WS Crime Watch: Message to ‘scumbags’; warning for neighbors

February 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Two reader reports tonight, both with messages – to neighbors, and to crooks. First one’s from Jennifer in Gatewood:

Our neighbor that lives on SW Elmgrove, just east of California had their home burglarized in broad daylight on January 31st. The thieves took electronics, higher end clothing and purses, jewelry, etc. Although neighbors were home during the day and 1 noticed the back door of the house open for several hours, no one seems to have seen or heard a thing. Fortunately, our neighbors chocolate lab did not run away, even with the door open.

I am reporting this incident in the blog for 2 reasons: 1) I think it is important for neighbors to know what is happening in our community and 2) I hope these scum bags read the blog and know that we are on alert – move on to another target!!!

This one’s from Adriana, and it also happened on Tuesday:

My husband’s Toyota Tacoma was broken into around 11 PM. We live on 37th inbetween Dakota and Genesee. My husband parks his truck in the back in our driveway off the alley behind our house. He went down into his office right around 11 PM and before he turned on the light, he noticed that his truck light was on and the door was open. Before he really thought about it, he pounded on the window in his office and then opened it and yelled at the people in his truck.

The two men ran down the alley and my husband called the police. They were very quick to respond but since it was dark my husband could not give a very detailed description of the two men. They only stole a hunting type knife he had in his console. We are unsure as to how they entered the truck, there were no windows broken or lock damage (the truck was locked). They were two men probably in their early to mid-20′s, dressed in dark clothes and of average height and weight. As of yet no one was found. We hope that this is the first and last time our neighborhood sees this kind of crime. I’m pretty sure these guys were scared out of their minds, and they must have been pretty confident if they thought 11PM was late enough to start their break-ins!. Be on the lookout and don’t forget to lock up your cars and turn on your alarms!

15 Comments

  1. 2 of my neighbors had their cars broken into this week as well. We live near shorewood elementary on a very quiet dead end street… Sure seems like the car break ins are everywhere lately!!!

    Comment by Lolaleah — 9:53 pm February 2, 2012 #

  2. That’s some watch dog! Dang, I hope mine will do a better job. Sorry about your break-ins.

    Comment by Steak — 12:00 am February 3, 2012 #

  3. I guess their watch dog was only trained to watch!

    Comment by marty — 8:36 am February 3, 2012 #

  4. Sorry for your “experiences” .. West Seattle just keeps getting bigger and “better”.

    Comment by Angel — 9:23 am February 3, 2012 #

  5. Seriously? A neighbor’s house is broken into, all valuables were taken, their world was turned upside down…and you choose to respond by criticizing their dog? Thank God they didn’t lose their family member too. Disappointing that our West Seattle neighbors are responding in this way. My heart goes out to the family.

    Comment by Nikki — 9:32 am February 3, 2012 #

  6. Last Friday night our car and a few others on our block (37th between Dakota and Andover) got rummaged through. Along with Adriana, we aren’t sure how they got in. I am very good about locking the doors, but I just assumed that I left it unlocked by mistake – how knows. Nothing was taken (I leave nothing in my car for this exact reason), but sure freaked me out in the morning when I saw stuff strewn around in the car (maps and etc.). I have heard that the people breaking in are looking for garage door openers and extra keys to get into houses, so be careful with what you leave in your car!!!

    Comment by Laura — 9:54 am February 3, 2012 #

  7. If anyone has ever locked their keys in their car they should know that it is actually fairly easy for a locksmith (or yourself) to get in the car without breaking a window. Sounds like the burglars are pretty smart.

    Comment by Casey — 10:51 am February 3, 2012 #

  8. I leave nothing in your car anymore. In 1995 my back window on my rodeo was broken and car rumaged through took used some clothing left in the car I think a jacket. 1998 side wind wing window broken on rodeo this time they found only loose change I think. 1999 Tahoe driver side window broken they took a visor pocket it didn’t have anything of value. 2000 our lisence plates were stolen from our Suburban. 2005 Tahoe back lights were stolen the whole units unscrewed wires cut. Paying for the windows and missing some work to wait for new windows to be put on is the hard part 2010 our Suburban was stolen all of this right in front of our house near Admiral.

    Comment by This is crazy — 10:54 am February 3, 2012 #

  9. My car was locked and still got opened and rummaged thought a while back, no window broken, no scratches. A Slim Jim still works on a lot of locked vehicles.

    Comment by mookie — 2:05 pm February 3, 2012 #

  10. horrible, I am always on the look out in my neighborhood

    Comment by W.S. maverick — 3:03 pm February 3, 2012 #

  11. Nikki: You need to take a large chill-pill. The dog comments were meant as humor. All of us Lab lovers know the breed is so friendly that they are not the best choice as guard dogs. They are lovers, not biters!

    Comment by marty — 4:40 pm February 3, 2012 #

  12. Motion lights and audible motion alarms, car alarms and leaving nothing in your car are good basic ideas to cut down on the likelihood that your vehicle will be targeted.

    Comment by Jeff — 6:33 pm February 3, 2012 #

  13. Hey I’m a lover not a biter as well. Westsike!!!!!

    Comment by R-smoke — 6:38 pm February 3, 2012 #

  14. Marty: My bad. Good joke :)

    Comment by Nikki — 8:11 pm February 3, 2012 #

  15. Bad joke. Mmmm steak. Its what for
    Any meal.

    Comment by R-smoke — 3:47 pm February 4, 2012 #

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