West Seattle Crime Watch: WSB reader finds stolen truck; police arrest 2, find stolen property, guns inside

July 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 33 Comments

(UPDATED 11:02 PM with new details about suspects)

ORIGINAL STORY, 2:39 PM: Several people e-mailed to ask about that police activity in the back parking lot at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). Bottom line, a stolen truck’s been recovered and two people have been detained, thanks to a tip from a WSB reader. Here’s how it unfolded:

WSB’s Katie Meyer heard scanner traffic with a police dispatcher sending officers to Thriftway because a caller reported seeing a stolen vehicle that had been featured here on WSB. We subsequently went over to check out the situation – and in the meantime heard from the tipster, James, who tells us he was shopping at Thriftway when he spotted the truck, recalling it from this West Seattle Crime Watch report published early Friday – a Nissan Frontier stolen just south of the city limits. He also sent us this photo taken after police arrived:

Police ordered that man out of the truck at gunpoint (standard procedure for felonies such as auto theft). When we talked with officers at the scene a bit later, they told us he was waiting for a female companion to come back from shopping inside the store – which is where police caught up with her, taking both into custody. James also reports seeing police find at least one gun: “As I was pulling away, to get my ice cream home, it looked as though officers had recovered a revolver from the truck – they were holding it like a stinky sock, so I suspect it is evidence. It is also a good reminder to not get overly involved and to let the police handle this sort of thing.”

We’ll do our best to follow up on this and see what we can find out about the suspects and where the case goes from here.

ADDED 2:52 PM: David, who had been shopping at the store with his girlfriend just before the arrests, e-mailed us to describe what he saw: “On our way to the car we had seen a police car enter the parking lot from California with its lights on, but no siren … (then) four additional police cars with lights on pulled into the parking lot from the other side … Then the officers got out of the cars and drew their guns in our direction and shouted ‘Driver, get out of the car!’ and they asked us to move aside quickly – we hadn’t even seen the guy sitting in a black pickup truck right near us. We watched from the sidewalk behind Thriftway as the driver got out and they arrested him. They also took a woman into custody shortly thereafter. After a short while one of the officers pulled a dark handgun from the truck and put it in a bag.”

ADDED 4:30 PM: Received from the truck’s owners:

Nathan I would very much like to thank the West Seattle Blog and the ever-searching eyes of its readers (Thanks, James! You rock)) for helping to locate our missing vehicle and apprehend the persons responsible for its theft. We hope to see them in court! What a great service the WSB provides for our community. In talking to the Seattle Police Department they had nothing but high praise for the WSB and its readers.

The truck had minimal damage, although the inside is pretty trashed. They even managed to rip the seats on a two month old pickup? There were several stolen items recovered, that were not ours, but very strangely from another Nathan Adams! Hopefully those items will make it back to their rightful owner. Word of warning to the WSB readers, the thief had a master key and was able to steal the truck with ease. We are taking extra precautions to make sure nothing like this happens to either of our vehicles in the future. Something for everyone to think about.

Thanks again for helping us recover our pickup. We so greatly appreciate it.

Michale Farrar
Nathan Adams

7:51 PM UPDATE: Turns out police found more than the aforementioned handgun – this case has now turned up on SPD Blotter, where the story includes:

… The stolen truck had weapons inside including a .22 caliber revolver and a loaded shotgun. The truck was packed with stolen property taken from a number of burglaries ( jewelry, laptops, etc.) and carprowls in both the city and KCSO’s jurisdiction. It took multiple officers hours to catalog and process all of the stolen items. The female suspect also had outstanding burglary warrants. Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail for the felony charges. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

11:02 PM UPDATE: More details on the 20-year-old man and 33-year-old woman arrested – both have records; hers dates back 20 years. According to the King County Jail Register, she is being held for investigation of unlawful firearms possession and for a $15,075 warrant related to a failure to appear in a case involving an attempted burglary in south King County last year. Off-and-on technical trouble is still keeping us from bringing up details on his booking, but his record shows a guilty plea to a drug charge last year. Court documents show the drugs were found when he was arrested on suspicion of car prowling – in the 9400 block of 25th SW, four blocks from the scene of the theft of the truck in which he was found today.

