West Seattle Crime Watch: Three car break-ins

July 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Three reader reports – first two are about overnight car break-ins in north West Seattle. First, from Sandra:

My car was broken into last night. it was parked on the street at 2008 California Ave SW. They took 3 bags; 1) yellow leather with brown trim, 2) black leather with gold trim, and a black “expanda” file with handles. Nothing of real value in the bags, but if the thieves threw them out and anyone sees them, please contact me at sandrakstark@live.com. Thank you.

And from Ian:

My 1992 Honda Accord was prowled last night, between 12 am and noon today. It was parked in the 2100 block of Alki Ave SW, underneath a street light in front of the condo I live in. Woke up to find the trunk partially opened and all the contents of my glove box thrown through out the car. Fortunately they didn’t steal my car since I had a club on the steering wheel which they tried to remove from all the scratch marks all over it. All they took was my GPS which was hidden in my glove box. No broken windows or scratch marks on my car door, which makes me think they had a master key to the car which you can buy online.

Third report is from last Thursday – Jeremy tweeted about a smash-and-grab car break-in in the south lot at Lincoln Park; his wife’s purse was taken.

P.S. In case you missed it over the weekend – a Crime Watch partial happy ending.

9 Comments

  1. Last night two cars were broken into on California two blocks south of Hamilton Viewpoint. One car had it’s passenger window smashed (unsure who owns the car or what was stolen), and a Jeep behind it was also rifled through, the back plastic window had been zipped open.

    Comment by admiral_area — 4:37 pm July 21, 2014 #

  2. that south parking lot at Lincoln Park is a real crime scene…so many breakings. You daren’t leave anything in your car there. It’s a hassle to take a purse along for a walk in the park…but guess you always have to now.Always someone around to prowl the cars. :(

    Comment by JanS — 6:26 pm July 21, 2014 #

  3. MY car was broken into last night as well…smashed out my passenger window. Only thing I note as missing is my iPhone charger. Now I get to pay a chunk of money I don’t have to have the window replaced. I am SO bummed. I have insurance, but the cost of a window is usually below my deductible….but none the less over $200. I live in a condo on California 1600 block.

    Comment by Grace — 6:31 pm July 21, 2014 #

  4. Grace (and everyone!)- You may want to check with your insurance company about getting a “zero deductible” on comprehensive (which is often how windows are covered). My agent years ago suggested it to me when I’d first gotten out of college and and most of my enormous (cough) salary from my public-service job was going towards my student loans. Best move ever! While I skipped a lot of lunches that year to be able to afford the extra $, it completely paid for itself when my unstable neighbor was swinging his wrench around in the street and broke my driver’s side window.

    Comment by ocean — 9:26 pm July 21, 2014 #

  5. My car was prowled last night they took a lot of things most of it was recovered by walking just around my block. The big score was a set of keys to nothing in this county and my custom longboard that I made from a vintage kids waterski. It is unmistakable. Yellow with red swirls and blue wheels. It is largely a sentimental loss and has very little “street” value as it is easily identified from any distance.
    I have a picture of it but cannot post.
    I will trade the heavy silver chain that was missed in the glovebox for its return.
    Stealing a guy’s skateboard is lowwwww… :•/

    Comment by Eron — 12:47 pm July 22, 2014 #

  6. Eron – we ask that Crime Watch reports be e-mailed to us, and you can certainly include a photo. Also please mention general neighborhood in which it happened. Sorry to hear about it. editor@westseattleblog.com

    Comment by WSB — 12:49 pm July 22, 2014 #

  7. Btw. The skateboard theft happened in the Highland Park neighborhood and was totally avoidable but I forgot to lock up. I do realize my role in this before you feel the need to scold me. ;•)

    Comment by Eron — 12:50 pm July 22, 2014 #

  8. The unfortunate lesson here is NEVER leave ANYTHING of value in your car. Doesn’t matter where in the world you are. I’ve been the victim countless times but I have learned.

    Comment by WSman — 8:03 pm July 22, 2014 #

  9. My insurance (State Farm) said they “used to” do the zero deductible for glass, but no longer. It cost me $278 to have the window replaced…although I did choose to have Safelite come to me for an additional 24.99. The cost of not having to entertain 2 small children in their waiting room for 90 minutes is priceless! It could have always been worse. I just wonder why MY car was chosen. Kid seats in the back, toys, and empty McDonalds bags does not seem like a good “score” car for them. They did not even take the change in the cupholder.

    Comment by Grace — 3:05 pm July 23, 2014 #

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