VIDEO: Package-taker in for a surprise. Plus, 2 other West Seattle Crime Watch reports

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight, starting with video of a package-taker who reportedly was in for a surprise:

‘LITTER BOX’ PACKAGE TAKEN: Megan says her surveillance-camera video shows a woman taking a box from her porch in Greenbridge (near 8th/Roxbury), with a surprise inside: Used kitty litter. The bait box was taken just after noon today, according to Megan, who says neighbors report seeing this woman in the area before.

Two more Crime Watch reports to share tonight:

BIKE STOLEN: Josh reports a black Trek 830 Mountain Track mountain bike with red shocks on the front was stolen from under the deck/carport at his home on a dead-end street near Lincoln Park. He initially noticed because “one of the motion sensor lights was out. It was unscrewed, which made me believe someone was trying to get to our cars.” The cars were fine, he reports, but the bike was gone.

CAR PROWL: After our long list of car prowls in Crime Watch here last night, Steve wanted to make sure the one that happened to him two weeks ago was on the record here too (it’s long since been reported to police): “Night of Jan. 25 into morning of Tues., Jan. 26, perps smashed out passenger-side front window of my Audi and took my 64-gig iPad mini and didn’t touch anything else.” This happened in the 10000 block of California SW in Arbor Heights.

CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL NEXT WEEK: Just another reminder that you can talk with police, and hear their updates on local crime trends, during the next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm Tuesday (February 16th) at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

40 Replies to "VIDEO: Package-taker in for a surprise. Plus, 2 other West Seattle Crime Watch reports"

  • JanS February 11, 2016 (9:23 pm)

    two  thumbs up for the bait box :D

  • Ducky February 11, 2016 (9:24 pm)

    I also live on a dead end street near Lincoln Park and our household had a bike stolen from the side porch at some point on Monday night (February 8th). FWIW, blue Specialized Hardrock mountain bike, rigid (non-suspension) fork, semi-smooth tires, rear rack. 

  • BettytheYeti February 11, 2016 (9:51 pm)

    Kitty Litter Caper, ditto the thumbs up!  Anyone know the thief, not mincing words here.  Good photo there.

  • jim February 11, 2016 (9:55 pm)

    To bad their wasn’t a jack-in-the-box device to spread it all over her and wherever she opened it.

  • WSince86 February 11, 2016 (9:58 pm)

    Good job, Megan.  Cheers to you for doing what a lot of us have wanted to do for a long time. 

  • dsa February 11, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Nice video, I hope someone recognizes her that can offer assistance.

  • Militant_Moderate February 12, 2016 (4:09 am)

    Superman…Spiderman…Batman…meh.  My favorite superhero is Megan!

  • Smitty February 12, 2016 (6:21 am)

    Awesome.  Hopefully you put a note inside.  Surprise, you’re on candid camera – and soon the West Seattle blog”.

    • Megan February 12, 2016 (2:52 pm)

      I did leave a little note inside that said “Smile, You’re On Camera” :) haha

  • smokeycretin9 February 12, 2016 (7:23 am)

    Hands down…. the best.  Awesome job.

    We all need to start doing this with the same note inside,so they will be afraid to return.

    My kitty poops a lot.  This will be fun.

  • colleen February 12, 2016 (7:34 am)

    I have a fair amount of used cat litter I would be happy to donate to anyone who wants to repeat this. Megan rocks.

  • Kravitz February 12, 2016 (7:35 am)

    Surprise! I hope the contents ended up in her lap and all over her car. I also hope she’s identified by this video and all of the people that are watching. I can’t even believe how damned entitled people have become, to resort to such petty crimes of opportunity. WORK HARD for the things you want instead of TAKING from others. Makes me sick.

  • HelperMonkey February 12, 2016 (8:31 am)

    Fabulous job with the box of “Kitty Roca”, Megan! 

  • Kimbee2 February 12, 2016 (8:58 am)

    “Two Thumbs Up!” – everyone

  • Jeanne February 12, 2016 (9:02 am)

    Why not put a tracking device on the bait box?

    • Matt S. February 12, 2016 (11:30 am)

      This is a great idea, if there’s a cheap, reliable GPS widget available for this purpose.

    • Megan February 12, 2016 (2:54 pm)

      I sincerely thought of this, however that would have been dashed pretty quickly as it turns out she only made it as far as the stairs by our neighborhood entering Roxbury before she couldn’t contain herself and opened the package…needless to say, she didn’t take it home with her.

      • Matt S. February 13, 2016 (10:10 am)

        Noooo! Up until this point I’d been hoping that she got home, took a long shower, and curled up in bed to crack open her plunder. Oh well. 

  • Mary S February 12, 2016 (9:04 am)

    Oh, this is sweet, sweet, beautiful karma. Now it’s giving me ideas — I have two large dogs….

  • furiouskitty February 12, 2016 (9:21 am)

    Megan rules!

  • miws February 12, 2016 (9:24 am)

    Helpermonkey, My first thought was “Enjoy your Kitty Roca!” ^_^ Mike

  • JeffK February 12, 2016 (9:29 am)

    Nice, even HD video!

