West Seattle Crime Watch: Truck stolen; car found

March 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

Again today, we have a new auto-theft report, and a followup from a stolen car’s owner:

First: That’s Josh‘s pickup, and he is hoping you have seen it:

It was stolen from my house in Highland Park Monday night (3-21). Sometime between 7 pm and 8:30 pm someone stole the truck from in front of my house and I am hoping they drove a short distance and possibly ditched the truck in West Seattle. The canopy and lumber rack are custom made and very easy to spot, I am hoping someone in West Seattle might recognize the truck. … 1988 Toyota 2WD extended cab truck – black. The canopy and lumber rack are custom built of bright silver aluminum. The front driver side fender has a little body damage and back window of the canopy has a NPR sticker. The plate number is B08669S.

And one day after we published a stolen-car report from James, he says his Honda was found near 28th and Roxbury – a couple miles from 35th/Holly, where it was stolen – the roof rack and stereo are gone, he says, but “they left all the audio books, and the hats and the tire chains. They left the pound of organic apples and the 10 Clif bars i had. Which goes to show, these criminals left the nutritious food, and the educational books behind, just to sell a few items that may make them money. Which I can only speculate will not feed them, nor will it help them in their future.”

10 Comments

  1. It would be worth it for people in the West Seattle to get together and set some traps.

    Comment by Dale — 6:14 pm March 24, 2011 #

  2. Maybe SW precinct can hook up with the producers of Bait Car. Seems West Seattle is prime for that show. They make a few bucks off advertising, SPD catches some car thevies, a “message” is sent to the $#|+heads, and us law abiding citizens get some satisfaction. Oh hell, we could have outdoor Bait Car on the Wall night this summer and drive (no pun intended) the point home even further.

    Comment by Beth — 8:00 pm March 24, 2011 #

  3. I liked James’ story – glad you found your car. I guess we can’t bait them with apples or stories though…

    Comment by eileen — 8:20 pm March 24, 2011 #

  4. Thanks James, best stolen car recovery story ever! Shows how sad the lives of a petty criminal are. No food, no future, and by the way they seek their fortunes, very little money.

    Comment by Born To Be Mild — 9:43 pm March 24, 2011 #

  5. James I am so glad you got your car back! Those bad guys will get theirs! remember in the final analysis, it is between you and God. it was never between you and them anyway.

    Comment by nanaby — 11:30 am March 25, 2011 #

  6. I am so beyond happy for you. I agree with nanaby, and also want you to remember that it IS between you and God or whomever, but it is ALSO between THEM and God. <3 you big!

    Comment by Abi Star — 1:18 pm March 25, 2011 #

  7. James, your story is so amazing! You lose your car, but it shows up later with only the roof rack and stereo gone! So intense. I’m so glad that you found your car. Those criminals won’t really benefit much, and they will pay back for their crimes someday. We all need to watch each other’s backs.

    Comment by Julie — 5:09 pm March 25, 2011 #

  8. The truck has been FOUND! SPD called this evening and I was able to pick it up. They drained the gas tank and stole a few things and left it 15 blocks from my house. They had a night on the town looking at the bar cups and 4-loko cans left in the truck. Thankfully the neighbors did not recognize the truck and called it in as an abandoned vehicle. Thanks again for posting the pictures! -Josh

    Comment by Josh — 7:52 pm March 25, 2011 #

  9. I’m so happy that here in west Seattle we have been able to help each other out…more eyes out there make all the difference. I wish we were so lucky. :( 3 weeks and no sign of our landcruiser…..thank you to all of you out there that have kept your eyes open! If we work together maybe it won’t happen so often……or at least we’ll catch them sooner.

    Comment by Karla — 9:28 pm March 25, 2011 #

  10. thank goodness the audio books and apples were not stolen… u are cool for seeing the door half ajar. sux your stuff was stolen and with no criminal trace.

    keep up the great work West Seattle… talk with each other. Do I hear ‘sting’ operation in the works?

    PS I miss Abi Star

    Comment by Tim — 6:18 pm March 28, 2011 #

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