West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: Alan Polevia out of jail; 4 reader reports

June 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm | In Arbor Heights, Crime, West Seattle news | 43 Comments

Topping tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

(WSB photo, June 11th)
12 days after his arrest in Arbor Heights, the latest in a series of incidents also including a March manhunt in Shorewood and a February escape from Harborview while handcuffed, repeat offender Alan Polevia is out of jail. We’ve been checking daily as promised but commenter Tophat Topcat spotted it first; the jail register shows Polevia posted bond and was released just after 4:30 pm. As reported here Thursday, his bail was down to $2,500 after he went to court Wednesday and had about $5,000 of bail reduced to “personal recognizance.” The $25,000 additional bail set after the arrest was dropped earlier – the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told WSB a week ago it didn’t get evidence in time to “rush-file” a charge related to the June 11th arrest, though something’s still possible in the future. How far in the future, hard to say; the March charges he finally answered on Wednesday were filed six months after this West Seattle incident. The condition of his release in connection with that case is that he live at his father’s apartment in the 11900 block of 16th Ave. S. in Burien “for the duration of (the) case.”

Meantime, we have four reader reports from this week – read on:

From Stasha:

I just wanted to put out there that my car (parked in front of my home) was broken into for the 3rd time in 6 months on 31st Ave SW [between Myrtle and Othello]. There is a house across the street that I believe to be dealing drugs and regularly has wandering “customers” on our street. Sometime between 11 pm and 5:30 am (Thursday) morning, my car was rifled through again and this time they stole 2 coats, 2 rings (both diamond) and a Tiffany’s bracelet I accidentally left in my gym bag! Something needs to be done! I am so tired of not being able to park in front of my own home and wonder each morning what has been taken from my car!! These people are a menace and continue to target my block! … I wanted to get the word out to not leave packages on your front door – cars unlocked or anything of value on 31st – the prowlers are out and taking anything they can pawn!!!

The same night, in a different neighborhood, Kathleen‘s car was broken into:

I must have left it unlocked but am usually very careful to be sure to lock it – who knows! There is nothing in the car – so it was not targeted to find visible goodies. We are near 45th / Charlestown south of Madison Middle School. There were a few other cars broken into as well within a block or so. Nothing was stolen from my car but there was blood along the dash and outside of the car. Our neighbors across the street had blood all over their back seat. Police were notified and took blood samples. Now for the cleanup! Just want others to know to be vigilant and be sure to lock their cars and not leave valuables visible.

Also early Thursday, Willie reports, there was graffiti vandalism on the newest comfort station at Riverview Playfield, and private property as well, in the 7200 block of 12th SW. A neighbor’s car was tagged, too.

Last but not least, Angela reported a plant theft:

Just thought this was odd, but glad it wasn’t more (hopefully). Two of my plants were stolen off my front porch between 2-5:30 pm while I was at home: 1) purple/green hydrangea 2) dark pink calla lilies. I’m on 7300 block of 18th (between Webster and Myrtle). Posted a photo on fb … and a friend who lives nearby said cops came by to ask about suspicious activity involving a stolen Target shopping cart and possibly stolen plants. They left my hibiscus (between the two) which I thought was even stranger.

Reminder: The next crime-related community meeting in our area is the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Southwest Precinct, with SPD detectives who specialize in sex offenders and kidnappers – details on the WSBWCN website.

43 Comments

  1. Seriously? He’s out? Lock your doors, folks!

    Comment by JanS — 9:18 pm June 23, 2013 #

  2. The police and the justice system doesn’t seem to be able to handle these folks maybe its time we organized

    Comment by Pro Mafia — 9:21 pm June 23, 2013 #

  3. The Seattle PD is laughable (that’s been established), and so are our judges (that’s also been established). I don’t advocate vigilantism, and I never will. I will advocate self defense, and situational awareness. As communities we can band together, and be aware. The police are never there when you need them – this holds true in almost every situation. We’ve got to become adept at handling these kinds of situations in a defensive manner, as they may occur.

    Comment by Alki Mkay — 9:42 pm June 23, 2013 #

  4. From what I hear, it looks like the house Alan P was found hiding in (106th & 32nd), has been abandoned. Way to go neighbors!

    Comment by ahneighbor — 9:43 pm June 23, 2013 #

  5. What would be nice is if the police responded to the two calls I’ve placed about people living in the abandoned child care center on Avalon, all the while we’ve had two break ins in a gated garage. I don’t even feel safe coming into the garage late a night.

