West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, hit-run sightings sought

February 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Several West Seattle Crime Watch reports from the WSB inbox – a stolen car to watch for, a stolen car apparently found, and two hit-and run cases, one unsolved – (update: a newly reported roof-rack theft added) – after the jump:

From Shay:

Our 1990 light blue Honda Accord, 4 door sedan, license plate 099 YEZ was stolen outside our house this morning (last night). We live above Fauntleroy on 37th between Trenton and Donovan.

This is a HUGE blow to us and would love if people could keep their eyes peeled and let us know if they see any trace of it. There was a child’s car seat inside, as well as some very sentimental items (a new Sector 9 longboard skateboard, old mixed tapes — yes, cassettes — that cannot be replaced…).
Here’s my cell if anyone has any information: 206-963-9930.

Another painful reminder not to leave anything in your car; no victim-blaming comments, please.

Not the same time frame, but Craig sent a note yesterday with a photo of an apparently stolen car found outside his house in the 9000 block of 25th SW:

He wrote: “Was awakened early (Thursday) morning around 3:30 by noise out front and a loud car peeling off. Looks like someone lost their stolen car they were attempting to tow off.” He says officers confirmed “plates came back stolen for a 98 Acura” and were taking care of it.

Stacey e-mailed last night hoping someone saw this hit-and-run (call her at 206.941.1084 with info):

i am writing to see if anyone has any information about at hit and run that occurred outside my house (Thursday) evening.

Around 5:30 my light brown 2010 Toyota RAV-4 was hit on the corner of 35th and Cloverdale. the driver would have turned left onto Cloverdale from 35th, slammed into the back left of my car and drove away. We suspect it was a white truck. there would be a decent amount of damage to their front right bumper.

And “Concerned Neighbor” tells the story of a close call earlier this week:


I’m a resident of 32nd Ave SW and witnessed a car ram a parked car and flip in broad daylight. The driver appeared to be intoxicated and was not willing to stick around. He left the scene of the accident. Later the police arrived and with the help of a left cell phone and information in the car, the driver was identified. The police officers said the driver was a convict and was driving his girlfriend’s car. We were minutes away from being victims of this crime as the point of where the car rolled was where we had walked just seconds prior. What will it take to bust these drug houses (2 for sure) on our street and the druggies for which they supply? We have seen several cars going to and fro. I even had to confront a car parked in front of my house after I witnessed exchange of money and a passenger walking down the block to one of the houses to get the goods.

We have a followup note out, asking what part of 32nd SW. Crime Watch reminder: Always tell the police FIRST … we get notes/calls sometimes from people who haven’t reported the incident to the police but want to share it here. Contact WSB *after* SPD … even if all they can do is take a report, it is important for them to know trends, alter patrol patterns, even fight for funding. And you never know when they just might find your stolen item(s) or arrest a suspect who was involved … and if your incident’s not on record, they’ll never know. (Some crimes can be reported online.)

ADDED 12:19 PM: From Derek:

Just wanted to mention that somebody stole the roof rack off of my wife’s car last night. We live in the 6700 block of Murray Ave, just North of Lincoln Park.

The rack had Thule rectangular base bars and feet, along with a fork mount Thule bike carrier and a fork mount Rocky Mounts bike carrier. The rack was locked to the roof of the car, so I can only guess that they just destroyed the locks and took off with the whole thing.

Not that I really expect to ever see it again, but I figured I’d send an email anyway.

15 Comments

  1. Just a reminder about the value of participating in Block Watch.

    If you don’t know if you have one or are ready to start one for your street, contact Benjamin Kinlow, Southwest Precinct’s Crime Prevention Coordinator, or West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network.

    Take back your street! Organize!
    http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com/

    Comment by WS Blockwatch Captains' Network — 11:29 am February 4, 2011 #

  2. Ya, 32nd and WHAT, “Concerned Neighbor”? C’mon people, if you’re not willing to tell us where it’s going on, please don’t bother to begin with. No games talking in vague references please.

    If you just want someone to complain to, get a cat: they’re good listeners.

    Comment by brizone — 12:03 pm February 4, 2011 #

  3. after March 15, will there be a crime prevention coordinator ?
    http://westseattleblog.com/2011/01/west-seattles-crime-prevention-coordinator-ben-kinlow-retiring

    Comment by sam-c — 12:04 pm February 4, 2011 #

  4. if you dont know a car in your area and its been parked more than 72 hours, notify the city. They have a great online system to do your notification and they will come out and take care of the car. Works for the “car farmers” too.

