West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Teamwork’ nabs car-theft suspect

September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 10 Comments

A suspect who ran from a stolen car is in custody tonight, thanks to what Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith calls “great teamwork by the patrol units.” We asked Lt. Smith about the incident after hearing some attention-grabbing scanner traffic around 4 pm – a search of some kind in Highland Park, resulting in an arrest. Lt. Smith told us it started with the report of a car theft in the Westwood Village parking lot. Before police even talked with the victim in person, Lt. Smith says, “an officer observed a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle at 15th SW & SW Henderson. The officer pulled behind the suspected stolen vehicle, at which time the vehicle fled.” Then the driver got out, he says, and ran through several backyards. Officers set up “containment” in the area, and caught the suspect “attempting to climb a fence in an effort to flee.”


  1. now that’s what i call great police work.

    Comment by seattler — 6:41 pm September 27, 2011 #

  2. Well then, that nicely explains a few peculiar sounds I noted out walking the dog a couple blocks away…glad we can count on you to fill in the blanks WSB. Thanks.

    Comment by westseattledood — 7:02 pm September 27, 2011 #

  3. Yay SPD! You don’t get enough credit EVER. Thank goodness for the blog who can get to the finite details of all your good work. Can’t say the same for KOMO or Seattle Times. Good work!

    Comment by goodworkspd — 7:04 pm September 27, 2011 #

  4. Great job for the SPD. Hope the car is OK and the thief “fell” off the fence.
    Now only if the courts and jail keep the perp away from the rest of our cars. But I won’t hold my breath.

    Comment by Eric — 9:33 pm September 27, 2011 #

  5. Love sw spd!!!!!

    Comment by JAF — 10:34 pm September 27, 2011 #

  6. Awesome job SPD!! You guys ROCK!

    Comment by Alki Girl — 8:09 am September 28, 2011 #

  7. finally! Police paying attention to stolen vehicle reports. usually it is a low priority for them. It is so commonplace in West Seattle I am glad they did something and are sending a message!

    Comment by m — 10:41 am September 28, 2011 #

  8. Great job SPD! Love to hear a happy ending…and that a suspect is in custody and off our streets.

    Comment by L — 10:52 am September 28, 2011 #

  9. I’m glad at least one thief got caught. My Nissan was stolen in May and DURING THE DAY today, a gray late 1990′s nissan was stolen today from the street in front of my house sometime between 745am and 5pm. It belonged to a neighbor’s employee. We’re on 18th near Thistle.

    Comment by Amber — 8:25 pm September 28, 2011 #

  10. OK! Listen up. To all vehicle owners. Go out and get the car CLUB and lock it on the steering wheel. Its a Great deterant for car theives.
    I’m just saying….

    Go SPD!!

    Comment by Luke — 12:54 pm September 30, 2011 #

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