West Seattle, Washington
First, from Adam:
Our garage (on the alley bounded by 46th, 47th, Genesee, and Dakota) was burglarized last night and a number of things were stolen. The most valuable was a black and green Specialized Rumor FSR Comp Mountain Bike (S/N WSBC601045128I). I attached our best picture of it.
The list of stolen items, as best we can tell:
Specialized Rumor FSR Comp Mountain Bike, black with green accents
Sierra Bike Helmet, black and pink
A bike pump, tool kit, and water bottle (attached to the bike)
A pair of skis and bindings (yellow, can be seen behind the bike in the photo)
A cordless DeWalt drill and reciprocating saw in a black plastic case and several associated drill bits and blades.
A pneumatic nail gun, also in a black plastic case
A DeWalt orbital sander in a small fabric tote
An assorted set of tools in a gray plastic case (sockets and drivers, screwdrivers, Allen keys, fixed and adjustable wrenches, pliers, wire cutters, a tape measure, bit drivers, etc.)
No police incident # yet – Adam was still awaiting an officer at last report.
BICYCLE-THEFT DETERRENCE: Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge just happens to have focused her next newsletter on advice for bicycle owners:
If you can’t read it embedded above, here’s the PDF version.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Crime trends, community Q & A, and a briefing you might call “Gangs 101” were all part of last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting at the Southwest Precinct.
CRIME TRENDS: Capt. Pierre Davis opened the meeting with the latest, saying the precinct is “putting out as many resources” as it can, since “things get a little bit more boisterous” in the summer around here. That includes pulling SWAT officers for extra patrols, the precinct’s Anti-Crime Team, and the full-time bicycle squad, “able to patrol our hot-spot areas.”
One bright spot: Non-residential burglaries are down 2 percent – “we’re arresting a ton of people out there.”
No other stats were mentioned as attendees jumped right to community Q & A: Read More
Mail theft has been taken to a new level in Cecelia‘s neighborhood:
I live on 16th Ave SW in Puget Ridge. On Saturday night our USPS-issued community mailbox was broken into (5400 block) along with one on 21st Ave SW and Holly (and) at least one other one on 17th (also 5400 block). There was at least one report that someone noticed that one other of the same type mailbox was damaged but not fully broken into. They were all pried open and most mail was missing with just some random pieces left behind.
It was noted in our neighborhood newsgroup that each individual in these kind of boxes must make their own police report. I’ve filed a report and I know some other neighbors have too. Also that one neighbor spoke with USPS and was told that if the mail carrier cannot lock a box they will automatically hold the mail at the post office.
We’ve had many mail thefts in the past but they are usually street boxes that are not locked. I’ve lived here 5 years and this is the first time our USPS mailbox has been broken into.
Here’s how to report mail theft and/or mailbox break-ins, which, SPD notes, are federal crimes.
The photos and report are from Paula:
I live in a condo near the totem pole on 35th Ave SW and discovered several items that were apparently discarded under some trees on the west side of our property. They include a navy hooded sweatshirt, a long sleeved black t-shirt, black sweat pants, one wireless mouse, one wired mouse, one headset, a wall power connector, a battery of some sort and a set of cables that look like they’d run between a television and different electronics.
My best guess is that it’s stolen property that someone dumped there. Perhaps there were larger electronics which they kept that these things were accessories for. Happy to return them if someone claims them. I first noticed them Friday (6/16) late morning and am thinking they probably were dumped sometime Thursday night/early Friday morning.
After that note, she discovered a bicycle had been abandoned nearby too:
She’s been trying to figure out how to turn the items over to police but in the meantime, if you have any info on who these items belong to, let us know.
4:18 PM: Thanks for the tips. The police activity in the south end of Fauntleroy, including the Endolyne business zone, is because of a reported home burglary. We have few details but we did confirm that police have just taken one person into custody at 44th and Wildwood and are expected to search the house soon to be sure no one else is inside.
4:29 PM: Police have searched the home and found no one inside, so the incident is winding down. They tell us the original call, a burglary in progress, came from the homeowner.
The two newest West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports are from victims of car prowls while taking their kids to play at two local parks:
AT LINCOLN PARK: From Victoria:
Was hoping you could put something on the blog to alert people to being extra cautious with their belongings when they park their cars at Lincoln Park and similar places in West Seattle.
My car was parked at Lincoln Park yesterday afternoon while I was at the playground with my daughter and walking our dog. I had hidden my purse underneath my daughter’s backpack, lunchbox, and my coat, but the criminal still found it, broke my window and snatched it. They spent $4000 in less than 45 minutes on my cards at two nearby Targets and a Walgreens.
If you could alert others to this incident and encourage them not to leave anything valuable behind I’d appreciate it. I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.
The advice from police is to not leave anything in a vehicle, valuable or not. As our next reader report demonstrates, thieves will and do take just about anything, on spec.
