressing charges than having my property returned. I would ask that parents please keep an eye out for an HP EliteBook 8530p laptop computer and also a new black 1 tb external USB hard drive. These two items hold many family photos including those of my son’s high school graduation, my last Christmas with my grandmother before she passed away and also photos from the first two and a half years of our youngest daughter’s life. We do not have any other copies of these memories. I am willing to offer a reward for the return of the laptop and/or the external hard drive no questions asked. It would mean the world to us to have these memories back.
If you have any information, Justine would like to hear from you directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing to report that my silver 97 Subaru Legacy station wagon was stolen some time last night from 16th/Cloverdale SW. License plate is 503-VXL. The front windshield is cracked on the passenger side. It has a black Thule rack/box on top with a West 5 sticker and a yellow/red sticker in Japanese. Waiting for the police to come take my report but I would appreciate it if you could post this when appropriate to ask neighborhood folks to keep an eye out.
We also have a burglary report, from Sally:
Our house (in the 5200 block of) 36th Av SW was broken into between 7-5 yesterday. They kicked in the back door and stole TVs, laptop, and jewelry.
And a car break-in reported by Nancy – third time the same van has been hit, she says:
First incident in October reported to police (broken back window); Second incident January 11th reported to police (attempted theft of vehicle-damaged badly-and theft of $4,000 in tools & parts). Third incident (Monday) morning, February 21st reported to police (break-in of vehicle.) Vehicle was in WELL-LIT parking space, fully visible on Admiral Way.
This last time they were stopped by the car alarm we installed between incident #2 and #3. Key points: This time I SAW them. They were driving an older long-style white panel van (no side windows) no writing on it. The man ran when the alarm went off and we yelled out the window at him. He looked young (under 30) was short, slight built, quite thin, wearing green or dark cotton hoodie (hood up) and baggy cream-colored cotton pants.
Just as important to ME: When I reported this to 911, I tried, as hard as I possibly could, to get the answering person let me tell him that a police officer had JUST driven down Admiral Way. IF he had allowed me to talk, they could have contacted the police officer right then, and he might have caught the thief. But, he would NOT let me do that. He kept saying, “I have to fill this form in in a certain way.” My constant attempt to interrupt him, saying, “But, this is important..” fell on deaf ears.
We don’t know if it would have helped in Nancy’s situation, but do be sure to read the report we published last night after the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network’s briefing on how 911 works.