West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen Outback; powder vandalism

Topping West Seattle Crime Watch this morning – Christian‘s Outback was stolen overnight in North Admiral, and he hopes you’ll keep an eye out for it:

It is a 1996 Green Subaru Legacy Outback, License # AGF1432. I attached a photo to help with the description. Its a very distinctive outback because of the roof rack, lights, and spare tire. Also it is missing the front license plate, its in the front window instead of on the front bumper. Last seen in front of my house last night. Noticed it was gone at 7:30 this morning.

As SPD always says in its @getyourcarback Twitter feed of stolen-vehicle info (which just mentioned this one) – call 911 if you see it.

Speaking of stolen property, in case you missed the citywide-media reports, if you have been a theft victim, you might want to check the photos SPD has posted in connection with a big bust announced yesterday. The links are in the announcement on SPD Blotter (which this morning, by the way, has posted the first Aggressive Driver Response Team roundup in a while, with speeding-stop info from four West Seattle areas).

Finally, from Anita, word of a bizarre case of vandalism in the 3200 block of Belvidere:

Not even sure where you file this one. On Saturday morning, my husband came out of our house to find our car, which was parked in our driveway, covered in flour and Splenda. There was an open bag of flour and lots of little bags of Splenda strewn about our driveway. The car was a mess. We don’t have any teenagers or any other reason to think we would be targeted. We’re a plain old middle aged couple with one little kid. Wondering if anyone else has had this happen.

19 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen Outback; powder vandalism"

  • SallySteeltoe March 7, 2012 (10:37 am)

    Wow, I can’t believe someone stood around ripping open little bags of Splenda.

    In the 80s (when I was growing up), before sanitary napkins started arriving in individually wrapped little bags, some manufacturers used to include a little bundle of flower-printed plastic bags to use for napkin disposal. I ended up with a heap of these things, and one summer night my friend and I used them to “wrap” the house of a boy down the street. I think the Splenda/flour dump might be weirder than that, though.

  • marty March 7, 2012 (11:24 am)

    I think I saw the Pillsbury Dough Boy in the area.

  • Robert2715 March 7, 2012 (11:36 am)

    Hey Vandals – webcams are cheap and plentiful – someday you WILL get cauight on camera and you can kiss your future away!

  • Dick March 7, 2012 (12:16 pm)

    Back in the late ’80s, I used to not lock my Monte Carlo when in my friends driveway. One evening, I got in the car and suddenly thought it was on fire because of wafts of “smoke” rising up. Turns out someone had spread talcum powder all over the interior of my car. I don’t think it ever came our of the AC system. Completely random act.

  • realist March 7, 2012 (2:17 pm)

    Somehow I doubt being caught flouring an automobile would result in someone having to “kiss (their) future away!”.

  • BB March 7, 2012 (3:47 pm)

    Just unreal man, I totally love my outback, would hate for anything to happen to her, just unreal.

  • madashell March 7, 2012 (4:26 pm)

    The horror…

  • highlandpark March 7, 2012 (5:17 pm)

    Christian – So sorry to hear your Subaru was stolen! My Legacy was stolen last March but found a month later in the Central District, containing real estate listing posters and strange items that made me conclude the thieves were using it as stolen property transport. Yours will likely turn up. Hope you have comprehensive insurance… Even used 10+ year old Subarus retain their value in this area so you should be able to recover some $$$ if the car doesn’t turn up within 21 days (that was State Farm’s window, anyway.)

    On a side-note, does anyone know if 1990s Subarus are known to have a small number of possible key configurations? The windows on my Legacy were all intact and there were no signs of how they got in (unless I left it unlocked, which I doubt), so I could only assume the thief happened to have the same key configuration.

  • LyndaB March 7, 2012 (5:48 pm)

    There are some weird people out there.

  • norsk girl March 7, 2012 (6:12 pm)

    My 2001 Sub Outback Sport was stolen from my driveway last August and recently recovered (as one among over 100) in a big King Co. sting. The theft of your Sub reminds me that Subarus continue to be a theft-target. So frustrating.
    Very sorry this happened to you.

  • Stu March 7, 2012 (8:07 pm)

    Christian, sorry to hear about your car.

  • Michelle Simpson March 7, 2012 (8:54 pm)






  • Christian March 7, 2012 (9:21 pm)

    @BB Completely unreal. I wish it was a bad dream!

    @highlandpark I’m very happy to hear yours was found! I imagine that was a huge relief to get it back. I have been talking with my insurance company and lets just say i really hope it turns up… Thank you for your positive words! About your question regarding the keys, the older subies, 80s 90s, have a problem where the key wears down the lock and ignition to chances are that your keys could open and start another older subie… so the people who took yours (and mine) probably had a bunch of Subaru keys and just tried them until they found one that opened the doors and would start it. I recommend a steering wheel lock! I wish i would have known all this about the keys before. I would have taken better steps to making my car more theft proof.

    @norsk girl I’m happy yours was recovered as well! this definitely gives me hope that mine will turn up knowing more people have found theirs.

    @Stu Thank you. It is a real bummer.

    @Michelle Simpson That is awful! I very much hope that your Subie is returned to you. I know i will keep an eye out for it.

  • highlandpark March 8, 2012 (3:07 pm)

    @Christian – Thanks for the info re keys!

  • Michelle Simpson March 9, 2012 (4:51 pm)

    Christain, my sub was found, and got a steering lock, ill keep my eyes out for yours. they found mine in north seattle, dont give up hope!!

  • Christian March 10, 2012 (12:22 pm)

    @Michelle Simpson That is great to hear! Knowing yours and others have been found is very hopeful. Thanks for keeping an eye out for mine.

  • Ben March 13, 2012 (1:46 am)

    I guess all japanese cars are easy to steal.

  • Christian March 14, 2012 (6:19 pm)


    Seattle police found my car today in Capitol hill on mercer and 15th street.

    Thank you everyone for keeping your eyes open looking for it!

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