West Seattle Crime Watch: Overnight break-in at Tony’s Market

For the second time in a little more than a month, Tony’s Market at 35th/Barton has been broken into. This time, the report comes from SPD Blotter, which says that once police found the intruders, they also found evidence of what writer Jonah Spangenthal-Lee calls a “food fight”:

As the officer pulled up to the market, he found fruit and vegetables strewn in and around the business, and in the middle of the street.

Officers searched inside the market, found two men hiding under tables, and arrested them.

SPD Blotter says a third man was arrested for “obstruction.” We reported in early May on another break-in at the market, but one that didn’t involve the kind of damage reported here.

21 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Overnight break-in at Tony's Market"

  • onceachef June 11, 2012 (2:58 pm)

    A-holes…make ’em pay back every cent lost after they spend some time in jail.

  • marty June 11, 2012 (3:01 pm)

    They sound like real idiots!!!

  • westcoastdeb June 11, 2012 (3:59 pm)


  • WTF June 11, 2012 (5:07 pm)

    Douche bags.

  • Jehu June 11, 2012 (5:08 pm)

    I’m sorry to hear this happened to Tony’s Market. These adults claim breaking in to a business and destroying property is “just having rowdy fun.” It wouldn’t surprise me if they were the same people that ripped up the nearby P-patch a while back.

    The SPD article states they had been drinking. I can’t help but wonder if they came from Super Deli Mart across the street. I love stopping in there for some quality beer and a sandwich, but some of the unsavory regulars that have been hanging around there lately have made me think twice about stopping in anymore.

    • WSB June 11, 2012 (6:20 pm)

      Is SDM even open till 2 am? In the immediate vicinity there’s a 24-hour 7-11 but the online hours reference I found for SDM indicates a much-earlier closing time.

  • karen June 11, 2012 (5:15 pm)


  • JanS June 11, 2012 (5:27 pm)

    WTF? Who thinks of doing something like this? I’m with onceachef…pay it all back, and then some…

  • boy June 11, 2012 (5:58 pm)

    At the cost of his veggies they should be charged with grand larceny. It is still to bad that someone would do this. Sting them up.

  • Dan June 11, 2012 (7:19 pm)

    I work at Super Deli and I can tell you we close at 10pm on sundays, and have been working hard on stopping people from drinking too much in the store.

  • Rumbles June 11, 2012 (7:51 pm)

    Awesome work SPD! Kudos!

  • westseattledood June 11, 2012 (8:09 pm)

    The call to SPD was just about 2:00 AM, bar closing time. SDM is not a bar and the owner and employees maintain a good environment. One anonymous person’s assessment of “unsavory regulars” should not be taken as fact. The owner and employees are rather diligent in keeping a positive environment from *others* observations relayed to me and my own sense of the place.

    At that time of night, drunk punks could have come from any bar on the westside or on the city for that matter.

    Regardless, I am sorry Tony’s got hit again.

  • DM June 11, 2012 (9:09 pm)

    I’m so sorry Tony’s Market was hit AGAIN! I love their market, dear sweet folks working there, they don’t deserve this crap. I hope the individuals who did this will do the right thing, pay for the damage and apologize, after they’ve done some hopefully contemplative jail time.

  • LyndaB June 11, 2012 (11:18 pm)

    Hooligans! They should be made to help at a food bank. There are starving people and they’re out doing that!?!?!?!?

  • Dave June 12, 2012 (5:41 am)

    Their home addresses should be published so we can go over and have our own rowdy fun.

    Cowards and punks. Glad the SPD got ’em.

  • Ms. Picky June 12, 2012 (2:58 pm)

    @westseattledood: It’s not just Jehu who’s noticed some “unsavory regulars” at Super Deli Mart, although it seems clear from the time of the break-in that these guys didn’t come from there. And please don’t get me wrong: I love me some SDM, but there are a few folks who seem to always be there no matter what random time or day we pop in and who are clearly not on their first–or even second–beer.

  • Gyngersnap June 12, 2012 (8:32 pm)

    If SDM would keep its parking lot and the strip in front of their parking lot on 35th more tidy, it would make a better impression in the neighborhood. I avoid even walking past the place. I’m sorry about Tony’s, though. There’s no cure for stupidity (although sobriety helps).

  • itreg June 13, 2012 (9:11 am)

    I cannot believe that someone is destroying all the hard work the people at Tony s market work so very hard for. I hope justice and karma will get even.
    I love to shop at Toni,s


  • Rsmoke June 13, 2012 (11:18 am)

    I used to work at Tonys market and break Ins were frequent. It’s an old fashion bussiness In a untrusting world sadly.

  • Jehu June 13, 2012 (12:36 pm)

    I would consider myself a regular of SDM for the last couple of years and I think Min and his staff do an excellent job.
    My original point was that as SDM’s popularity has grown lately, it has started attracting some folks that I could see pulling a stunt like this and there isn’t much Min or the staff can do about them. SDM has become a busy place that attracts a wide variety of people, most of them are quite friendly, but some newer patrons I get a bad vibe from.
    Like Ms. Picky pointed out, I’ve also noticed some regulars that always seem to be there no matter what time of day I go in. Some of whom’s only question when thy go to get their next pint is “which one has the most alcohol?”

  • Satchel June 25, 2012 (10:22 am)

    Let’s leave SDM out of this one– a 2 a.m. break in can have nothing to do with SDM.

    If we’re looking for alcohol inspired idiocy, there are plenty of other more obvious sources!

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