Our first West Seattle Crime Watch roundup since pre-Christmas starts with two reader reports:
BURGLARY INTERRUPTED: From Jeff:
Attempted residential break-in. 7500 block of 46th Ave SW, approximately 7:45 (Friday) night. Neighbors came home as it was occurring. Burglar fled. Police notified.
We’ve asked a followup question about any description that might be available.
STOLEN BIKE: So often, stolen bicycles turn up abandoned somewhere – the thief used it to get to the scene of the next crime, and then cast it aside. Sharon is looking for hers: “My bike was stolen from (the 1700 block of) Alki Ave SW. It is a black Marin crossover with a sticker on the the front, which may have already been taken off. … I will provide a reward if found.”
We also have three reports from the online police files; it usually takes several days for narratives to become available, if they ever do, but we keep watch to see what’s new, and found these, including gifts stolen from a church and rapidly returned:
GIFT THEFT THWARTED: Last Saturday morning (December 20th), police were called to Holy Family Church (20th/Roxbury) on a report that two people had broken into the church and taken gifts that were intended for families in need. They got there so fast, they were able to stop the suspects in a car not even a block from the church. After a “high-risk stop” (that’s what you’re usually seeing, if you see police, guns drawn, by a car – it’s the policy for stopping someone suspected in a felony), they arrested a male and female suspect found inside. According to the report, police saw “multiple boxes crammed inside the cabin of the suspect vehicle, as well as a large box inside the trunk of the vehicle, which was open and unsecured.” The male suspect claimed a woman at the church had told him he could take the gifts. The only person at the church at the time, however, was a priest. The church, according to the report, did not want to press charges, which led to what the report calls the “unarrests” of the suspects. But they were told they could not leave in their car, which police parked nearby – because neither had a valid driver’s license.
BUSINESS ROBBED: A business in the 8600 block of 9th SW was robbed at knifepoint just after 6 pm last Monday (December 22nd). An employee said a man had come in, pointed a knife at her abdomen, and demanded money; she gave him what little was in the register and he left. Police found a possible suspect at 14th and Cambridge and took the victim there to see him, but she said it wasn’t the same man. The police report says she described the robber as “5’2″, Hispanic, light skin, late 20s or early 30s, with a round, heavyset build,” wearing a blue hoodie, dark pants, and a “Halloween mask.”
BURGLARY/CAR PROWL: On Wednesday morning, police were summoned to the 1000 block of SW Henderson, where a man told them that overnight, someone came into his fenced back yard, tried and failed to break into two storage sheds, but smashed the window of his pickup truck and stole a laptop and tablet.