West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen snowman; car break-ins

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports, starting with another case of a stolen holiday decoration:

#1 – Ann-Marie says her 4-year-old daughter is broken-hearted after someone stole her 5-foot-tall decorative snowman from their front yard in Arbor Heights sometime Wednesday. Here’s what “Monroe” the snowman looks like. “Please bring him back. Our daughter is so upset.”

#2 – Chance‘s car was broken into, back window shattered, sometime during the day Wednesday near the 15th/Roxbury Walgreens. “My SUV has an alarm; didn’t deter them.”

#3 – Meredith reports car break-ins north of Morgan Junction last night:

I just wanted to let you know that last night there were two cars (could be more) in my lot on the corner of Juneau and California were broken into and all of its contents stolen. It’s an apartment complex and has happened twice in the last 6 months. They were able to disconnect my stereo system and break in with the doors locked. Just wanted to give a heads up in case anyone else in the neighborhood has any information or also had their cars broken into.

If your car was broken into but nothing taken, please be sure to report it to police anyway so at least there’ll be accurate stats of what’s happening – you can even do it online.

P.S. Right after we published this, Becky sent an alert about suspicious activity on Beach Drive, so we’ve added it:

We live on Beach Drive, near Cormorant (Cove) Park. My husband was up early Wednesday morning (4:30 am) when he saw a couple of people looking in the windows of parked cars, including a UHaul van parked in the parking lot of the condos out on the pier. The individuals hadn’t done anything criminal but were acting suspiciously. He startled them by saying Good Morning, and they quickly moved on. Again there wasn’t anything to report to the police but we thought the neighborhood should be made aware of this early morning activity and keep an eye out for anything else that is unusual.

As we e-mailed back, police *do* encourage calls about suspicious activity – if they are too busy with major incidents to respond, the dispatcher will say so, but do make a call.

15 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen snowman; car break-ins"

  • JRR December 11, 2014 (4:27 pm)

    We had two packages sent by grandma in Wisconsin for our 3 year old for xmas stolen on Monday AND Tuesday from our front porch. The most wonderful time of the year, indeed.

  • bmc December 11, 2014 (4:30 pm)

    Snowman thief!! that’s low – FXCK U!

  • Bill December 11, 2014 (9:04 pm)

    Someone stole our Santa and reindeer n Wednesday night too. Monroe street on gatewood hill.

  • Furiouskitty December 11, 2014 (10:05 pm)

    I am sad to hear about the theft of Monroe. We had all the gift cards we ordered for our daughter’s Christmas gifts stolen from our mailbox in Arbor Heights. Thieves really stink.

  • G December 11, 2014 (10:19 pm)

    Who knows what important item – even a much needed medical device – could be in a package. These thieves are just cowardly filth. Why is this such an epidemic here?

  • Kravitz December 12, 2014 (4:41 am)

    There’s a special place in H-E double toothpick for people that do this. How low can one be to steal holiday decorations AND packages? I really do believe in karma…

  • miws December 12, 2014 (7:23 am)

    Why is this such an epidemic here?


    Hmmmmmmmmm………I do not know why this is so epidemic here in Lil Ol’ West Seattle, and not happening elsewhere, like saaaaayyyyy…….Los Angeles…………..



  • koni December 12, 2014 (11:45 am)

    Wednesday night someone stole four lighted animatronic deer and a row of three foot tall lighted candycanes from our neighbor’s front yard in Gatewood…. we should all be looking for a yard with a snowman, deer and large colorful candycanes…..such a low thing for some one to do….lets find them!!! It should be a pretty large display!

  • GP December 12, 2014 (2:05 pm)

    Holiday lighting (Blue projection light) stolen from our yard (48th and Erskine). Got security system in the house but now installing cameras all around the perimeter..

  • SillyGoose December 12, 2014 (3:14 pm)

    Wow what is going on with all the decoration theft, this is awful!! We need civilian neighborhood patrol!!

  • payrollgirl December 12, 2014 (4:31 pm)

    I think all the holiday decorations are being taken by “kids” thinking it’s funny and then they just discard them but once they get older “young adults” they’ll move onto like cars and packages off of you door steps…sad but true.

  • G December 12, 2014 (8:00 pm)

    Civilian patrol, yes.

  • G December 12, 2014 (8:05 pm)

    No, Mike, it doesn’t happen in LA to this degree. Or a lot of other places that I’ve lived, for that matter. The point is not to score sarcasm points, but to emphasize this is a very troubling trend.

  • G December 12, 2014 (8:12 pm)

    Oh heck with it….Merry Xmas, Mike. I’ll give you a couple of points :)

  • NW December 12, 2014 (9:07 pm)

    Civilian Patrol yes here too!

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