West Seattle Crime Watch: Seaview car theft; Arbor Heights hit-run; Sunrise Heights break-in

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:


My mom’s 1991 Honda Accord was stolen sometime after 10:30 pm on Friday, May 30th, near Raymond and 49th Ave SW [map]. It is goldish/sand in color with license plate AJY3779. If seen, please call or text 206-852-6289.

HIT-RUN IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: We don’t know yet exactly where the actual hit-run happened, but a witness saw the fleeing car just before 10 am today:

I was walking my dog … when I heard a vehicle approaching from a side street at a high rate of speed. I got over as far as I could, in time to see the vehicle spin out into the intersection. The vehicle had severe front end damage, and bits of debris were flying off as it sped toward 35th. I don’t have a cell phone, so used a neighbor’s phone to call SPD. They confirmed that there had been a hit & run in the neighborhood (Arbor Heights). The location where I observed this was the intersection of 37th Ave SW & SW 102nd St [map]. The vehicle was traveling south on 37th, then east on 102nd. It probably turned onto 35th from there, but I could not see in which direction. Dark green older-model Honda sedan (probably Civic) with heavy front-end damage. License # AHH****. Hopefully SPD will contact me, as I also have a description of the driver.


I wanted you to know that my house (near Kenyon/29th Ave SW; map) was burglarized Wednesday between 2:00 and 4:30 pm (right after the school let out?). They went down the back alley, down my driveway, and into the back yard. From there they took one of the patio chairs and climbed up onto the electrical box for the hot tub and gouged the screen out to get to the kitchen window, which was left ajar. Once in, they stole the laptop in the living room, went into another room and stole an iMac, then went into my room. They ransacked my room until they found the safe which weighed about. 200 pounds. They carried it out of the house through the back door and more than likely into a waiting vehicle, probably parked in my back driveway. I talked to my neighbors either side of me but came up empty.

If you saw anything in that area last Wednesday afternoon, let police know.

P.S. This is NOT a West Seattle case but the suspect could be anywhere so we’re sharing the link to SPD’s updated blotter post on the early-morning double murder in Leschi because they have JUST named a suspect and included a photo. Obviously, if you see him/have any info, call 911. (5:24 pm update – SPD just announced he’s in custody.)

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Seaview car theft; Arbor Heights hit-run; Sunrise Heights break-in"

  • Dave June 1, 2014 (5:07 pm)

    Regarding the burglary at Sunset Heights, it’s probably a good lesson for those of us with a safe to get it bolted down or otherwise secured. I always assumed mine would be too heavy for one or two people (it’s not nearly two hundred pounds) but, a couple of years ago, did attach it to the floor with lag bolts (accessible only from inside the safe).

  • Amanda June 1, 2014 (11:04 pm)

    Thats horrible, when we moved into west seattle while our house was being worked on by a contractor, we had a bunch of stuff stolen. We have since been gifted with a safe, Its 800+ pounds empty, took 4 men to move it in. Always figured if someone was able to steal it, I would be ok just would like to see a video of them stealing it. Moving it in was hilarious, we video taped it and still laugh(ps the gift safe costed us $300 just to get it moved 60 feet and up 7 steps)! But after seeing this I think I may go ahead and bolt it down. If nothing else to save the cost of having the next gift safe moved in. Sorry this happened. Its terrible to have someone violate you like that. I know, its been 2.5 years and i’m still mad. Every minor theft since brings back the anger, a bike, a ladder, a few tools left in the back yard, still get so mad.
    Our heart goes out to you.

  • Stan Johnson June 2, 2014 (12:53 am)

    I thwarted 2 characters from stealing my bike from my driveway today. I chased them off with a lead pipe. Losers. cowards.

  • Tanya Gabuat June 2, 2014 (5:29 pm)

    Our lawn mower got stolen out of our own yard this past week. We live in Highland park. Didn’t steal anything else except our lawn mower

  • Eric1 June 2, 2014 (9:47 pm)

    What is up with criminals? Can’t they just get a job? Working isn’t that hard, and if it is hard, it generally pays well. It isn’t like they stole the lawnmower because they were going to cut lawns for $25.
    Hopefully karma will win out in the end. Maybe they do try to steal an 800# safe, it slides down the stairs and squishes them? It would be better if it punted them through the stairwell window so nobody would have to bill the criminal’s estate for cleaning up the stains.

  • Andy June 3, 2014 (6:39 am)

    I had a hit and run in arbor heights a month back. My parked truck was hit. My wife saw it. We got Liscene plate number, paint chips, and picture of the car(he actually was dumb enough to come back) BUT even with all that cops couldn’t do jack. I now feel like I could get away with anything just by denying it. So it goes…

  • faceless June 7, 2014 (9:15 am)

    Hey to the person with the safe stolen on Kenyon.29th. I saw a guy in a black ford expedition cruising your neighborhood. He was white, shaved head and tattoos on his left arm. License plate ABZ—-

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