Attempted car theft, mail theft, burglary, all in this roundup of West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports, ahead:
TOUGH MONTH FOR ONE BLOCK IN WESTWOOD: From Rachel, who lives on the same block where a home-invasion robbery happened last week:
Just wanted to let you know my car was broken into and they attempted to steal it. Luckily they didn’t steal it and I never have anything of value in the car. I usually lock it, but may have forgotten to. There was no sign of forced entry. The police came out and took an old CD case that he thought may have a fingerprint. The thief also left behind a “tool” that the police are hoping may have fingerprints. Unfortunately they pulled apart the steering column and now the car won’t start.
We also had our locked mailbox broken into, and there were other opened mailboxes down the street. Again, there was nothing in there, but now we need to try and get a mailbox that is more secure than just the regular lock.
Someone else on her block, she says, was hit by an attempted burglary the same day as the home invasion – and didn’t figure it out until a repair crew showed up to help fix her home security system.
NOT FAR AWAY: We also have heard separately from a resident a few blocks south who has found stolen mail in her apartment building. First time she found mail “opened and tossed in the hallway,” she called police who came to retrieve it; second time, she says, she was referred to the post office and the apartments’ manager. Today, she’s made a third find, she says, and credit cards had been removed from the mail; she contacted the card companies, who pointed her to the police, who again referred her to the post office and building manager. (She says there are problem tenants who are possible suspects.) She says they’ve saved the names of the people whose mail they found – so be sure, if you’re missing mail, to follow up with USPS.
ALKI BURGLARY: A burglary victim on Alki wants to alert area residents to the getaway car that was seen leaving the scene of the break-in – a 4-door maroon Mazda 929, Washington plates beginning with ATZ, “most likely ’90s,” with at least four occupants, one of whom was car-surfing – white, male, 17-20 years old, long black hair. He and the two other males and one female had tried to kick in the back door of his house until a neighbor scared them away.