West Seattle Crime Watch: Car gone; ‘brash’ break-in; bloom thief

March 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 17 Comments

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes to share this afternoon. First, keep an eye out for the car shown above, which belongs to Alex, and was stolen in the Fairmount Park area:

Last night 3/25, an ’87 burgundy Toyota Supra was stolen at 38th and Graham in West Seattle. It seems to have been stolen from between 7 pm and 8 am this morning 3/26. The car has a number of specific details; it is missing the washer squirters in the hood, has a Casual Industries (black and white circular sticker) on the drivers side of the windshield, lowered with chrome wheels and a large (loud) exhaust. If anyone sees this car, please call Seattle PD and reference police report # 2011-97683.

Second: Tom reports his house was broken into just east/uphill from Solstice Park:

At 10:30 (Friday) morning my home was burglarized. Persons kicked in the rear door, smashing through two locks, and stole electronic items. It was broad, brash, and swift. Appropriate police personnel were informed immediately.

Last but not least, SusieQ shares the story of a flower theft – after the jump:

It happened before sunset Thursday, in Westwood:

Unbelievable! Just a little while ago, I was sitting in the living room when I heard a car idling in front of my home. Not expecting visitors, I looked out in time to see a blond woman bent over stealing my daffodils. She looked up and saw me in the window and ran to her truck (a red pickup with a red canopy, couldn’t tell make) and took off, but not before I saw the guilty look on her face.

I planted dozens of bulbs in front of my white picket fence – yes, right next to the sidewalk – so everyone passing by might enjoy them. Everyone, not just you blondie! I wouldn’t be so mad if you’d taken only 1 or 2, but whole handfuls? Really?!? I guess I’ll just have to be content with the memory of all the compliments I’ve received over the years about how they add a bright cheerfulness to these often-gray spring days. I hope you really, really needed them and enjoy them….


  1. speaking of WS crime, I heard (via FB) of someone dodging BB guns shots on their bike ride home from work last night, in the Admiral area. has that been reported yet ? any-one else experience that ?

    Comment by sam-c — 4:22 pm March 26, 2011 #

  2. Hasn’t been reported to us. We went to a crash at about 3 am at California/Admiral that was reported first as car vs. ped, then turned out to have a bicycle involved, but the injuries weren’t serious and the street wasn’t closed and we turned around pretty quick. Was this a middle-of-night thing? No “shots fired” on the city maps, either. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:34 pm March 26, 2011 #

  3. SusieQ:

    is it too late to replant? If not I’d be willing to donate the money for replacement daffys. Reply and I will give you an email addy to reply to.

    Comment by JayDee — 4:53 pm March 26, 2011 #

  4. I feel your pain, SusieQ. I planted kale in my front flower bed in hopes of starting an edible flower bed out front. But… I have one neighbor who believes her dog is entitled to run loose and pees all over my lovely organic kale. :o( And she’s a cop. Eh, at least it’s nice to look at and maybe I’ll just keep plugging along. Thanks for your daffodils, I walk a lot in the Westwood neighborhood and love seeing all the flowers popping out this time of year.

    Comment by Joan — 5:48 pm March 26, 2011 #

  5. Seems like these late morning/early afternoon break-ins are all too common right now. Wondering if the steel door planks that were common in the shadier apartments I lived in during college are available out here. It’s essentially an external dead-bolt that runs the width of the door. Kicking one of those would probably blow out your knee…

    Comment by JB — 6:03 pm March 26, 2011 #

  6. @ SusieQ:

    This sorta thing discourages decency we need to nip it in the bud.

    Comment by Dale — 7:04 pm March 26, 2011 #

  7. Posting this informative note from Seattle Police about how to make your doors less vulnerable to break-ins: http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/new-seattle-police-newsletter-march-2011

    Comment by Julia — 8:18 pm March 26, 2011 #

  8. Joan you should deliver your neighbor a kale salad.

    Comment by J — 10:30 pm March 26, 2011 #

  9. Gennessee Hill: Well said!!

    Comment by marty — 9:00 am March 27, 2011 #

  10. I agree with J, Joan. Deliver a basket of kale to your neighbor until she controls her dog!
    OR, maybe putting a little chicken-wire fence around the plot would discourage incursions. I admire your goals, but I would have a hard time eating anything planted in a parking strip or accessible to the public.

    Comment by dawsonct — 10:37 am March 27, 2011 #

  11. So because someone has a loud exhaust on their car they don’t deserve it back? Wow, I really thought I lived in a community of compassionate people looking out for one another.

    Comment by Wow — 11:21 am March 27, 2011 #

  12. Sorry, Wow, no one flagged the comment you referred to but your comment alerted us. Deleted.

    Comment by WSB — 11:27 am March 27, 2011 #

  13. Joan…my neighbor told me if you sprinkle cayenne pepper down the animals will not use you space as a bathroom, I intend to try that this year and it is a natural product….just saying….

    Comment by deb — 12:05 pm March 27, 2011 #

  14. Sorry about your car Alex, it looks nice. Hopefully someone just went for a spin & it will turn up parked somewhere. Good Luck!

    Comment by gary — 12:19 am March 28, 2011 #

  15. Unbelievable! All I can think of is: “Say hello to my little friend.”

    Comment by Live Here; Learn Here — 10:54 am March 28, 2011 #

  16. JayDee, Thanks for your kind offer; the bulbs are available and planted in late fall/early winter here. I realized as I angrily wrote the post that others are experiencing far more serious crimes – like auto thefts and home break-ins for heaven’s sake! Petty people like this just make life less fun. I can’t find the car or fix the kicked-in door, but I can redouble my efforts to make my neighborhood more enjoyable!

    And thanks, Joan for your kind words. Best of luck with the kale. Maybe a kale salad delivered with a bit of info about edible gardening would educate the owner of the free-range dog…

    Comment by susieq — 5:25 pm March 29, 2011 #

  17. Susieq – The more we make our neighborhood a community, the less vunerable to thefts and break-ins we are. . . So your efforts are a wonderful thing!

    Comment by Charlotte — 12:36 pm March 30, 2011 #

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