West Seattle Crime Watch: Brazen car theft & 2 other reports

January 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

A brazen car theft – stolen though someone was right next to the car – tops the New Year’s first West Seattle Crime Watch report roundup. From Carlos:

This morning around 8:35 am, my daughter’s used car (1988 4-door green Mercedes 300E, license plate # AFV7311) was stolen right in front of my wife, who was warming it up; the key was on as she was defrosting the windows, she was on the passenger side. A car with two men drove past the house (42nd/Findlay) and the passenger got out and walked on the street, jumped in the car and drove off. It’s an old car, but my daughter needs it for school. If anyone spots the car, please call the Seattle Police Department (case number 13-000485).

Reach them via 911 if you see it, as advised in the SPD @getyourcarback tweet about this case.

Two other Crime Watch reader reports – both from Lincoln Park – after the jump:

Joan says this happened in Lincoln Park’s north lot:

Just wanted to pass on this to all to, once again. ALWAYS be on your guard!

(Saturday) I joined a small group to do the Christmas bird count in Lincoln Park. We had parked and were walking away to the trail. It was just after 8 a.m., a few other cars in the lot, but not many. We paused out of view of the lot, but not far off, when we heard a loud noise – crashing, banging, something heavy breaking. One of our group ran to see what happened and realized a guy had just smashed a back window to a one of our team member’s cars, and reached in and grabbed a backpack. He ran to a waiting white SUV (older model Isuzu Trooper, I believe) parked nearby, and proceeded to back up and try to speed away.. We all ran to the car and got a good look at it and the license plate. We called police and reported it all. We were stunned that this happened in broad daylight, within minutes of us being right there. And, this particular SUV had been parked there, among us, since the first person arrived in the dark, and it had its motor idling for over an hour.

Fortunately, the backpack that was taken contained only rain pants. The vehicle owner had her valuables with her.

We hear this time and time again – never leave valuables in your car, and never in view. These criminals obviously checked out every car in the lot, before picking the Subaru wagon. Our team members had even seen this guy walking from the park back to the lot before that.

From now on, when I park at a recreation area, I will take a good look around, before leaving my car!

Also at Lincoln Park - Rachel believes she was victimized by a thief or thieves:

I am pretty sure my coin purse/wallet was stolen out of my stroller down at Lincoln park along the water. It happened around 12:30 pm (Monday). We were at the bottom of the north beach trail.

5 Comments

  1. If you steal something out of the car of a birder, and the birder sees you take off, you should assume your license plate has been noted. It’s tough to outrun binoculars.

    Comment by WestSide45 — 4:43 pm January 1, 2013 #

  2. Good point! And sad people have to do harm to others!

    Comment by Greenpeace — 9:44 pm January 1, 2013 #

  3. This area in Fairmount has really taken a beating by thieves. Something is seemingly happening weekly now. It is sad and frustrating. The Police can only react.

    Comment by HMC Rich — 9:53 pm January 1, 2013 #

  4. We had two packages stolen from our doorstep in Pigeon Point while we were away on vacation.

    Something like this has never happened to us before. We love our neighborhood and hope that if whoever stole from us reads this, they can change the kind of person they’ve become

    Comment by KP — 10:25 am January 2, 2013 #

  5. wow, those first two were done by some EXTREMELY BOLD thiefs, my goodness to be doing that right in front of the victims!! Comeon bad guys, the world didnt end, you dont need to act so DESPERATE!!.. it DIDNT end, (lol), which means there WILL BE repercussions, and you WILL have to pay for your crimes!!

    Comment by DollarTreeNut — 4:00 am January 5, 2013 #

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