Topping today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – an update on Tuesday morning’s 35th/Thistle arrest. As we noted at the time, police were still sorting it all out, and here’s what SPD media-relations Officer Renée Witt says it came down to: The man who was arrested was also the one who claimed he’d been robbed at Westwood Village – but police have determined there was NO robbery; he made up the story and was having some kind of “mental breakdown.” They confirmed (as a commenter also reports here) he was indeed trying to get into houses along 35th SW. Eventually, he was arrested on a “weapons violation,” Officer Witt says; items police found on him included knives and brass knuckles.
Ahead: a crime report that also includes some good news about West Seattleites’ kindness, plus stolen items to watch for – including a motorcycle, a car, and keepsakes:
Nicole has a thank you – as well as a crime report. First, what she sent this morning:
My rental car was broken into last night on the 4300 block of SW Mills St – the thief got away with a green tote bag containing a grey wallet and my work ID badge. Hoping the blog readers could keep an eye out for it as he or she may have left the bag in a dumpster or dropped it after taking all the good stuff out. Thank you.
But even before we published it, West Seattleites showed their kindness. The second note we received from Nicole said:
I just wanted to give an update and a big thank you to all my neighbors in West Seattle. Within a couple hours of discovering the break-in I got a phone call from Lauren on California who had discovered my bag with my work items (including security badge) strewn about the alleyways and very kindly gathered everything up and returned them to me. Shortly afterwards I received an email from Travis at the Admiral Chase who notified me that someone had come across my credit cards on the street and dropped them off at the bank.
Although I still have a lot of loose ends to tie up, it is so comforting to know that the great people in this neighborhood keep an eye out for things that look amiss and are willing to take the time to help out.
Next – watch out for Shane‘s stolen motorcycle:
It was stolen from an apartment complex at 61st and Stevens. Let police know if you have any information.
And Vicki‘s stolen car MIGHT be here somewhere:
My dark green 1996 Subaru station wagon may have been spotted in West Seattle. It was stolen from Fremont last Thursday May 23 in broad daylight in a high traffic area (and it was locked!). The next day, someone thought they saw it in West Seattle, near the (West Seattle Athletic Club/ex-Allstar Fitness) gym, but by the time I could confirm details and the person went back to check, it was gone. It has 2 Obama bumper stickers on the back bumper plus one Obama decal on the back window. License plate AFV8113. Any information? Call me at 206 697-3982.
Last but not least, Pamela reports a sighting of what might be someone mentioned in our last roundup:
On Friday May 24th at 4:45 pm I was backing out of my driveway and saw a suspicious guy with a bike standing next my mailbox on Dawson Street near Puget Creek. He had a shaved head, military fatigues, a black hoodie, and was hauling a HUGE black backpack. He was on a silver bike. 5’8”, stocky, maybe 40-50 years old.
I waited to see what he was doing, and he bent over to check his chain like he was having a problem with his bike, then he rode off. I waited a while, then drove down 21st/Pigeon Pt. and found him cruising the mailboxes there… I drove down a bit farther to watch what he was doing but he disappeared into the opening in the fence of the University of Washington (?) green space on 21st with his bike. There’s no path there. It’s just woods and brush.
Sounds like the same guy that has been seen on surveillance cameras at 14th and Holden, and on 46th Street.
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