WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 more stolen Subarus (update: both found!); plus, WSB reader finds ‘Oscar’

Three auto-theft-related reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon – starting with two more stolen vehicles to look for:

STOLEN IN ALKI AREA: Someone took Paul‘s white 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback from the 2000 block of Alki Avenue SW between 11 pm last night and 8 am today. Plates: ATV0897. Also: “It’s got a Backcountry.com goat sticker, and a PLU Alumni sticker.” (3:56 PM UPDATE – Just found in Junction area!)

STOLEN ON 39TH SW: Mimi‘s blue 1996 Subaru Outback was taken between 3 am and 7 am on 39th SW near SW Oregon. Plates: BJL4075. (3:35 PM UPDATE – Just found in the Alki area!)

If you see either one, call 911. Thanks to someone who did that last night, a stolen car mentioned here earlier this week has been found:

‘OSCAR’ FOUND, THANKS TO A WSB READER: As promised, we followed up with SPD about the search for auto-theft suspects near Westcrest Park late last night, and the report narrative confirms it’s something we heard on the scanner just before the search – police were tipped by somebody who recognized the car because it was shown here on WSB:

It was the Jeep Cherokee whose owner nicknamed it “Oscar,” as confirmed today by her dad Wade. Meantime, the police-report narrative confirms the search resulted in one arrest, a 37-year-old man found hiding in the greenbelt nearby (who crawled out, the report said, after being warned the K-9 might bite him). Whether he was linked to the theft is not yet clear but he turned out to have a felony warrant, the report says, adding that he was booked into jail after a stop at Harborview because he said he had used heroin and felt ill.

1:29 PM: We’ve learned that the suspect is 41 and is being held for investigation of obstructing (police) as well as a warrant related to a drug case.

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 more stolen Subarus (update: both found!); plus, WSB reader finds 'Oscar'"

  • Wendell April 18, 2018 (4:52 pm)

    I did a quick search online, and found out there were a rash of older Subaru thefts in Portland during 2017.

  • m April 18, 2018 (9:34 pm)

    I used to own a 1997 Subaru Outback. My neighbors owned an Outback a couple of years older or newer than mine. One morning as I went out to my car parked on the street on my way to work, I mistakenly walked up to my neighbors’ car, unlocked it with my key, and didn’t realize my mistake until I was looking into their car!  I was shocked both by my early morning stupor and by the fact that my key opened their car door. I sheepishly locked their door and walked to where my car was parked nearby.

  • DaveB April 19, 2018 (10:45 am)

    I’m the owner of an 97 Outback that was stolen and recovered. The police told me that older Subarus can be opened and started with a key that has been filed down. Once it’s in the lock or ignition, it needs to be jiggled and eventually  it’ll work.

  • Maggie April 21, 2018 (12:26 pm)

    A light brown, 1995 Subaru was stolen week of April 8-13, license number BBY 2213 from N.  Admiral District.   Police  case # 18-131311. Not yet found.

    • WSB April 21, 2018 (12:34 pm)

      Hi! Please e-mail us so we can write a separate Crime Watch with this – westseattleblog@gmail.com is the best e-mail account at the moment – we just got word that yet another stolen car featured here was found thanks to a WSB reader, so here’s hoping for yours too! – Tracy

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