West Seattle Crime Watch: Car prowling in 2 neighborhoods

November 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

Two reports of car prowling early today in two West Seattle neighborhoods – read on for details:

First, an Arbor Heights resident who doesn’t want to be identified says a Honda Accord pulled up in front of a neighbor’s house around 4:45 am and two men got out “and began checking the door on every single car on the block. Police were called.” He says one of the men was back at the car when they arrived, was questioned, and apparently let go. Then at 5:20, “a car with no license plate pulled behind the suspects’ car and then took off when they spotted the police car. Police then pursued that car.” Later, he says, someone came back for the first car and drove it away. He says this all happened at 38th/104th; we will follow up with police to find out if any arrests were eventually made, but the resident wanted the story out mostly to let people in the neighborhood know that apparent car prowlers had been in the area, so “please check your vehicles to see if anything is missing.”

Further north, in Gatewood, Cheryl was the victim of a car-break-in, also this morning:

Vehicle broken into at the top of Gatewood hill this AM Want to alert neighborhood in the Gatewood hill area. Took Stereo speakers and got away when they saw lights come on inside house for work. On California Avenue. Police have been notified of the theft. Be on the lookout because this was right in front of the home.

Our occasional side note: Obviously Crime Watch reports here don’t cover all local crimes, but if something happens to you and you want to get the word out once you’ve reported it to police, to warn the neighborhood at large, you are welcome to e-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com, as did the people who sent in these two reports.

12 Comments

  1. On Holly pl near the Morgan juction I had close to $1000 worth of elecrtical tools stolen out of my truck this morning. Dont leave anything in your vehicles!
    These dirtbags just made it that much harder to pay my morgage.

    Thanks a**holes!

    Comment by Tyson — 7:07 pm November 5, 2011 #

  2. We live in Highpoint and up until a month ago…things have been great. We now have a car prowler who has been spotted, but not caught, on Graham Street. He is a repeat offender and is doing the same thing as above: checking each and every car door. He has gotten Ipod’s, and Ipad, a baby diaper bag, change, etc. Now, according to a neighbor he has been spotted checking house doors. Shame

    Comment by Lisa — 7:48 pm November 5, 2011 #

  3. We are on 35th by camp long and someone stole a dryer out of the back of our truck which was parked on the street. We aren’t really upset because it saves us a trip to the dump to recycle it. It happened sometime in the last week. If they wanted it that bad they could have come to the door and we would have let them have it.

    Comment by SSF — 10:08 pm November 5, 2011 #

  4. I am sure that dryer is now in an alley somewhere. Too bad the residents near the alley will probably have to pay to have it removed.

    Comment by kg — 12:20 am November 6, 2011 #

  5. Definitely a frustrating situation. We are also in Gatewood and our car has been scoped out twice. Our fault for leaving it unlocked, but at least nothing of value was left in the car.

    Comment by RW — 6:33 am November 6, 2011 #

  6. Saturday morning all of the mailboxes in front of my house were open with only the junk publications left behind on 16th sw just south of the college;(

    Comment by Cclarue — 8:18 am November 6, 2011 #

  7. no your dryer along with anything else they could find went to their next hit of crack..alley crawlers are almost all crackheads.

    Comment by bob — 8:41 am November 6, 2011 #

  8. I noticed last night that there was quite a heavy patroling of police cars up and down California Ave. and it is much appreciated because it helps serve as some sort of deterant for the thieves that have been busy burgling the neighborhoods. Thankyou SPD because previously when calling to report incidents it has been hard to get anyone to come out. Makes us feel some safer to see them out and about in our neighborhoods.

    Comment by cherstef — 11:33 am November 6, 2011 #

  9. car prowl with theft of tools last saturday am from neighbor’s car parked outside their house 98th & Calif, didn’t see this one on WSB before now…

    Comment by us2 — 12:03 pm November 6, 2011 #

  10. Had a visitor to my car two nights ago. (36th and Dakota) He, she, they took a couple of small items including my prescription dark glasses (?) and hands-free ear bud headset. They need to not use those ear buds: I have a chronic ear fungus from Vietnam that is very uncomfortable and is treatable but incurable according to my physician. Seriously, If you are the person who took them, do NOT use them, I wouldn’t wish the itching and scaling on anyone, not even you.

    Comment by Carl — 6:17 am November 7, 2011 #

  11. Sat night car prowl on 46th between Alaska and Oregon

    Comment by Bob — 6:38 am November 7, 2011 #

  12. We live slightly south of Camp Long and on the west side of 36th. Our neighborhood has set up a secret private access Facebook group to monitor these incidents because we have had so many since the summer. Almost every car has been hit, when ever they leave their car doors open, even in the driveway or under a light. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the most targeted nights. The women on our street with little babies have been keeping an eye outside during the 3 AM-5 AM time period when it usually happens and have been calling the police. Small electronics, GPS and change mostly, although one truck had a rock thrown through the window to steal tools. It has taperd down recently, but we are all diligent about locking our car doors now.

    Comment by juneb — 8:12 am November 7, 2011 #

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