Two reader reports this afternoon – starting with this one from a concerned parent, which might not have been a crime but was enough to raise her suspicions and get the word out:
I am writing to report a suspicious person who tried to solicit a conversation with my 13-year-old daughter after following her several blocks and passing her in his car 5 times while she was out walking our dog. Starting in the area of the 4000 block of SW Charlestown St. and contact made on the 3400 block of 38th Ave SW. Police were contacted and report filed.
late 20s/early 30s
white/caucasian male with glasses
normal build (unknown height)
dark or brown mid-length hair
driving small silver 4 door car
She was walking a 100+ pound dog! Gutsy!!
Also: Rachelle reports a search in her neighborhood, the 4800 block of Delridge Way, early this morning:
I woke up at 3 am 7/2/13 to my dogs barking in the backyard and flashes of light coming through the bedroom windows. I went to the front door and saw police searching outside our house, neighboring houses, and throughout the block. I asked what was going on and they said there was someone breaking into cars/houses and they had just jumped the fence into our backyard. He advised us to stay inside the house. Shortly after, a K9 unit arrived, so they asked us to bring our dogs inside. They searched around our house and block until about 5 am at which time they came and told us they had finished their search. The suspects had gotten away, probably headed south. They said the call came in when the suspects had broken into a garage north of our house. Apparently, there were 2 of them and they were seen with a yellow crowbar.
As much as stuff like this sakes me up a bit, I am so thankful that at least we have the officers in the SW Precinct. They always respond so quickly and are very thorough in their searches/investigations. Their kindness, communication with us, advice and understanding always helps put us at ease (if such a thing exists in a situation like this). This isn’t our first rodeo with events such as these in the neighborhood. Its reassuring to know they’re looking out. Hopefully they catch these guys. Just wanted to make the community aware. Be safe, folks.
We haven’t heard directly from any of the reported break-in victims but we do see a police auto-tweet about a middle-of-the-night break-in report in the 4700 block of 25th SW.
ADDED: After publishing this, we received two notes possibly related to the aforementioned incident:
I live at the corner of Delridge and SW Holden, and around 11 pm or so last night, I heard my neighbor yelling at someone through her back window about her car. Turns out she was scaring someone away from her car, who was already inside the vehicle. My apartment is directly behind her parking space, and I saw him get out of the car and run. She called the police and filed a report. Don’t know if that is related, but there you go…
And from Harmony:
Just a heads up. Last night I accidentally left our exterior garage door cracked after going to bed. I had opened it earlier in the evening to air out the garage and get some airflow in the house and forgot to close it up. Woke up at 3am this morning realizing it was still cracked, so I went downstairs to close it and found a man in my garage. He had squeezed under the door and did some tagging with some spray paint I had, tagging the car and a folding table up against a wall, but didn’t take or break anything. Called the police and he took off. Don’t know if they found him. Watch out leaving your windows open in this warm weather. We’re in the 4700 block of 25th, just South of Delridge Field.