West Seattle Crime Watch: Vandals strike twice, including a P-Patch

July 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm | In Crime, Gardening, West Seattle news | 50 Comments

Two reports of vandalism in West Seattle Crime Watch today, including one at a P-Patch that trashed not just gardeners’ hard work, but also crops destined to feed local food-bank clients. From Tiffany, who shared the photo:

I’m writing to let you know that the West Genesee P-Patch (SW Genesee & 42nd Ave SW) was vandalized last night. It happened sometime between 7pm last night and 9am this morning. The vandals overturned our picnic table, threw one of the benches in one of the plots, uprooted plants and tomato cages, and smashed plants. There wasn’t a single plot that escaped damage, though some suffered more than others. We all finally had nice gardens going after a slow start to summer, so needless to say, we’re pretty bummed out. Most disappointing though, is the damage they did to our food bank plot. The vandals completely destroyed all our squash plants, broccoli, and some of the kale and we won’t be able to save those. We will all be salvaging as much of the destroyed plants as we can however, from both our food bank plot and our own plots, and donating it to the food bank so it won’t go to waste.

The silver lining here is that the damage was confined to plants and we won’t have to replace any of the structures. Also, many of the uprooted plants will survive if we can all get them back into the ground soon. It just stinks because we all work hard on our gardens and are happy to be a part of a community garden that brightens up the neighborhood and helps provide fresh food for those in need (so many great comments from people walking by to the Summerfest this weekend!). It’s a blow to have someone come in and try to ruin that.

Anyway, I hope you can post this information on the blog and ask people in the area keep an eye out to help us prevent this from happening again. For now we’ll do our best to get our garden back in shape!

Another vandalism case not far away, after the jump:

And from KD (note, the dash in the “tag” description replaces a letter):

This morning my car was vandalized with white spray paint by someone, tagging it with “93-G”. My car was parked in the Bank of America parking lot overnight. The Viking Bank was also hit and the QFC. This must have happened between midnight-7am this morning, 7/14/11. I reported it to the police who took our report and requested that if anyone sees anything suspicious (look in cars, someone stalling by a car, etc.) or this tag in other locations to please report it to the West Seattle Police. Hope this helps to catch this criminal!

50 Comments

  1. This makes me sick! I love walking by the P-Patch and looking at all the lovely plants/veggies. I am just sick! I am also upset by the tagging as I live a block from B of A. What is up with people…..ugh.

    Comment by RJB — 2:21 pm July 14, 2011 #

  2. how frikin low can you get..scum of the earth!!

    Comment by Paul — 2:27 pm July 14, 2011 #

  3. WTH is up with people? I can’t believe someone would do this!

    Comment by abstract — 2:31 pm July 14, 2011 #

  4. Worthless scum (that’s pretty much how I feel about all criminals). I wish they didn’t get away with it (even when they get caught, they almost always get away with vandalism, car theft, burglary…). Take it from someone whose house has been robbed, car stolen, and property vandalized.

    Comment by amalia — 2:41 pm July 14, 2011 #

  5. I don’t understand people who do things like this!!! How HORRIBLE! I don’t care if it’s a “prank” or someone being malicious… what in the world do they get out of destroying others hard work and food?!?!?! Especially the food that was being donated. Wow. :-(

    Comment by dameDonna — 2:55 pm July 14, 2011 #

  6. I know I will get called out, but this summer I have seen quite a bit of youth up to no good. I think more youth are not working due to the economy and that is letting them have more time to roam around. I have called a few out lately doing things that they should not be doing.

    Comment by coffee — 3:04 pm July 14, 2011 #

  7. American society is circling the drain.

    Comment by Darkseid — 3:05 pm July 14, 2011 #

  8. This is like animal cruelty. Scumbags who undertake reckless activities such as this need to be dealt with, and in order for that to happen, they need to be caught in the act, or informed on.

    In the meantime, all anyone can do is help repair the damage, either by labor, or by donation.

