West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglars take bicycle, computers

Two reader reports start off today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

Isaac and Andrea sent that photo of a bicycle they would like you to keep an eye out for:

Last night, Friday the 6th, someone broke into our detached garage and made off with one of our bicycles. It is a distinctive bike: it is a red Diamond Back with white lettering with a black Kona fork. It is a hybrid style bike with two bar grips that I added onto the handlebars. Also has one splashguard on the rear tire. Serial no. DAP12/E003705. We have called the police and will be filing a report ASAP. This was directly across from Highland Park Playfield on 12th & Cloverdale. Please keep your eyes open. This bike has a lot of sentimental value to us and we would love to see it returned.

BUSINESS BURGLARY: Michael von Kempf, proprietor of Ultrafab Computers in Fauntleroy, e-mailed to say his shop at 45th and Wildwood was broken into recently, with the burglar(s) stealing four laptops belonging to customers. He adds, “As a one-man show, I service a large number of West Seattle residents and businesses. This break-in has come at a very bad time.” (We’ve followed up to ask if there are any identifying features that people might look for.)


iPHONE STOLEN? In the WSB Forums, there’s a post about an iPhone found in Arbor Heights, and the finder suspects it was stolen. Check it out here.

SIDE NOTE: SPD had another SeaStat crime-trends briefing this past week. Only one of the slides had Southwest Precinct info of note, sixth page in the slide deck, looking at robberies citywide – January/February in this area (West Seattle/South Park) was double what it was last year, 25 compared to 12. In the first week of March, though, the rate has dropped back down – two are on the map for the past week.

REMINDER: Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole returns to West Seattle on Wednesday to “continue the conversation” – details here.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglars take bicycle, computers"

  • Andrea March 7, 2015 (12:31 pm)

    Thanks, WSB for posting this so quickly! We just filed a report with SPD on our stolen Diamondback bike. Case no. 15-75525. Hopefully, someone is riding it around in this beautiful sunshine or has dumped it already. Thanks in advance for your help :) ~Andrea & Isaac

  • Bob March 7, 2015 (2:58 pm)

    Keep a close watch on craigslist, sometimes bikes show up the same day they are stolen.

  • Cami March 7, 2015 (4:44 pm)

    Michael! So sad to read this!

  • pom n March 11, 2015 (9:45 am)

    Check out Cascade Bike Club over on 62nd AVE NE in Seattle – http://www.cascade.org Its a bike club and there is a classified ad page on the website. It would be easy for them to try and sell it off the site because all members are cyclist and this is a good looking bike so it would get scooped up quickly.

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