Four West Seattle Crime Watch notes today – burglars spotted by a neighbor, a possible case of casing, a stolen car that’s been found, and the latest Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention advice (focused on burglary trends and prevention). Read on:
First: Wendy witnessed a burglary in North Admiral on Friday:
I took my garbage out into the alley behind my home and witnessed a burglary of my neighbor’s garage up the alley. I phone police and they arrived within two minutes. I saw a small black car with three or four young men in it taking things out of my neighbor’s garage. When they saw me, they jumped back into the car and sped backwards down the alley away from me, almost taking out a fence in the process. They sped eastward onto Atlantic from the alley behind homes on 45th Street. There were three to four young (20s) men; one tall Caucasian and one Eastern Indian were the two I saw. I’m sure there were one or two others. The car was possibly a Toyota with a large dented in back fender. The car sped past me once and waived so I’d think they were neighbors….Then they circled around back into the alley and that’s when I saw them taking things out of the garage.
One yelled “I got it”! and that’s when they fled.
The Police were here within two minutes and we found and alerted the neighbors who were robbed….just as they were arriving home.
Lock up your things….This was in broad daylight ….
Dave reported this last night:
My wife was home with our two kids this evening when someone aggressively started knocking on the front door and ringing the doorbell @ 7pm. The person knocked so hard the actually knocked the door ajar, so my wife ran to the door, slammed it, and locked the deadbolt. She didn’t get a good look, but said the guy was an African-American male of slender build with a blue windbreaker and blue hat. When the door slammed, he stammered a “hello?” and then promptly ran off.
We are on the 9000 block of 34th Avenue SW – folks should watch for this guy. I arrived home @ 7:10 pm and haven’t been able to find him lurking around our block.
And if you are a regular Crime Watch reader, you might recall Christian reporting his 1996 green Subaru Legacy Outback stolen a week ago. He e-mailed to say it was found; it turned up on Capitol Hill.
Now, information that could help protect you from a burglary, from Mark Solomon, who is crime-prevention coordinator for the Southwest Precinct. It’s the latest newsletter. It’s not working for us as a cut-and-paste to republish here, though we usually can do that from a PDF, so please download the document to read all the information. And you might consider coming to the next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting on Tuesday (March 20), 7 pm at the SW Precinct (Delridge and Webster), both to bring your neighborhood concerns and to listen to updates on crime trends and notable cases (we feel fairly certain we can guarantee they’ll have something to say about the Beach Drive murder case).