CRIME WATCH: Abandoned scooter; locker-room theft; break-in attempt; stolen furniture

Four reader reports tonight:

RECOGNIZE THIS SCOOTER? Abandoned vehicles of all types usually turn out to be stolen, so we’re featuring this here. From Charlie:

On Thursday evening, someone parked a silver Piaggio (Vespa-style) motorbike in the street out in front of our home near Morgan Junction. I have checked with neighbors and our Neighborhood Watch families to see if anyone living nearby belonged to the vehicle, to no avail. It seems to have been abandoned or ditched and I have filed an abandoned vehicle report with SPD. The tag [2A6034] expired in 2015. Maybe one of your readers will recognize this vintage ride!

LOCKER-ROOM THEFT: We’ve published reader reports before about car prowls in the LA Fitness parking garage. Now there’s word of an LA Fitness locker break-in – Susan told us via Twitter that it happened Monday morning; her purse, phone, and lock were stolen from the locker room and one of her credit cards was used at Target a half-hour later. She says the thief would have to be a member because of the gym policies.

DOOR KICKED: Richard on 26th SW in Westwood reported that someone tried to kick in his door while he was home this afternoon.

FURNITURE THEFT: From Cindy:

Bummer 3 stacking end tables were just taken from our side yard….. stolen!?!?

At 7:40 PM today 12/6/16 while moving stuff from my mothers home to our home (4601 SW Stevens), our son took three nesting walnut tables out of his car to the sidewalk’s edge/lawn on the 46th Ave SW side of our house. He brought in a box of books. Went back for the tables and they are GONE.

Attached picture from the internet is almost but not exact. Ours are walnut. Ebay value is about $600.

Police report filed – incident #2016-439271

16 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: Abandoned scooter; locker-room theft; break-in attempt; stolen furniture"

  • mok December 6, 2016 (11:01 pm)

    The link to the tables is actually a picture of the abandoned scooter…

  • Erithan December 6, 2016 (11:19 pm)

    Picture for end tables is linking back to scooter, iPhone version. Stay warm! =)

    • WSB December 6, 2016 (11:23 pm)

      Fixing, thanks.

  • Jason December 7, 2016 (2:45 am)

    The tables may just have been picked up by someone thinking they were put out as free. I see this all over West Seattle. Items left with a ‘free sign’ on them, but sometimes no sign. Hopefully you get them back. 

    • Azimuth December 7, 2016 (1:16 pm)

      Ugh, a pet peeve of mine…

  • goinbacktocali December 7, 2016 (3:20 am)

    I go to this LA location twice a week. I certainly am not blaming the victim (I was ripped off from 24 ‘s lockers in November)  when I say there is *always* a need to keep your valuables *with* you, especially at health clubs.  I don’t trust the mini lockers either at that LA for particular reasons I won’t post for obvious security reasons.  I hope they catch the thug and prosecute! I also hope LA is more competent with helping the victim than 24 was with me even though the person walked out with my things in clear view of the camera ( I saw it occur, but was not going to apprehend over replaceable stuff).  

  • newnative December 7, 2016 (6:50 am)

    I am sure this has been looked into but does LA Fitness have video or cameras at their exit?  or Target?  

  • 22blades December 7, 2016 (7:28 am)

    My friend has the Vespa dealership. I’ll ask if he knows when they open.

  • Chris December 7, 2016 (7:53 am)

    Agree with Jason.   

  • KB December 7, 2016 (8:47 am)

    To add to this list – I live at California and Mills and apparently a couple people were interrupted siphoning gas yesterday, but got away in a car when police were called. 

    • BC December 8, 2016 (8:36 am)

      Regarding the siphoning at California and Mills, were they in the alley or on the street? I live right there and this is concerning to me– will keep an eye out.

  • susandennis December 7, 2016 (10:16 am)

    I’m the Susan who’s stuff was stolen at LA Fitness. Yes, now I know. I will no longer leave anything of value in any of their lockers (or my car).  Expensive lesson learned.

    I don’t know if the gym has cameras but I have time stamps that narrow the time down to a 35 minute window and since the locker room was populated during that time, it’s a fair guess that the ‘perp’ is female. The gym management offered up nothing other than ‘let me know if you find out who did it’. 

    I have a call into Target.

     

    • R Kelly December 7, 2016 (12:37 pm)

      Did they cut a padlock on a locker?

    • Tn December 7, 2016 (12:57 pm)

      Hi susan

      did they cut your lock to take the valuables?

  • susandennis December 7, 2016 (1:48 pm)

    I assume the lock was cut but I have no way of knowing since they also took the lock.  Maybe they noodled out the combination. 

    They did root through my stuff.  My purse and phone were under my clothes and swim bag.  Thankfully, left me the swim bag which contained my house and car keys. And they left my clothes and shoes.

  • goinbacktocali December 8, 2016 (3:26 pm)

    Very sorry that happened to you Susan. I can’t help but wonder if it were the health clubs’ property being vandalized or stolen how they would react to resolve. Please take your concerns up the chain to corporate, if anything the right thing for the club is to ensure their establishment is welcoming as a safe place and free from making members feel like targets of crime while they are there. I had an incident at a different location of LA’s where I had just arrived in the locker room after a woman was distraught because a man was acting lewdly and exposing himself to women in the pool area. Rather than the management calling police (and at very minimum banning the offending member!), the employee told the woman she shouldn’t go into the pool area alone. I interrupted that conversation and told the woman to call police right then. Very disgusting, LA! A few rotten apples can make things so awful for the rest of us. Rest assured, there are still good people left in the world. 

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