West Seattle Crime Watch: Toy-theft suspects sought; stolen car to watch for

Two items in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning:

POLICE SEEK TOY-THEFT SUSPECTS: Just published on SPD Blotter – a theft case police hope you can help them solve:

Police are looking for two men and a woman who stole toys from a Delridge drug store and attacked an employee when he tried to stop them Monday night.

The suspects walked into the store, in the 9400 block of 16th Avenue Southwest, around 7 PM. One man filled a shopping basket with toys and left out without paying. When a store employee confronted him outside and tried to photograph his license plate with a cell phone, a woman grabbed the phone away.

She couldn’t unlock the phone to delete the photograph, so the man who stole the toys warned the employee to delete the image or he’d return for him. The third suspect started up a car and all three fled, throwing the employees cell phone into the street as they left.

If you know where police can find these three suspects, please contact robbery detectives at (206) 684-5535.

The SPD Blotter post has the suspects’ names and photos, which we’ll add here as soon as we can.

(added) Suspects as identified/shown by SPD – in order as shown below, Raul Hernandez, Sandra Garcia, Omar Cruz-Resendiz:

(back to original report) STOLEN CAR: Eric‘s red 1997 Honda Accord was stolen sometime Monday near California/Holly in south Morgan Junction. Inside were two booster seats for his kids. Washington plates AQJ7944 – call 911 if you see it.

FRIDAY NIGHT 8 PM UPDATE: In the robbery story – one suspect is on the King County Jail Register now, Omar Cruz-Resendiz, booked at 2 pm today.

26 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Toy-theft suspects sought; stolen car to watch for"

  • smokeycretin9 December 18, 2014 (9:51 am)

    Nothing warms my heart this time of year like stories of thugs stealing things to make their children happy on xmas morning.

  • Kravitz December 18, 2014 (11:00 am)

    It breaks my heart to know that there are organizations that provide donated toys, clothing, and food for those less fortunate over the holidays and yet these three decide that a better option is to steal from a store and threaten people who are working for a living to provide for themselves and their families. How pathetic can some individuals be? Look at their photos on the SPD blotter – someone has to know them. Report them, turn them in and give them a special warm message for the holidays with a little jail time.

  • nefermore December 18, 2014 (12:07 pm)

    I have to wonder about all these brave store clerks these days. I’m old but back in the day when I worked in retail we were told not to challenge thieves but just to call the police or security. If a store is asking people to do added security work to their jobs then they should pay them more.

  • debra December 18, 2014 (12:09 pm)

    Is it possible for the WSB to publish the pictures on the police site so folks can be on the look out for these fine upstanding members of our community

    • WSB December 18, 2014 (12:21 pm)

      The problem is that SPD published them in HUGE size and I am out in the field for another half-hour or so, having trouble republishing them via my remote connection. I hope I can shrink them down when I get back to HQ. In the meantime, if you follow the link to SPD Blotter you’ll see the pix.

  • Lindsey December 18, 2014 (12:10 pm)

    I misread that as “Police seek JOY-THEFT suspects” but you know what, still fits. Jerks.

  • Marie December 18, 2014 (12:53 pm)

    Saw the female at Safeway yesterday, with one of the men, so they live in the area. Don’t knnow if they paid for their groceries though!!!! Only reason I took note is we kept meeting up in the same aisles!!!

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man December 18, 2014 (1:02 pm)

    At least they know exactly who these miscreants are. I don’t imagine it will be too much longer before they’re rounded up. It would be nice if they stayed locked up once caught, but I have a feeling that they’ll be out to spread their particular brand of holiday cheer in no time. Our system is just generous like that.

  • Robin December 18, 2014 (1:28 pm)

    Not to be cynical, but, will SPD really do anything? They know who they are (probably know exactly where they live, “work”, steal, drive, kids go to school, etc, but, have absolutely no upside to putting themselves at risk over a couple hundred dollars of stuff. Heck, they wont go after them over a pile of electronics when they know exactly where they are. Hopefully they go to Redmond.

  • Garden_nymph December 18, 2014 (2:10 pm)

    Thank you Robin for “NOT” being cynical!

  • AdmiralResident December 18, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    Just need to add my address on 38th Ave SW and Stevens to the list of people losing packages to thieves. My wife received the delivery notification that the present was delivered at 3:29 and left at the front door this afternoon. No package when I got home at 4:10.