    Tiffany, if you’re reading this, and you can use either some financial contribution or some physical labor to help correct this, I can volunteer my time or money to you this Saturday. I maintain a regular job Mon-Fri, but will surrender a day on the weekend to help you guys mitigate the damage.

    Please let me know by leaving a comment here.

    Thanks !

    Comment by Petert — 3:09 pm July 14, 2011 #

  9. this is what we get
    when we set a bad example
    and write criminal mischief of as youthful hijinks

    This is worse than unacceptable behavior
    someone should be very very ashamed of themselves

    Comment by JoB — 3:11 pm July 14, 2011 #

  10. Parents: Do you know where your children are?

    Comment by Weezie — 3:14 pm July 14, 2011 #

  11. School is out and the incidents are rising. Correlation is not causation but you have to wonder if there’s a connection.

    I’m seeing more general crud…fast food trash stuffed in the shrubbery, random spray painting, grocery carts left all over the map and so on.

    Comment by Jim P — 3:24 pm July 14, 2011 #

  12. I, too, am very disappointed in what occurred at the garden last night. The p-patchers have worked so hard to get their gardens to where they were at and we were so happy with the progress of the food bank plot. We will not be deterred, however.

    All of us from the West Seattle Genessee P-Patch would appreciate and encourage our neighbors to help us keep an eye out for suspicious activities around the area.

    This is the first incident, and I hope last, that we’ve suffered at our garden. While we cannot say for sure who carried out the vandalism, our garden has co-existed within proximity to four schools (and many local West Seattle events). If it was done by youths, a few bad apples should not reflect on the majority of other kids who had no part in it.

    We will attempt to salvage what we can and not all will be a total loss.

    Comment by Aaron — 3:24 pm July 14, 2011 #

  13. I’m standing watch overlooking my P-Patch. Activated motion sensors will alert me to after hours activities. My Rottweiler is a trained attack dog and loves to go into action. She doesn’t like to be spooked in the middle of the night, either.

    Comment by Mutt & Jeff — 3:58 pm July 14, 2011 #

  14. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I’ll wake up and before going back to bed, I’ll take a peek outside the windows or go stand outside on my third-floor balcony. In one instance, I caught a kid standing atop a rock wall about to urinate (I think I scared the heck out of him). In another (after being woken up by a car accident), I got a good description for SPD of the driver after he attempted to drive the damaged vehicle away and ended up walking away from the scene.

    However, I didn’t catch whoever put the graffiti on the apartment building’s door earlier this week.

    You never know what you might see in those late night/early morning hours. I think I will try to get up more often and look around outside.

    Comment by NFiorentini — 4:05 pm July 14, 2011 #

  15. Weezie,I wouldn’t jump on kids too fast.I’ve seen adults go this low as well.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 4:44 pm July 14, 2011 #

  16. As a P-Patcher (Delridge P-Patch), I have come to accept that veggie theft/vandalism is going to occur. I feel this is unfortunate, but short of putting P-Patches under lock and key (which I oppose), it will continue to occur. In the past, I have had vegetables stolen, but I figured (or hoped) some less fortunate needed them more that I did. In the end, I garden at my P-Patch for the pleasure gardening gives me and not for the bounty of the harvest.

    Comment by Brandon Node — 5:33 pm July 14, 2011 #

  17. Why would someone do this? I don’t understand why anyone would enjoy destroying or hurting another living being, (be it plant, animal, or human). I’ve never been able to wrap my mind around that type of behavior.

    Comment by M — 6:25 pm July 14, 2011 #

  18. At least one TV station has picked up this story, according to Twitter (channel 7). But the most important eyes and ears remain in the neighborhood – so let police know if you saw/heard anything that might be a clue – TR

    Comment by WSB — 6:28 pm July 14, 2011 #

  19. Is there a way we can donate plants, seeds or something to help the P-Patch get back up and producing for the needy?

    This is shameful.
    Disappointing that there are people out there who have no conscience. All I can say is karma can be a real b*tch.