    Is there a case number?  If there is I’ll call the police if I ever see her.

    Please just don’t do this as a prank.  Your litter was stolen after all.

  • Magpie February 12, 2016 (9:51 am)

    Yeah, she will be identified and then will sue Megan for messing up her pretty car. Hopefully the perp believes in Karma and will stop. 

  • Megan February 12, 2016 (9:52 am)

    Hey guys!  Thanks for the support!  I did in fact file a report with the sheriff’s office because this isn’t the first time we’ve had items stolen off of our front porch, and there are a lot of instances of theft in our neighborhood unfortunately.

    The case # is: C16700385 if anyone sees her and wants to report anything!!

  • Kayo February 12, 2016 (10:02 am)

    So great!  Way to go Megan!

  • Eric February 12, 2016 (10:21 am)

    The girl stealing the package is a POS for sure. No doubt about it. The sense of entitlement is pathetic. I hope that cat poop spilled all over her. But to play devil’s advocate here and I’ve said this before, I’d be careful about doing this, because who knows who’s gonna steal that package? It could be even a bigger POS, who may get so angry that they come back and commit an even bigger crime like vandalism, or even become violent.  

  • aRF February 12, 2016 (10:46 am)

    Alternatively, package some self-help books. Career advice or ethics would be good.

  • MarcusB February 12, 2016 (11:03 am)

    Love, love, love this! If enough people do this, package thieves may stop stealing packages. “Ya never know what you’re gonna get.” Plus, I think kitty poo smells the worst. Dog poo a close second though.

  • wingme February 12, 2016 (11:07 am)

    I recognize her big time.  We live on the dead end block of Roxbury, just east of 4th.  She’s around all the time, on foot, usually a big back pack.  Since she’s been around several of us have had our mail stolen and ditched in yards, cars pilfered through, stuff stolen off porches.  This Wednesday we came home at 4pm and house had been totally ransacked.  Someone knows our exact schedule and spent a long time in the house.  Lots of stuff missing, but only what you could carry out in bags.  Can’t prove it’s her, but who else would steal women’s shoes off my porch, the same night someone rummaged thru my truck,  forget them near the truck and then return a few nights later and steal them off the porch again?

    • Megan February 12, 2016 (2:29 pm)

      If you know where she goes and she’s been stealing from you, please feel free to add to our police report or file your own!

  • Matt S. February 12, 2016 (11:27 am)

    Ditto everybody else: Megan is my hero.

  • Chuck February 12, 2016 (1:34 pm)

    @MarcusB: So, you’re saying dog poop is a close #2? Sorry, couldn’t resist. As for the perp, my guess is that blending in while in broad daylight is her calling card. Nothing special about her, but clean and presentable enough that she gets the benefit of the doubt as she moves about her targeted neighborhoods. I hope she is caught, named, shamed and sentenced. Kudos to Megan!

  • GlynB February 12, 2016 (3:42 pm)

    Pretty damn awesome! Go Megan!

  • ltfd February 12, 2016 (3:43 pm)

    Bear spray :-)

  • mrsMarty February 12, 2016 (4:00 pm)

    Good job Megan!!!

    Too bad you couldn’t put one of those dye packs (are those really real?) that you see on TV bank robberies that explode and spray red dye all over the person!?!?!?

  • Mike February 12, 2016 (4:07 pm)

    Ink bombs would be great.

  • Teresa February 13, 2016 (7:38 pm)

    Tumeric powder is very stainy-stainy and can be easily detected. 

    Be aware of the Yellow Handed
    Lady.
      Call 9-1-1 if you see her.

    This lady is probably supporting an unhealthy habit and
    needs some serious help (and adult time out) while she receives guidance to
    reset her priorities.  And, well… she
    may also like Tumeric, so sprinking a little inside and out might be nice for
    all involved.  It smells nice… It would
    be a bonus to what she’s already going to steal… and then when she walks
    around with yellow stained skin and clothes, someone might take more notice of
    her…

    Be Aware of the Yellow Handed Lady.  

  • Steve February 13, 2016 (10:09 pm)

    If she doesn’t learn her lesson then bring out the big guns and package that fruit cake everyone keeps re-sending every Christmas. That will teach her for sure!

  • Teresa February 14, 2016 (1:42 pm)

    Now just hold on! Fruit-Cake is a little extreme.  We don’t want her killed with the dried, dyed, preserved mystery fruits!  Put the Fruit-Cake down everyone and count to ten.  It’s not worth it to go to this extreme!

  • cw February 16, 2016 (8:39 am)

    This “woman” is seen coming in and out of the woods near Westcrest Park quite often.  We believe the person to be a cross-dressing male as my neighbors have seen “her” donning various looks – male, female, wig, no wig, etc.  My neighbor has video showing the person going up to the door of the house across the street looking around, and once crawling over someone’s privacy fence on 3rd Ave SW.  I’ll mention the ideas about baiting packages.  

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