MONDAY MORNING NOTE: Once the jail-register website started working again, we found that this is the sixth time in jail for the male suspect in the past year. He is being held for investigation of car theft, investigation of stolen property, and failure-to-appear warrants.

33 Comments

  1. Just hanging around town with a stolen vehicle? Seems the chance of someone seeing you in it would be pretty high. Going grocery shopping also seems like a poor choice.

    Comment by timh2o — 2:49 pm July 7, 2013 #

  2. Excellent work James, David, WSB, and SPD.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 2:59 pm July 7, 2013 #

  3. That’s what I call community teamwork !!

    Comment by Bob — 3:05 pm July 7, 2013 #

  4. Seems to me stealing the truck shows a lack of judgment in the first place.

    Comment by peter rowen — 3:15 pm July 7, 2013 #

  5. “pretty high” probably describes their mental state as well.

    Takes major chutzpah or stupidity to ride around in the truck you stole in the same neighborhood I have to admit, but few people would argue that criminals like this are an intelligent lot.

    Comment by Jim P. — 3:17 pm July 7, 2013 #

  6. That’s what I call community teamwork !!

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    Yes, this!

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    Mike

    Comment by miws — 3:30 pm July 7, 2013 #

  7. Way to keep your eyes peeled WSBers! Great job. Good reporting.

    Comment by WTF — 3:31 pm July 7, 2013 #

  8. I hope it’s the guy and girl with the short hair that lives under the bridge. They stole my sons car and were caught in the car but she ran and he wasn’t charged with the stolen car because he was in the passenger seat.

    They hang out at the Admiral Safeway. Every time I see them it makes me soooo angry and I am very proud of myself for controlling my anger and not confronting them. They left my sons car in disgusting shape. Stolen items drugs and syringes everywhere, food, dirty clothes, their tents. It was pretty gross going through it.

    Comment by SJoy — 3:35 pm July 7, 2013 #

  9. Great that they recovered the stolen truck. And all the more awesome that they caught the truck’s driver and passenger AND recovered a firearm. Nice work SPD! And kudos to the eagle-eyed WSB readers who spotted it and called it in.

    Comment by cjboffoli — 3:48 pm July 7, 2013 #

  10. SJoy, he was thin with short hair. She had longer brown hair and is quite pregnant. He looked to be in his early twenties; she looked older but that could just be due to a poor life style.

    Comment by James — 3:50 pm July 7, 2013 #

  11. I wonder if the bail will be $1 or $2?

    Comment by DTK — 3:53 pm July 7, 2013 #

  12. Great, too, that the truck owner gets vehicle back in drivable condition, instead of having it found up on blocks somewhere stripped for parts! High fives all around.

    Comment by mookie — 4:21 pm July 7, 2013 #

  13. I just got a note from them that I’m adding to the story. There was some damage.

    Comment by WSB — 4:29 pm July 7, 2013 #

  14. Auto theft is still a felony? The law sure doesn’t treat it as such. Glad they caught these POS with a stolen car, gun probably stolen and other stolen property. Hopefully all this together will put them away for some time…..hopefully

    Comment by Eric — 5:00 pm July 7, 2013 #

  15. SJoy, are you referring to the Fairmont Bridge? Does the male have dreadlocks or own a dog?

    Comment by Brenda — 5:46 pm July 7, 2013 #

  16. Do the people hanging at the Safeway have a dog? There was a young 20-something guy there hanging with a dog last year who I gave sandwiches and a coke too. Recently I have seen him with a girl but I can’t remember a dog. If it was them, those were the last sandwiches I’ll give them. So much for my conscience.

    Comment by JayDee — 6:08 pm July 7, 2013 #

  17. It sounds like they stole the identity of the other party with the same name as yours. Targeted your vehicle by getting the VIN number then went to a Nissan Dealer and got a Key made noting the false identity. Not saying this is how it happened, just a possibility. Anyways, glad you have it back and the thieves apprehended.

    Comment by Dale — 6:53 pm July 7, 2013 #

  18. A “master key”? I thought newer vehicles had electronically encoded keys, but obviously not? Nathan, if you have any insight to share about protecting our cars from “master keys” it would be much appreciated.

    Comment by TW — 6:57 pm July 7, 2013 #

  19. Good work stay vigilant and we can conquer Bas%*^}s like this from having an effect on our community. As I always chime in pick up trash in your community and trash like this won’t be so prone to hag around here. Love West Seattle!

    Comment by NW — 7:12 pm July 7, 2013 #

  20. Book um Dano!

    Comment by Fire Ball — 7:26 pm July 7, 2013 #

  21. It will be very interesting to see the results of this arrest. Will the work of the community and SPD be wasted? Will the suspects be Polevia’d? (released with little or no bail).

    It looks like these folks arrested were fairly prolific criminals, hopefully the justice system doesn’t release them too quickly.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 8:04 pm July 7, 2013 #

  22. Hipster, now that we have a few key details from police, I’m researching the suspects, who are now on the jail register. She (33) appears to have a lengthy record and at least one current warrant (attempted-burglary case); he (20) has a much-less-lengthy record (drug conviction last year). The jail register website appears to be partly malfunctioning so I’m unable to bring up details of what exactly they’re being held on or what the bail is set at – if I were a guessing person, I’d say they’re likely being held without bail at least until first appearance tomorrow. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:26 pm July 7, 2013 #

  23. Great job keeping an eye out James. Looks like you helped quite a few people if they eventually get back their stolen property. Thanks….and thanks to WSB and SPD too.

    Comment by MAO — 8:31 pm July 7, 2013 #

  24. I really hope someone can keep track of this and let the readers here know when this goes to court. I’m retired and have the time and I’d love to watch the case and (with any luck) see them get theirs.

    Comment by Jim P. — 9:38 pm July 7, 2013 #

  25. NICE JOB spotting the stolen vehicle!! Kudos to you. Not only was the stolen truck recovered, but everything that was found inside of it… WOW!! Great catch!!

    Comment by ~~Hockeywitch~~ — 9:41 pm July 7, 2013 #

  26. Anyway to find out if my stolen property was in the truck? Great job SPD and WSB!

    Comment by GA — 7:37 am July 8, 2013 #

  27. Best thing to do is to use whatever info you were given when your burglary/car prowl was investigated – case #? – to inquire. Hopefully, as police always urge, it was marked or otherwise clearly identifiable …

    Comment by WSB — 7:50 am July 8, 2013 #

  28. Criminals get more and more brazen when they know they can get away with crime. This arrest means nothing…some judge will send them on their way and they know it.

    Comment by JoAnne — 8:20 am July 8, 2013 #

  29. Kudos to James, WSB, and the fantastic WS community & neighborhood spirit!

    Comment by LivesInWS — 9:12 am July 8, 2013 #

  30. Oh, and she is pregnant to top it all off!

    Comment by mehud7 — 11:48 am July 8, 2013 #

  31. Nice job everyone!!

    Comment by T Rex — 1:33 pm July 8, 2013 #

  32. Any bets on the length of their sentences? I say 90 days for the kid and 180 days for the woman.

    Comment by CW — 3:34 pm July 8, 2013 #

  33. WSB (and readers) are AMAZING!!! We are so lucky to have you here, keeping our community an actual community. :) I’m hoping my stolen laptop was in that car!!! Fingers crossed that a few more of us recent victims get our stuff back.

    Comment by LaraG — 3:47 pm July 8, 2013 #

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