    Comment by T — 9:53 pm June 23, 2013 #

  6. Uh, the 11900 block of 16th is about 5 minutes from the house he was hiding under. Which is across the street from a couple churches and a preschool and a ton of residences that keep getting vandalized. Does he have an ankle bracelet on? Otherwise how are they going to keep him from riding one of the bikes he will inevitably steal back into Arbor Heights to steal more stuff?? And in light of his repeat offenses and the neighborhood wide (and expensive)chase that ensued in March, why did a judge lower his bail?? Anyone know?? This is infuriating!

    Comment by erin — 10:40 pm June 23, 2013 #

  7. Ahneighbir-I drive by that house every day and it appears abandoned. All the junk in the backyard is still there if anyone’s looking for their stolen goods!

    Comment by erin — 10:43 pm June 23, 2013 #

  8. Oh my God… it isn’t the police that are at fault. Please, read a book or watch one of a dozen cop shows on tv if you can’t read.

    Comment by NotMe — 10:56 pm June 23, 2013 #

  9. There was an emergency order/complaint filed two days after the arrest regarding this address in that general area: 3503 SW 106TH ST, per city records I check regularly. The complaint involves its alleged vacancy (docs regarding these types of things are not fully visible in online records, at least not any I have found yet, so I have no other details). Also one in AH at 3710 SW 110TH ST. (You can check the database of housing-code violations/complaints via the DPD dataset at http://data.seattle.gov …)

    Comment by WSB — 11:01 pm June 23, 2013 #

  10. “Oh my God… it isn’t the police that are at fault. Please, read a book or watch one of a dozen cop shows on tv if you can’t read.”

    Yes, just read a book or watch a cop show. That will obviously tell us all we need to know about the police and how they operate circa 2013 in any city USA. :|

    Comment by Alki Mkay — 3:32 am June 24, 2013 #

  11. Remind me again why we are blaming the police for the fact that this idiot is out on bail?

    Comment by WesCAddle — 5:40 am June 24, 2013 #

  12. I would love it if we could somehow make certain that these criminals were released in the neighborhood where the judge making these idiotic decisions lives……

    Comment by Joey — 6:31 am June 24, 2013 #

  13. The street cops are doing their jobs— I’ll bet they are frustrated to see this guy back out again— looks like the breakdown here is with the detectives who didn’t get the evidence to the prosecutors in time to ” rush- file” charges. There are laws regarding how long you can keep a person in jail without charging them. Also it seems like the judge has some discretion on bail- monitoring etc. Remember– judges are ELECTED by US!

    Comment by Gene — 6:48 am June 24, 2013 #

  14. Seattle PD laughable?

    Walk a day in those shoes.

    Lack of funding, lack of numbers, the PC attitude around here binding their hands behind their backs at every corner.

    Comment by velo_nut — 7:30 am June 24, 2013 #

  15. Opportune time for organized network to form …..

    Comment by Pro Mafia — 7:42 am June 24, 2013 #

  16. Everybody is blaming the police but nobody wants to pay to fund the police. Lack of funds…

    Comment by West Seattle Mom — 8:01 am June 24, 2013 #

  17. Scum back on the streets. All we can do is be vigilant.

    Comment by AE — 8:05 am June 24, 2013 #

  18. Not true WS Mom-read the posts-EVERYONE is NOT blaming the police.

    Comment by Anne — 8:18 am June 24, 2013 #

  19. I blame his parents.

    Comment by DTK — 9:00 am June 24, 2013 #

  20. People criticize the Police for not doing their Job and then criticize them for being to forcefull.??????????????

    Comment by Lifetime WS. — 9:00 am June 24, 2013 #

  21. I live very close to the person reporting 3 car break ins. We live on 30th between Othello and Webster and have also had our car broken into 3 times the last month. Everything rifled through and left on floor of car. Even pulled off a fuse compartment cover which I had never even noticed before. Nothing was taken except for the last time where hubby accidentally left his work backpack in car and that was stolen.

    Comment by steve — 9:12 am June 24, 2013 #

  22. True Anne. I realize not EVERYONE is blaming the police. A lot are. I blame the system and not enough funding.

    Comment by West Seattle Mom — 9:34 am June 24, 2013 #

  23. wait… what? blood all over the seats?
    hopefully there’s an update on that story..

    Comment by Anonymous — 10:20 am June 24, 2013 #

  24. “Uh, the 11900 block of 16th is about 5 minutes from the house he was hiding under. . . . ”

    Erin, re-read the address. It is 16th Ave SOUTH not Southwest, which is quite a ways from AH. It is over in the Glendale area just of DesMoines Way.

    Comment by Mike — 10:26 am June 24, 2013 #

  25. What is the name of the Judge that was handling this case? You want this to stop, start making your vote count & make sure he or she doesn’t get re-elected.

