FiveSix reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch – car prowls and vandalism, package and other theft, plus a bicycle sighting – (11:18 am update) and brazen break-in attempts – read on:
Just in from Stephanie – two car prowls in the past five days on her block:
I live at 35th and Dawson, and our car was parked next to our house on the street. On Thursday, November 8th, we were broken into at 10 PM while we were home. We heard the alarm going and saw a man with his arm inside the car. It was a two-person operation, with another man in a Honda Prelude. My husband yelled out the window and tried to pursue the man south on 35th while I contacted 911. The Honda Prelude took off north on 35th.
Nothing was stolen, but the passenger side window was bashed in and they managed to get into the glove box and console before we saw them.
Next, my co-worker’s car was broken into last night, November 12th. He was parked one block off of Fauntleroy at 41st and Graham. They removed the window and it damaged the car on its way down to the ground. They didn’t steal anything (there was nothing to take).
Rick reports a car-vandalism spree last Thursday night/Friday morning:
We believe between 5:30 PM and 1:00 AM someone keyed about a dozen cars on their truck lids along the 3000 block of Alki Ave SW (almost to the lighthouse). Damage was significant. Police were called; please be on the lookout, thanks!
Joan e-mailed word of parcel theft in Seaview – which for obvious reasons is a problem during the holiday season:
Just wanted to give the community the heads up that there is a parcel burglar in the vicinity.
Last Thursday, I found a package in my flower bed next to the sidewalk. I called the neighbor it was addressed to so she could recover it.
When she came, she told me this happened last Wednesday and that her neighbors had seen the person … stealing the package. She had reported it to the police.
Apparently the male in question didn’t like what was inside and threw it on to my property.
I live at the intersection of 49th SW and SW Findlay. The neighbor lives several blocks away.
And a recent note from Chris:
Hello- please post that there are thieves stealing items out of the back of trucks and off patios in the Alki area. I live by Alki Elementary School and lost a small barbecue, some tools and my blue Cannondale mountain bike … The thieves are brave they came right up on my deck.
Speaking of bicycles, over the weekend, Margot spotted a blue Peugeot, missing a wheel, by the south entrance of Lincoln Park. We e-mailed back to advise reporting it to police; if you find something, please do that, even if you’re also trying to find its owner. Try the non-emergency line – 206-625-5011.
ADDED 11:18 AM: Two people in Fairmount Springs have forwarded this from the community e-mail list, about what appear to be brazen break-in attempts:
I live on 41st/ Findlay, and at 5:00 pm I heard a ‘thump’ on my front porch. I thought it was a package being delivered, so I looked out the window next to my front door, and saw a man laying horizontally on my front porch in a fetal position. At first glance, I thought that the mailman may have stumbled and hurt himself, and needed help getting up. So, I opened my door to ask if he was okay, and it wasn’t the mailman. It was a stranger who was pretending to be in need, and he immediately lunged at me, and tried to get into my house.
Fortunately, I had a quick reaction, and shut my front door immedately and locked it. He continued to try to get into my front door. I picked up the phone to call 911 and he still tried to get into my front door. I yelled at him telling him that I was on the phone with 911 and cops should be arriving soon. He finally left.
I’m a bit shaken up about it. I can’t believe someone was attempting to attack me and enter my house in broad daylight on my front porch.
(also included in the e-mail forward)
Our neighbor (near) 42nd and Dawson also experienced a scary event last Thursday … She did file a police report but was so un-nerved that she couldn’t offer a detailed description other than; white male, middle aged, brown hair. The man tried to break into her back door as she was standing there. He was attempting to dismantle the door latch and was partially successful by breaking it.. Something must have spooked him as he didn’t get in.
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