Six recent reader reports in this round of West Seattle Crime Watch. First, if you heard any of Friday night’s loud “booms,” here’s the result of one:
MAILBOX BLOWN UP: When we got a text asking about an explosion heard in Seaview Friday night, we had just heard the same thing at HQ east of Lincoln Park. Sounded like the typical summertime illegal “firework” explosive. Saturday morning, our tipster went out and found the remains of a mailbox along 45th SW and sent the photo.
Ahead, two more vandalism reports, a package thief and shoplifter caught on camera, and a case of suspected casing:
CARS VANDALIZED WITH PAINT: Earlier this week, someone painted “666” on Laura‘s two cars near Yancy and 26th, near the West Seattle Corporate Center parking lot – one, black paint on a white car; the other (above) silver paint on a silver car. She has reported it to police but didn’t have time to look around and see if it had happened to anyone else in the area.
EGG VANDALISM: Ron says it happened on 37th SW in Gatewood:
We awoke (Thursday) morning to egg on our car and found that many cars suffered the same fate. We found several cars from Myrtle to Morgan with egg on them. Hopefully someone saw something. I would like these idiots to get caught. Luckily for us the impact was on the taillight and no damage was done to our car but others did not fare so well.
PACKAGE THIEF CAUGHT ON CAM: From a resident in the 6700 block of 21st SW:
I submitted an online report to SPD. I know it’s unlikely that I’ll recover my property or that I’ll encounter the thief in the future, but if other folks in the area were hit by the same individual that day, the info is worth sharing.
SHOPLIFTER CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Last time The Beer Junction shared images of a shoplifter caught on surveillance video, a suspect eventually was caught. They’re looking for tips in another case:
The (shoplifter) entered our store at 6:45 PM on Thursday July 2, 2015. He briefly looked around, grabbed a bottle of Lagunitas High Westified Imperial Stout, and quickly left. He was in the store for less than 30 seconds.
If you have any information for police, the case number is 15-231714.
CASING? This happened last weekend near Gatewood Elementary:
Around noon, I was arriving home from brunch with my Dad and sister and there was a car/man waiting outside my house. I asked the man if I could help him and he said he was there by to buy some speakers. Well, we don’t have any speakers, let alone speakers for sale. When I told him he had the wrong house, he said “Isn’t this (insert my address).” I thought this was strange, but thought maybe someone on craigslist was selling speakers and had accidentally given him my address.
(Then) around 10:15 pm there was a car idling outside our house for a long time. I looked out as I was closing the blinds and a man in the car gestured at me. I closed the blinds and next time I checked he was gone. The neighbors dog continued to bark for the next 30 minutes. My husband and I decided to call the non-emergency police line since there were two strange incidents today. The operator I spoke to said it sounds like someone could be casing the neighborhood. She assured us that she would send officers out to patrol the neighborhood. She advised to call 911 if you notice any suspicious behavior like (that).
P.S. Remember the ongoing series of “focus groups” that research assistant Jennifer Burbridge is conducting on behalf of the Southwest Precinct. They’re a low-pressure, potentially high-impact way for you to share your neighborhood-specific thoughts on crime and policing concerns in your area. See the list of upcoming dates and times here.
P.P.S. Signed up for Night Out yet? It’s just nine days away!