Four reader reports in today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup. First, three short theft notes, and then (after the jump, if you read this from the WSB home page), the story of a car-prowl arrest – and what police subsequently told us about it.
#1 – Mac reports a bike theft:
I just had my bike stolen (Thursday) from our apartment’s secure garage at California and Hudson. It is a teal and purple Novarra (I think that’s the brand), with black handlebars and a small cargo rack on the back. It has an old bike computer mount danging from the handlebars, and new tires. It wasn’t the nicest bike, but it got me where I wanted to go. Maybe someone will see it?
#2 – A mail-theft report from A:
My boyfriend and I live on North Delridge, across from the community center. We have been suspecting mail theft for a long time, but (Wednesday) night I finally found proof: our mailbox was left wide open and our junk mail was scattered down the street.
#3 – Also mail theft, reported by Tommy:
Just wanted to give a heads up that there has been a resurgence in mail stealing on the 5600 block of 26th Ave SW. It’s been a problem in the past; didn’t happen much this summer; seems to be happening again. It isn’t much fun trying to find a pet ID on the side of the road that was being sent from the City of Seattle (those little things aren’t cheap!).
After the jump, a Morgan Junction resident tells the story of how they’ve been hit by repeated car prowls and made the call last night that resulted in an arrest – plus, our followup with police:
We caught one of the car burglars that prowls by Morgan Junction last night. It’s actually the second time we’ve caught this guy and called the cops but he got away last time.
Our car’s been broken into at least 4 times so it felt good to watch the cops arrest him around 1:30 last night (it was a blue moon…ironic). The cops said he’d broken into at least 5 cars on 41st ave before they got him (just south of Morgan on 41st).
The moon was so bright last night he might as well have been in broad daylight and he was brazenly walking down the middle of the street checking every car on both sides. He seemed very confident and nonchalant about the whole thing!
He was wearing all dark clothes with his hood up and a backpack.
The resident says the suspect was dressed exactly the same as what they had seen previously. We called police to confirm the arrest and to seek information that would help us track the case. Det. Renée Witt says the suspect is 16 years old and was released after being questioned at the Southwest Precinct. It will be up to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office whether to charge him.