  • nemobeansmom December 18, 2014 (5:21 pm)

    Do you really think they stole those toys to give to their children, I think more to sell them and they stole toys because that’s what more sellable at the moment.

  • WTF December 18, 2014 (10:55 pm)

    More pictures of these db’s and others need to be posted all over town so everyone can be on the lookout.

  • sealth December 19, 2014 (12:18 am)

    Posting these pics is unsettling. It wasn’t residential it was a big chain super store and those toys we’re for their kids.

  • Debra December 19, 2014 (4:48 am)

    How was this unsettling, and are we sure if it was for their kids or to sell since toys are marketable this time of year
    They terrorized several individuals and threatened them
    I support the actions of posting the pictures what they did was wrong and apparently they are well known to law enforcement so not their first time stealing and terrorizing and won’t be their last

  • furiouskitty December 19, 2014 (10:44 am)

    Stealing is stealing is stealing. Matters not what type of business, person or location.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man December 19, 2014 (1:10 pm)

    @Sealth: I find your comments unsettling and endemic of society’s increased acceptance of “lesser” crimes. No one got shot or killed, therefore it’s somehow okay? You imply that a store is somehow deserving of this crime, particularly given its large, impersonal size. Hey, I’m no fan of chain box stores, but at least I understand they are run by PEOPLE, with lives and families of their own. Heaven forbid you ever have to leave the sanctuary of home to get a prescription filled or find a birthday card. You know, ’cause it’s every man or woman for himself once you leave your door, right? Yours is the most callous, misguided post I have seen here in a very, very long time. And you have no idea where those toys were going, whether to their own (I cringe) children or sold on ebay. These people are scum and their pictures should be in every retail storefront in town. No one forced them to steal and terrorize clerks. I just hope the police take this case as seriously as they should before someone seriously gets hurt.

  • Melinda G. December 19, 2014 (1:37 pm)

    I agree, stealing is stealing. Just because they stole from a “big chain superstore” certainly doesn’t make it OK. It’s nice folks like this that drive up the costs for the rest of us as the stores must increase their prices to cover for theft!

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man December 19, 2014 (2:39 pm)

    Still seething… I would just like to add there’s a huge difference between publicly posting the pics of actual perpetrators after the fact than the very invasive use of public cameras many are so fond of (speaking about those earmarked for the waterfront at one time). These people broke the law and were recognized. And I’m guessing that unless those were DMV pics, they are already in the criminal system. I can only hope the cops are at their front door at this very minute.

  • Cheryl December 19, 2014 (2:53 pm)

    There’s only one word for people like this. But it’s not nice. I really (REALLY!) hope they are locked up, and the key thrown away forever. There’s no point in their being allowed to breathe fresh, free air. The end.

  • RT December 19, 2014 (2:56 pm)

    They attacked an employee as well as stealing. It would be nice to see our criminal justce system take this stuff seriously and prosecute.

  • Kravitz December 19, 2014 (7:51 pm)

    @Chuck and Sally’s Van Man – It does appear that two of the photos are DMV pics, and the third charmer is a mugshot (apparent by the lovely jumpsuit color).
    @sealth – what is it that you find so unsettling about this? I along with many others above support the posting of photos of ‘wanted criminals.’ These people have committed a crime and who knows what might be next on their holiday crime spree. Package thefts? Strong armed robbery? Assault with a deadly weapon? I can just about bet that this wasn’t their first theft and won’t be their last. It’s great to have photos out there of people to be aware of, not only to hopefully result in their capture and being charged, but also for one’s own personal safety.

  • Kravitz December 19, 2014 (7:58 pm)

    Oh, and just out of curiosity… I looked up King County’s Jail registry and bingo… we have a winner! Looks like Omar Cruz-Resendiz was booked today. Merry Christmas!

    • WSB December 19, 2014 (8:00 pm)

      I actually was just doing the same thing – he has been in custody since 2 pm for investigation of robbery. Other two not listed on jail register, but we’ll keep checking.

  • hugh December 20, 2014 (11:11 pm)

    People who don’t respect our society. Throw them in jail until they do?

  • WSMan December 21, 2014 (10:08 am)

    Sealth – how do you know it’s for their kids? I’m guessing you know these criminals?

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