Seen these bikes? Three stolen from West Seattle family’s porch

December 21, 2011 at 3:02 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Lilith e-mailed WSB, wondering if you’ve seen any or all of the bicycles stolen from her porch.

Last Friday night someone stole three bikes off our front porch. We live between Genesee Hill and Alaska Junction. No, they weren’t locked. (Though some of the ones that weren’t stolen were locked–yes, we have a lot bikes.)

We actually heard the noises on the porch about 3:00 am, but initially thought it was our nephew getting his bike to go to work. They made a big crashing noise when they took the second and third ones, though, and didn’t come back for more since we came running out. They must have ridden them away, because we didn’t hear a car or footsteps.

These bikes really have no resale value, so I can’t imagine they were stealing them to sell. They are probably in someone’s alley or at a park. We have looked, but are hoping that someone else may have seen them.

Photos and more information ahead:

My bike fits a small adult woman and is spray painted black and white. It is a mountain bike, with smooth tires, a black rack and pink streamers. It also had a really powerful rechargeable light on it. (It was plugged in and they didn’t take the charger, which also adds to my theory they are not trying to sell them, since, with the charger, the light is worth more than the bike.) It is a custom frame so does not have a serial number. It’s my daily commuter and I’m really missing it.

Two of my daughter’s bikes were also stolen. They are both green. One is a Diamondback BMX style bike. The other is a Raleigh Scout. It’s a mountain bike. She bought it off craigslist and completely restored it. So the frame isn’t great, but if you look at the components you can see that they’re actually decent. It might have a frog horn on it, or that might be on the BMX bike.

We are in the process of filing a police report and ever hopeful that they’ve already been picked up and are in some police warehouse somewhere. … On the off chance that they’re still out there, though, we’d love it if people could keep their eyes peeled. My bike, with the spray paint job and streamers, is pretty distinctive!

Lilith included photos – the top one is her bicycle (she was riding it back from a shopping trip); the other one is from a photo in which her daughter was working on her Raleigh with a friend.

6 Comments

  1. Haven’t seen these but there’s a new abandoned, presumed stolen, Shogun BMX bike on the corner of 25th and Cloverdale.

    Comment by Resident — 11:46 am December 21, 2011 #

  2. That totally sucks. Also, please stop blaming the victim, it’s really lame.

    Comment by JN — 1:03 pm December 21, 2011 #

  3. Sorry, I missed the victim-blaming comment, which is against WSB rules … deleted. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:05 pm December 21, 2011 #

  4. If this family would like a free replacement bike for a girl, I could give them an old mongoose that belonged to my daughter. I had it tuned up recently and was going to sell it, but it’s theirs if they want it.

    Just post here to let me know where to take the bike, and I’ll bring it to where ever. I live in the Alaska junction area.

    Comment by JoAnne — 1:23 pm December 21, 2011 #

  5. Hmm, if it was my commment, I was not blaming the victom but offering a generic crime prevention suggestion: Lock it or lose it. Apologies if anyone though that was blaming the victim. I’ve posted often enough here you should know that is not my style.

    Appreciate it if you would consider reposting it as it was, to me, rather clearly blaming the crooks.

    Comment by Jim P. — 4:31 pm December 21, 2011 #

  6. I think I saw the the first bike pictured today by wells Fargo At the junction without the rear fender and rack and streamers at 5:15pm. There was a young guy in jeans and a big fluffy coat with it and I said wait a minute…he seemed alarmed a bit and pushed the bike behind him….

    Comment by Eaglelover — 6:35 pm December 23, 2011 #

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