West Seattle Crime Watch: Fingerprints lead to burglary charge; plus, 4 reader reports

Five reports tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch:

NEW CHARGES AGAINST TAYLOR CHURCH: We start with an update on 26-year-old Taylor Church, a repeat offender arrested 2 1/2 weeks ago for alleged prowling in South Delridge/Highland Park (photo at right). At the time, she was only being held in connection with previous cases. But this past Friday, court files reveal, she was charged with residential burglary, after fingerprint evidence from a break-in scene was matched to her. That burglary, court documents say, happened July 5th at a home in the 9000 block of 12th SW, where surveillance video captured Church breaking in through a window. The victim showed the video to police, and when they arrested Church the next day in connection with three attempted burglaries, an officer recognized her as the burglar seen in the video. That officer had lifted “possible latent print evidence” at the 12th SW house the previous day; last Thursday, an evidence technician notified investigators that evidence matched two of Church’s fingers, and a burglary charge was rush-filed the next day. As we reported July 12th, she is serving time for a trespass case, so there’s no bail set for her right now, but if she finishes that sentence, the bail that would currently kick in for the new burglary charge is listed as $10,000.

Now, four reader reports to mention:

STOLEN CAR: Manny e-mailed this weekend about the car stolen from him last Monday:

My car was stolen from the corner of 47th and SW Othello St. It is a 1995 red Honda Civic. WA plate # AYL1534.

Call 911 if you see it. (7:24 AM MONDAY UPDATE: Manny says it’s been found.)

CAR PROWL: From Monica:

Wanted to report that my vehicle was broken into outside of my home on the 3800 Block of Beach Dr SW, last night. Several items were stolen.

ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Katharine saw the aftermath of this one on Friday at 42nd and Hinds:

Car alarm went off. Volvo SUV with broken back side window, bicycle hanging out the side, back side door hanging open, broken glass on the street, blue plastic glove on the street. Looked like someone noticed the bike in the car, smashed the window, tried to grab the bike, looks like unsuccessfully.

SPEAKING OF BICYCLES … A neighbor says this one appears to have been abandoned near Gatewood Elementary:
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Let us know if you recognize it.

1 Reply to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Fingerprints lead to burglary charge; plus, 4 reader reports"

  • Nachobeaver July 25, 2016 (10:21 am)

    hopefully ms church stays inside for a bit…doubtfull🙄she has been a known burglar and prolific car theif in the highland park area for awhile now its getting old seeing her back on the streets

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