West Seattle Crime Watch: Bizarre vandalism; burglary; mail thefts

January 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Five reader reports today – we start with Hilary‘s report of a bizarre vandalism spree in The Triangle, around 38th and Alaska:

Late Saturday night (1/12) sometime between 8:45pm & 12:30am (Sun) somebody hit at least 8 cars with some kind of paint peeling substance – my friend left my house around 12:30 and came back because she had this unknown substance on her hands. We called the police and they came out and did a report, leaving cards on the cars who were affected. Sadly, we did not hear or see anything but maybe someone else did.

ADDED 8:46 PM: From a firsthand report by Jess, who was among the victims says the same thing happened to her car in the same place last Thursday:

… The vandals sprayed some kind of white foamy acid substance across my car that ate the paint all the way to the metal. I have filed a police report with SPD and recommend that anyone else that has experienced this do the same.

(back to original 5:08 pm report) Next, a burglary reported by Brian:

Came home this morning after being out of town for the weekend to find my home in Highland Park burglarized. Someone had forced entry via the back door and thoroughly ransacked the place, stealing several things of value. Police came out and took a report. Have started talking to neighbors but no leads so far. Just wanted to let the blog know so that you can warn/inform other area residents.

And we have three separate reports of mail theft/tampering – read on:

From J in Arbor Heights:

As I left my home this morning I was driving past our row of mailboxes (32nd & 108th) . One of them was open and on the ground was the opened mail. I got out and picked it up to place it back in the box and noticed it had all been rumbled through. As some of it was stuck in the frozen run off water, and I did not notice this yesterday, it must have happened overnight Sunday.

As I continued along 35th Northbound toward work, I noticed around 100th that there was a large strewn-about pile of mail much larger than the one on my block. I am guessing this was a dumping point. Please be vigilant in your neighborhoods and check your mail daily.

A North Delridge resident spotted some mail strewn along 23rd/Puget Boulevard from Alaska to Hudson saying he noticed two mailboxes open. He “delivered what (he) found to the appropriate house/doorstep,” but advises that a locking mailbox is a great idea, as is “never using your mailbox for outgoing mail.”

And from an anonymous reader:

I live on the 5600 block of 26th SW and woke up this morning to find my mailbox and four others were opened during the night. Someone must have been searching for mail left over the weekend. Dumb part is this happened Sunday night, when there usually is no mail in the boxes. Neighbors should keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity in the neiborhood.

If you have neighborhood crime concerns – get yourself to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council’s monthly meeting tomorrow, Tuesday (January 15), 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

11 Comments

  1. We have one of the cars that had paint remover thrown on it. It was on the east side of 38th just south of the fire station. Parking was recently rezoned in the area causing many people (~50 cars at least) who live at Link to park deeper and deeper on this neighborhood street. Wondering if it was a disgruntled neighbor or just a bum.

    Unfortunately Link has no more underground parking otherwise we’d happily pay to avoid situations like this.

    Comment by JD — 7:01 pm January 14, 2013 #

  2. Hilary, I had the same thing happen to my car on the same street on Thursday night sometime between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm. I also filed a police report. My friend looked at it and thinks it appears to be airplane stripper that you can purchase at any hardware store. I hope they catch whoever is doing this because it is so disrespectful, plus an expensive fix for us car owners.

    Comment by Lil Wash — 7:43 pm January 14, 2013 #

  3. Interestingly, our mailbox is frequently open (thankfully, usually after we’ve gotten our mail for the day from it) as if someone was trying to rifle through it. This happens every other week or so, and has since early December. We’re on 35th Ave SW near Elmgrove.

    Comment by Beth W — 11:11 pm January 14, 2013 #

  4. I’m hoping police can catch the person(s) somehow to pay for the damage to my car… all our cars.

    Comment by westwood villager — 8:31 am January 15, 2013 #

  5. Yes, it does seem like someone might be doing it because they are unhappy about the extra cars. I am sorry that this happened to everyone – hopefully the person will be caught!

    Comment by Hilary — 11:06 am January 15, 2013 #

  6. Ongoing pain and suffering heaped upon us by mayor McSchwinn who not only removed parking requirements for new apartments and condos but also took away a lot of street parking.

    I had looked at and was considering moving to Link but after reading about this will consider someplace else.

    Comment by Delridgian — 11:18 am January 15, 2013 #

  7. 21st ave sw: Our locked mailbox was pried open and mail taken (police report taken).We bought the most secure mailbox available (so we thought) at home depot. Our search for a more secure one is on. With the way Rx is going they require it all via mail – this is going to get a lot worse I fear.

    Comment by Moose — 11:37 am January 15, 2013 #

  8. There is a stolen car dumped at the dead end street behind Holy Family School off Roxbury, it looks like a two door white Honda accord or Civic. It is sitiing on a jack stand, tire or tires appear to be removed. I have notified the cops.

    Comment by ladybell — 4:46 pm January 15, 2013 #

  9. Been using this brand of locking mailbox for several years with no issues. It is manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon, so you can buy a regionally produced item of very high quality.
    http://www.lockingmailbox.com/products.php

    Comment by Mike — 5:30 pm January 15, 2013 #

  10. Thank you Mike. That’s comparable in price to the others I was looking at.

    Comment by Moose — 8:50 pm January 15, 2013 #

  11. Sounds suspiciously like aircraft stripper, which comes in a spray form and will eat away paint all the way to the metal. It sort of bubbles or foams, as well. Paint remover alone won’t get you to bare metal.

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Rust-Oleum-Aircraft-spray-remover/_/N-255s?itemIdentifier=660024

    Comment by Barton — 2:55 pm January 17, 2013 #

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