    Comment by Kelly — 6:41 pm July 14, 2011 #

  20. stop your damn crying. it’s plants not humans.
    get over it. kids have been doing this sh** since day one. even you adults, chastising the events probably did something bad, ooh wrong.
    lets cast the first stone you hippycrites.

    Comment by Loco in W.S. — 7:03 pm July 14, 2011 #

  21. No, sorry, I never wantonly destroyed somebody else’s property. My crime career began and ended with the shoplifting of penny candy at age 7 from the grocery store. Vivid memory. My mother found out and marched me back to personally return it to the store manager. Mom also taught me “just because everybody else does it doesn’t mean it’s OK for you to do it too.” Which would seem to apply here, even if you truly believe that kids have been vandals “since day one” (so if they have, is that OK? do we not need to break the cycle?). But I do want to say there’s no reason to automatically assume this was done by young people. Could have been anyone.
    .
    Kelly – I’ll send a note to ask. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 7:20 pm July 14, 2011 #

  22. yeah, right, kids have been mischievous since day one. you said vandals. i didn’t. lets not make tooooo much ado about something as this. lets say, the shootings in which one child was killed. several hospitalized in s. seattle that’s worth reporting. not dead plants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Loco in W.S. — 8:14 pm July 14, 2011 #

  23. Wow, “Loco” is quite the jerk! Sounds like a suspect to me?
    “it’s plants not humans” is the most ignorant statement possible. Idiot!

    Comment by kc — 8:20 pm July 14, 2011 #

  24. Looks like the Brussel Sprouts have Cabbage worms. True Value has Lady Bugs and Praying Mantis. White butterflies lay little eggs and the worms are all green with a yellow stripe.

    Comment by ElevenTruckmen — 8:24 pm July 14, 2011 #

  25. kc, if you are going to quote- do so correctly.
    and if i am an idiot for feeling sorry for the girl killed last night and not plants damaged so be it. i’ll be the idiot any day.

    Comment by Loco in W.S. — 8:40 pm July 14, 2011 #

  26. Loco- WSB is a neighborhood blog. The P-Patch was a neighborhood P-Patch. Do you see the correlation; how it’s completely appropriate to post about a neighborhood P-Patch on a neighborhood blog?

    Comment by ummm — 8:47 pm July 14, 2011 #

  27. Plants that will feed PEOPLE!
    Loco: are you really just messing with the comments or are you simply just simple?

    Comment by saran wrap — 8:53 pm July 14, 2011 #

  28. kc, oops, you did quote correctly from my first comment. sorry. but, i’m still feeling for the girl and not some plants, (that can be replaced).

    Comment by Loco in W.S. — 8:59 pm July 14, 2011 #

  29. Nice piece of work loco…and you are.

    Comment by bill — 9:08 pm July 14, 2011 #

  30. Loco is loco. He can’t spell, type, or think. He’ll probably need the food bank in his future life.

    Comment by Mutt & Jeff — 9:18 pm July 14, 2011 #

  31. Loco, the point here is a blatant disrespect for someone else’s property and hard work, and how that affects more than just one individual. When people are dismissive of this behavior, like you have exhibited by your comments here, the cycle continues, as WSB has pointed out. Perhaps you would not be so dismissive had your own property been vandalized and/or stolen and you were the one having to deal with the consequences, figuring out where to come up with money or time to repair the damage or replace that property. In no way does this story supercede the loss of human life, it only calls to attention another unfortunate part of living in a largely populated area where people can be destructive anonymously. It’s not what was destroyed that’s the critical part of this story, it’s the intent to destroy without regard for others that makes this post-worthy and the message that we should watch out for each other whenever possible.

    Comment by WSBReader — 9:29 pm July 14, 2011 #

  32. I’m sorry to see that this happened. Last month, not far from where this vandalism occurred, someone uprooted three 6′ trees we had planted this past Feb. by repeatedly kicking them until they were ripped from the soil. (I could tell from the tearing on the bark). Just plain mean and nasty.

