WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Yet another older Subaru Outback stolen; plus, red Nissan Pulsar taken (update: found)

FIRST REPORT, 5:42 PM: The two older Subaru Outbacks stolen since last night and reported here have both been found – but now there’s word of ANOTHER being taken. We just talked with Alice, who says her white 1996 Outback was taken from her parking space behind an apartment building in the 4000 block of California SW this afternoon. A police report is filed. Plates (updated) AWC6441. Distinguishing features include a passenger-side dent and a “2016” rear-bumper sticker. If you see it, call 911.

DETERRING THIEVES: Even before getting the call from Alice, we had asked Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner if she had any recommendations. The Club, she says, “does work if effectively installed.” (Alice told us she usually uses one but had it off at the time because she was just briefly stopping at home.) Plus, “An alarm is also effective, if the vehicle has one- if neighbors call when they hear it and if it is consistently on.” Here’s the official SPD auto-theft-prevention tipsheet.

ADDED 8:39 PM: Since this story is still atop the site, we’re adding yet another car-theft report that’s come in – Matt reports, “Our friend’s car was stolen from the garage of the LA Fitness just outside Alaska Junction. The car is an ’89, red Nissan Pulsar NX … We’re in contact with the police who’ll be coming to our house to file an official report shortly. They’ve verified that the car was not towed.” (added) Plates 874YVU.

ADDED SUNDAY, 4/22: The Pulsar was found this weekend in the Admiral Bartell Drugs lot, and we are told the finder had seen it reported here.

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Yet another older Subaru Outback stolen; plus, red Nissan Pulsar taken (update: found)"

  • Eric1 April 18, 2018 (7:40 pm)

    I get the standard police line of use the club, get an alarm, and park in a secure location.  But we hear over and over again how crime peaks when “frequent fliers” get out of jail and diminishes when they are put back in jail (obviously this guy favors Subies as opposed to the normal Toyota/Honda guy).  The simple answer is that if the city prosecutors and judges (the police do a great job) would actually keep these “people” in jail for the maximum time, there wouldn’t be that much crime.  However, it costs the city nothing if they steal your car or steal your stuff because you and/or your insurance company pays the price.  It costs the city actual money to prosecute and keep the vermin off the streets. Guess which choice the city will make?

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    Besides, the city clowncil is still mad that they cannot enact an income tax. Their interim solution is that anybody with any property is obviously “rich” so theft is the Seattle equivalent of income equity.  Why would the city clowncil mess with a good thing? 

    • WSB April 18, 2018 (7:42 pm)

      Auto theft is a felony, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office files those cases. The judges are county-elected, in Superior Court, too.

  • Mary April 18, 2018 (8:14 pm)

    I have an “older” crappy car. I live in the Morgan Junction. I use a Club and leave NOTHING out and in view, ever. Be proactive and defensive! I know we shouldn’t have to, but it’s simple and easy. Please, don’t feed the pigeons.

  • Jim P. April 19, 2018 (1:05 pm)

    ” Plus, “An alarm is also effective, if the vehicle has one- if neighbors call when they hear it and if it is consistently on.”

    Hysterical laughter ensues.  No one calls when they hear a car alarm unless it has been going on for hours and even them I imagine the PD places such a call on a priority with reports of someone leaving their trash cans blocking an alley.

    People could be pushing a car down the road with the alarm going and not much would happen.  I’ve seen a  car being towed, with the alarm screeching, right past a police unit who certainly did not act.

    Other than getting a slightly decrease in your car insurance, I doubt an alarm has ever done anyone any good at all.

  • Jessee April 19, 2018 (3:08 pm)

    The club DOES NOT deter thieves. I had the club on my car-crook had a saw and cut right through the wheel and removing the club. The police found my car and took prints. They knew the guy that did it but wouldn’t pursue because the only good prints were on the outside of the car.

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