West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Is this your safe?

March 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

That photo is a followup to our report last week on the storage-facility-burglary arrests that Southwest Precinct police think might have solved multiple burglaries. Police are trying to find its owner:

Most of the stolen property inside the storage unit has been returned to the appropriate owner. However, we have been unable to locate the owner of this Sentry Safe. If any WSB reader can identify this safe please have them contact Officer Eshom at 206.233.1547.

If someone believes this is their safe, they must be able to provide a combination and/or serial number when calling.

Meantime, we checked on the two people who were arrested. The female suspect got out of jail one day after her arrest; online records show more than 40 previous cases involving her, misdemeanors and felonies, over the past 21 years (though records do not include details on the nature of the allegations/charges). The male suspect was not booked; he was already facing charges in connection with a Southeast King County burglary weeks earlier. Records show no charges in this case yet, but we’re continuing to follow up.

21 Comments

  1. Right. 40 cases over 21 years and she gets out one day after arrest. This system works! Not.

    Comment by Rod — 5:32 pm March 5, 2013 #

  2. It would be great if the WSB could do some follow-up on HOW someone with that kind of record could get out at all, more-or-less in one day.

    Comment by yacman — 5:40 pm March 5, 2013 #

  3. @yacman and Rod, being arrested doesn’t mean guilty. If she made court appearances on time in her previous cases the bail would have been set low for a non-violent burglary charge.

    Comment by EdSane — 6:05 pm March 5, 2013 #

  4. IF there is a large stash of cash then YES .. it’s my safe. IF it’s empty then NO it’s not my safe.

    Comment by MetPatrick — 6:16 pm March 5, 2013 #

  5. That’s how you work the system and remain a serial burglar. It seems to me that if she’s been arrested over 40 times in 21 years, odds are that she was guilty maybe a few of those times, no? Or is she always in the wrong place at the wrong time? Get these people off the streets for 5 solid years after 20 arrests and we might be making a dent. But that’s a dream world I’m living in.

    Comment by Rod — 6:19 pm March 5, 2013 #

  6. How disappointing it is. I thought we were going to get a break.

    Comment by dsa — 6:56 pm March 5, 2013 #

  7. Sadly our legal punishment has not kept up with the level and type of crime we face today.

    Is there any way we can see a photo of this woman?

    Comment by Silly Goose — 7:23 pm March 5, 2013 #

  8. Distressing, depressing, disgusting…although I definitely have a politically-liberal perspective on the world, this outrages me.
    WHY is someone with an obvious pattern of illegal activity(ies) allowed freedom, to victimize the rest of the law-abiding community?
    There are always extenuating circumstances in all our lives, but this individual sounds like a career CRIMINAL…hope she is soon incarcerated for a long time.

    Comment by anti-obstruction — 7:48 pm March 5, 2013 #

  9. Yikes! Agree with anti-obstruction’s above comments!

    Comment by Greenpeace — 9:00 pm March 5, 2013 #

  10. Why is West Seattle such easy pickins???!

    Comment by sophista-tiki — 11:30 pm March 5, 2013 #

  11. Hopefully someday someone will stand their ground with these folks.

    Comment by Gary Andolina — 7:56 am March 6, 2013 #

  12. Since the police found suspects are they following up with pawn shops to locate the stolen material that wasn’t found in the storage unit?

    Comment by Former WSEATTLE — 9:03 am March 6, 2013 #

  13. This is just another example of how our great Mayor McGinn and the SPD keeps the crime statistics down in seattle as he said a few weeks ago crime is down 30% . Amazing how you can steal and rob someone in this city and not go to jail and let go to continue your lifestyle of crime. But if you get caught on a camera for speeding, running a red light or not paying a toll you always have a cost involved at the least. It is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed by this people they let run.

    Comment by wetone — 9:05 am March 6, 2013 #

  14. It is not the police department fault these people get out all the time. It is the elected city attorney that decides to file charges or not file charges (for all you law people I know he does not decide on felony cases that is superior court, I’m talking about all the thefts, car prowlers, trespassing etc). The people of Seattle voted to elected Peter Holmes. It would be interesting to see how many people have been arrested for committing a crime and of those people arrested how many actually had the prosecutors file charges….

    Comment by Bob Dewey — 11:31 am March 6, 2013 #

  15. In this case, it’s not a city case. It’s a county case. But the history of the female suspect, for example, has a fair amount of municipal charges from OUTSIDE Seattle. Then there was a gap of years in which there’s nothing on her Washington State court history docket – maybe she cleaned up her act, moved out of state (I don’t currently have the wherewithal to try to run a national check on somebody), who knows. Then suddenly in 2012, she was back. Three in Kent Municipal, one in Des Moines municipal, one somewhere in Kitsap County – NONE in Seattle Municipal, in fact, even in the cases from the ’90s and ’00s, so the Seattle City Attorney’s Office had zero to do with this one. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:41 am March 6, 2013 #

  16. It would be awesome to see some sort of leverage with the crime and “punishment”. A career burglar is in and out of jail how many times??……no problem! Someone who has un paid parking tickets……car gets booted and faces jail time. Someone blows a .081BAC and has THOUSANDS of dollars in fines and court fees, has to go to classes and AA. And a suspended license as well as insurance rates go up. I am not condoning any of those things, just giving examples.

    Comment by bsmomma — 12:51 pm March 6, 2013 #

  17. Not sure how they got away. I know the person who saw their stuff in their unit and called the police. They caught them in the act, ID’d them for the police and reclaimed some of their stolen items. How is that not enough to keep them in jail?

    Comment by dontgetit — 2:38 pm March 6, 2013 #

  18. lmao, just wiki “bail” and educate yourselves (to the confused).

    Comment by EdSane — 4:28 pm March 6, 2013 #

  19. The more things change, the more they stay the same. In 1990, I worked in the Rainier Valley. I caught someone trying to steal my car. They were under the dash with a screwdriver, had a lookout watching for him and warned him as I came running across the parking lot. He ran, I chased and caught him in an alley WITH the screwdriver in his hand. I said “DROP IT!”, which he did. I literally drug him back to the shop by his shirt collar and handed him to the police (who had been called as I was running over), along with the screwdriver. My reward? A damaged car (ruined ignition lock) and finding out he was 15 with 20 priors (car prowl, theft, etc.). The court ordered him to pay restitution for the damages. They told me they set up a payment plan for him and when he paid it off, they would send me a check. His payment plan? $5 a month. When did I get any money? Never. He didn’t pay and I can only assume when he turned 18, he started going to jail instead of juvie. Had I known the outcome, the confrontation back in the alley would have gone a little differently.

    Comment by Todd — 4:37 pm March 6, 2013 #

  20. Innocent until proven guilty. I appreciate my right not to be locked up without trial.

    Comment by ws born & bred — 8:01 am March 7, 2013 #

  21. No but if you find a larger older scuffed up one let me know. Tt was stolen in the summer of 2004.

    Comment by vumamma — 4:13 pm March 8, 2013 #

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