Out of the WSB inbox, from Mary, who tried a simple tactic to stop would-be thieves:
About 2:00 (Tuesday afternoon) I heard a vehicle stop in the alley next to my home, (in the Westwood neighborhood) and looked out to see 2 men taking something heavy from my neighbors’ yard and loading it into their pickup truck. Just as I got outside and to the alley, they were driving off, but stopped when I spoke to them. I asked if they had permission to take “that thing.”
I didn’t know what it was, because it was wrapped in black plastic – an indication to me it was something my neighbor wanted. After conferring with each other in Spanish, the driver said no, so I told them to put it back. I just pointed and demanded, and they put it back! I told them they couldn’t take things without asking, and they said OK, sorry, they didn’t think anyone wanted it, goodbye, and drove off.
I called the SPD non-emergency line, and they recommended calling 911 if it happens again, as a “theft in progress.” So watch for 2 polite Hispanic men, mid-20s or so, in a brown Chevy pickup with a white canopy, damage to the driver-side hood and bumper, passenger-side glass replaced with plastic, missing one passenger-side canopy window. License # given to police. If you see them taking something, try telling them to put it back. I didn’t want them to return and take my neighbor’s construction trailer or little boat too.
Before publishing this, we followed up with Mary to see if she had checked with her neighbors later. She had – and confirmed the item in question (a sink) was NOT anything they had given anyone permission to take, and was indeed something they wanted to keep. It’s now someplace more secure.