By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Just after midnight on Monday morning, two teens were spotted atop a local church. Officers arrived and ordered the pair down. They complied, but left behind a backpack containing cans of beer, cigarettes, prescription medication, and marijuana (later retrieved by a firefighter in a ladder truck). The teens were transported to the Southwest Precinct and were picked up by their parents.
Five more summaries, after the jump:
*Mid-morning Monday, burglars targeted an Arbor Heights home occupied by the owners of a local business and made off with more than $10,000 cash.
*Sunday afternoon, three teens wearing hoodies were seen trying to kick in the front door of a home in the 5600 block of 31st SW. They failed and were last seen walking northbound.
*On the 11th, the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team served search warrant on a home in the 7700 block of 18th SW and discovered a partially dismantled marijuana grow operation in the basement, complete with elaborate ventilation and lighting systems. In one room, officers found 9.47 pounds of marijuana “bud” with a street value of $30,000. The resident had been away from home when officers arrived, but a surveillance team spotted him returning to the area and asked that officers detain him. A drug-detection dog gave a positive response to the man’s car; he was taken into custody. The car was impounded for “drug assets forfeiture.” On the same day, a second search warrant was served on an associated home in the 4700 block of 23rd SW. The home was empty, but detectives recovered $99,500 from a safe. It was submitted for evidence. The 37-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of drug charges/possession with intent to manufacture/deliver.
*Monday morning, at a local high school, a student was seen carrying a knife in his front pocket. He refused to stop when security officials gave the order, and he spent several minutes punching and wrestling with several security guards who held him until police arrived. The 15-year-old was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of non-aggravated assault.
*Running a random license-plate check, officers discovered that the driver of the car in front of them had a suspended driver’s license. They stopped the car and asked his adult passenger (whose three children were in the back seat) if she had a valid license and could drive the car. She said she did not have it with her, but provided officers with her name and birth date so that they could verify it. Perhaps she forgot that she was wanted on three warrants: $15,000 King County felony for burglary and malicious mischief; $2,600 Renton misdemeanor for theft; and $5,100 Kent for domestic violence/neglect of a child. So instead of her driving his car, he was released to watch the kids and she was booked into King County Jail.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own. We also continue to publish crime reports the rest of the week, when we get tips or hear noteworthy incidents via the scanner, so don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.
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