Seen this propeller? Citywide alert after unusual theft

February 1, 2012 at 8:23 am | In Crime, Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Like the totem pole stolen from a West Seattle park two-plus years ago, this one goes in the “they stole WHAT” file. That’s University of Washington professor Philip Thiel with a 70-inch, 1,260-pound propeller that was about to be donated to Seattle Parks for a north-end installation, till thieves made off with it in the U-District yesterday. Parks put out the citywide alert late yesterday, but didn’t have a photo till this morning; now that it’s available, even though the theft did NOT happen in West Seattle, we’re helping get out the word. If you happen to see it, Parks would like to hear from you at 206-684-7241 (and we’re sure police would, too).


  1. And that’s the look on Professor Thiel’s face BEFORE the propeller was stolen!

    Comment by Jody Rodgers — 9:03 am February 1, 2012 #

  2. Watch the metal recyclers.

    Comment by chris — 10:49 am February 1, 2012 #

  3. Alert the scrap yards!

    Comment by marty — 10:50 am February 1, 2012 #

  4. Some jack@55 is probably going to try to scrap it. :(

    Comment by CJP — 10:54 am February 1, 2012 #

  5. I second and third the scrap metal comments — we have had several items taken from our parking area off the alley. I can’t leave anything outside that isn’t attached to something large!

    Comment by Wendy — 11:48 am February 1, 2012 #

  6. Meth addicts are getting stronger and stronger!

    Comment by KRM66 — 1:02 pm February 1, 2012 #

  7. @Jody Rodgers, hilarious comment. Yes, as a victim of of metal scavengers, go right to source, Metal Salvagers, AND WE KNOW WHO THEY ARE!

    Comment by bettytheyeti — 1:28 pm February 1, 2012 #

  8. best. picture. ever.

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 1:45 pm February 1, 2012 #

  9. anyone checked to see what the totem pole guy was doing at this time? just saying…

    Comment by rob — 2:32 pm February 1, 2012 #

  10. But how? Had to weigh several hundred pounds. The meth heads must have been fully jacked up to make off with that.

    Comment by Kings of the west sea — 5:59 pm February 1, 2012 #

  11. he might notify all of the ship repair yards on the west coast to be on the look-out also. it is worth a hell of alot more as a working prop than the scrap price.

    Comment by bob — 7:35 pm February 1, 2012 #

  12. Here’s another picture of the good professor in a happier moment (scroll down on the link).

    See that smile??

    Comment by Pibal — 9:59 pm February 1, 2012 #

  13. FYI Jody – This was after they took his beanie.

    Comment by brin — 12:30 am February 2, 2012 #

  14. I noticed a newer black Toyota 4-door crew-cub pickup with visqueen on the back rear window ‘crusing’ that neighborhood recently.

    Comment by rob — 4:35 am February 3, 2012 #

  15. It’s been found. A Private Security Guard, a Mobile Patrol Officer found it in Kent this morning about 4:20AM

    Comment by Mike — 12:22 pm February 3, 2012 #

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