WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Alki Point mailbox break-in; High Point gunfire reports

11:53 PM: From Thom:

We had a mailbox break-in at our apartment today at 6609 SW Admiral Way. Around 12:30 pm, my wife found the mailbox panel pried open. It’s not clear if they were interrupted or if they were targeting a specific box, but some boxes had all contents removed (ours included) while others still had mail in them. Who knows what, if anything, they got away with.

They seem to have popped it open with a crowbar just above the locking mechanism, because the whole assembly is open and there’s a large bent portion in the metal frame right where the lock engages. … If anyone finds any discarded mail in a bush or alley or somewhere from 6609 SW Admiral Way, 98116 I’d be curious to hear about it.

ADDED 1:15 AM: Police are investigating multiple reports of gunfire – five or six shots –
heard in High Point, near the 3000 block of SW Graham. (We have received a texted report, too.) No victim reported, and so far we’re not hearing any word of other confirmation such as casings or property damage.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Alki Point mailbox break-in; High Point gunfire reports"

  • Tim Van Liew April 7, 2018 (1:26 am)

    I heard the shots coming form that direction. I live near 30th and Morgan and awoke to the sound.  I did not hear any lead up or observe any cars racing away or anything like that, just the gunshots from north of my location. 

    • WSB April 7, 2018 (1:43 am)

      According to what the dispatcher told the officers, one person thought they heard a vehicle speeding away, but didn’t see anything so there was no description they could give. I haven’t heard anything further – usually there will at least be an over-the-air mention if they found shell casings, property damage, etc.

    • Trickycoolj April 7, 2018 (8:41 am)

      Tim same corner also heard it as I was laying down to sleep last night. I had hoped it wasn’t gunshots but I couldn’t justify them being anything else. The street was silent leading up to it. Definitely not firecrackers. 

  • Neighbor April 7, 2018 (3:03 am)

    The shots sounded like they came from Raymond st or further north. I stay near Graham st and it definitely sounded further away.

  • gatewood April 7, 2018 (5:25 am)

    Thieves are targeting our block in Gatewood for mail theft since for some reason all the mail boxes are in the alley. My next door neighbors had their locked box broken open and I have noticed my unlocked box open a bit too much for it to be a coincidence.

    Also, gas is getting siphoned out of vehicles in our area. We live across the street from Gatewood Elementary.

    I encouraged my neighbors to report these to the police and to let WSB know about them, but I don’t think they are. If the police don’t know these things are happening, they can’t do anything about it.

  • Gatewood guy April 7, 2018 (7:01 am)

    Our neighborhood is experiencing mail theft also. My neighbors locked mailbox was broken into this week. I have found my mailbox open a few too many times for it to be a coincidence. 

    Also, gas is being siphoned from vehicles around here.

    We live right across from Gatewood Elementary.

  • Alki resident April 7, 2018 (10:35 am)

    I’m behind the school on Mills. I’ll go buy a locking gas cap today to be on the safe side. Landlord still refuses to put up cameras even though I’ve caught two guys separate times in our under building parking spaces. 

  • Lance April 7, 2018 (7:12 pm)

    Our apartments in the Alaska junction area had its mailboxes broken into in the same manner a couple weeks ago.  Pried open from the master lock area to gain access to the content of all the boxes. Probably same crew. 

  • SKE April 9, 2018 (2:27 pm)

    I have been managing an apartment building in near White Center for almost 3 years and every month our mailboxes were being broke into. And our boxes are INSIDE the building! We put a  camera in the lobby and posted signs and not one break in since then.

    Although I still find stacks of mail in our covered parking stalls that are not from here. I just bag it up and take to the local Post Office.

    Regarding the homeless. . . . don’t get me started!

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