West Seattle Crime Watch: Another scam; Westwood arrest; more car prowls

In today’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup:

RETURN OF THE ‘CITY LIGHT’ SCAM: Overnight, we published Barb‘s report of “the grandparent scam” targeting a relative. Now, we have word the “City Light scam” is out there again. Dave Montoure at West 5 in The Junction e-mailed to say, “They’re at it again. Just called West 5 and said they were sending out a truck to cut power because of unpaid bills. … If your readers would like to call and say hello, they left the number 866-978-6981.” We’ve reported on this scam before – and City Light even has its own scam-alert page now.

WESTWOOD ARREST EXPLAINED: SPD Blotter has published the saga of an arrest that got some attention early Wednesday evening. At the time, a few people texted us about police activity at Roxhill Park; we went over, circled the park, saw nothing, figured it was one of those short-lived calls. Turns out it had started over at the Westwood Village McDonald’s; officers spotted a stolen car, boxed it in, then wound up chasing – on foot – the occupant, who shed his shirt and shoes along the way. As SPD’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee tells the story, they caught him and recovered not only the car but also the gun which, as a convicted felon, the suspect shouldn’t have had.

CAR PROWLS: Today’s reports start with this from Misha:

We live near Ercolini Park. We had a club on our car, but they jimmied the passenger door and rifled through the glove compartment. Nothing appears to have been taken — we still have our CDs and car seats–and we did file a police report online.

From Susan, in the same area:

Someone went through our car last night. Stole some prescription sunglasses and went through all the junk in the glove box.

And in Sunrise Heights, a car-prowl attempt is part of what an apartment resident near 35th/Holden warned neighbors about in this note subsequently shared with us too:

I witnessed an older model Red Chevy Blazer with two occupants (male driver and female passenger) circling around the Chevron and also witnessed the male driver trying to break into a car parked on the north side of the Chevron.

After a failed attempt by the male driver to gain access to the car, the Blazer backed up and drove very slowly NB through the alley ( headlights off ) I suspect casing the area, this alley has many garages and fences that face the alley along with access to homes’ backyards.

They proceeded through the alley, stopping approx. 100 feet from Webster at which time … it appeared that the driver got out and was looking around. I called 911 and gave the best possible description of said vehicle and was told an area check would be conducted and then came back inside my apt.

Keep an eye out for this vehicle if you see it and one VERY distinctive note about this vehicle…..It has a VERY LOUD engine ( low rumble/idle ).

P.S. SPD’s latest every-two-weeks SeaStat trends briefing is now online. No Southwest Precinct breakouts this time, but if you’re interested in what else is going on around the city, have a look.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Another scam; Westwood arrest; more car prowls"

  • marty April 30, 2015 (2:35 pm)

    Sounds like the Westwood dirtbag might get to serve a little time!

  • mrsMarty April 30, 2015 (4:53 pm)

    I know that criminals aren’t the smartest people in the world and I understand why he took off his shirt so he’d be harder to recgonize him but REALLY his shoes…how far would he get running in his bare feet?!!! LOL!!!

  • Eric April 30, 2015 (5:45 pm)

    Yeah, probably very little time

  • Dave April 30, 2015 (6:05 pm)

    Interesting comment about prescription glasses. Our street; forest ct sw, was hit back in mid-March. Guy took the same. Also did not take money (change) or CDs. He only went through glovebox. This is an ID thief. I caught him on security cam, but too low res at night for positive ID. I was able to tell he was about 5-10, light skinned, smoked, wore jeans and white sneakers. Had a dark jacket and gloves and wore a shoulder bag for his loot. Gave video and stills to cops. He also appeared to drive a white accord style vehicle with a sunroof which he parked temporarily while he tried door handles. I have much better cameras now. Come on back sucker!

  • Amanda April 30, 2015 (8:03 pm)

    one of our cars was also broken into through the trunk this morning between 4:30 – 8 am in our driveway. They stole a check book, iPod and change from the glovebox. I remember seeing this red Chevy blazer a couple of summers ago with a couple of people walking door to door looking through windows/seeing who was home. At the time the people driving the car were two young African American women with red hair/cornrows. We live near pathfinder school on genesee. (Close to Ercholini park).

  • Heather April 30, 2015 (9:56 pm)

    Someone tried to break into my home today at 17th and Coverdale. They damaged my door which is metal. I am thankful I have a German Shepherd who scared them off. It happened while I was at work. Seems no one in neighborhood saw or heard anything. I’ve taken photo’s of damage for my landlord. But this is very unnerving. Please keep your eyes open. This is the second time they have tried this year.

  • Carol Wagener May 1, 2015 (8:14 am)

    That red Chevy Blazer was driving down our alley (5200 block of 35th Ave. SW) around 6:30 AM on Thursday morning! I saw the male driver, but could not see the passenger from my viewpoint. I heard it first …. you’re right, very distinctive low rumbling sound… but I watched them as far as I was able because as slow as they were going and looking around I knew they were up to no good!

  • mrsMarty May 1, 2015 (5:40 pm)

    Criminals aren’t the smartest people in the world but REALLY how far did he think was going to get by kicking off his shoes?!

  • nick May 1, 2015 (6:52 pm)

    The red chevy blazer tag is ATK—-. It is the Jimmy size smaller body from the mid 90’s. Just saw it pull up at 7914 14Th ave sw. Male driver, female passenger, picked up a second female from that address. I see that blazer around here a lot.

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