One car stolen (and another left in its place), one stolen car found, two package-theft suspects arrested, and two “suspicious person” sightings – all in tonight’s roundup. First, the stolen-car report, from Amy:
My car was stolen from in front of our house at the corner of 34th Ave SW and Willow St. The theft took place some time between Tuesday evening December 11 and Wednesday morning. The theft took place while we were home, and the thieves left a different stolen Saab in its place. We reported both cars to the police. If anyone has seen a gray SAAB 900T 3-door hatchback, license plate 574 SCO, please contact the police department.
The previous stolen car reported here, by the way, has been found, not far from where it was taken. Tuesday morning, we published Nicole‘s account of her stolen Saturn; this morning, she wrote a comment with word it had been found blocks away.
And one more Crime Watch note – from the Shorewood neighborhood; King County Sheriff’s Deputies intercepted two suspected package thieves on Thursday morning – the details are on our partner site White Center Now.
We also have two reports of suspicious-seeming people – possibly no crimes involved, but those who reported the sightings wanted to make sure you know:
Annushka wonders if anyone else has seen this man:
I am wondering if anyone has reported a suspicious person who drives a black Acura taking pictures of houses. I saw someone doing this (Thursday) at a neighbor’s house. It was at 11 am, the same time the mailman is in our neighborhood. Since there have been several package thefts and home break-ins in WS, I took a photo of the guy with my cell phone. He was wearing a badge and carried a clipboard. He tried to enter the gate of this home, but didn’t seem able to open the door. Instead, he stood in front of the house taking pictures.
I reported this to the neighbor tonight, showed him the pictures, and gave him the license plate number. He was concerned, thanked me, and said that there is no reason for anyone to be taking photos of his house today (ie. no contracting work, for example). I called the police to file a report just a few minutes ago, but discovered my neighbor had not yet filed a report — if I file a report tonight, a police officer would have to come to my house. Since no crime was committed, the woman on the 911 line recommended that I alert my neighbors & keep the photos in case he is seen again or someone is robbed.
(Sorry, she didn’t mention her neighborhood – we have a followup question out.) Finally, an anonymous note:
I’m in Highland Park. Just want to give a heads up that two guys came knocking on my door (early evening). I didn’t open it, I just asked ‘who is it’ through the door. From what I could see through the peep hole – One tall short-haired blond guy (twenties or thirties) wearing all black said “Missionaries”. I said through the door, “No thanks”. And he said “Why not?” I yelled back “Not interested!”. I watched them leave my yard and go to the next house. Why are they coming on a weeknight???? I thought maybe they were casing the house. It kind of rattled me. How can you tell if two guys are coming to ‘save you’ or coming to case your house? Neither invited. Anyway I just thought I might send this to the blog in case anyone else experienced them. – Neighbor