Our West Seattle Crime Watch roundup tonight includes reports from the past few days, right after a followup. First, a followup on the Beach Drive flag theft first reported here Friday: Citywide media has picked up the story, including this KING 5 report Sunday and ongoing discussion on KIRO Radio’s Ron and Don Show – here’s their update posted tonight. Ron & Don and their listeners have put up a reward now totaling $1,500. Meantime, we exchanged e-mail again today with Sharon Kennedy, who originally reported the theft to us; she said they are amazed at the community kindness, including:
And get this, a UPS driver came over yesterday, knocked on the door and said that his father died in Vietnam, and he wanted to give Duff his father’s flag from his casket!
Makes me tear up to write this, so overwhelmingly generous!
Meantime, their flag is still out there – somewhere.
Now, the new Crime Watch reports, starting with this one received today from Jeff:
My truck got broken into a few nights ago in Arbor Heights. My wife and I have had vehicles broken into in the past, but this time is more than just a feeling of violation. Whoever broke into my F-350 pickup decided to punch the lock, and when they did so, not only did they destroy the plastic unit that surrounded the lock cylinder, but they also dented my door. The cost to fix this far surpasses the funds that I have.
I’ve included a picture to show what I’m describing, but the image does not clearly illustrate the damage that occurred during the destructive break in. I’m hoping that whoever damaged my vehicle might see this and realize the financial hardship they create on a family that just wants to buy enough diapers, formula and pay the mortgage on time. I know there are kids out there that sometimes participate in damaging activities. Maybe he or she will think twice after reading this.
Carl had a bicycle theft, car prowl, and even (briefly) lost dog over the weekend:
(Saturday night) there was a car prowler in our neighborhood that left the neighbor’s papers on our front lawn and stole my daughter’s bicycle. I suspect the same thieves left open our side gate, which is how the dog got out. … Here are the details as submitted – abridged – to the Seattle PD:
A purple women’s Schwinn 21spd bike with a large (replacement) seat was stolen from the front porch last night. Also found at the property were papers from a neighbor’s car suggesting evidence of a car-prowl that occurred over night. The papers were returned to the neighbor at [7500 block of] 28th Ave SW at 10:20 AM. No further information or identifying details of the stolen bike are available, save that it is in used – not new – condition.
Their dog, at least, returned even before we could post an announcement on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page. But the bicycle theft was particularly painful, Carl says, happening right before his daughter’s birthday.
Jennifer shared this bizarre note left by someone who had to walk down an off-the-beaten-path driveway in the 10200 block of Marine View Drive to get to the door – and she says the note bore no relation to anyone in her home or any property with which they’re associated:
This is a note we received on 7/5/2013 between 10:45 AM and 11 AM.
Police report filed. A neighbor did get license plate and make and description.
Hispanic Male. Clean Shaven. Dark Black Hair. 5’10”. Stocky Build. Vehicle: 4 door sedan, Maroon / burgundy. No Bling
License Number: 819Z–
Our property … is tucked down OFF of MVD and the perp. is able to see into 3 plus properties by leaving us a bogus “neighborly” note. Just a heads up… Please post so folks in Arbor Heights and elsewhere are notified of such scams for scoping out break in options.
And Andrew has found a bicycle, possibly stolen:
I found a bike in an area of tall grass over at the intersection of 14th and Kenyon in Highland Park. Not sure if it was stolen or if the owner ditched it.