Junction bike theft; Genesee phone grab; Alki tire slash: Latest reader reports

Three more incidents your neighbors want you to know about – first, Bryan is hoping you might have seen his bike, stolen while he was in a Junction store for a few minutes:

I am sad to say my beloved Psy-Clo was stolen (Friday) around 4:00 pm from the bike rack (locked) in front of the True Value at Edmunds and 44th Ave, while I was in the store for about 5 minutes.

Psy-Clo was a 2014 Cannondale CAAD-X, mariner blue with red and blue accents, black taped road bars, black ESA cranks (with some distinctive worn paint and scratches from when the crank fell off!), black clip in pedals, Cygolite Metro USB chargeable light (and Hotshot rear), a black rear rack, Novara under seat bag with red tool bag and orange seat cover, a black Brooks leather seat, Promax disc brakes (front adjuster is broken/loose), an RSVP top tube blue frame bag, a silver/black Zefal frame bike pump (strapped to the underside of the top tube), two black bottle holders with one white insulated Polar water bottle, and Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires – plus a Seahawks car flag mounted under the rear seat!

I did notice an older gentleman with grayish hair and mustache sitting in a pickup truck (I think) parked along 44th right by the bike rack, who in retrospect appeared to be taking in interest in my bicycle – I figured he was just a Hawks fan! Anyway, I (have filed a police report) and have some hope the True Value surveillance camera could have some information, but would appreciate any information any passerbys/witnesses (including the C-Line bus that went by) might have.

Ahead – another “iPhone theft from outside the window” case, plus a tire slash that followed apparent “parking rage”:

Remember the recent case of a Sunrise Heights window smashed by an iPhone thief? This morning, Ryan reports something similar:

We had a cell phone stolen from a ground-floor bedroom in our house on the 4000 block of California Ave around 11:00 PM last night. The phone was charging inside the window and the thief cut a hole in the screen to reach in and grab it. We were upstairs watching TV when it happened. The police came and took a report.

And from 58th SW in Alki – an area that was subject of another reader report yesterday – a case of vandalism that seems to have been preceded by a case of “parking rage”:

Just wanted to alert the community to a tire-slashing incident that occurred (Friday) in the 2700 block of 58th Avenue SW next to Alki Elementary/Alki Playground.

While picking up my son from school, a young man in the neighborhood became angry and verbally abusive that I had parked in front of his home (legally). Another parent and I watched from afar and witnessed him bend over and slash my front tire, as I ran toward my car he ran into a home on 58th Avenue.

Seattle police were called, four officers arrived; took several eyewitness accounts, they spoke to a neighbor who denied knowing the young man, knocked on the door of the home he was seen running into with no answer. They will continue to investigate as a criminal matter.

A concerned parent asked the officer if there could be increased patrols when school lets out at 2:50 pm and Alki’s principal has been notified.

Our children have attended Alki for five years, I know dropoff and pick-up can be a hectic time, but have never heard of any situation like this.

10 Replies to "Junction bike theft; Genesee phone grab; Alki tire slash: Latest reader reports"

  • RS September 6, 2014 (1:09 pm)

    About the bike, what type of lock did you have? I’d be pretty concerned if they’re cutting ulocks somehow…

  • AlkiH September 6, 2014 (2:25 pm)

    Parking can be tough and getting harder to park legally.

    Glad you notified the school. Hope they follow up.

    Seattle Municipal Code 11.72.110 – Driveway or alley entrance

    “No person shall stand or park a vehicle in front of a public or private driveway within a street or alley or in front of or in an alley entrance or within five feet (5′) of the end of a constructed driveway return or alley entrance return, or if none, within five feet (5′) of the projection of the edge of the driveway or alley.”

  • sophista-tiki September 6, 2014 (2:44 pm)

    Maybe that guy shouldn’t be living on Alki if he cant handle it being perpetually parked up.

  • sophista-tiki September 6, 2014 (2:47 pm)

    One more,,,, this is the second report of a cell phone being stolen while being charged under a window. Heres an idea, charge your phones away from the windows. Clearly people are looking in them for stuff to steal.

  • Alki Resident September 6, 2014 (10:53 pm)

    More apartments = more people and more people supposedly = more crime. Or so I am told.

  • Mike September 7, 2014 (8:38 am)

    I will be looking for your bike on my regular rides around ws. You put together a well thought out machine and i hope you can get it back. So frustrating that we cannot leave a bike parked without significant risk of theft.

  • Biker September 7, 2014 (9:11 am)

    What kind of bike lock was cut? This is important to know.

    • WSB September 7, 2014 (9:19 am)

      Hi – I just went back to make sure that info wasn’t in Bryan’s note, but it wasn’t; what I have quoted here is all the info he sent – he would have to answer that question – TR

  • steve September 7, 2014 (7:45 pm)

    There’s always bikes stashed under admiral bridge.
    SE corner.

  • B-Check September 7, 2014 (11:27 pm)

    Hi all,

    The lock that was cut was a fairly thin cable lock – the one I keep with me for quick stops in areas that I feel are relatively safe. So that was an error on my part – but being a bike commuter with a bike locker at work, I had grown complacent and didn’t feel like lugging around the U-Lock all the time. If I am lucky enough to recover Psy-Clo, or wind up having to get a replacement, I won’t make that misstep again.

    Thanks for all of the support and tips.

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