Late Thursday night, thieves broke into the boiler room at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and attempted to steal data servers belonging to Nature Consortium and Southwest Interagency Academy. Nature Consortium employees discovered the break-in when servers were not operational on Friday morning.
This is the fifth break-in at the Youngstown building this year, and tenants have urged the need for increased security. The historic school building is owned by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, which has significantly reduced staff support for the building in recent years due to budget problems.
The thieves entered the boiler room though a manhole in the sewer, removed several data servers from the room and abandoned them nearby. Two of the units were discovered the next morning in the Delridge Park across the street. Both Nature Consortium and the Interagency Academy were able to recover their servers and no data was lost.
“We’re really fortunate that we were able to recover everything,” says Development Coordinator Lindsay von Marbod, who discovered the break-in Friday morning. “We could have lost all of our files, not to mention the dollar value of those servers. We’re really lucky.”
Two other reader reports about burglaries, ahead (PLUS, ADDED 4 PM, 2 OTHER NEW CRIME WATCH REPORTS):
One report from a burglary victim who didn’t want to be identified:
Our house was burglarized on Tuesday Oct. 9th between the hours 9 am and 12:30 pm on the 4800 block of 25th Ave SW. (They) broke through a window in the front of the house. We have an ADT home sercurity system that we unfortunately did not arm on the morning of the burglary. There is an ADT sign posted out front of the house that obviously did not deter these thieves. … The SPD says it is not uncommon for thieves to say “pish posh” (those are my own words) to home security system signs. They know a lot of people fail to arm them. ARM your security systems! Needless to sa,y we will not fail to arm the security system again. We also have 2 large dogs that were fenced in the back yard who were surely going bonkers the entire time. After this event, the dogs will remain in the house while we are away.
A civilian (thank you, whoever you are) spotted two men between the ages of 18-25 hurrying down the street with a TV and a box with cords/cables hanging out of it and thought it looked suspicious so he called the police. The men dropped the TV (broke it) and ran off barely before the police arrived. I’m assuming because they noticed someone had spotted them. All and all, they stole some electronics, game systems etc. The caught us with our pants down, but you better believe next time WE’LL BE READY. (ß def post this) Keep your eyes peeled folks. Be aware and on guard in this dog eat dog world of wonderful West Seattle. We don’t want these (expletive deleted) to get you like they got us!
Also within the past week (reported a few days afterward), in the City View neighborhood:
My home was burglarized on Monday, October 8th. This was a daytime burglary but with some suspicious circumstances. I’m unusual on my street because I live alone; I come home for lunch; my work is less than a 10-minute commute. I came home for lunch that day and left around 2 pm. I told SPD that the burglary took place between 2 pm and 9 pm – I got home late that day due to paperwork. We (me and the officers), suspected the burglars left by 5 pm. Just a typical, random burglary.
Well, I discovered Friday that the burglars were in my home at 6:30 pm – very unusual for a daytime burglary. I learned this when I was watching a DVR recording (generic version of Tivo), and the recorded program quit playing half way through – when the burglars cut the cords to my TV and electronic components.
The burglars had to use at least two vehicles and one had to be a large vehicle based on the items they stole. I know there were at least two because one of the drivers was pulled over by the King County Sheriffs for driving a stolen vehicle. Only a small fraction of my stolen possessions were in that vehicle. I went to the Burien station to claim those items, by the way. Luckily my passport and credit cards were noticed – otherwise they wouldn’t know who’s belongings they had. And there was plenty of other stuff that wasn’t mine. (The sheriffs didn’t share any information with me about this person other than he is a drug user…)
These thieves were either taking tremendous risks by being in my home that late or they knew my schedule. I immediately thought of this American made Pickup truck (maybe Ford?), that has been parked on my street off and on for the past few months. I assumed it was a landscaping or contractor’s truck. Sometimes I’d see it in the morning, sometimes when I came home for lunch, sometimes when I came home in the evening. And the creepy part is, there was a guy in the truck. My cousin came to check my home Tuesday after the burglary when I was at work and he mentioned this creepy guy in a truck. He called the police. I came home that night and he and the truck was still there so I called the police. Now I don’t know if this guy has anything to do with the burglars nor do I know if the police ever came to check him out.
Unfortunately I can’t give a description of him other than it’s a white male – probably in his 20’s to 30’s. (But I could be way off – I mean I never really paid attention). And the truck might be a brown w/ some white Ford but again; I didn’t pay much attention. There’s some equipment in the bed which is why I thought he was a landscaper or contractor. But I believe he was conducting surveillance now. I could be wrong. I called SPD and the Sheriff’s dept to report my updated suspicions but I had to leave a message – I think burglaries are low priority…
I haven’t finished my stolen belongings inventory yet but I’m sure it’s well over $10K – hand blown art glass (couple of dozen pieces); electronics – TV’s, laptops, game consoles, lots of speakers and subwoofers (I’m an audio/videophile), etc.; toys (particularly Batman toys); sci-fi collectables/replicas; furniture – unique modern lamp, hand-carved stools, etc. I suspect they were in my home for over an hour and used at least two vehicles.
I guess I’m writing this to warn others and to let people know to report anything suspicious. And to remind everyone that even though you may come home daily or may be gone only for a few hours, that you should still take precautions. Because I never thought I’d be burglarized… And for God’s sake; don’t put your car and house keys in the kitchen drawers… LOL. Yes they also got my garage door opener from my 2nd car. And I saw other remotes and car keys amongst the stolen property at the Sheriff’s station. Guard that garage door opener…
ADDED 4 PM: 2 Crime Watch reports have come in since we published this. From Steve:
We may have had a package stolen from our porch sometime between 11:25 and 3 pm. There’s no trace of it but FedEx says it was delivered. I thought I’d report this in case someone else has the same experience. We live at Andover and 44th.
The package has passports and other travel documents for a trip coming up soon so it’s especially inconvenient.
And from Kathi in Arbor Heights, near 39th/100th:
We left our cars unlocked last night, someone went through both of them and only got away with some change. Not sure if the doors had been locked would they just move on or would they have broken the windows. Either way, thought folks might want to know.
(from original report) Another reminder: Bring neighborhood crime concerns, questions for police, and – this month – for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council at 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 16th), at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge and Webster).