    Comment by heather — 9:30 pm July 14, 2011 #

  33. Thanks for the support and offers of help. We’ve actually done some cleanup already and it’s looking better. Also, some of us already have extra seeds to use for replanting in the food bank plot, but if anyone wants to donate a few extra starts, that will give us a head start and we’ll put them to good use in the food bank plot. Really, the biggest help you guys can provide is to just keep an eye out if you’re in the neighborhood. Things will inevitably happen, but hopefully they won’t be often or quite so extensive. Thanks!

    Comment by Tiffany — 9:40 pm July 14, 2011 #

  34. In response to previous comments I personally believe that destruction of neighborhood property with a malicious intent is the kind of behavior that ultimately leads to violence toward animals and people. It’s important that people be made aware of things like this. It’s just as important that we express our regret at someones loss because we are a community and this is our neighbor.

    Comment by heather — 9:41 pm July 14, 2011 #

  35. some people are pot stir-ers, in love with the drama left in their wake…do not get pulled down to their level. the angry responses only serve to allow this person to ramp up and play out their need for confrontation and drama.
    the vandalism is a crime and should be punished as such. the rampant disregard for private/personal property is just heart breaking. very glad to hear many of the plants can be re planted and may someday feed the homeless! YAY! :)

    Comment by shfy 1 — 9:45 pm July 14, 2011 #

  36. Loco, I’m hoping you are just in a bad mood. I can see how you might feel more compassion for a person than a plant. I felt a little bit like that when people were so upset about the trees that got chopped down in front of Madison. But it wasn’t worth writing into the blog about because people were upset and they have the right to be. Keep in mind, it’s not JUST a plant or a garden. It is something that the gardeners are passionate about. You can get a new bike or a new Xbox or a new whatever but it is one thing if something breaks on its own from many years of loving use. It’s quite another to have something you’ve worked hard for taken from you or destroyed for no reason. I can buy a tomato at the store but there is nothing quite like getting your own tomato off your own plant that you watered and nurtured for months. It just tastes better. It’s even better when you can give that tomato to others that are less fortunate. It’s obvious you have some growing up to do and when you do you’ll hopefully be able to see that taking things that are not yours to take or damaging things for no reason serves no purpose other than to hurt others and the community as a whole. As much as I want to call you lots of things I will not. I just hope that you’re either having a bad day and tomorrow you’ll feel like a jerk OR someone burns a whole in your favorite skateboard for no reason at all but to see the flames. Come on back to the blog when you get out of school (or prison).

    Comment by 2 Much Whine — 9:49 pm July 14, 2011 #

  37. DNFTT

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 10:12 pm July 14, 2011 #

  38. I just finished some plot clean up at the P-Patch, and while this event is really upsetting for many of the reasons mentioned above, many people gave their condolences as they walked by and mentioned how much they’ve enjoyed watching the garden grow. This type of vandalism can, and probably will, happen anywhere, but the sense of community WS offers is truly unique. Thank you West Seattleites! :)

    Comment by Mandy — 10:16 pm July 14, 2011 #

  39. I wish we lived in old times when you could shoot someone for stealing your horse

    Comment by Paul — 11:18 pm July 14, 2011 #

  40. I would guess that in those old times messing with someone’s food source would be a shooting offense.
    These useless a..holes probably thing all food comes from Safeway or QFC.
    That is if they can think beyond two word sentences.

    Comment by old timer — 11:30 pm July 14, 2011 #

  41. Its really sad that the P Patch was vandalized. Luckily many of the plants are still salvageable and we still live in a food abundant society. It’s also sad that there are some people who are lost and perhaps angry enough to do such a ridiculous and hurtful thing. Hopefully they will eventually find their way in this crazy mad world. .
    Oh well the P Patch will live on and grow. And now it has a new page in its book to give it some character. “Remember that time when those idiots ransacked our plots? We didn’t let that stop us!”
    Peace love and light to ya all. What a crazy planet we live on.

