Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports to share this morning (and the latest WS Beat roundup is in the works for a bit later) – First, just in from Judy, a Fairmount Springs car theft early today:
I wanted to alert the WSB community of a car theft. Seems like there’s been a rash of these posted recently!
Our car was stolen from in front of our house this morning around 4:30 am. 39th Ave SW and Raymond (one block off Fauntleroy – 5900 block of 39th Ave SW)
1998 white Nissan Maxima
License plate 984VFE
Also a *reminder* to not leave anything in your car. Unfortunately, my husband left his golf clubs, backpack and umpire gear in the vehicle – so this was all taken.
Another thing – I heard them this morning. I thought it was the newspaper delivery person when I heard the rustling- looked at the clock 4:30 am- and decided it wasn’t worth getting up to investigate.
If you see this car, call 911. As for a “rash” of car thefts – we checked the police-report map; 11 noted in West Seattle in the past week (not counting Judy’s, since the map is time-lagged and won’t show a report from this morning till later today), 10 the previous week. No particular hot spot – they’re on the map from Admiral to Arbor Heights, Beach Drive to Highland Park. Meantime, after the jump, a car-prowl-interrupted report from this past Wednesday:
We were woken up at 3:30 a.m. by our neighbor banging on our door. I looked outside and he was on his cell calling the police. His dog had alerted him to something (she only really barks when there are strangers in our area) and he caught two black males, one wearing a white shirt with baggy pants going through our vehicle. His wife saw a light colored (she said white) SUV come speeding around the corner, collect the two who ran from my vehicle and sped off. She described the vehicle as having a rounded rear – similar to a Blazer. No windows were smashed, so either the vehicle was jimmied or the other half forgot to lock it – we’re not sure which (he usually locks it through).
The contents of our glove compartment and center console were strewn across the two front seats but nothing of importance was taken. They took some spare change, but miraculously left behind the faceplate to the stereo of our other car, the spare garage door opener (so that’s where it was!), the other half’s work ID, etc. The police came and searched the area on SW 30th where they found a purse in the middle of the street but after checking all the cars up and down the street did not find that any had been broken into or were unlocked (it looked like they’d tried the doors of the vehicles to see if they were open). They checked our vehicle out, noted other debris (two dropped packets of unopened cigarettes – not the brand smoked by our only neighbors who smoke). They did a quick canvas and of Harbor and mentioned that many of our neighbours had items in plain sight; a coach purse on the front passenger seat, a laptop on a front passenger seat, 100s of CDs in the back seat of a vehicle. We were given a business card with an incident number and told by the officer that they were going to search for them in the hopes of not ruining anyone else’s evening. …
If any cars in the Admiral Junction were broken into it may be the same people and should be reported.