West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-am search; daylight car prowl

November 3, 2011 at 3:17 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

ORIGINAL 3:17 AM REPORT: Two things this morning – one that’s happening right now: We’re working to find out more about a search that’s under way in the neighborhood east of California SW, between the Alaska and Morgan Junctions. Officers, including a K-9 team, are out searching for somebody. As soon as we find out what led to this, we’ll update. (Thanks to those who have reported this via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.)

9:40 AM UPDATE: Got the details from SPD: This started as a report of a “suspicious male” in the alley behind the 5400 block of 45th SW, with a running vehicle. Police arrived, saw three “unknown race males in dark clothing … 5’6 to 5’8″, slim build” who took off running eastbound upon seeing officers. They had been standing around a car that was up on blocks with three wheels/tires off. A search ensued; the K-9 team lost the scent around the 5400 block of 42nd, which likely means, police say, someone picked them up there. The car turned out to be stolen but hadn’t been reported yet; police are analyzing some items from its interior for possible prints.

(back to original report) Meantime, we have a report about a car prowl during the daytime on Wednesday – read on:

Martin e-mailed to report:

Just wanted to let you know that our two cars were entered (Wednesday) morning at around 9:00 a.m. while my wife and daughter were home. My daughter heard the car doors open and smelled cigarette smoke from the prowlers, but didn’t look out from our upper-floor window. The car prowlers took 1 black backpack with the road emergency kit from our sedan and one box of donated goods from our Mazda van. This happened at 49th Ave and SW Forney Street on a dead-end alley behind our home. I’ve sent an online report to (police). A neighbor to my west mentioned that his toolbox in his pickup was open but didn’t say if anything was taken.

This was a little disturbing since it happened in broad day light and while my wife and daughter were home.

Here’s how to file a report online – note that it’s NOT for emergencies.

4 Comments

  1. My daughter just texed me asking if I knew why her school West Seattle High is in lockdown.

    Comment by Verndog — 9:23 am November 3, 2011 #

  2. I just posted a separate story on that. Suspicious person(s) seen nearby. Nobody hurt, etc., say police, district…

    Comment by WSB — 9:37 am November 3, 2011 #

  3. Thanks for following up with my twitter inquiries.

    Comment by miketown — 7:21 pm November 3, 2011 #

  4. Grandsons car broken into in the early AM Nov. 5th on California Avenue in front of home. Stole Stereo speakers and pried on car stereo but fled when lights came on in house. Gatewood neighborhood be on look out for thieves in West Seattle neighborhood.

    Comment by cherstefano — 7:20 am November 5, 2011 #

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