West Seattle Crime Watch: Street holdup, plus 6 reader reports

Before we get to six reader reports received this morning/last night: Checking the SPD crime map, we noticed a Monday morning armed street robbery we hadn’t heard about previously, so we sought details from SPD media relations. From the brief report they sent in reply:

A woman reported a man approached her around 6:25 am Monday at a bus stop at 46th SW and Admiral Way, showed a handgun, and demanded her purse. He ran away southbound on 46th with the victim’s purse and laptop. The report describes him as white or Hispanic, late 20s/early 30s, under 6 feet tall, medium build, dark clothing, gray baseball cap, mask or bandana over his face. Police searched but could not find him.

Now, the six reader reports, all property crimes – read on for details of what’s been reported and where:

From Tom:

I wanted to let you know that there was an attempted car theft outside of the Bright Horizons Daycare in West Seattle this morning around 8:15 AM. I had already dropped my daughter off, but received an e-mail from the center shortly after getting to work notifying parents that a man and woman were walking car to car at the drop off line checking door handles. They apparently tried a car that had someone sitting in the back seat and were startled enough to flee.

BH is in The Triangle, on 38th between Fauntleroy and Alaska.

From Gretchen:

My house was broken into 9/20 and thieves got my purse, computer, keys, and car. I live at the 6700 block on 12th Ave SW. My car is a 2007 Blue Honda CRV license 689 WAJ. If you see it, call 911.

From Halyn:

Just letting you and my neighbors know, my car was prowled sometime between 9:00 last night and 7 this morning. I noticed the driver’s side door was ajar when I went to leave for work this morning. I must have forgotten to lock it, as there was no damage done to the vehicle. All the stuff from the center console and glove box was scattered around, but the only thing taken was a handful of change from the console. Now that I think about it, it must have happened fairly early this morning, because the dome light was on when I got to the car, but it started right up, so the battery hadn’t been drained. I realize I was pretty lucky–nothing taken, nothing damaged–but this creep was in my carport, six feet from the front door of my house, and that just gives me the willies. I live on 30th SW, between Barton and Roxbury, so anyone in that neck of the woods, be aware, there may be someone prowling vehicles…I don’t know what you can do to protect yourselves, other than make sure not to leave anything tempting out where thieves can see it, but I figured I should let people know.

From Al:

Last night between 2230 and 0530 this morning, someone decided that they needed my motorcycle cover more than my motorcycle did. I’ve been keeping a cover on it to deter people from messing with my bike (as someone tried to steal my jeep in April and a month later tried to steal my former motorcycle). It is a brand new “Bilt” Brand XL motorcycle cover that is blue, “Bilt” logo on the front and with a silver heat skirt on the bottom section. I have discreetly marked the cover so that I can identify it, so if anyone suddenly gets a new cover I can tell if it’s mine. For some reason I didn’t think I’d have to lock a motorcycle cover on the bike, but West Seattle is continuing to prove me wrong. Any information leading to recovery would be great. Any information leading to those who stole it, even more so.

From Trish, sent last night:

I had my purse stolen from my car at 10th and Cloverdale. At the field and play area. Beware.

And from Shirley, also sent Monday night:

Car prowl this morning at 3:45 am, 9000 block of 12th and Henderson . Our car alarm went off didn’t get in. The house across the street their car was gone through nothing taken car was unlocked so no damage to the car. Keep those porch lights on!!!!!

PREVENTING CRIME: Next two meetings in our area, both likely to be full of information, with a chance to talk with police and experts – West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network tonight (meeting details here), Fauntleroy Community Association‘s special community-safety meeting Thursday night (meeting details here).

32 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Street holdup, plus 6 reader reports"

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 24, 2013 (11:19 am)

    Until we decide to get tough on crime and those who commit it, no matter the age, we will see crime like this continue and increase.

  • Diane September 24, 2013 (11:27 am)

    well that first one scares the hell out of me; you take the bus to work and robbed with a gun; and more proof, any neighborhood; Admiral (I live here, not rich, live in apt)

  • AG September 24, 2013 (11:48 am)

    There were 3 people arrested for similar street robberies sometime in the last few weeks. Are they all still in jail?

    This is getting really old.

