Four reader reports to share – three are West Seattle Crime Watch reports (burglary, theft, hit-run), and one is a “creepy” encounter that a runner wants others to be aware of:
From Taylor near California/Ferry (map) in North Admiral:
Someone (persons) entered my building through open/unlocked kitchen window. Took off with 2 gold bracelets, and a vintage gold locket necklace. :( change from various “coin bowls” around the house. Did not take electronics/bikes/camera/guitar/cell phone. I feel sad about my stolen jewelry and sad/angry about the invasion of privacy. ;(
This happened sometime (Wednesday) between 1-4:50 pm. Entered through kitchen window, exit through front door….(locking the door behind them) …. “oh, thank you??”
Please post to blog. Neighborhood watch alert!!!
Just an FYI for the Gatewood area of 41st Ave and Ida (map) to be on the alert for thieves of stuff from the porch! This time it was a watering can and ceramic chipmunk. Not things of high monetary value, but definately of sentimental value. (The chipmunk came with the house when I bought in 1994 and has stood guard on the porch ever since) This was done just before Tuesday’s “Night Out.” The first hit was a while ago and involved a wall plaque next to the front door.
There was a hit and run at around 5:15 PM (Wednesday) along West Marginal Way at the five-way stoplight where the lower bridge traffic is. I was waiting at the stoplight to turn left from the lower bridge onto west marginal and saw a red beater car crash into what I think was a Toyota prius while waiting at the west marginal light. I wish I had the presence of mind to simply lift up my cell phone and take a picture of the red beater car but I didn’t, the car pulled a u-turn and left the scene and by the time the light changed (I was car 6 or so in a line of cars), I couldn’t see if the Prius pulled over and if yes, where. The red car was likely a 70’s model 2-door beater – maybe a Datsun? I’m pretty sure the numbers on the license plate were 540 (didn’t catch the letters – sorry!). The driver was a beefy white male. Sorry I couldn’t be more help but hope this helps the Prius owner even a little bit.
And finally, the “creepy” encounter, from a woman who wanted to be anonymous:
I was running (Tuesday) morning around 5:30 am on Beach Drive, just south of where Alki Ave becomes Beach Drive (near Constellation Park). I’m a 29-year old woman, I was running by myself, and it was still quite dark out. I was the only person around. I was heading south on the sidewalk when I heard a car approaching from behind, and then slowing as it neared me. It was a white BMW (3-series?) with two guys, probably in their mid-20s to early-30s. Then drove past me slowly, obviously looking at me in a creepy manner, though I tried to just ignore them and keep running.
They slowly drove away. I turned around to head home. A few minutes later, still on Beach Dr, I heard another car approaching from behind and slowing down as it approached. It was them again — I had turned around, so clearly they had too. This time they slowed to a near stop beside me. I glanced over, and the driver said “Hey…what’s up” is a super creepy voice. I looked away and continued running, trying to just ignore them. They drove slowly beside me for what was probably about 10 more seconds (but seemed like forever) and then (luckily) drove away.
It’s hard to say whether they were just really creepy guys or potentially predatory, but I know that the encounter has me pretty upset.
I wish I had more information (a license plate would have been nice), but, at the time, I was just trying to ignore them and was having a difficult time thinking clearly. If I see them again and can get more specific information, I’ll be sure to share it with you.