    Comment by Jack — 10:35 am June 24, 2013 #

  26. Exactly Jack– can’t emphasize that fact enough!!!

    Comment by Gene — 11:09 am June 24, 2013 #

  27. There are 2 Burien police in this area right now… Any ideas? 1 car is sitting at 106th & Seola Beach with its lights on and driver watching…

    Comment by Wendy — 12:42 pm June 24, 2013 #

  28. I’ve actually got an inquiry out to KCSO right now because somebody else e-mailed us to ask.

    Comment by WSB — 12:45 pm June 24, 2013 #

  29. It is a great idea to think we can oust bad judges during elections, but unfortunately, most of them run unopposed. That is the problem that needs fixing. How do we get more people to run for judges seats?

    Comment by Mike — 1:11 pm June 24, 2013 #

  30. It appeared that the culprit cut their hand and smeared the blood everywhere they touched, inside and outside the vehicles (at least 3). When you think about crack addicts, and STD’s, you then are faced with how to clean this up without endangering yourself. Yes, gross. But this also left lots of DNA behind, so hopefully it hits the wires and a match is found.

    Comment by george — 1:40 pm June 24, 2013 #

  31. Oh gawd, just give him a hug and send him to nicklesville. That fixes everything. Right???

    Comment by 56bricks — 2:34 pm June 24, 2013 #

  32. PS The KCSO search was because somebody thought they saw a guy going over a fence. Nobody found, search over.

    Comment by WSB — 2:38 pm June 24, 2013 #

  33. SPD is an excellent police force.

    Comment by Sean — 2:42 pm June 24, 2013 #

  34. So, he has to live with his father, the solid citizen with whom he likes to get drunk, shout racial slurs, and commit assault via tire iron? Sounds like a well-thought-out, foolproof plan. Just to be sure he doesn’t experience any hardships, I hope they also provided him with a bit of mad money and a map to all the known meth dealers in King County.

    Comment by Ajax — 3:16 pm June 24, 2013 #

  35. What Sean said!

    Comment by NotYou — 3:56 pm June 24, 2013 #

  36. Not surprised…….

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 5:14 pm June 24, 2013 #

  37. Pit Bull fang sharpening has begun.

    Comment by WTF — 6:30 pm June 24, 2013 #

  38. I don’t really know where to post this but someone tried to break into my truck on Belvidere over the weekend. I haven’t called the SPD yet because I am just so tired of doing it. 3 weeks ago my car was broken into. This makes it about 11 times this year between my mom, my car and my truck. My neighbors up the street had all their cars broken into 3 weeks ago too. I have posted this info on this site before but not really sure if I should keep posting. I just want people to know it is still!!! happening. Cops can’t do anything and the thieves know it. I volunteer at a foreclosure prevention organization and there are about 100 empty homes in WS and so many more coming up for auction in the next year. At least another 100. We have been trying to get the City Council to recognize the damage foreclosure does to the neighborhoods but they tell us there is nothing they can do. Seems like everyone in charge can’t do anything for any of us anymore. We should really just form our own militia??? until then I am on my own and buying a gun.

    Comment by Truthteller — 10:14 pm June 24, 2013 #

  39. Truthteller – you HAVE TO tell the police. They need it for stats at the very least. And e-mail us the info for Crime Watch – a comment on an unrelated story won’t get it before as many eyes. editor@westseattleblog.com – I am sorry to hear this keeps happening to you – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:20 pm June 24, 2013 #

  40. This’ll probably go by the wayside, but its worth a shot… The graffiti at Riverview included the names “Dex Bear” and “Arson Blaze”. Saw three kids around 2am, but hadnt seen tagging yet, so didn’t think much of it. Judging by what they wrote, probably kids into twilight, gothic crap, stuff like that. Definitely saw a girl in a red hoodie.

    Maybe you know these kids. Maybe your kids know these kids. Please let them know vandalizing people’s property can be dangerous…

    Comment by WMF — 12:29 am June 25, 2013 #

  41. Truthteller’s post says a lot and we are fortunate not to have had anything like she and her neighbors have experienced with break ins happen to us YET. I am willing to be a foot or bicycle soldier not armed like she is talking about. I say to qualify one has to be a homeowner for a minimum of 2yrs and reputable to join. I am more of a follower than a leader……… Any interest?

    Comment by Pro Mafia — 8:46 am June 25, 2013 #

  42. So I I rent, I can’t protect my neighborhood? GTFO.

    Comment by WMF — 12:35 pm June 25, 2013 #

  43. This is the man who I came home to find in my carport sitting on his bicycle! He had spit all over the area which I understand is a sign of meth addiction. Nice to know his name! Hope they get him!

    Comment by flowersplease — 4:40 pm June 26, 2013 #

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