WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary interrupted, and 4 more reader reports

Five reports in Crime Watch this afternoon:

RESIDENT THWARTS BURGLAR: From Marie:

Burglar interrupted by homeowner in 6500 block 36th Ave SW Tuesday, about 5:45 pm. Suspect entered 2nd floor bedroom by pushing in screen on open window, after climbing up onto balcony off bedroom. After vaulting off balcony and running up alley, suspect came back and fled off of red/white Honda ‘crotch rocket’ motorcycle that he had left behind. Motorcycle possibly stolen, as ignition switch has been tampered with, and it has temporary paper license plate. Suspect is white, between 6’2″ and 6’4″, early 30s. Anyone with further information or whose motorcycle matches description please contact SPD, incident #17-272237.

BREAK-IN ATTEMPT: Deena shares this video, also from Tuesday:

Someone came to my house and tried to gain access while I was at work. The man came right up to my door and tried the handle. Luckily it was locked! He then knocked. Well, my camera caught it all! along with audio where you can hear him try the handle.

He was startled when my camera alerted him. He moved backward and started fanning himself with his bogus flyer.

This happened near Delridge Way/SW Thistle.

PACKAGE THIEF ON VIDEO: From Kelly:

We had a package thief in our neighborhood; our mailman saw her stealing packages and confronted and she fled on her bike.

I was able to capture video of her stealing our packages. This is in the Admiral area by Madison Middle school. Stealing packages in broad daylight. She found a spot in between houses and opened packages and dumped a lot of goods, but we could not locate our stuff.

No police report # yet; Kelly says officers had not yet responded despite being called twice.

CAR PROWL: From Z:

Car break-in on Hill St and Walnut Ave SW. Entire car was rummaged. A few gift cards were stolen.

And from our neighbors in South Park:

SOUTH PARK BUSINESSES VANDALIZED: We’ve heard of at least two cases of business windows being broken in South Park recently, including this report we received via e-mail today from the new La Toscanella near 3rd and Cloverdale in west SP, with a photo:

Community advocates in South Park have been demanding help and Councilmember Lisa Herbold just announced she is asking SPD for prevention resources and to either hold or attend a public meeting to talk about community safety.

20 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglary interrupted, and 4 more reader reports"

  • DirkDigs July 26, 2017 (3:59 pm)

    Wow so these scumbags just walk up to your door and try to walk in now? Brazen.

    Something odd I saw in my hood the other day; a guy who was driving a car with a giant sticker reading “ITC Service Group Inc.” was walking around looking like he was casing the neighborhood. Thing is, ITC Service Group Inc. is a legit company. Said he was contracted by CenturyLink. Anyone heard of this one yet?

    • WSB July 26, 2017 (4:20 pm)

      Please note that there ARE legitimate solicitors. Including, for large companies, for some political/nonprofit groups. Verification is key here.

  • Concerned West Seattlite July 26, 2017 (4:30 pm)

    Deena – That is a great quality camera! Can I ask what brand it is? Thanks!

  • Su Parker July 26, 2017 (4:35 pm)

    I feel like we need fewer meetings to talk about community safety and more police officers to respond to calls.  

    I called SPD on Sunday to report a suspicious vehicle in the alley behind my house.  It was a janky 2000’s Nissan SUV with classic car plates from Nevada, full of junk with two guys inside who appeared to be scavenging for who knows what.  After watching these guys for the better part of an hour the SPD never responded and I gave up.  I’ve also noticed lately that calls to the non-emergency number involve at least a ten minute hold time due to “high call volume” no matter the day or time.  Not having police available to respond to crime is an alarming problem, IMHO, and the last thing we need is to sit around all talk about it.
    • DirkDigs July 26, 2017 (5:17 pm)

      It’s not possible for me to agree more with what you said. Community meetings, meet your local cop, have a beer with a cop, have coffee with a cop, blah blah blah.

      Cops need to cop. The fact of the matter is police generally don’t give a rat’s rear end about non-emergency crime. They file it away and chalk it up to “hey, well that’s the choice you made for living in the “city”‘

      Its complete crap. Letting all of this stuff go by the wayside continues to denegrade this wildly expensive area we choose to call home.