    Comment by Wild One — 4:16 am July 15, 2011 #

  42. Thanks for the reminder, Mike. I just got so angry at that guy I couldn’t resist. Trolls are indeed alive and well but they’ll no longer get food from me (or from the p-patch).

    Comment by 2 Much Whine — 7:28 am July 15, 2011 #

  43. the worst part is that it’s late enough in the growing season that simply replanting new plants won’t work for some of the fruit and vegetables. if it does, it will be with diminished yields.
    .
    it’s sad to think that video monitoring might be in order for something as innocent as a p-patch.
    .
    what the perps and at least one poster don’t understand is those plants also have not insubstantial monetary value, as well as the more intangible kind.

    Comment by redblack — 9:16 am July 15, 2011 #

  44. I’m sorry about the P-Patch, it’s definitely a loss to the community (and especially the food bank recipients) but really, why is the vitriol and mean-spiritness to other people in these comments necessary? Things such as:

    Loco is loco. He can’t spell, type, or think. He’ll probably need the food bank in his future life.

    Loco is such a jerk.

    Come back to the blog when you get out of school (or prison.)

    Some of the things I read on this blog astound me. Things people would never say if they didn’t have the anonymity of the internet. Let’s be grownups, people, and engage in productive dialogue.

    Comment by melissa — 9:34 am July 15, 2011 #

  45. Drove by the P-Patch this week & saw the wonderful garden that had been created where a grocery store (The Grocery Cart)once was! That lot had been left empty for well over 25 years & I had always thought what a waste of a great piece of property! I am disgusted by the punks that tried to destroy such a wonderful idea! “SHAME ON YOU!”. To the creators of this wonderful garden, Thank you for creating a garden to help our community!! You guys are the coolest!

    Comment by Ms Pam — 10:50 am July 15, 2011 #

  46. KD: Does B of A not have a camera on their parking lot?

    Comment by Resident3 — 12:18 pm July 15, 2011 #

  47. @ Loco..I understand what you are saying , however we are in a crisis about everything these days and YES! the young(pregnant) girl who was shot and killed(if that is who you are talking about) is most tragic. The P-Patch is also important, with out healthy food for families (children) they will almost always have vitamin deficiencies, etc. That is one thing that contributes to criminal behavior.
    Anything and Everything that is important to our lives is worth talking about and “blogging” how else are we to know and do something about it.

    Comment by Cynthia4peace — 1:25 pm July 15, 2011 #

  48. I will stop by tomorrow morning, tools in hand, to see if I can be of assistance. Sorry to hear of the vandalism. I saw your patch last weekend while walking to the West Seattle Fest. You guys are doing a beautiful thing.

    Comment by LincolnParkPPatcher — 5:15 pm July 15, 2011 #

  49. @coffee – I ‘ve observed the same. I certainly don’t know for sure who did the damage at the P-patch (for all I know it could have been a marauding group of elderly folks still angry that Charlestown Cafe closed). However, I live in that neighborhood and I’ve been regularly seeing packs of what I refer to as feral children roaming around, being aggressive and destructive (way beyond “kids being kids”). Typically, they look about 12-15. Sorry to be a grumpy old person but I’ve been watching silently for years as parents let their very young kids run amok and I think we’re seeing what happens when kids raised without boundaries or consequences become autonomous.

    Comment by Linda — 5:49 pm July 15, 2011 #

  50. “Even you adults”. Really loco? Are you planning to stay under 21 for the rest of your life? I get dismayed and angry whenever I read of some malicious vandalism of a community’s hard work. I get tired of driving around the neighborhoods and business districts in this area and seeing the numerous unsightly “taggings” of public and private property. Destroy and tag? If this is what is to come in our future, then I want out.

    Comment by Jeremy — 11:49 pm July 15, 2011 #

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