(Updated Friday night with report of additional car-prowl victims in Arbor Heights – see end of story)
With delivery trucks rumbling along the streets delivering holiday mail and gifts like so many motorized sleighs, it’s time for another round of West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
First, from SW 98th in Arbor Heights, a check was reportedly taken from a mailbox and “washed.” The tipster says “Turns out that another neighbor witnessed this happening and gave chase, but lost them. We have a partial license plate and a description of the car.” (We have a followup out to see if they’ll share that information.)
Further north, package thieves struck again. From the victim:
A Christmas Gift package was delivered to our house (Wednesday), while we were not home, and was stolen off our front porch before we returned from work. We live in the area near Our Lady of Guadalupe – just letting folks know that there might be some package poachers roaming the neighborhood.
And a possible would-be package thief was caught on a security camera in the Shorewood area, near 26th and 106th, with what would be an unusual tactic:
The person who shared the image explains it – that, and other reports, as this continues after the jump:
My wife and I went on out of town Dec 16 – Dev 19 (Sun – Wed), and as it turns out we had quite a few packages being delivered. We have a friend in our neighborhood who agreed to pick up our packages daily. For security purposes, we have security cameras at our home.
On Tuesday, December 18th, at approximately 4:04 pm, we get footage of an unidentified person walking onto my property with packages. The man walks up towards the front door, sets the packages down away from the front door for a brief moment, then picks up the packages he brought in, and walks away from the house. According to the pictures our camera system took, the whole moment lasts 9 seconds. Unfortunately, the pictures taken did not get his face. Judging by the look of him, he is around 5’5” to 5’10”, white male, and semi-stocky build. I suspect this person, walks up with packages, acting like a delivery person, and steals packages from the front of people’s houses.
An Arbor Heights car-prowl victim searching for stolen items also found something:
Purse and bag stolen from my car 108th and 32nd Ave SW: My purse with wallet, check book, and make up bag were stolen from my car last night. In addition, thieves also stole my diaper bag and all other valuables (including mail) from my car. If anyone finds a Michael Kors Tote and or large orange tote, they belong to me. My wallet and checkbook are gray. My debit card, checks, ID, gift cards, have all been stolen too. What a bummer.
I walked down by Arbor Heights Pool and found a discarded bag. It is an Army-style bag with the name WILSON embroidered on the side. I am assuming it was stolen (by) the same people and hope someone finds my bags too?
If you do – call police. Same goes if you find another bag missing after a Junction theft on Wednesday:
I was working at Kinetic PT (near Than Bros) and during a session, between 3 and 3:45 pm, someone walked into the clinic and stole my black and orange satchel. i had a black aluminum water bottle inside, a bit of cash, an ORCA card, and most importantly, my engagement and wedding rings inside. if anyone sees the orange and black bag, I would sure appreciate being contacted.
ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Thanks to another Arbor Heights resident for letting us know that unfortunately the car prowl was not an isolated case:
There were also 2 others hit between SW 110th and SW 106th on 32nd SW in the early morning hours — one had their car broken into IN the garage, one had their car vandalized.
A neighbor told me that, between both of these, there were presents taken, seats of car ripped and shredded, and cola poured all over the seats. Nasty! My neighbor heard something around 5 am, looked out and saw 2 (possibly 3) teen/early twenties wearing hoodies and full-looking backpacks, riding bicycles, leave a neighbor’s driveway, go to another driveway where one got between the 2 parked cars and another went to the next driveway to the 2 cars parked there. The neighbor yelled, in a booming voice, “HEY! What are you doing?” and they sped off on the bicycles. The police were called, arrived withing 5 minutes, but the suspects were gone.
Our source was among the victims.