West Seattle Crime Watch: Two more car break-ins

Two car break-ins in this West Seattle Crime Watch report:

IN HIGHLAND PARK … That break-in happened in an instant while a parent was at Ages In Stages Child Care in the 8600 block of 9th SW last week picking up her child. We’d been hoping for a closer look at the thief, from the surveillance camera, but apparently this is all they have, so we’re showing it at least as a reminder that this can happen so fast. The victim’s husband says, “The guy broke the window and took off with a phone and a purse within seconds. Looks like he knew exactly what he was doing . . targeting drop-off cars at the daycare . . and he was very quick. I’ve actually been able to track down a few purchases that they made with my wife’s stolen card. I contacted the store managers, and they may have video . . I’m still tracking that down.”

IN HIGH POINT … The photo and report are from Drew on High Point Drive:

My wife’s car was broken into via the passenger window; looks like they basically just wedged the window down to unlock the car. Didn’t take much more than an iPhone charger and some sunglasses, which is good considering the sound system was left intact.

From the SPD reports map, here’s where car prowls were reported in the past week:

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Two more car break-ins"

  • aa September 3, 2015 (11:46 am)

    It happened to me a few weeks ago at a local p-patch. Daylight, cars, people all around. I have been in denial way too long, the days are over where there is any amount of time ,or neighborhood, where it is safe to leave things in your car for just a quick stop.

  • maplesyrup September 3, 2015 (11:56 am)

    Not blaming the victim here but these days you can’t EVER leave a purse, phone, or other valuable item visible in a locked car in Seattle. Even if you think it’s just for a minute or two.

    A similar thing happened to my wife many years ago, in front of a daycare in a good neighborhood, and obviously things aren’t going to get better.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man September 3, 2015 (12:00 pm)

    Infuriating to watch that punk ply his craft. Sorry for your loss and frustration. Tweakers gotta tweak…

  • schwaggy September 3, 2015 (1:51 pm)

    The pattern around Genesee / Avalon has gotta be the same punk a$$ I chased off my property a couple of weeks ago when our block was hit multiple nights.
    40th & Oregon

  • Neighbor September 3, 2015 (3:01 pm)

    Do you have to track down the criminal yourself these days? Then what happens when you get video of his/her face? Do the police do anything with it?

  • Maggie September 3, 2015 (6:34 pm)

    What Maplesyrup said – leave NOTHING visible! Even for just a minute! Leave it at home, take it with you, or lock it in the trunk. You might know it’s just a bag full of sweaty gym clothes, but the criminal doesn’t!

  • m September 3, 2015 (8:19 pm)

    My mom’s neighbor’s car was broken into this week in the 3200 block of 39th. They just got from vacation and perhaps they left things in the car.

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