Perhaps a good-weather phenomenon – we’re getting more than a few car-prowl reports. One from Arbor Heights on the WSB Facebook page, mentioned in passing, then another from AH just came in via e-mail – that’s after the jump, along with reports from other West Seattle areas (NOTE – 1 “suspicious person” report, added 12:04 pm):
My car that was parked on my house’s driveway got broken into last night. House is between 98th and 100th on California Ave SW (zip 98136). No damage to the car or engine. But glove compartment and entire car was ransacked. Left the car doors opened. Called police and there was another similar incident report on 42nd Ave SW, one block west of California Ave SW.
Out of the inbox yesterday, from Caroline:
Hey all – we reported this already to police – but wanted to make sure we got the word out. We live on 37th ave SW (arterial route) and my husband’s truck was broken into on Wed. evening. He is a nut about locking his car – but we’re not quite sure how they got in? He said there was some sort of greasy/black substance close to the door seam?? The car wasn’t damaged in any way (which was good) – they got away with money, Nike shoes (but left the Vasque hiking boots?), iPod, etc. I’ve also noticed a lot of cars driving very slowly down my street (which is out of the norm b/c people are using screaming down this street at 40-50 MPH!).
Okay – be smarter than us and keep your stuff outta your car – and be on the lookout! ;)
And from Becca, a more-general alert for her area:
Information regarding car prowlers around the Lowman Beach area, specifically Lincoln Park Way SW at Murray. For the last couple of summers (yes they typically start about now and they have). We have noticed that most of the activity is on Saturday/Sunday mornings as early as 3 am.
Latest incident: a couple of weeks ago at 3am on a Sunday two men were seen walking up a drive for some condos with about 5 units. One of the owners came out and contacted the two men as well as calling the police. After the police made contact the pair heading up Lincoln Park Way SW but when the police car was out of sight they changed direction going down the hill to Lowman Beach where a waiting car picked them up.
The people I have seen taking coolers out of the back end of a truck act as if they belong there. Several of my neighbors and I talk from time to time and keep an eye out for each other. But, considering how many people jog/walk/bike around here it’s easy for someone to do something right under your nose and get away with it.
Get to know your neighbors is the best advice I can give anyone.
ADDED 12:04 PM: A suspicious-person report just in, this one from David; we didn’t want to hold it waiting for other Crime Watch reports:
Another cautionary tale.
Yesterday Thurs May 19, at 9:05 am a car drove slowly down our street. The sole occupant, described below, got out of the car and took cell phone pictures of three yards including my own. None of the homes are for sale. He snapped away until he saw me sitting in my car a few feet away, watching him, after which he beat a hasty retreat. He took off so fast I was unable to get his license number (!!!) but was able to verify the following particulars:
Who: a mid-to-late 40’s white male, stocky but not fat build, balding with trimmed medium mustache, between 5′-8″ and 5’10” tall. Wearing dark blue/black shiny sweat pants, armless white/light weighlifter’s power-T shirt w/ small design. Bald head/face were red from previous day’s sunshine. Medium to dark complexion but non-hispanic.
Where/when: 32nd SW between Trenton and Henderson, 9:05 am 5/19/2011
Car: a Red two door 1993-1997 Honda Civic DX, washington plate #unknown.