    • WSB September 24, 2013 (2:19 pm)

      AG – yes, the three suspects in that case each had bail set at $250,000, which tends to keep most (not all) behind bars, and they are all still in, per the register.
      General aside – I don’t know that it would have made a difference but I wish we had heard about this one when it happened so we could have sounded the alert sooner – sometimes people tell us they assume we somehow know about everything, but really, even with the scanner on, a call will be overridden by something on another frequency, or if you miss the initial dispatch, you’ve missed the mention that it’s an armed robbery … which is why we really appreciate getting tips, even the ones that don’t go anywhere… 206-293-6302 around the clock, text or voice. Police don’t TELL us about crimes (it’s not their job to do that, just saying it because I think there’s some misperception that maybe they DO) except for the very tiny percentage written up on SPD Blotter – so we have to somehow know, in order to go to the scene, or to ask about it after the fact. I hope the victim is OK. No injuries were mentioned. – TR

  • Anonymous September 24, 2013 (11:57 am)

    Yikes, the report from Halyn makes me nervous because I live in the same general area. Is the carport area gated or “secured”? Ours is “secured” so I’m trying to convince myself that my car will be safe…

  • Silly Goose September 24, 2013 (12:13 pm)

    All of these car crimes and yet the Seattle Building and Planning still dont think it is important to require off the street parking into the building code for the Urban Village Boundries and any where else for that matter. Again I say the city officers are a link in the crime trends!!

  • BH September 24, 2013 (12:53 pm)

    Employee of Bright Horizons here….the parent of the car involved sent me the following information regarding the person trying to break into her car….the car the woman got into was a grayish blue/Dark gray in color with license plate 981 YED or YEO.
    The woman was caucasian, blond long scraggy hair, the driver was a male. The car was dented in on the front right side

  • DTK September 24, 2013 (1:09 pm)

    Try robbing me and I’ll give you a third nostril.

  • G September 24, 2013 (1:22 pm)

    Last time I returned to Seattle, I faced the gauntlet of wannabe thugs at the Tukwila light rail station crowding the escalator, then waited amid the jaw-dropping human cesspool at 3rd/Pike, and then had to put up with some louts spitting copiously on the sidewalk at the bus stop where people sit. Then had to ride to the Admiral on the 50 with some real “prize” specimens of humanity.

    My Tour d’Seattle. Making LA look like Mayberry.

  • wetone September 24, 2013 (1:27 pm)

    Lived here all my life and been saying for the last couple years on here how crime is getting worse. But a lot of people kept saying no WS does not have a problem, because that is what the police and their reports say. Well wake up. It is not only here but it is all of Seattle. Until our Wa. government starts holding people accountable for their criminal actions and locking them up it will only get worse. More density here in WS is only going to make things worse and as the police try to clean up downtown for the tourist the criminals will go elsewhere like WS as it is and will be easy pickens for them. Want things to change start voting or vote differently so more of our tax dollars go to issues as this instead of all the other crap their spending it on.

  • yikes September 24, 2013 (1:43 pm)

    I saw at least 8 cars that were prowled on 42nd Ave SW between Edmonds and Hudson this morning. I’ve never seen anything like that before. There were broken windows with black paper attached to them on the grass next to cars.

  • LJ September 24, 2013 (1:48 pm)

    It doesn’t matter where you live anymore. The bad guys are everywhere.

  • Admiral73 September 24, 2013 (1:51 pm)

    I am with DTK. Maybe one day if some punk got a hole placed between his eyes others might think twice before producing firearms.

  • enough September 24, 2013 (2:02 pm)

    Yeah, I keep hearing crime is down but it doesn’t seem like it..

  • wetone September 24, 2013 (3:55 pm)

    WSB you have said many times on here in the last couple years how crime was down in WS ? Maybe you should have listened to others that live here instead of the police before you made those comments ? people that live in the WS community a long time know crime has been getting worse for awhile :)

    • WSB September 24, 2013 (4:18 pm)

      Wet, no, actually, if you are suggesting we made some opinionated proclamation, sorry, we have never “said crime was down.” Nor that it was up. We **report** what police say about trends, and yes, they have said at times it was down from a month or a year earlier, and they have said it was up from a month or a year earlier; we point to the compiled stats; we publish reader reports; we publish breaking-news reports about what we hear on the scanner, what we see when we get to a scene, what police say at the scene and afterward.
      The fact that we received six reader reports today compared to two yesterday does not mean there was more crime than yesterday – nor that there was the same, or less. It means we received six reader reports today, and those six readers wanted to share information about what happened to them. We’ve been VERY clear about what our reports are and what they are not, since the beginning of Crime Watch coverage here. All our reports are simply information; do with it what you will. The whole reason for this site is the theory that knowledge makes a difference (our genesis was in an event about which people wanted to know more than they could find anywhere), so we work most waking hours to find, receive, and provide as much of it as we can – TR
      P.S. Checking the SPD crime-stats section, I see the August stats are in. Inspired by your comment, we’ll check out those numbers and publish them. Come back in a few minutes. Or – go look for yourself, don’t wait for me.
      (update, 4:34 pm)
      According to those SPD stats compared to the August 2012 stats, which are here:
      Last month, 0 homicides, 0 rapes, same as August 2012
      13 robberies, up from 7 in August 2012
      61 assaults, down from 70 in August 2012
      97 burglaries, up from 65 in August 2012
      124 larcenies (theft), down from 215 in August 2012
      33 auto thefts, down from 43 in August 2012
      These are Southwest Precinct stats, which include South Park as well as West Seattle. The links also include the other precincts’ crime totals.

