West Seattle Crime Watch: Seen this Civic?

June 10, 2011 at 10:36 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

Out of the WSB inbox, from Andy – a stolen car to watch for:

My wife’s car was stolen from in front of our house in the 4000 block of 50th Avenue SW [map] during the early morning of June 9th. It has been reported to the police, but I’m hoping that WSB readers can help. It is a 1991 red Honda Civic two door hatchback, license number 589 PDW. If it is seen, please call 911.

Here’s hoping it’s spotted (maybe even by a good neighbor like Margaret, whose Twitter-car-theft-solving tale appeared here Wednesday, and she got a TV spotlight that night).

13 Comments

  1. Ouch! I feel your pain. Our ’95 Civic hatchback was stolen on Memorial Day weekend. The police found it a few hours later on a trail in Beacon Hill. Unfortunately, it was pretty stripped (down to the windshield wipers!?!). Hopefully, yours was just taken for a joy ride and will be recovered in working order!

    Comment by JLS — 10:53 am June 10, 2011 #

  2. My girlfriends Acura was stolen the same night from 41st and Findley. It was found later in the day completely stripped.

    Comment by Robert — 11:48 am June 10, 2011 #

  3. Dang, I used to live on that block. Loved it. We will keep our eyes open and good luck!

    Comment by watertowerjoey — 12:00 pm June 10, 2011 #

  4. My Honda Accord was stolen on May 15th and found 2 weeks later in Kent. As the people towing it told me… they could fit the pieces left in to the bed of a large pickup truck.

    I am very hopefuly for a different outcome for you!!

    Good luck!

    Comment by KP — 12:27 pm June 10, 2011 #

  5. Civic’s are great cars but a hassle to own due to thefts. I had to sale my 03 civic last year because it was a target with the bad element. I had the following occur on my “stock” civic:
    1.Stereo and items stolen
    2.Stock wheels stolen and car sitting on blocks.
    3.The entire car stolen.
    I hope you find yours but I would stay clear of getting another civic unless you garage it 24*7.

    Comment by seatri — 2:14 pm June 10, 2011 #

  6. Haven’t seen it, but I had a red ’91 Civic hatchback that was stolen in 2000. I got it back a week later – I hope yours returns!

    Comment by MsG — 2:15 pm June 10, 2011 #

  7. Keep checking Craigslist for parts – especially if there were any after market, recognizable items. Also, our experience taught us that you need receipts for items even if you find them on Craigslist or if they find them on another car. The police can’t do anything without them. This is why it is such an easy crime for these kids – very, very hard to lose, unless they are caught in the act.

    Best of luck.

    Comment by DBurns — 5:17 pm June 10, 2011 #

  8. This AM a red Honda Civic passed me on 35th in the school zone by 106th going south. I thought at the time he was driving this car like he stole it. Turned right at the 4way stop. It sounded like a go-cart. Hope you find it. Can not remember the license plate. Just saw your posting.

    Comment by Lucy — 7:04 pm June 10, 2011 #

  9. So sorry about this.
    Just checked the SPD @getyourcarback Twitter feed and saw there were 7 cars reported stolen in the past 24 hours. At rates like that, we need some new, more serious solutions. Too many families are suffering a significant economic assault this way. Maybe it’s time to rethink city-wide electronic surveillance?

    One idea … perhaps insurance agents should stop being so fast to recommend reduced coverage on older cars. It may not be worth saving a few dollars a year only to have to replace a paid-for car with new car payments (and higher insurance premiums for the newer car).

    Anyway, really want to extend my sympathies to everyone who is dealt this blow. So unfair.

    Comment by wsgal — 12:18 am June 11, 2011 #

  10. I am new to this amazing WS Blog world! I have a question on blog protocol. A silver Acura Vigor was abandoned at the corner of 98th & California at about 1:30pm Friday 6/10. Police have all the info, including details of the stripped, abandoned car, as well as the license number of the getaway car that had ditched the Acura. Question: Is it appropriate to post details such as license numbers of either car, after notifying police to give them a chance to stop the getaway car, etc? Is it more appropriate to send WS Blog an email with this info? Do neighbors risk retaliation? Would like to be part of the solution!

    Comment by AH — 9:06 am June 11, 2011 #

  11. The car gods punishing you for buying a Honda.

    Comment by James — 1:09 pm June 11, 2011 #

  12. The police found our car in an apartment house parking lot on Delridge Ave. It was stripped of about everything except the engine block and transmission. I wish they would hang car thieves like they used to do horse thieves!

    Comment by andy — 7:00 am June 12, 2011 #

  13. Friday night I had my 92 Acura Integra stolen 15 feet from where we sleep! The police found it dumped at a apartment complex in White Center the next afternoon with the wheels, tires, stereo, and even windshield wipers (just like JLS’ comment) taken. Sounds like there’s a theft ring going on here

    Comment by 81 — 8:42 am June 19, 2011 #

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