West Seattle Crime Watch: Business burglary; car prowl at park; burglars distract dog; unique stolen items to watch for

Five reader reports in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – starting with a business burglary. Louise at Life in Balance Physical Therapy and Pilates says:

Life in Balance was robbed last night and an assortment of items were taken including 2 laptops, iPad, iPod, Biofeedback and stim machines. A cervical traction unit, a printer and many other smaller items.

They’re at 5410 California SW. Further north, in The Junction, Marjorie at Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky reports vandalism/theft, with plantings taken from the tree wells outside the restaurant sometime Wednesday night/Thursday morning. “We had several succulents in our planting area stolen … It’s very sad that someone would do this.”

On to Lincoln Park, where Jesse reports a car prowl this week:

Just wanted to pass along that we had our window smashed out at Lincoln Park (Wednesday night) between 5 and 6 pm and purse stolen from the trunk. Someone must have been sitting in the lot watching us arrive and get out of the car, because they went straight for the trunk release and the purse we tried to hide. Definitely an unpleasant surprise but we’ve had exceptional service from 911, SPD, and the credit card companies. So, that’s a silver lining.

Janna e-mailed to report a burglary in Arbor Heights, near California/104th:

Tuesday (Oct. 22nd), sometime while we were at work (during the day), our house was robbed. When I arrived home we found the house completely ransacked, glass everywhere from the shattered slider, and the “guard dog” shaking like a leaf.

In the end nobody was hurt, they really didn’t take anything of value – house was staged, electronics were unplugged and all lined up – but we think they got spooked and ran off without the loot. They did get away with jewelry, cameras, change jars, and some other weird stuff…etc.

My concern, is them coming back. We do have an alarm system, but these thieves are smart and know how to avoid tripping the alarms. And gave the dog treats to keep her quiet, which ultimately made her super sick – not awesome!

And Meg in the 4200 block of Beach Drive reports vandalism and theft, with stolen items to watch for:

On Saturday, Oct. 19, I was leaving my condo building at about 5 pm and noticed that the right panel of the door buzzer system had been loosened (that’s the vandalism part) and was not secure. I attempted to correct it, but it came off in my hand, so I placed it inside the building. This was finally corrected Monday, Oct. 28.

In the meantime, a package was delivered by UPS on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and brought inside by my neighbor and placed on my doormat (which is not visible from any exterior door). My neighbor said it was no longer there when she left her unit on Saturday morning, Oct. 26. On Monday the 28, she came home to find the buzzer repairman working on the door unit, and saw the opened package down by our mailboxes (inside the front door). The package had been opened with a sharp instrument and the contents and packing slip removed (the burglary part). It contained one of a kind collectible stones and a metal specimen valued at over $700.

The seller will be sending me photos of the 3 stones and the metal specimen that I’ll provide to the police, but in the meantime I would appreciate anyone who may have received either offers to sell these to them or gotten them as gifts to be aware they are stolen property. I will offer a reward for their safe return.

Here are photos she just sent – click any image to see a larger view:

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Business burglary; car prowl at park; burglars distract dog; unique stolen items to watch for"

  • breezygirl November 1, 2013 (6:28 pm)

    Meg, if the shipper properly insured the package you can file a claim with UPS and get your money back. At the very least, all UPS packages come with $100 insurance, so it might be worth filing to at least get that. In the future, you can ask shippers to send packages with a signature release so that packages can not just be left at doors.

  • yo November 1, 2013 (6:29 pm)

    How do these circumvent an alarm system? I have one and don’t want it bypassed!

  • Bee November 1, 2013 (6:45 pm)

    Police have suggested that items should be placed in trunk away from the area that you are stopping at and not at the area you are stopping in case someone is watching. I’d stop somewhere far enough away from the location & place purse or item hiding in trunk and then proceed to Lincoln Park. You do not want to place the item you are hiding in the trunk and then walk into your destination wherever it might be – park, store, theater, etc.

  • Dookie T November 1, 2013 (7:08 pm)

    Camera surveillance systems are much more effective than alarm systems. With alarms, burglars know that if it trips they still have a a few minutes to grab and ditch.

  • Bee November 1, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    Yo – that was my curiosity and found some answers on the internet. Rooms with or without motion detectors, back rooms without glass shatter alarms, or them lifting glass out of the windows. You might check with your alarm company to have them do an assessment of your alarm system to make sure you do not have any unprotected areas. You would want to ask how much they charge for that. The one I saw the master bedroom had no motion alarm or glass shattering alarm & the thieves entered there. It would almost seem someone would have to know what was or was not installed….someone visiting or something? It does seem peculiar how a thief would know.

  • WS resident November 1, 2013 (7:51 pm)

    We’ve heard time and time again recently about car break-in’s in the lots at Lincoln park. Isn’t it about time SPD set up and undercover sting since clearly the criminals are watching the park-goers, waiting to see where they stash their purses. Maybe the police should be watching the criminals for a day..see how many they catch. Enough is enough!!

  • Alki Resident November 1, 2013 (11:33 pm)

    WS Res- Theres no way cops have time to babysit the parking lots. This has gone on for many years and nothing has changed. There’s no reason why cameras haven’t been put up yet. West Seattle is out of control with daily crime and it’s only going to get worse. I used to love being here.

  • julia November 2, 2013 (7:38 am)

    someone stole a pumpkin out of our garden and stinky tennis shoes off our porch. (we live by the thriftway)

  • Halyn November 2, 2013 (7:38 am)

    That was what, seven reports of vandalism/theft to personal property this week? And that’s just the ones the blog knows about. And yet, someone in the forums a couple weeks ago posted about how he runs off people that park and lurk in front of his house, and other posters jumped all over him, calling him un-neighborly and implying that he’s the problem. Looks to me like he’s absolutely right to be suspicious.

  • sophista-tiki November 2, 2013 (7:53 am)

    heres a thought,,, If you’re going to the park dont take your purse. Seems kinda logical to me. Clothes have these things built right in called pockets, and some of the pockets even have this new fangled gadget called a zipper!

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