West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 burglaries, 2 car crimes

A car theft, two burglaries, and a car break-in are among the West Seattle Crime Watch reports that have come in over the past day/night – so here’s a longer-than-usual roundup.

Jeffrey reports a car theft:

My car was stolen Monday evening from the Admiral District. It’s a 2005 white Toyota Landcruiser, license plate # 208SWW. If anyone sees this vehicle I would appreciate an email at jeffhhardwick@gmail.com, or a phone call to 206-390-5919.

Mykscott reports a burglary:

We had 2 young women in our neighborhood (8/25) at approx. 11:30 am near Stevens and 37th Ave who knocked on doors asking for water and also talked to neighbors outside. When the women came up to my neighbor’s house while she was gone running errands and had left a window open they contacted two men who joined them and they boosted one another up to the opened window and let the others inside through a side door. They stole a computer and camera equipment in broad daylight. Some neighbors noticed them and assumed they were talking with my neighbor while the burglary was in progress as they were talking to one of the others from the outside deck. The police were called and they took a report. One of the homes they requested to get a drink of water from was an old man who wouldn’t open the door. Other neighbors went on with their daily business as this suspicious activity was going on. The suspects were 2 men and 2 women in their late teens to early twenties and were African-American. They case homes that have open windows and with no activity.

No way to tell if it’s related, but a resident who lives near 41st and Holgate had e-mailed to mention an incident on Wednesday in which he saw 4 African-American women who he hadn’t seen in the neighborhood, “sort of just walking around checking stuff out.” His neighbor got home while they were still standing in front of the neighbor’s house, and he heard them ask the neighbor for some water for their possibly overheated car; he says they “messed around near their truck for a minute or two,” then got into it and drove away on Holgate toward 41st. Then on Thursday, he said his wife spotted the same vehicle “cruising the neighborhood again.” He described it as a red Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon type vehicle “with red rims in the shape of like an iron cross, driven by a woman “with red hair extensions, age probably 25-30” and two or three younger females with her.

One other home burglary reported, from the other side of West Seattle, northeast Arbor Heights, by someone who wanted to remain anonymous:

Just wanted to give a heads up about a home break-in today – my house was broken into during mid-day (Thursday). They worked hard to bust the door in, finally breaking the door jam. They ransacked the house (looking for something?), but left the flatscreen tv and stereo, and took a bunch of stuff that won’t make them much money but was personally valuable (old model laptop, iPod, camera, etc).

Finally – Jason‘s car was broken into in front of his house near 40th/Charlestown and “the thief ran off with my golf clubs (a full set of Cleveland Irons, Wedges, Woods, Driver, Putter, & red and black Nickent golf bag). … I am offering a $100 reward for anyone who can provide details about the whereabouts of my golf clubs, so if anyone saw a person running down Charlestown or 40th with a golf bag on their back please let me know. – ambrosejason@hotmail.com”

19 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 burglaries, 2 car crimes"

  • lipbone August 26, 2011 (5:13 pm)

    As we arrived home in the Highpoint neighborhood this afternoon, we noticed some folks driving a black sedan slowly down the street taking pictures of homes. Was very suspicious but by the time I got my camera out and ready they’d moved on.

    Not sure if this is related, but it has a “casing” quality about it.

  • Newtows August 26, 2011 (8:02 pm)

    These girls came up to our door on Walker around 6pm. My husband told me they asked for water.

  • Alki Guy August 26, 2011 (8:51 pm)

    C’mon folks above…call the police and get ’em off the streets!!!

  • Rosanne August 26, 2011 (9:00 pm)

    We had a very strange incident tonight where a tall African American man knocked on our door & wouldn’t leave. He overheard us talking inside & started screaming, “Why are you ignoring me? Open the door!” This was on 45th Ave down by the ferry & I didn’t recognize him as one of our neighbors.
    There’s no way I am letting anyone inside my house, especially if he is acting crazy, screaming, and repeatedly pounding on doors.

  • newtows August 26, 2011 (9:29 pm)

    ALki Guy- husband doesn’t read the blog otherwise he would’ve know these girls were suspicious. We went out to dinner and he told me that earlier these 2 AA girls were in our yard dancing and singing and I said “did they ask for water?” and he said yes. I will call the police.

  • Paul August 26, 2011 (9:36 pm)

    did the guy just leave or did you call the cops..is he still knocking on your door?

  • DP August 26, 2011 (9:46 pm)

    Everyone — please write down people’s car license plates if you even remotely suspect something suspicious in your neighborhood. We need to track these people down and make sure they serve time!

