West Seattle Crime Watch: Loot to look for, and more

Four reader reports in tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch:

UPPER FAUNTLEROY BURGLARY: M & K report this from 41st and Thistle:

Basement windows broken to gain access to the outside entry basement. Bedroom window forced open to gain access to main area of the house, sometime between 10 am and 3 pm today.

Our house was ransacked, drawers emptied, jewelry, silverware and electronics stolen.

Neighbors described a man in his late 50’s walking back and forth behind our house along the 42nd street side while talking on a cell phone midday.

We are also speaking with neighbors who have security cameras for footage. If anyone reports seeing something, please contact us or SPD.

PRESCHOOL BURGLARY: Who steals from a preschool? Somebody, apparently: The Community School of West Seattle 22nd/Roxbury) was broken into overnight, according to a note sent to its families. We haven’t yet procured the report nor school permission to quote the note forwarded to us by a parent, so we hope to have more on this tomorrow.

CAR BREAK-IN, SPORTS GEAR STOLEN: Kristin is asking that you be on the lookout for what was stolen in this car prowl:

My daughter’s car was broken into parked on 27th Ave SW by Chief Sealth HS today between 1:15 pm and 3:10 pm. She is certain the doors were locked, but it’s an older car, and not difficult to get into with the right tools. Stolen from the trunk were a navy blue duffel bag with her volleyball gear (shoes, knee pads, spandex, etc) and a black backpack with softball gear (new glove, cleats, batting gloves, Under Armor, face mask, etc). I would assume these items have no street value, and may have been dumped somewhere in the surrounding neighborhood. If they are found, we would be happy to know and come retrieve. It’s already cost us almost $250 just to replace the necessities to get through this week’s high school softball games.

A report is filed with police.

PROWL ATTEMPT CAUGHT ON CAMERA: From a Sunrise Heights apartment garage, a would-be prowler caught on camera:

Here we have a prime example of ‪‎Prowlus Interruptus‬, a sub-species that clings to the bottom rungs of society and attempts survival by taking things that do not belong to them.

Thankfully, I came down into the garage just in time to scare them off. Police have been notified and a case is open. Please keep your eyes open for this white Jeep in the neighborhood.

We believe this was a targeted attempt to prowl one of our residents, but there was definitely some casing of the garage going on as well.

THANKS … for sharing the reports – our peninsula is one community and crime crosses neighborhood borders; a thief who strikes in Admiral could strike next in Arbor Heights … editor@westseattleblog.com or, if it’s happening now, text/call 206-293-6302 – once you’ve called 911, of course!

P.S. We covered tonight’s well-attended West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting and will have the story up around 10 if breaking news doesn’t interrupt.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Loot to look for, and more"

  • Eric March 23, 2016 (5:17 am)

    Same BS, different day. Well since it appears the police have the license plate of the would be prowler, maybe it would be nice to know if this person is local or if people are coming in from other parts of town to West Seattle to ” go shopping”.

    Though, I never heard a follow up about the Gatewood burglary that after the cops pathetic response time, they chased the people in the car before they called it off, but had pics of the guy, the car and the license plate number. So I’ll doubt they’ll follow up on this.

    I will definitely keep an eye out for this POS though.

    Also to the neighbors , if you see something say something. 

  • John March 23, 2016 (7:30 am)

    I live near 41st and Thistle.  Some time Sunday evening/Monday morning someone went through my  car.  All they took was around $4 in change from the cars ashtray.   The drivers seat was pushed forward so they can see if I had anything in the back.  I make sure I don’t leave anything of value in the car.  I don’t even lock the doors.  I don’t want a window broken.

  • LG March 23, 2016 (10:22 am)

    I treat my car like checked luggage on a flight. Don’t leave anything in it that I can’t live without!  Especially in Seattle. Sorry for their losses. 

  • k March 23, 2016 (10:44 am)

    I saw him too on 41st sw an Monroe…loitering around …. carrying a red and black backpack, looked at my car a bit too hard as he went by (glanced at it, then went back and looked in the back window) I tapped on my house window but he didn’t hear and walked away….caught the bus going north on 41st ave sw.  Seemed to be casing the neighborhood in general…but was gone before I could call the police…

    • CJ March 23, 2016 (9:46 pm)

      I think the best thing to do is to take a picture of suspicious characters/cars with your phone. I do the same when I see suspicious vehicles. If something happens it’s more reliable than memory (mine at least). Seems that police are more interested in blocking intersections for strange people in trees and clogging traffic than patrolling our neighborhoods. I live in the area of the break-in and can’t remember ever seeing squad cars driving down the side streets. 

  • LC March 23, 2016 (1:50 pm)

    Would be great if I could read these posts without having to pause the news ticker first. Forget every time and end up having to go back to the top to click the pause button – annoying!!

    Is there a non-emergency number for the police we can call of we see a suspicious person rambling through our neighborhood or do we just call 911?

    • WSB March 23, 2016 (1:58 pm)

      LC, I tried e-mailing you info about that last time you brought it up, via the e-mail address that accompanies your comments. It bounced, saying the address doesn’t exist. If you e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com, I’d be happy to send what I tried to send. Meantime, suspicious behavior can be called into 911, police say all the time, but please be clear about why it’s suspicious. – TR

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