Six reader reports to share in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup. First, the photo at left goes with this report from David, who originally posted this in the WSB Forums:
(Saturday) we parked in the free parking behind Jak’s and had brunch, then went to the computer store on California – we were parked from about 11 AM – 1 PM. When we came back to the car, the front passenger window had been smashed, and a black Kipling backpack with a smartphone and Nikon digital camera that was on the floor on the passenger side was gone. We have lived here for 6 years and park there all the time – never thought we’d have to worry mid-day, with cars and people all around. Sure would be nice to hear if anyone saw anything or finds the backpack.
Five more reader reports ahead:
Wendy reports that she was contacted by police this morning to say her storage unit was one of multiple units broken into in the 2900 block of Avalon Way SW – ransacked, but nothing stolen. Next, from Melanie:
Last night, someone broke into my husband’s work truck and stole all his tools. 6700 block of 47th Ave SW. They pried open the locked canopy.
(Wednesday morning) I discovered that my car had been broken into on the 9200 block of 47th Ave SW. Also our next-door neighbor came home (Tuesday night) at about 8:30/9:00 PM to find their back door wide open and the stove burner on!
I live in N Admiral at 47th and Holgate. Sometime in the last 24 hrs. someone dumped a heavy, black 2 drawer (particle board) file cabinet in the alley area behind my house where I keep my recycle bins, etc. My message to the individual(s) is this- Thanks a lot to whomever left me with their garbage!
And from Amy on 26th SW in North Delridge:
My house was broken into (Tuesday). I came home from work to find that my back window had been shattered; 2 flat screen TVs, 1 MacBook Pro, 1 HP laptop and 3 iPods all stolen. Police from W. Seattle precinct said that the MO lately has been to approach a house, knock on the front door and wait for any noise. If no one answers, they go around to the back of the house, break in and steal whatever they canb get their hands on.
Police also figure that the burglars backed into our driveway to make loading their getaway vehicle quick and easy. Interestingly enough, they left behind our entire liquor cabinet, some prescription meds, various gift cards and credit cards, etc. They tossed our bedroom, going as far as to dump our dresser drawers out and shove our mattress aside so they could check underneath.
The overall burglary rate in West Seattle remains more than 20 percent lower than this time last year, Southwest Precinct Capt. Pierre Davis told last Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting.