West Seattle Crime Watch: More car thefts

August 11, 2013 at 3:51 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

Another stolen car to report from Saturday – and we’ve learned at least four cars were stolen in our area the same day. The car above belongs to Mary, and it was stolen from The Junction’s three-hour free-parking lot in the 4700 block of 44th SW while she was volunteering nearby at the West Seattle Lions Club‘s hot-dog booth during the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) event. It’s a her 2003 silver Honda Pilot with a silver Thule cargo box, running boards, black front bumper guard and a dent in the driver’s side rear bumper cover. Call 911 if you see it.

Also reported stolen in West Seattle on Saturday: The Subaru taken in Gatewood that was reported here earlier in the day; another Subaru mentioned in comments on that story, taken from Highland Park Saturday night and recovered blocks away; and a vehicle reported stolen in the afternoon near California/Alaska in The Junction, per the police-report map (no description available).

18 Comments

  1. I’m getting sick and tired of these waste of space people, believing they are entitled to other people’s property. That’s sucks, you try and do some good in the community by volunteering and some POS steals your car.

    Any prolific car thieves recently released from jail? That’s where I’d start, considering the high amount of car thefts in a small area within a short amount of time.

    Comment by Eric — 5:24 am August 11, 2013 #

  2. Sad…..

    Comment by Kathi — 9:03 am August 11, 2013 #

  3. Everybody gets a pass in Freeattle.

    Comment by Rick — 9:46 am August 11, 2013 #

  4. My $40 Club looks like the best investment I ever made. My family laughs but I use it EVERY time I park, even in the Junction’s 3 hour free lot, Westwood and the grocery stores. Broad daylight theft in the Junction – how brazen! Sorry for these losses and hope your cars get recovered soon without too much damage.

    Comment by Carole — 11:39 am August 11, 2013 #

  5. Carole, I do the same thing to my 20 year old beater. I get kidded for it but I know there’s a high probability my car will be there when I return.

    Is car theft even a crime in Seattle now?

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 12:21 pm August 11, 2013 #

  6. Most cars are purchased with debt. Who is entitled?

    Comment by flyintheointment — 12:34 pm August 11, 2013 #

  7. We got the lock that fits over the brake & locks it down. We got it at the locksmith across from the new Safeway. It really gives comfort of mind. We’ve had it for a few years and was highly rated above the club for the steering wheel as at that time, they were cutting the steering wheel if the club was on it. Easy to use.

    Comment by Faith4 — 2:06 pm August 11, 2013 #

  8. My mom’s car – a 1992 white jeep Cherokee – was stolen from the parking lot of the Frye Museum while she was inside listening to a lecture. She’s 85 and thank goodness she lives on the bus line and near shopping. The other day she took the bus from Fauntleroy to Thriftway and walked back. She loved that car. I hope she’s one of the lucky ones who get their car back. It never crossed our mind that her car would ever be stolen. Anything is possible these days.

    Comment by Been there — 3:38 pm August 11, 2013 #

  9. Car theft is pretty much legal in Seattle.

    Comment by AE — 3:57 pm August 11, 2013 #

  10. Even when the thieves are caught, the judges let them go (literally). Seattle-Tacoma = 4th worst car theft region in America. Shameful.

    AE is absolutely right, car theft IS pretty much legal in Seattle.

    Comment by scubafrog — 8:12 pm August 11, 2013 #

  11. I have lived in several high-car-theft cities, such as Worcester, MA and Edison, NJ. When I moved to Seattle in 2001, I decided I was tired of worrying about a car – and gave it up. I will NEVER own a car again. Just too much trouble.

    Comment by Last53BusRider — 9:02 pm August 11, 2013 #

  12. Our rabbit was broken into Friday night along with our neighbors car across the street. We both filed police reports and notified our neighbors. Highland park

    Comment by Andrea — 9:24 pm August 11, 2013 #

  13. My first stolen vehicle in WS was 1973, next two were in 2003. Was told to just pay the deductible and call it a day. Please let me catch you and I’ll take that “deductible” outta your hide. Thank you very much.

    Comment by Rick — 9:40 pm August 11, 2013 #

  14. SPD recovered the car about 3AM no major damage…

    Comment by Steve Moloney — 10:31 pm August 11, 2013 #

  15. How pathetic that Seattlites are (justifiably) resigned to car theft being treated as leniently (or less so) as jay-walkimg.
    How can this actually be the case???

    Comment by pupsarebest — 1:53 am August 12, 2013 #

  16. Yup… I club my car wherever I go (even in my carport spot). My friends used to laugh until my boyfriend’s car was stolen in broad daylight in front of his work in westwood. Now we both club our cars everywhere..

    Comment by Anonymous — 9:03 am August 12, 2013 #

  17. What’s sad is they’re not even targetting the nice cars. Subarus & VW Rabbits? they can’t be too worried about jail time if they’re going for the cheaper cars…

    Comment by Marcus M — 8:48 pm August 13, 2013 #

  18. My friends’ work van with all his company tools etc, was stolen the other night, he reported it, and they added the story a couple days ago to the Crime Watch on here. He “clubbed” his van every night, and locked it up securely, as well! It was right beside his home, in a well lit area of his driveway that they always leave well lit. The thieves were just that good at getting into the thing, that his 2 dogs didn’t even hear them…there was no trace of broken glass, nothing! Clubbing your car might work with some thieves, but I wouldn’t rely on them always!

    Comment by DB — 5:10 pm August 23, 2013 #

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