West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary investigation – with prints

July 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Christina shared that photo of police checking for prints after a burglary at her home on Wednesday:

I came home (Wednesday) to find my house (in the 9400 block of) 14th Ave SW had been burglarized. They broke the lock on my bathroom window and entered through there. They were able to get 2 laptops, 2 digital cameras and a handgun. None of our neighbors saw or heard anything and I happen to have 3 dogs that were kenneled at the time. Once they got what they wanted from the house, they left through the side door. This happened between 11 am and 430 pm. The police were able to life several fingerprints from the window screen that they removed.

Side note: Checking the city online map (which lag at least several hours after incidents are reported), while this does not seem to be a prolific week for burglars so far, nine car thefts have been reported in West Seattle since Monday alone.

11 Comments

  1. Really hope the prints get you some of your things back.
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    How did you convince the cops to actually do some investigative work?
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    When some prick bumped our lock, leaving no sign of forced entry, we could barely even convince the cop who eventually came out that we had been burgled. He practically laughed himself out of the house when we asked if prints might be useful to track the guy down…

    Comment by Thomas — 10:24 am July 7, 2011 #

  2. @Thomas. Cops might care because a handgun was stolen. Maybe, I dunno?

    Comment by Peter — 11:52 am July 7, 2011 #

  3. I’m sure it’s due to the handgun. Please people, lock up your firearms.

    Comment by RickM — 11:56 am July 7, 2011 #

  4. Nice to see cops responding to burglaries!

    Comment by Krystal — 12:11 pm July 7, 2011 #

  5. It only took the cops 4 hours to show up.. due to “shift change…” etc.

    We noticed some visible prints on the window and he said he would dust them.. simple as that. He went back to the police station, got the kit and came back. He said within a couple weeks they should have results.

    I totally agree about locking up firearms.. this happened to be my roommates and I wasn’t even aware that it was there.

    Comment by Christina — 12:22 pm July 7, 2011 #

  6. and honestly.. the officer didn’t even seem concerned about the fact that there was a gun missing.

    Comment by Christina — 12:45 pm July 7, 2011 #

  7. Tangent: I’d be pissed if I had a roommate who had a firearm in the house and didn’t tell me about it. And unsecured at that! Ugh.
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    I hope the police come up with something.

    Comment by datamuse — 1:31 pm July 7, 2011 #

  8. Thanks everyone.
    It’s an unfortunate situation but hopefully something positive will come of it.

    Comment by Christina — 2:06 pm July 7, 2011 #

  9. I’d be ticked off to if someone in my home had a gun without my knowing. Years ago I lived in an apt on lower Q.A. A guy tried breaking into a back window while I was home in the morning. I scared him off, and cops were there within minutes. They dusted the window, got prints, and sure enough, months later they arrested the guy.

    Comment by csw — 2:16 pm July 7, 2011 #

  10. Wow u didn’t know the roommate had the gun

    Comment by jason — 11:59 pm July 8, 2011 #

  11. We knew he had a gun yes. But he has been in the process of moving out and we assumed he had taken it with him.

    Comment by Christina — 7:47 am July 11, 2011 #

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