Today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup starts with video that might help solve a car theft:
CAR THEFT ON VIDEO: Tracy published this video to YouTube. He got it from a neighbor’s camera after his navy blue 2012 Subaru Outback (WA plate A128625) was stolen Thursday morning near 33rd and Hinds (map). The video shows Tracy’s car being driven away, and Tracy suspects the two males shown earlier in the clip are the thieves. If they aren’t, they are certainly witnesses, because, Tracy explained in an online chat answering our followup questions, the street in the video is a dead-end driveway and his house is the only thing they would have been walking toward. Tracy says a witness who saw the car go by afterward noticed two males inside. If you see the car and/or know who the people in the video are, contact police.
BURGLARY ATTEMPT THIS MORNING: From Mel in Westwood/Roxhill:
Just wanted to let the blog know that we had an attempted break in at our house today, it’s in the 34th/Henderson area [map]. Happened about 9:15, I had just left the house for work about 8:40. We live on an alley and they came in through our alley gate We have an alarm and it stopped them. they kicked in our door and then the alarm went off, and we have a sturdy door that we must now replace. They kicked it and heard the alarm and ran, according to the police. Alarm company called me, police were dispatched and showed up pretty quickly–i had asked my neighbor to head over and check things out and she met them. They waited for me to get home. they had checked the place carefully. They said there has been an uptick in burglaries in this area, and to especially be on the lookout for old u haul trucks, as these scumbags are using them to clear out entire houses. They also walked the house with me and gave me other safety tips re doors, locks, using 3 inch screws to secure your door/deadbolts, etc. Nice guys.
A reminder that a new neighborhood council is forming in Mel’s area – Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights for now – and public safety will be on next month’s agenda. If you’re interested, the Facebook group is here, and the invite for the March 6th meeting is here.
Ahead, three more reports, including a hit-run victim looking for witnesses, and two reports of suspicious circumstances:
First, the hit-run, from Phil:
My car (a silver 2007 Subaru Legacy) was hit while parked last night on 44th ave SW & SW Hinds. No note was left by the driver. If anyone happened to see anything, I would be most grateful to hear.
In the Seaview area, Jessica reports an unsettling sighting this morning:
I live just off California, south of Raymond, and my garage faces a small driveway/alleyway between two buildings. As I was leaving for work this morning around 5:30 am, a person walked behind my car as I was backing out of the driveway (it’s unusual for anyone to walk down the driveway, especially at this hour). He walked past the car, went out to California and stood there. As I started to pull toward California and pressed the button for the garage to close, he turned around and walked back toward my garage. I watched him in the mirror and he stuck his foot under the garage door to try to stop it from closing. It closed anyway, so he then went up the stairs that go between my front door and the back door of the unit behind me. I didn’t see him come back down (there’s no other way out between the units), so I drove around the block and came back down the alley but couldn’t see anything. I called and reported it, but please keep an eye out for an African American male in his mid-twenties wearing a hoodie, a beanie with a fluffy ball thing on top, a backpack and carrying a pile of what looked to be sheets/blankets.
And last night, Mathew in Gatewood spotted a possible case of casing:
We reported to the police at 8:16 pm a suspicious person, black male, about 6 ft tall, 20-25 yrs old, asking for a person named Jake. He first walked over to our side gate, then looked in our front window and after making eye contact with one of us he knocked on our door. We believe he is casing our house. We are located at 35th & Rose.
One more meeting note: the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets next Tuesday – details here.
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