(Robbery report updated 4:40 pm with suspect being taken into custody)
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports this afternoon:
(Photo from Scott)
SEARCHING FOR A ROBBER – UPDATE – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: (Original report, 2:16 pm) Thanks to the tipsters who texted about a police search that’s continuing right now in the California and Spokane area. SPD media relations confirms they’re looking for someone in connection with a street robbery. They don’t have details yet on the exact circumstances of the robbery, not even whether a weapon was involved, but we do have this description of the robber: White man, mid-20s, scruffy beard, black hat with white “insignia,” gray T-shirt, dark zip-up vest, dark pants, dark shoes. If you have any information, please call 911. We’ll update this with anything more we find out – we have a crew on the way to try to get more information. (2:56 pm – No other details so far.) …
3:55 PM UPDATE: A suspect has been located and is in custody – more details to come.
4:40 PM UPDATE: Just back from the arrest scene – the West Seattle PCC (WSB sponsor). The suspect was being cuffed in the parking lot as we arrived:
(WSB photo by Tracy Record)
What we’d heard on the scanner preceding this – A photo of the suspect, apparently from a surveillance camera, had been circulated. One officer spotted him in the PCC/WSHS vicinity. He went into the store. Police converged. They found him in a bathroom. We’re still working to find out more details of the original incident itself, and will also be checking on the suspect’s status.
(back to original report) Meantime, the robbery call came in just as we had finished writing a separate Crime Watch report about a burglary early today – so read on for that:
BACKYARD BURGLARY: A local resident is still wondering, why did someone steal HER patio furniture, in the middle of the night?
Just reporting a burglary of patio furniture. I received my new furniture last week and had it mostly assembled. The delivery guy dropped it off on my back patio so no one saw it being delivered. I live on 41st and Fauntleroy. I haven’t had any people over or posted pictures of my furniture so it’s no one I know. My neighbor saw a couple of guys in a silver truck with a canopy loading my patio furniture into their truck. He was half asleep so didn’t think about it. It happened around 2 am. They stole a few other things from the yard, and cut my garden hose up and removed the latch from my gate. Also they tore off my hot tub cover. Overall about $1,400 in damage. Weird because I’ve lived there for 6 years and never had a problem.
We followed up with the victim to ask if there was something distinctive about her furniture; no, she said, just basic wicker patio furniture with big cushions.