West Seattle Crime Watch: Doubly difficult decoration theft

December 20, 2011 at 10:41 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

From Cyndi and Steve:

Just a heads-up – last night after 9:00 two of our large outside Christmas decorations were stolen in the 5400 block of 49th Ave SW [map]. One was a a lighted polar bear & the other was a lighted Christmas stocking with presents.

What makes this more difficult is that we lost both of my parents this year as well as other things & we were not going to put anything out but we did it for the neighbors.

13 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear that. Maybe it was the same grinches who stole the benches from 49th?

    Comment by SomeGuy — 10:53 am December 20, 2011 #

  2. My heart breaks for you guys. It’s hard when bad things pile on. God bless you. Hang in there.

    Comment by 35this35mph — 11:02 am December 20, 2011 #

  3. Now, I can understand (not condone mind you) a scumbag’s motivation behind burglary- stealing something that has value, a laptop or camera or whatever. This does not enter that realm. Nobody is going to file off serial numbers on Christmas decorations and sell them at some kind of Yuletide black market. They did this for what precisely? So they could decorate their own yard more attractively and enjoy the season of giving and love more deeply? What I can never understand is that people who do this, can self justify it as some kind of victimless pranking, or that they are more entitled to others property. Upon the thieves I place a sack of bad Karma, a lump of coal and the unremoveable stain of grinch-dom.

    Comment by Grinch-hater — 11:36 am December 20, 2011 #

  4. Condolences, Cyndi and Steve, and sorry about the visit from the grinch(es) as well.

    .

    Please be reassured that there are some wonderful people here in West Seattle that are very much the polar opposite of those that think nothing of hurting others, and don’t seem to consider or care that those that they have hurt, may already be dealing with current, or recent heartbreak.

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 11:52 am December 20, 2011 #

  5. ok, it’s time for some action.  the cops aren’t going to do it.  how about setting some boobie traps (suggested in another thread).  get an empty flat screen TV box, fill it with something heavy, leave it on your doorstep like it’s just been dropped off by UPS.  sit and wait.  if someone comes by to steal it, then do as you please. 

    Comment by buddy — 12:06 pm December 20, 2011 #

  6. Saturday night I caught a group of kids stealing my neighbor’s decorations. While on the phone to SPD I realized the kids came from a house that was having yet another party while the parents were away. I canceled the call to 911. I wish I hadn’t. Even though they were caught they had no shame, no remorse. I’m so tired of little sh*ts thinking the world is theirs for the taking.
    I’m sorry they managed to take yours. Karma, karma, karma.

    Comment by Neighbor — 12:13 pm December 20, 2011 #

  7. When your neighborhood starts going to hell: volunteer! Find a mentoring program or somewhere you can volunteer with youth. Clearly, it takes a village because their parents aren’t able to do it on their own. Maybe if they had any sense that this was their community too (as in, the neighbors helped at the community center or volunteered at their school) they wouldn’t be so prone to stealing.

    As for the adults, however…I like the trap idea. How about a UPS box that explodes with pink ink when opened?

    Comment by Rebecca — 1:54 pm December 20, 2011 #

  8. YEA!!! BOOBIE TRAPS awesome When I lived on Beacon Hill my neighbor would siphon my gas at night, so I started rigging up trip wires and cans and just making it a nusense to commit the theft. The kid from the samehouse would put a ladder up to my side yard fence to try and climb up on my roof so she could spy in my back yard. So I put fresh tar on the edge of the roof so she would get stuck the next time she tried it. She also use to try and steal the tiki off my front door , which was wired trhough to the door bell and I fixed it so she got a zap . Bottom line people who steal stuff are idiots and its not too difficult to out smart them. The beautyof it is they cant really complain or tell on you without implicating themselves in their own crime.

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 2:25 pm December 20, 2011 #

  9. so sorry for the loss of your parents; I have lost several friends this year and it just feels like each loss compounds the other losses.
    Hope the polar bear comes to life and scares the living daylights out of the burglars and that their stockings are filled with …

    Comment by metrognome — 3:05 pm December 20, 2011 #

  10. Sorry Cyndi & Steve,
    Do you have a picture of the items? My hubbie and I live about 2 blocks away and woke up about the same time cause there was a blue light flash through our window. By the time I jumped up to look I could only see it a little bit flashing down the street. It seemed like someone running with a flashlight. I suppose maybe it could have been someone running with a large lighted ornament. Sorry for your loss. Keep your chin up. It’ll get better.

    Comment by westie — 3:24 pm December 20, 2011 #

  11. Sounds like Home Alone 3: Christmas in West Seattle. Joe Pesci and his wacky pal won’t know what him them.

    Comment by Macaulay Culkin — 3:24 pm December 20, 2011 #

  12. Rebecca, I’m with you on the volunteering. However, this teen is an upper income spoiled brat whose parents want to continue to believe that their princess can do no wrong. The rest of the neighborhood has had it, not only with her but with her parent’s inability to raise a conscience ,respectful human. It’s ironic because this family is on the receiving end of a huge amount of community support and yet they believe that those issues which are impacting the very people who are trying to help do not require attention.
    Personally, I like the boobie trap idea. Make it hurt.

    Comment by Neighbor — 3:38 pm December 20, 2011 #

  13. @Neighbor: Should call 911 next time. It might be harder for the parents to ignore an SPD officer and an arrest than your complaints.

    Comment by Thomas — 5:10 pm December 20, 2011 #

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