  • John August 26, 2011 (9:55 pm)

    Everyone — please write down car license plate numbers if you even remotely suspect something suspicious in your neighborhood. We need to track these criminals down and make sure they serve serious time!

  • Pman August 27, 2011 (12:46 am)

    Our house was burglarized today (8/26). On Glenridge way, near California and Othello. Broken window (we weren’t home) lost TV, laptops, etc.

  • Wayne August 27, 2011 (6:26 am)

    Let me get this straight. It was reported that the two women found an open window, contacted two men who then boosted one another up through the open window. If this was reported, then it was obviously witnessed, and if this was being witnessed, then why were the cops not called while this was happening, and if the cops were called while this was happening, why did they not get there in time to stop this? Something is very wrong with this picture one way or the other. People, if you see something suspicious, then call the cops, then call them again, and then again. Call your neighbors also and let them know what is happening, and they can call the cops too. I do know this, I chased a burglar until he started running through people’s yards and I lost him, and during all of this, I called the police 3 times. It took them 15 minutes to respond. I was very dissapointed, considering there’s usually a group of them hanging at the StarBucks in WestWood village which is 3 or 4 blocks from my house.

  • Wayne August 27, 2011 (6:35 am)

    John Wrote: Everyone — “please write down car license plate numbers if you even remotely suspect something suspicious in your neighborhood. We need to track these criminals down and make sure they serve serious time!”

    Wayne: Seriously, if you see a suspicious car, write down the license plate. If you see someone suspicious doing suspicious things, call the police.

  • Alki Guy August 27, 2011 (7:15 am)

    Newtows…didn’t intend to scold…thankful you made it here and hope this wonderful venue aids in ultimate arrests.

    Pman…that stinks. Condolences and quick resolution to you and hopefully no more victims!@!

  • mykscott August 27, 2011 (11:10 am)

    Wayne- I made the report about the burglary suspects boosting one another through the window..and I meant to say that part was not witnessed by neighbors but that window was high off the ground and was the only way into my neighbors home and below that window on the inside everything was cleared off a desk like they used it to get down from the window.

    I think the point I didn’t write clearly is that there was no evidence of an actual break in but the open window was the only way in and it appeared the side door was used as an exit to carry out the desktop computer and camera equipment that was stolen.

    Seems like these girls loiter around in front of homes to get the feel of the neighborhood while acting as they are casual while casing what they believe is an easy target for them. I wanted to warn others in our area of this suspicious activity that appears innocent and causes others to not pay much attention to and since it’s been successful for them they will likely do it again in our area. Let’s call the police next time.

  • Casey August 27, 2011 (12:40 pm)

    We just had two African American girls come door to door trying to sell magazines with no identification etc. I am wondering if it could be the same two girls. We reported it to police and they are in the Arroyo’s. Our neighbors are also on alert. Also late teens to early twenties. Didn’t see that they had a car, and we are a dead end street with a long hill to get to the top.

  • Janell August 27, 2011 (4:51 pm)

    My wallet and cd’s were stolen from out of my car on monday 22nd at 1:00 pm.

    At Oregon between 38th and 39th ave sw. They did not break in because my car was unlocked. I had ran into the house quickly with my kids and was going to go back to lock up but got distracted with things. I was home maybe 30-45 minutes, we think they were maybe watching. Getting fed up with these kinds of crimes. Come on West Seattle lets start catching some of these guys.

  • RS August 27, 2011 (6:46 pm)

    What are the “Arroyos”? We’re about to move in to the neighborhood…kind of concerned to hear about all these burglaries, but…really glad to see people watching out for each other and communicating about it! Guess we’ll be getting involved in the block watch…

  • Casey August 27, 2011 (10:12 pm)

    Sorry, the arroyos are off of marine view drive and 39th in arbor heights. Luckily we have a very good neighborhood watch program and everyone knows everyone on the street and is always watching out for eachother. When these ladies were here many went outside with their dogs and gathered together also we call eachother saying ‘don’t answer your door, they’re not actually selling anything’ here’s to hoping they aren’t casing the street

  • smshr August 28, 2011 (4:32 pm)

    Pretty sure that GMC Yukon type vehicle resides on 31st and Findlay because the wheel description sounds spot on with the jerk chicken that drives down the neighborhood blasting music all the time.

  • Liz August 29, 2011 (8:54 pm)

    We are getting really tired of all the crime in our neighborhood( 38th Dakota) from the car theft, stolen bike, wallet, gps and now a attempted daytime break in. We need to look out for each other and take care of our neighborhoods, this is unacceptable!

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