WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Blue RAV4 stolen in Morgan Junction area

From Autumn:

My car was stolen sometime last night. It was parked on the street right in front of our house in the Morgan Junction area. Doors locked and nothing valuable inside. Some blankets, sweatshirts and a cooler in there.

Toyota RAV4 Limited edition. 2006. Blue with light tan interior and sun roof. No identifying markers or stickers. I just bought it 2 months ago. WA license plate BEN7363.

It’s been reported to police; call 911 if you see it.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Blue RAV4 stolen in Morgan Junction area"

  • Mary August 18, 2017 (4:33 pm)

    “Some blankets, sweatshirts and a cooler in there.”

    Please – leave nothing, nothing, NOTHING in plain view. Ever. Take it with you or put it in the trunk, completely out of view. Literally – leave nothing in view. This makes a car an easy target. No, breaking in and/or stealing cars is not okay ever, even if the doors are unlocked and there are items in view. But still – it makes you a target!

    • WSB August 18, 2017 (4:42 pm)

      That’s always the advice from police – don’t leave anything in vehicles – but also, they say cars are stolen not to profit off the car (or anything in it) but to get from crime A to crime B … the old-days scenario of cars winding up in chop shops is seldom the case any more. – TR

    • Autumn August 18, 2017 (5:22 pm)

      Thanks Mary, I’ve heard that before so many times. I don’t typically leave stuff in my car and I never leave valuables in my car, not even sunglasses. My car’s windows are tinted pretty dark but if a blanket and a couple of sweatshirts in the cargo portion of my car makes me a target then everyone is screwed. Especially when the car was parked right in front of our house!

      Our family has had 3 incidents with our cars rummaged through at night where we had nothing left in them except the things you should be able to leave in your car without worries like pens, gum, notepad, registration and car manual…in the glove box out of sight. My window was just bashed in for no reason one evening last summer, again nothing left in my car. I’m tired of having to feel responsible for the actions of thieves. How about people stop stealing, get a job, and buy their own car? 

  • LStephens August 18, 2017 (5:06 pm)

    So sorry to hear this.   Another good piece of advice I’ve heard is to take a picture of your car that you can give to police or post here.

  • Tascha Madaffari August 18, 2017 (8:34 pm)

    I am sorry but a blanket and cooler do not make it okay to steal someone’s car!  It is not like she left her purse or even change. I have three kids and I leave crap in my car all of the time but then again no one wants to steal my POS minivan! :-) 

    I am SO SORRY this happened to you:-( 

  • JetCityElectro August 18, 2017 (8:48 pm)

    Just heard over the scanner – Tracking Stolen Blue Rav4..  Perhaps you are about to get lucky.

    -JetCityElectro

  • Don Brubeck August 18, 2017 (9:23 pm)

    The police advice to not leave anything in the car is NOT to prevent car theft. It is to prevent smash and grab theft of things left in the car. Let’s not blame the victim of a car theft for the car theft.

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