      Do the cops really think that these dirtbags roaming our streets don’t have anything to do with the violent crime or drugs that are present in our area? Don’t think that maybe these guys who pose as “solicitors” run with the same people assaulting people on Alki, shooting at cars in Delridge, or harassing people in Gatewood? Of course they do! 

      Get out there and actively police, enough of this reactionary BS.

    • WSREZ July 26, 2017 (5:18 pm)

      I agree. Fewer meetings, more cops. We don’t have enough police, just enough to respond to serious crimes.

      I have also experienced what you have with long hold times for non emergency. I’ve waited 25-30 minutes on hold and also experienced no officer showing up for an issue I reported to 911.  This is not just recently but as far back as 3 years ago.

      I heard from a 911 manager that hold times were long because they were hiring more staff but that was several years ago.

    • KT July 26, 2017 (10:10 pm)

      I certainly agree, but the Seattle way is to talk, meet, talk some more, meet some more…..

  • JayDee July 26, 2017 (5:56 pm)

    Deena:

    Did your camera also alert you?

    • Deena July 26, 2017 (9:49 pm)

      Yes it does. 

  • Mykscott July 26, 2017 (10:17 pm)

    The suspect in the attempted break in video reported by Deena was on 2700 block of 37th Ave SW Tues night ( 7/25) at 5:30pm. He was selling magazines he said for Black Lives Matter. He was going up to homeowners who were outside and when we said we didn’t want to buy any magazines he would respond “that’s what it’s like to be black!” He had a very aggressive “in your face” attitude when he solicited. It didn’t seem right but he continued down the street knocking aggressively on doors. 

    • Double Dub Resident July 27, 2017 (4:47 am)

      Ah yeah, when all else fails throw out the race card and try and solicit some guilt. Except that garbage doesn’t work on me. I’m an equal opportunity kind of guy when it comes to Solicitors. It doesn’t matter what color you are, I’ll tell you to leave my premises. 

  • Trickycoolj July 26, 2017 (11:37 pm)

    This is number 3 for South Park. The coffee shack at 14th and Cloverdale was torched a few weeks ago (noticed it was hauled away finally today), the new brew pub in the former Stockbox/Metro PCS building had every window smashed through last week and looked to finally be open today. Now this one. There’s another brand new business working really hard to fix up a new space at 14th and Cloverdale… I hope they last more than a month before the vandals strike. It appears someone(s) in South Park aren’t fans of gentrification. 

  • Kn July 27, 2017 (4:11 am)

    Really starting to feel unsafe in this neighborhood.

  • T Rex July 27, 2017 (7:27 am)

    You know what I would love to see? Two really large dogs come screaming around the corner of one of these houses and scaring the living crap out of these two losers. Of course some slime bag lawyer would probably then attempt to sue the dog owners for emotional abuse of the poor victims of the dog chase but man on man what sweet revenge that would be.

    You Tube would LOVE IT!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Deena July 27, 2017 (11:47 am)

    I just got an email from the Seattle PD – SW Precinct’s Crime Prevention Coordinator.  The Police are aware of these guys. If you see these individuals again, doing the same things-
    please call 911 and report the activity immediately. Please also encourage
    others you speak with to do the same. 

  • Mark July 27, 2017 (8:03 pm)

    I was assaulted by one of these solicitors, the cops found him and did not make an arrest.  This is very disturbing, the cops had a clear opportunity to arrest with eye witnesses identifying them.  Cops are getting to PC, they need to make arrests not excuses

  • La July 28, 2017 (11:04 am)

    Re the dude standing at the front door of Deena’s house:  uh…what reason would a solicitor have to try the doorknob BEFORE ringing the doorbell?  I like the casual, standing there “just waiting” pantomime once he realized he was being videotaped.  

  • faceless July 28, 2017 (8:16 pm)

    Hey the black kid that pulled the handle on the video above. I know that guy. He canvasses my neighborhood- says he is a non profit excepting cash only. I saw him walking up to my neighbors house at 8115 SW 34th. I was just pulling up to my house. 

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