Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes so far today:
TWO BICYCLES STOLEN: Bill asks you to “be on the lookout for 2 kids’ bikes. They are 2-wheel Redline-brand bikes, one black, one blue. The blue one has additional Redline stickers placed on it as well as a couple of Halloween-type stickers. This occurred in our front-yard driveway at 46th SW and Lander.”
PHONE SCAM ALERT: The King County Sheriff’s Office recently re-circulated a warning about scam phone calls claiming people owe money for missing jury duty. JR e-mailed to say it happened to someone in her family:
A word of warning: A few days ago my adult son got several very realistic calls purportedly from the King County Sheriff’s Office at the Courthouse concerning his no-show after a jury summons. My son recalled receiving no such jury letter.
When the calls got to the point where the “officer” said my son needed to get money to pay a hefty fine – no checks, no credit card – and deposit it in a kiosk, he quickly realized that the whole thing was a scam and hung up. The guy called back and my son hung up again. Then the guy left a voice mail saying he would be arrested if he didn’t pay. By this time my son had called the Courthouse and learned that it was indeed a scam, but he said that until the demand for cash everything sounded very real and scary and he thought he was in $1900 (!) worth of big trouble.