Followup: Car found in the water off Beach Drive was stolen in Queen Anne

June 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 2 Comments

Continuing to followup on incidents that made news over the weekend – Seattle Police confirm the empty car that went into the water off Emma Schmitz Viewpoint on Beach Drive (map) was stolen. Beach Drive Blog not only reported the incident early Sunday (photo at right is republished with their permission) but also, based nearby, was on the scene before authorities, and checked in case anyone was in the car. According to the official SPD report, the car was stolen from a Queen Anne man who didn’t even know it was missing until an officer showed up at his house, but said he had left his keys inside it. The SPD report says the ignition key was found inside the car, which was locked with its windows rolled up when found upside down in a foot of water. Police believe the car was pushed off the embankment but haven’t found any witnesses yet. Later Sunday morning, BDB published aftermath photos and reported potential seawall damage; we have an inquiry out to Seattle Parks today to see if they have assessed the site yet to find out if repairs will be needed. (Earlier this year, BDB reported city plans for a new seawall there next year.)

2 Comments

  1. “…a Queen Anne man who didn’t even know it was missing until an officer showed up at his house, but said he had left his keys inside it…”

    Blink… blinkblink…

    Comment by andisizzle — 5:22 pm June 23, 2014 #

  2. Thanks – we’ve updated our blog post with this info (and of course a link back). I do hope the punks who did this are found – I can’t imagine how much this prank cost tax payers… thank goodness nobody was injured.

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 9:55 pm June 23, 2014 #

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