West Seattle Crime Watch: Robbery arrests; break-in; thefts

Four reports this morning in West Seattle Crime Watch:

(Wednesday afternoon photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
We took that photo yesterday afternoon on 39th just east of Fauntleroy, after tipsters told us police had converged on the area. All officers would tell us at the scene was that it involved an arrest warrant. This morning, SPD has announced they actually made two arrests, in connection with the armed robbery two weeks ago in the 9400 block of Delridge (WSB coverage here), the third and fourth suspects arrested in the case. More details via SPD Blotter.

Also this morning – three Crime Watch reader reports, a burglary and two thefts:

First, from Theresa on Puget Ridge:

I wanted to let you know that my house on the 5600 block of 21st Ave SW was robbed (Wednesday) between 9:30 am and 2:10 pm. They broke in through back sliding glass door. Stole some items, but ransacked the entire house.

Be aware that they very well may be watching or staking out houses as there is someone here 95% of the time, my house is empty for approx 9 hours a week and they just happened to hit it when I’m not here? Weird.

Please get this information out. A house two doors down was robbed 3 days ago and a house two doors up was robbed 3 months ago.

Second, received this morning from Cindy:

Wanting to report the theft of a gray Kona Cinder mountain bike with leather handle grips and leather seat, with black box carton on back rack. This was stored in the back of my truck which was broken into last night near the intersection of Atlantic and California Avenue. If anyone sees this bike, please call 937-1476.

Also in North Admiral, this is from Malia:

I wanted to alert neighbors that someone stole our box of produce that was delivered early (Wednesday) morning. The box was stolen off of our front porch sometime between midnight and 5a. We live on Holgate in North Admiral and have not had any issues with packages disappearing until now. A police report has been filed but I don’t have any confidence that this is the last time considering the theft of other people’s groceries in West Seattle.

18 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Robbery arrests; break-in; thefts"

  • Had Enough February 23, 2012 (11:06 am)

    Clearly, enforcing 30mph speed limits on the Admiral hill (revenue) is far more important to our city leaders. We’re pretty much on our own defending our homes and loved ones. Want proof? Look at the homicide spike for 2012.

  • WSMama February 23, 2012 (11:25 am)

    So happy to hear about the arrests. Great job SPD!

  • Mike February 23, 2012 (11:56 am)

    Maybe if we put more tax dollars towards increasing SPD staff for patrols we could reduce some of these crimes. Also providing more activities for kids at little or no cost to them (assuming some are kids committing the crimes).

  • Joel February 23, 2012 (12:47 pm)

    want to decrease crime? keep these people locked up the first time they are arrested.

    it must be frustrating to be a cop and arrest someone one day and then arrest them again in 3 days

  • Delridgian February 23, 2012 (1:04 pm)

    These scumbags probably A) do not have jobs and B) will get six months work release max.

    Too bad banishing criminals from town isn’t an option.

  • SallySteeltoe February 23, 2012 (2:07 pm)

    Of course it’s a Chrysler 300.

  • Jeff February 23, 2012 (3:18 pm)

    Good police work! Now slap those wrists and cut ’em loose!

  • Paul February 23, 2012 (3:36 pm)

    Sounds like Theresa’s burglary was similar to mine. Much more smash-and-grab with rooms tossed. She says “wednesday” so I’m assuming that was the 22nd. I was hit on the 19th, so I’m presuming these guys are still at large.

    Time to get serious on security.

  • K February 23, 2012 (3:43 pm)

    Theresa…my house was “ransacked” about three years ago. I guess that is what it is called. I was told it was technically a burglary. I wonder if your house was ransacked like this? Everything was destroyed (including furniture smashed to bits and heavy pieces turned upside down) and nothing was taken. The entry was made via the back door. Do you think that they are related? Was evidence collected at your scene? BTW entry point is now much more secure. I am only reminded of this awful event because I believe the house affected in my situation is close to the address you listed. I hope that the commonalities of the crimes are being tracked. As far as I know…no one has been caught for the crime against me and my property. And sorry but another BTW…crime did occur while I was on duty as an RN and responsible for data entry from home related to patients. Said information sharing was interupted by the crime. This crime prevented me from doing my duty as RN. Sorry to go on…just saying.

  • TD February 23, 2012 (3:58 pm)

    Theresa, I also live on 21st SW. My house was hit on Friday (the 17th). This is the 4th time in 5 years, not including the shed and cars. 8 total (different) break-in’s and thefts in those 5 years, the last only 5 months ago. They didn’t get anything this time due to the new alarm system, but they cleaned me out last time. To their credit, the police were there quickly, but the perps were gone. I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s getting worse in SW Seattle.

  • Kim Kressin February 23, 2012 (5:51 pm)

    My car was broken into Tuesday night – they stole some small items and smashed the passenger side window. I live in the north Admiral neighborhood. My house was also burglarized 2 months ago – they smashed in the basement windows, but were not successful in getting into the house. Lived here for 7 years without any burglaries, and now there seems to be a rash of them. Also – the house break in occurred when I was here at about 10:30 at night.


  • Errol February 23, 2012 (7:42 pm)

    Make sure and keep those security lights blasting into your neighbors windows and bedrooms so they can’t sleep or enjoy their privacy! Oh wait, they seem to be happening in the daytime. Never mind! Crooks have bankers hours these days.

  • Joel February 23, 2012 (9:03 pm)

    maybe instead of the daily speed traps on Highland Park the police can move up the hill and catch the real criminals

  • Satellite image? February 24, 2012 (12:23 am)

    I have two questions:

    1) Does anyone have a satellite image of the neighborhood on the day of the crime(s)?

    2) Did this occur on your trash or recycling pickup day?

  • lookingforlogic February 24, 2012 (12:53 pm)

    The reality is, the thieves are more sophisticated, we have more valuable items to steal, and the demand for stolen goods is higher. It is a perfect storm targeted at many of us.

    3M manufactures a security film for windows. It is not inexpensive but it is better than cleaning up afterwards. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let’s make our neighborhood so difficult to rip off that the thieves have to get jobs.

  • Cclarue February 24, 2012 (3:26 pm)

    If the traffic police ticket enough people maybe we can afford more officers.

  • phill February 24, 2012 (11:50 pm)

    Satellite images? YES! I put a satellite up for this very reason…. sorry

    Double sided dead bolts make it harder to cart stuff out through the doors. Just a tip.

  • DollarTreeNut February 28, 2012 (11:47 pm)


    Fabulous idea about the security film. I have heard nothing but great reviews on that item..It makes it MUCH more difficult, as the window doesnt simply shatter immediately.. I highly recommend it.

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