West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) steal wedding gifts

According to the Seattle Police crime map, 13 burglaries have been reported in West Seattle in the past week. Tonight, we’ve heard from a victim in one of the two most recent – newlywed Kathryn, who lives near 35th and 100th in Arbor Heights:

On Friday night between 4 pm and 10:30 pm, our house was broken into and burglarized. The door was kicked in; they didn’t touch anything in the living room and went straight for the bedroom. They found our safe and took $1500 cash that we had received from friends and family at our recent wedding (Sept. 29th) plus more in gift cards. They also stole my 17″ Toshiba laptop and my white iPad 4, 3 bottles of wine, and that’s it.

The police that came to the scene said they felt like it was someone who knew us, because they knew right where to look and left (other valuables). So we feel fortunate for that. We thought the West Seattle Blog should be notified, and if anyone hears of someone trying to sell the laptop or iPad, to contact the police ! I have serial number for both if that’s helpful.

Arbor Heights was not a hot spot this past week; in addition to this, only one other break-in is shown on the map – Monday near California/100th.

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) steal wedding gifts"

  • Concerned resident November 10, 2013 (10:44 pm)

    A certain someone who was jailed previously is out of jail now and was very squirrelly last time I saw him. Wondering if he is behind it.

  • BC November 10, 2013 (11:46 pm)

    Can I ask what kind if safe you had your things in? We are thinking of getting a safe at our house but this has me wondering if that is going to give us a false sense of security. Did they take the whole safe or break into it? So sorry you are going through all of this!

  • Eric November 11, 2013 (4:06 am)

    I was thinking the same thing the cops were when I read this. The fact that the perps went straight for the safe tells me that they knew the safe was already there and they had planned for this. Safes are not light and so there must be some kind of game plan to grab it with multiple people as quickly as they can and go. Obviously there was more than one person to do this.

    The same thing happened to my neighbor a few years back. Went straight for the safe and left other valuables such as PS3, TV, etc. He had a suspicion that it was his girlfriend’s daughter’s boyfriend.

    Unfortunately, you may want to think about who you know that knows you have a safe, what was possibly in it, and knew your schedule of when you would and would not be home.

  • niner November 11, 2013 (9:24 am)

    I would also like to know more about the safe. Was it bolted down, removed, broken into…?

  • wsn00b November 11, 2013 (4:03 pm)

    Like BC and niner say, we’d love to have more info on that statement about the “safe”. If it was a simple lockbox then it wasn’t really a safe and the theft would be casual. If it was a “proper” safe (bolted down, S&G lock, atleast 300lbs in weight, UL 1-2 hour rated then I’d be worried about a professional safecracker in our midst.

  • JIM November 11, 2013 (8:07 pm)

    My parents house by west crest park was recently burglarized. It was last wed. they broke the glass of a sliding door and ran straight to the master bedroom for the safe and ransacked drawers. No other room was touched. Tonight a man with an ADT uniform showed up at 7:30 pm and asked me if i had a security system. He heard about a string of break ins in the neighborhood and wanted to help. It was so sketchy. He gave me a sheet with tips of home security. On the paper was a Gaylord Authorized ADT Dealer logo and a Louis Kucinski 253-237-3758. I don’t know if this was a real person or a potential thief scoping for the next house. BTW I answered the front door and immediately closed the door behind me. I would in retrospect not have answered the door at all. Hope this helps others.

  • Lookout November 11, 2013 (9:55 pm)

    Speaking of criminals, what is the latest Alan Polevia update?

    • WSB November 11, 2013 (10:11 pm)

      Appears he got out of jail on October 21st.

  • Eric November 12, 2013 (4:59 am)

    Going straight for the safe is suspect. It’s not like safes are a standard in homes. It would seem to me that the person must somehow know there is a safe in the house. They aren’t light. My neighbor who’s safe was taken had a small one. He never got around to bolting it down, but even being small, the safe was over 300 pounds.

    As with my neighbor, the original blog, and Jim’s reply, they went straight for the safe, leaving other, more easily stolen items behind.

  • WestofJunction November 12, 2013 (6:12 am)

    As to those stupid I-Pods – my daughter had hers stolen along with a school notebook – watch out for Craigslist ads where they state they “forgot” the password and the I Pod can’t be unlocked. Only the latest generation of these can be disabled remotely. I call this Apple’s gift to crack heads.

  • drahcir61 November 12, 2013 (7:12 am)

    Anytime my doorbell rings, unexpectedly, I immediately grab my cellphone, open up the camera, & as I open the door I take a picture (or 3). It’s not that obvious because with the sound off the camera “click” isn’t heard, & it looks like I’m just texting while talking to the person.

    This might sound excessive & unnecessary to some, that’s fine, to each his own. I want anyone coming to my house to know that I have a picture of what you look like.

  • tm November 13, 2013 (7:41 am)

    Stalled car now blocking R lane on E bound bridge not far down from entrance (roughly above Luna)

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