WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another grab-and-run theft, and 3 more reader reports

Another grab-and-run theft tops West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports tonight:

PURSE STOLEN AT SALON: From Sue:

Tonight at approximately 6:30 pm, a male ran into this salon @ 35th Avenue [6500 block] and stole my purse. He ran out and got away in a black car. I am hoping to … have neighbors be on the lookout for a brown over-the=shoulder purse. I am sure they tossed it somewhere in West Seattle. It had everything card, gift card, credit card, library card, ID I have. I know the $$ is gone and they have tried to use my cards. I am hoping the rest was nothing to them and some good Samaritan finds some of my stuff.

Police incident # is 2018-038121.

BURGLARY: A resident in the 4500 block of Delridge Way SW called us this afternoon because her dog was missing after a break-in. We quickly published a notice on the Lost/Found Pets page, and her dog was found relatively quickly, but we thought you’d want to know about the break-in too. No details.

PROWLER: This one’s short on details too but FYI for Junction-area residents, Stephanie sent the brief clip from her boyfriend’s security system:

She says the prowler was recorded around 9:30 pm last night.

PACKAGE TAKEN: From Luke in Shorewood, who says this happened at 3:22 pm Tuesday:

Luke is in the 2600 block of SW 112th, so this is a King County Sheriff’s Office case. He adds, “He actually drove by 5 minutes before the theft while he was casing the neighborhood. Luckily FedEx is smart enough to leave packages out of sight in the carport, so the thief didn’t see those packages. USPS not so smart.”

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another grab-and-run theft, and 3 more reader reports"

  • Graciano February 1, 2018 (4:47 am)

    The bottom video with the white van, isn’t that a yellow construction type of light on the top of it make it easy to find??? and can the homeowner zoom in on the vehicle license plate???

    Either way this sucks!

    • Brian February 1, 2018 (7:30 am)

      More likely the light was a decoy so residents wouldn’t be as suspicious of the van. He probably took it down after he was done boosting what was likely a high chair or an orthopedic body suit. 

  • ClayZ February 1, 2018 (7:56 am)

    The unemployment rate is down to 4.5%.  I guess it’s what you define as a job.

  • Seattlite February 1, 2018 (8:23 am)

    Is it time for all shopkeepers to have a security doorbell on their entrance doors?  These bold criminals are not going to stop the  “grab-and-run theft” mo until they are deterred.  Again, my easy remedy to avoid purse snatching is to not carry a purse anymore.  Instead, carry a slim pocket-book sized purse with a long shoulder strap that can be worn under coats. If you cannot give up your purse, then figure out how to conceal it when walking around or in hair salons, restaurants, etc.

  • justme February 1, 2018 (9:17 am)

    Everyone, don’t hide your house key in your BBQ!

  • supernova72 February 1, 2018 (11:15 am)

    How the landscape has  changed in WS.  Stolen purses, stolen phones, stolen cars, car prowls,  getting mugged at bus stops, stolen packages.  Almost everyone effected files a police report which is great (I did as well).  Seems the West Seattle Crime Watch section of the WSB has more volume than any other area of the site (have not done the math however).  New activity I see has also have crept into the Junction and Admiral are more and more.  My friend as stopped carrying a purse due to this activity.

  • momosmom February 1, 2018 (11:23 am)

    Justme, is that what he was looking for? I was wondering about that, thought maybe he was looking for food scraps!

    • Swede. February 1, 2018 (2:46 pm)

      Likely not his first rodeo and it’s a common hiding spot. Just like most burglars go thru the freezers, because that’s where lots of people hide their cash…

  • Luke zankich February 5, 2018 (10:24 am)

    That is my video. The camera couldn’t read the license.  It is too wide of an angle camera for good resolution at that distance.  I learned my lesson, do my research before purchasing a security camera.  Wide angle lens cameras have to spread the pixels out over the entire width so do not have good clarity.  To read a license at that distance I could have needed a 60 degree angle lens instead of the 130 degree of the Nest Cam.  That light was on the van when he initially drove by 5 min before the theft.  It may or may not be a ploy. I’m not sure he ever saw the camera or the sign in the yard.  He did have an accomplice who opened the door of the van.  The van is distinctive, so I am hoping he can be ID.   He stole a workout bench.

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