WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH & MORE: Stolen red F-250 with trailer; car prowls; arrest followup

Six notes this afternoon:

POLICE IN JEFFERSON SQUARE AREA: This isn’t a crime situation but we’re mentioning it since some are asking – they’re dealing with a person in crisis in an apartment.

STOLEN PICKUP: From a reader:

Our ’97 red Ford F-250 with black axle dump trailer attached (filled with pavers) was stolen at 5:35 am (driving away caught on camera). We live in West Seattle, Belvidere area. We filed a police report.

If you see it, call 911.

CAR BREAK-IN #1: Via e-mail:

Our family member’s car was broken into (Tuesday) night (in the 6500 block of) 37th Ave SW sometime between 7:00-9:00 pm. There were 10 boxes of family heirlooms, books, etc taken as our Aunt is in the middle of moving. Anyone see any plastic containers dumped anywhere? Surprised and disappointed as this happened so early in the evening on a pretty busy street.

CAR BREAK-IN #2: From Molly:

I wanted to report to the West Seattle Blog that our car was broken into Saturday morning at 2:00 AM. The car was parked outside our house in the alley between 40th and 41st and Alaska and Oregon. The person wore a hood and was not deterred by our motion detector light or camera. The person went through our car and left it in shambles, and left the light on so the battery died.

CAR BREAK-IN ATTEMPT: This car prowler was caught on video a month ago by Jon in Upper Morgan:

He brought it up during last night’s quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting and shared the video with us afterward. Nothing taken – though several neighbors did note items stolen from their cars that same night – but he also notes that his car is a 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback and we’ve reported this week on several thefts involving cars like that.

GUN/DRUG SUSPECT CHARGED, OUT ON BAIL: Following up on last week’s report of two 25-year-olds arrested after a police sting operation to buy stolen wheels – the male suspect has been charged, and is out on bail; the female suspect is out of jail and has not been charged. The former is Benny P. Saeteurn, a Highland Park resident, who posted bond and was released yesterday after six days in jail. His bail was raised to $30,000 when he was charged with one count of first-degree unlawful firearm possession and one count of felony drug possession. Charging documents say Saeteurn told police he was there and armed because he was acting as protection for the woman during her meetup with what she thought was a buyer for stolen wheels she claimed to have received from a third party. Prosecutors say he should not have had a gun because he has a felony record, for burglary and attempted robbery.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH & MORE: Stolen red F-250 with trailer; car prowls; arrest followup"

  • Uh, what? April 19, 2018 (3:38 pm)

    The male got a gun charge and the female wasn’t charged? Weren’t they in possession of 243 grams of heroin? I’m not a lawyer, judge or cop, but a half pound of heroin should be at least a misdemeanor, right? 

    • WSB April 19, 2018 (4:11 pm)

      Because someone is not charged immediately doesn’t mean they’ll never be charged. That aside, I don’t know the specifics of the decision; I can only report what has and hasn’t happened, so far.

  • Mike April 20, 2018 (6:38 am)

    The system is a joke.  If anyone can get $30k for bail, then the only reason there’s a $30k bail price is so the government can get cash quickly.  There is NO accountability when people can round up $30k in hours and post bail when they have proven to violate the law and should be in jail for just having a gun with a prior felony on record.  This is also part of our gun problems we have, we don’t even stope the people who openly violate our existing laws.  What a joke.

  • Dana April 20, 2018 (10:34 am)

     Our Fiat 500 was stolen yesterday morning in 2700 block of 37 Ave SW.

    Image result for gray fiat 500

    • WSB April 20, 2018 (10:45 am)

      Hi – we can feature your car in a separate Crime Watch story if you e-mail us – best mailbox today is westseattleblog@gmail.com – please include description, plate #, police report # if you have one yet, any distinguishing features of the car (dings, stickers, etc.). Lots of recoveries lately so I hope that happens for you too! – TR

  • WestyD April 24, 2018 (10:10 am)

    The Ford F 250 has been in front of our neighbor’s house for a few days.  I called 911.  

    • WSB April 24, 2018 (11:39 am)

      Thanks – I *just* heard the dispatch on that, second time in a week I’ve heard the dispatcher explain to the officers that it was a sighting of a vehicle “seen on the West Seattle Blog.” Thanks to you and everyone for being on the lookout!

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