West Seattle Crime Watch: Prowler on video; the ‘theft’ that wasn’t

Two reader reports, the first one with video, the second one with gratitude:

(UPDATED VIDEO – same footage but better quality, provided by the burglary victims on Saturday)

The Admiral resident who shared the clip reports:

I wanted to let you know that we had a “hot prowl” early (Wednesday) morning in our house in the Admiral District. At about 3:30, my wife awoke seeing someone in our hallway. She was half-awake, but when she quickly realized it wasn’t me she shook me awake and started screaming. He took off down the hallway and jumped out of the same window that he apparently entered the house. The screen had been removed and it is the one window that doesn’t completely lock, (we will be fixing that today!). We saw that there was someone headed up the Hinds Street hill, west of our house. We called the police, who came pretty quickly and did a check of the area.

Our security cameras caught footage of the man, an African-American man in his 20’s, about 6’ tall, with tight corn rows, and was wearing grey sweats, sweatshirt, and high tops.

Recognize him? Burglary detectives would be interested.

Our second report is “the theft that wasn’t” – from a reader who did want to express appreciation for the person who did a kind deed:

I had a recent incident that I wanted to share. I had been expecting a package being delivered to my house. When it didn’t show up, even though the tracking info said it was delivered, I immediately assumed that it was stolen by those pesky package thieves. So I frantically called FedEx to see what they could do about it, if anything.

After verifying all of my info they told me that the package was accidentally delivered to someone else’s house and the person who received it contacted FedEx to get the package back to its rightful owner. As soon as I heard those words I felt guilty for assuming the worst and instead was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude for that Good Samaritan. I wish I knew who they were so I could repay them. I am grateful that they did the right thing by returning it to FedEx.This incident is definitely a reminder that good things do happen and good people do exist.

Thank you, Good Samaritan!!

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Prowler on video; the 'theft' that wasn't"

  • Seattlite May 6, 2016 (1:58 am)

    How scary for you.  Your cameras got a clear look at this criminal.  Stay safe.

  • Brenda May 6, 2016 (5:53 am)

    I am so sorry for you that Dirtbag needs to be caught. 

  • Lola May 6, 2016 (6:33 am)

    My in-laws live up near Atlantic street.  Their next door neighbor went to leave for work at 4:00 am and noticed someone was out in their backyard.  They called the cops and they picked up the guy.  Not sure why there is lot’s going on in the Admiral Dist. lately.

  • Shawn May 6, 2016 (8:31 am)

    The package delivery to the wrong address is getting pretty common. It happened to me twice this last December, both times from UPS. One of the times the UPS agent I spoke with to request it be picked up and delivered to the proper address actually asked me to take to to the correct address myself. Sorry, but no. I don’t work for UPS and I for sure won’t be “caught” with someone else’s box so I can be suspected of stealing it.

  • WSGirl May 6, 2016 (9:16 am)

    That is SO scary. Get a pooch! I’m always initially irritated when my dog barks when people are outside, but really, I’m thankful he does!

  • Chuck May 6, 2016 (9:50 am)

    That is truly terrifying. I am so glad you are safe, and that he retreated when discovered. And this is not directed at you guys, but it seems clear that cameras aren’t that much of a deterrent. Someone on drugs or who just doesn’t care is going to do what they are going to do. I only hope your footage gives the police just the tip they need to get this creep, and fast. 

  • gburke May 6, 2016 (10:46 am)

    Wow, great job getting them on camera!

    1. What type of camera system setup do you have?  I think I would like to get as comprehensive of a one as that.  Scary to think we need them.

    2. What block of Hinds did this happen?  Curious like the other poster of why this is happening more and more in the admiral district.

  • Julia May 6, 2016 (11:27 am)

    Not to be promoting Amazon, but I find their drop-boxes, which are located all over now, to be pretty convenient and keep from having packages stolen from my porch.

  • Double Dub Resident May 6, 2016 (2:34 pm)

    That person is going to break into the wrong house one day

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