West Seattle Crime Watch: Restaurateurs’ truck stolen; car prowl; purse found…

We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with a business-vehicle theft from just south of WS:

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CRAWFISH HOUSE PROPRIETORS’ TRUCK: We’ve reported this on partner site White Center Now but since the restaurant is just blocks south of West Seattle, the truck could turn up here too. The proprietors of Crawfish House at 9826 16th SW reported via Facebook that their truck was stolen from the alley behind their restaurant late last night:

It’s a 2005 TOYOTA TUNDRA ACCESS CAB SR5. The license plate is B90959S. It’s a dark blue but a little lighter than navy blue truck. It’s our only transportation for the restaurant.

If you see it, call 911.


My can was broken into around 3 am this morning. I was woken up to a noise and then the sound of a car speeding off. As far as I can tell, all that was taken was my gym bag. … My car was parked on 39th between Forest and Lander.

We’re checking with Callie for a description of the bag; (added) here it is- “It was a light blue/grey lulu lemon gym bag with a rose gold zipper. It had a pair of shoes, a white blouse, and navy women’s work pants in it. It looks very similar to this bag, but a different color they no longer carry.” (back to original report) If you see one discarded somewhere, do report it – as did the next reader:


Saw this purse this morning on Lander behind Admiral Mail building in alley. Someone may be looking for it.

We always recommend that if you find something like this (or an abandoned bicycle, etc.), contact police as well as us – it might be evidence of a crime; if SPD picks it up, people can still get it back by contacting them (or they might contact you if it was reported as stolen in the first place and is traceable).

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Restaurateurs' truck stolen; car prowl; purse found..."

  • Julia August 26, 2015 (3:04 pm)

    I called the non-emergency police number a while ago because of a duffel bag and misc. stuff left in our alley. The officer who came glanced at it from 50 feet away and said, “That’s just trash, I can tell.” There was nothing extremely valuable so we ended up throwing it in the garbage, but I didn’t appreciate his attitude. He certainly wasn’t looking for “evidence of a crime.”

    • WSB August 26, 2015 (3:08 pm)

      Sorry to hear that. I would still make the same recommendation. And also, if you think police behave improperly or discourteously, here’s how to find a complaint, including “online anonymously” – http://www.seattle.gov/opa/file-a-police-complaint – TR

  • Alan August 26, 2015 (5:31 pm)

    Julia, you just got a bad officer. I have found what is arguably garbage in the past and the officers have still been very good about taking it in. Without looking through the duffel bag, there was no way for him to tell it was garbage. I would encourage you to report him. We have a lot of great people in the South Precinct, but this guy needs some remediation.

  • Happy Wed August 26, 2015 (9:12 pm)

    Julia you could file a complaint anonymously but they could likely find out who you are if you describe the situation in your complaint and if you gave your name to dispatch or the officer. He should be reported but I’d proceed cautiously. SPD was in the news a ton recently but I remember a guy who filed a complaint and the officers came after him in retaliation, which is ofcourse illegal. Charges were eventually dropped but does anyone want to be tied up in the system for months or maybe years hoping for justice?

  • Happy Wed August 26, 2015 (9:22 pm)

    In case you are new to the area, Google SPD retaliation, use of force, DOJ Consent Decree, etc. you’ll find a lot of eye opening things.

  • Alan August 27, 2015 (7:53 am)

    @Happy Wed – There are bullies out there. If you let them get away with it, they will stay. I choose not to be bullied.

  • 617PSC September 7, 2015 (9:01 pm)

    SPD receives a non-emergency citizens call of possible stolen property. Officer is dispatched and officer responds. Officer identifies pile from 15 yards as trash. End result, complainants acknowledge it is indeed trash and toss it out. Unbelievable, what…no Detectives, Task Force, or Forensics team to confirm?Stay safe, Folks. Head on swivel. ~ATW

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