    Comment by coffee — 12:05 pm February 4, 2011 #

  5. I have tried to contact Benjamin a couple of times about starting a block watch, or at least finding out if there is a block watch in my neighborhood, but his voicemail box is always full, so I’m unable to leave a message. Is there any other way to find out?

    Comment by Denise — 12:08 pm February 4, 2011 #

  6. I wanted to comment on the issue raised above about drug houses or nuisance properties. The best thing you can do is document (write down descriptions of people, cars license plate numbers etc), work with your neighbors to do this, if the house is a rental property, write a letter to the Owner (you can find this information on King county’s parcel viewer web site.) Also call the police when something is happening. We had a house like this across from us and I know it is frustrating trying to get through when it is not the emergency number, but it still makes a difference. WE got a contact at the local SPD and would emails them our reports with times, cars and people descriptions as well as photos. When an altercation or drug deal is going down I think that is when you can also call 911. The official 911 flyer says for a crime (drug deal) or suspicious activity you can call.

    http://www.seattle.gov/police/publications/Prevention/NeighborhoodSafety.pdf

    Here is a good example of what can be done:
    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/286340_drughouse25.html

    We were able to help the police department by providing info (together with our neighbors) on the house across from where we lived. There was a larger sting operation that helped shut it down.

    Blockwatch is a great program.

    Comment by eileen — 12:12 pm February 4, 2011 #

  7. We had a Thule roof rack stolen off our car about a year and a half ago (North Delridge). No damage to the car and since there was virtually zero noise made when they did it, I’m assuming someone has either very good locking picking skills or a set of Thule master keys.

    Either way, screw those guys. Stealing other people’s things sucks.

    Comment by moxilot — 12:32 pm February 4, 2011 #

  8. To the stolen car victim – check with your insurance about the car seat. The same thing just happened to a friend of mine outside of WS and they were told the car seats were no good and couldn’t be covered anymore. Since you may not be able to tell if there was an accident or any other type of damage to it.

    Comment by Kerry — 12:51 pm February 4, 2011 #

  9. Sam-C -

    We don’t know exactly how that is going to develop yet. But, we do know city council is reviewing the Crime Prevention program.

    I suggest everybody bookmark our webpage link I provided above.

    Denise – take a look at our web page.

    Comment by WS BW Captains' Network — 1:56 pm February 4, 2011 #

  10. The boy who brought the gun to school via the school bus might have been showing the gun to make friends finally since he has been a bully to many kids at school. What alot of Roxhill parents want to know is why the gun was so available to the kid and why his parents did not prevent him from bringing the gun to school in the first place. I understand the kid is no longer allowed at Roxhill, for any reason period. He can not attend any Seattle Public School for 1 year and cannot be home-schooled. His parents must enroll him in the re-entry program and he will miss out 1 year with his schoolmates. Seattle Public Schools has a zero tolerance to any weapons.

    Comment by luckymom30 — 7:26 pm February 4, 2011 #

  11. Shay,

    I just saw a light blue Honda Civic or Accord of that era on the 509. It was raining pretty good at the time so no positive ID on the model and I didn’t get a plate number. But it is just before the 128th street off ramp heading northbound. My initial guess was it was a Civic but if somebody could take a better look knowing it was there, they could could confirm/deny what it was.

    Comment by Eric — 11:59 pm February 4, 2011 #

  12. Eric – I have to update the story … Shay got her car back. Someone who read the story spotted it. But thanks for reporting the potential sighting – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:10 am February 5, 2011 #

  13. This is Shay with the stolen Accord from Friday. I had to follow-up and give a HUGE THANK YOU to the West Seattle Blog for being the reason why we recovered our car just hours after it was posted on this site. AMAZING. One of your faithful readers tipped us off, and we have our car back where it belongs!
    It appears as though the car was used to tow something behind it. Other cars? If anyone saw anything suspicious, let us know. 206-963-9930.
    I also wanted to clarify: my new skateboard was in the TRUNK; I never would have left it out in an obvious place, and it was literally the FIRST time I had left it in the car overnight. Needless to say, the board is gone.
    Thanks again to such a great community service.
    WSB rocks!!!

    Comment by Shay — 11:32 am February 6, 2011 #

  14. Im still hoping for a return of my Louis Vuitton Wallet or Purse. Both Stolen from my car 1/30. If you have any information about this…please leave a comment. Thanks

    Comment by Megan — 7:20 pm February 6, 2011 #

  15. Don’t be such a jerk, Brizone.
    .
    Had my Thule roof rack stolen too, about 4 months ago. They slim-jimmed the doors of my honda and stole the whole thing, the losers.

    Comment by lucky chick — 8:16 am February 7, 2011 #

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