In West Seattle Crime Watch, an incident early today and several from reports we’ve recently obtained:
CAR BREAK-IN THIS MORNING: Early today, a car was broken into in the 3800 block of Beach Drive SW, its side and rear windows smashed, and, writes Mary, “a very important work suitcase was stolen. The alarm went off & we saw a white car take off driving.”
That’s not the only recent car prowl in the Beach Drive area. While we didn’t get reader reports on these, we found two more in recently obtained police reports, which are followed by summaries of reports related to other West Seattle incidents of note:
CARDS STOLEN FROM CAR IN 5600 BLOCK BEACH DRIVE: And used fraudulently, quickly, after the theft in mid-February, over the span of four hours, at a supermarket and three gas stations. The victim hadn’t even had the time to cancel the cards yet.
SPORTS EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CAR: At Beach Drive and Canada, a bag containing baseball equipment was taken by
LINCOLN PARK ROBBERY ATTEMPT: This happened around 10 pm Saturday, February 21st, but it took a while to get the narrative. The victim told police he was walking “near the swing set at the south end of Lincoln Park,” noticed “a group of about 20 young adults” nearby, and just after passing them, was accosted by one male who demanded that he empty your pockets, adding something that sounded to the victim like “Or I’ll shoot or stab you.” The victim kept walking, and then started running, pursued by the suspect and three other males, who tried to knock him down; the victim intentionally fell, then picked himself up and ran into the water. They stopped chasing him. He swam south a ways, then got out of the water, went to the ferry terminal, and called 911. Police went into the park to look for the suspects and found no one, though they did note a lot of beer cans in the area.
7-11 SHOPLIFT-TURNED-ROBBERY: Just before 7 am on Sunday, February 22nd, police were called to the South Delridge 7-11, where they were told a man had tried to buy a pack of cigarettes but his card was declined. He got mad, jumped over the counter, struggled with the clerk and kicked him in the shin, scooped up 10 packs of cigarettes and ran. Police did not find the robber, described as black, in his 30s or 40s, 6 feet tall, average build, wearing a black beanie, black jacket, and black pants.
BURGLARS STEAL JEWELRY BOXES: If you have a safe, might be a good place to keep your jewelry box – as police have warned recently, that’s what burglars seem to hone in on immediately. Jewelry boxes comprised the majority of what was taken in recent burglaries reported from the 7500 block of 32nd SW and the 9600 block of 41st SW.
BAG LEFT IN CAR, STOLEN: In mid-February, a car parked in the alley along 45th SW in Fauntleroy was broken into and a bag stolen. The owner told police it contained $1,000 worth of survival gear as well as some ID paperwork and a concealed pistol license. The thief or thieves broke the window out. Nearby cars appeared to have been cased but not broken into.
PURSE LEFT IN CAR, STOLEN: A purse was stolen from a car at the 35th/Morgan car wash, also in mid-February.
SMOKE BREAK DURING CAR PROWL: In North Admiral on the morning of Valentine’s Day, a vehicle owner told police, “My 2012 Nissan parked in my driveway at the corner of 45th Avenue SW and SW Mass. Ave, was ran sacked last evening and it was locked. I leave nothing in the car of any value. Thieves got $2.00 in change. The prowler was a smoker and left a butt in the car.”
GROCERY BAGS TEMPTING THIEVES? One morning in mid-February, a car prowl was reported in the main Lincoln Park parking lot. The only things visible in the car, according to its owner, were grocery bags. They apparently were tempting enough for car prowler(s) to smash the rear window and go through them.
WE HOPE NOTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS TO YOU … but if it does, once you’ve notified police, please consider letting us know so we can share the info with your neighbors around West Seattle. Reader-report info comes in much quicker than police reports, which might not be available for days if not weeks, as evidenced above. firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!