Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share this morning – starting with an interrupted car prowl. Karleen wanted to warn you and to also publicly thank someone who tried to help:
(Last night) around dusk I took my dogs for a walk near Salty’s/Alki, only to return to some strange guy sitting in the passenger side of my car, rifling through my belongings. My car was next to GT Towing (right near the West Seattle Bridge). I shouted at him ‘what are you doing in my car??’ then yelled for John the tow truck business owner – who I’ve come to know since I park near his business several times a week when I walk my dogs. Not a lot I could do with 3 little dogs with me, and the guy got out of my car and ran down toward Alki. John heard me and chased him, caught up to him but he pulled a knife so John let him go. Meanwhile I called 911, and they came and I filled out a police report. My car has a busted window and glass everywhere, but not much taken and no one hurt. The guy got away though, and it was scary that he had a knife. I am really grateful to John for helping me!
Two other reports, both involving theft, ahead: (ALSO, ADDED 9:58 AM – A report from another West Seattleite whose car has been hit by prowlers/vandals twice in the past five days.)
We live on 11th SW, and our mail got stolen (Monday) morning around 6:00 am. Also, we have learned that not long ago, our neighbors had the same problem too. Please help us to watch this crime; it has happened to our neighborhood lately, and it is terrible to deal with.
And from Beth:
I wanted to report a stolen rear license plate from my car parked in my driveway (last Friday/Saturday). I live in the White Center area (9800 block of 24th Ave SW).
ADDED 9:58 AM: From Hanna, who says criminal(s) have hit her car twice in the past five days:
First incident was Friday, 9/7 between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm near 37th/Fauntleroy. Car was parked in the gravel lot next to the YMCA and the driver’s side window was broken into. They got away with minimal items like hand sanitizer and random cash taken. Cars were parked around me, but I appeared to be the only one broken into. …
Second incident happened overnight last night between 10 pm and 7 am near 42nd/College. Vandalism to car by breaking out back window. Again, appeared to be the only car impacted in the area.