  • justme September 24, 2013 (4:25 pm)

    No purse and laptop is worth a third nostril!

  • Halyn September 24, 2013 (7:08 pm)

    Someone upthread asked if my carport was secure, the answer is no, it is not. It is right up next to the house, which I’ve always assumed would deter crime–I’m actually pretty shocked that neither me nor the guard dog heard anything. Of course, I was considerate enough to leave the car unlocked, and the thief was smart enough not to shut the door all the way, so the crime was fairly quiet.
    This is one of those double-edged sword things to me–if I had locked the car last night, would the thief have just tried the handle and moved on when it didn’t open, or would he (or she, I suppose) have busted out the window/popped the lock to get in?
    I filed a police report, more for the statistical value than any other reason.

  • seaopgal September 24, 2013 (8:32 pm)

    Probably doesn’t matter now, but victims might be interested to know that the car prowls/vandalism on 42nd between Edmunds and Hudson occurred just after 11:00 p.m. Monday night. We noticed police responding to call (car parked directly in front of our house) of passenger window smashed. Three immediate neighbor vehicles (one in alley) also victimized, nothing taken, just broken windows … and we noticed several others along both sides of the street in the morning. Definitely looked more like purposeless vandalism than theft …

  • onion September 24, 2013 (8:42 pm)

    Wsb, I always admire how you stand up for yourself with poise and principles.

    As for “getting tough on crime,” we already have the highest incarceration rate this side of China. We can’t even afford all of our prisons. Better solutions are needed.

  • miws September 24, 2013 (9:25 pm)

    wetone, the Co-Publishers of WSB have lived in West Seattle for 22 years. That’s a long time.



  • trt September 24, 2013 (9:58 pm)

    I wonder if car thefts will go down in Maple Valley?


  • Seattlite September 24, 2013 (10:31 pm)

    Nasty criminals are lurking in every community. Neighborhood Watch, communicating w/neighbors, observing outplace cars, people in your neighborhoods is helpful. Politics and politicians are also nasty but try to do your homework and vote for someone who really wants to work for you to make Seattle more liveable.

  • Duke Pistol September 24, 2013 (11:39 pm)

    I say carry a permitted gun. Shoot the idiots that hold you up. Problem solved. Tax payer money saved. Enough of this Boo hoo i’m a victim garbage. Face these idiots with equal force.

  • Gman206 September 25, 2013 (3:13 am)

    Due the trending of our economy we will see an increase of the have not’s taking from the haves. Unfortunately our government has used all its resources up and one of the things that will be cut is local protection by paid employees. This is not just in the USA this is a trend in Europe also. The bad of this the major influence is from our nation. So what are we to do when the few stand out heroes are all being shipped out to protect our oil consumption and democratic opinion? Every trillion we get more in debt the worse it will be and we haven’t even got close to a stop point… I fear for my children and theirs! JUST MY OPINION

  • WestJunction September 25, 2013 (5:38 am)

    Seattlite, no unfortunately we’ll just get more potholes and more bike lanes. But I’m sure consultants will be hired to perform studies!

  • Erin L September 25, 2013 (11:42 am)

    I found a wallet in my driveway this morning, Wednesday, 9/25. I’m at 35th and Brandon. Unfortunately it was emptied of cash, ID and credit cards, but there are a photo and some rewards cards still inside. It’s a nice wallet as well, if a little rain-soaked. Tracy, do you know how I might go about turning it in? Or does anyone here think it might belong to you? Thank you.

    • WSB September 25, 2013 (11:52 am)

      Erin – you can turn it in to police as found property – which might help solve a case – and/or you also can post as Found in the WSB Forum’s “open discussion” section – non-pet lost/found reports show up there several times a week. Right now we’re having a little trouble with passwords being auto-mailed to registrants so if you don’t already have a log-in and you sign up for one (quick process) but don’t get a PW mailed to you shortly, e-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com and we will set one manually – TR

  • Rick September 25, 2013 (11:45 am)

    Mike, I lived in West Seattle for 44 years, and that’s TWICE as long. And yeah, I’ve had a business here since 1978 and have seen the crime rate INCREASE! Statistics can be manipulated to prove anything you want them to. Go Duke! I got your back.

  • AG September 25, 2013 (12:08 pm)

    Erin, if it’s a mens (brown leather with a fabric stripe) Coach wallet and looks like it may have been out in the weather a while, my husband dropped one in the WW area while walking home a couple of months ago. It could have been spotted and picked up and rifled through. If it’s a match, please email me at quadgrande at gmail dot com.

  • Erin L September 25, 2013 (1:00 pm)

    AG– I’m sorry, it’s not. Thanks Tracy, I’ll turn it into the police.

  • Guy September 26, 2013 (7:47 am)

    From what location was the motorcycle cover stolen?

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