AT WESTCREST PARK: From Vanessa:
Just wanted to let you know that my car was broken into (Wednesday) at Westcrest Park between 3:30 and 4:30 pm while my son and I were at the playground. My window was smashed and my diaper bag was stolen. There was nothing of any value in it and I’d tried to hide it but apparently hadn’t done a good job. Luckily the police were doing a routine drive through the lot just as I discovered the break – in and were able to take my report.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes so far today:
PACKAGE THIEVES ON CAMERA: So you’re out of town getting married … wedding gifts arrive back at home, and somebody steals them. That’s what you’re seeing on the video above, shared by Patrick:
This last weekend (June 12th, 2017 @ 2:02 AM) two package thieves approached our front porch and stole multiple wedding gifts (+$300 that we are aware of) that were shipped to us while we were out of town getting married on the Oregon Coast. Luckily we have not one, but two nest cameras installed that captured the two thieves red handed. This cut our trip a bit short, we were planning on staying till June 14th, 2017. After we got back home on the 12th, we promptly gathered all the evidence and reported it to the proper authorities.
This happened near 35th SW and SW Juneau. If you have any clues, contact police and refer to incident number 17-211339.
CAR PROWLERS ON CAMERA: Reported to us via text, two car prowlers “trying to break into vehicles on 25th Avenue SW last night about midnight and they dumped a bunch of stolen mail from 24th Avenue SW.” Here are images of both:
This incident number is 2017-213282.
FOLLOWUP – AUTO THEFT SUSPECT CHARGED: The 19-year-old found hiding in a Dumpster during a police search near 35th SW/SW Morgan on Saturday is now charged. Anzor E. Lomanov is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, a felony. As noted in our followup, the Corolla from which two men – including, police say, Lomanov – bolted at the corner gas station was stolen from Tukwila earlier in the day. Lomanov remains jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail; the charging documents say police believe they know the identity of the other man, who got away.
Just received more information on the police search we covered earlier this morning.
That’s the arrest that ended the search around 7:45 am in the 5200 block of 17th SW on Puget Ridge. That’s not far from where the search began, after this 6:30 am car crash nearby, at 16th SW and SW Dawson:
As we reported, this was primarily a King County Sheriff’s Office case, with Seattle Police from the Southwest Precinct assisting in the search. The incident originated in White Center. KCSO spokesperson Det. Jessica Santos says it started when a “deputy sitting in his patrol car with his windows rolled down heard a gunshot near SW 107th and 15th Ave SW. The deputy then observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and drove behind it. The vehicle took off and the deputy activated his emergency vehicle equipment. The driver failed to stop for the deputy,” and a pursuit ensued. The crash scene is 3.5 miles from where the gunshot was heard (here’s a map). Det. Santos says “bullets were found on the suspect” and confirms that “a bomb dog is currently searching for evidence.” The suspect is reported to have suffered minor injuries and was treated before being booked into jail; no one else was hurt. We’ll be checking later on his status. Det. Santos’s report also mentions that nearby South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) was “in lockdown for safety” – as WSB commenters noted in discussion following our first story – and “has since been reopened.”
The 19-year-old Kent man arrested Saturday in High Point after allegedly bolting from a stolen car remains in jail tonight.
A judge set his bail at $25,000 this afternoon. We covered the arrest after hearing of the police search following the abandonment of the stolen Corolla at 35th and Morgan; the suspect was caught nearby after an extensive police search including a K-9 team. The probable-cause documents from this afternoon’s hearing say a police officer “on routine patrol” just happened to see the car and checked its plate, discovering it had been reported stolen earlier that same day in Tukwila. He then saw the stolen car’s driver take notice of the patrol car and pull into the 35th/Morgan gas station/minimart lot, with the patrol car following, its emergency lights activated. After stopping, the officer wrote, the driver started to get out; though the officer ordered him and his passenger to stop and put their hands up, they ran. The ensuing search found the suspect, hiding in a nearby Dumpster; he was in custody 19 minutes after police spotted him. His passenger was not found. We checked the suspect’s record; long list of misdemeanor cases, but no felony convictions. He was last booked into King County Jail in January for three warrants including an Eastside DUI case and a Kittitas County driving-with-suspended-license case.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes so far today:
TWO BICYCLES STOLEN: Bill asks you to “be on the lookout for 2 kids’ bikes. They are 2-wheel Redline-brand bikes, one black, one blue. The blue one has additional Redline stickers placed on it as well as a couple of Halloween-type stickers. This occurred in our front-yard driveway at 46th SW and Lander.”
PHONE SCAM ALERT: The King County Sheriff’s Office recently re-circulated a warning about scam phone calls claiming people owe money for missing jury duty. JR e-mailed to say it happened to someone in her family:
A word of warning: A few days ago my adult son got several very realistic calls purportedly from the King County Sheriff’s Office at the Courthouse concerning his no-show after a jury summons. My son recalled receiving no such jury letter.
When the calls got to the point where the “officer” said my son needed to get money to pay a hefty fine – no checks, no credit card – and deposit it in a kiosk, he quickly realized that the whole thing was a scam and hung up. The guy called back and my son hung up again. Then the guy left a voice mail saying he would be arrested if he didn’t pay. By this time my son had called the Courthouse and learned that it was indeed a scam, but he said that until the demand for cash everything sounded very real and scary and he thought he was in $1900 (!) worth of big trouble.
2:20 PM: You’ll want to avoid 34th/35th/Morgan for a while – there’s a police search under way, K-9 included. We’re headed over to find out more.
2:32 PM: The intersection is not affected – police are in nearby parking lots including the gas station/minimart on the northeast corner. They tell us that two people bolted out of a stolen car that’s currently by the pumps, and that’s who they’re looking for. Adding a photo.
2:41 PM: One suspect has been taken into custody.
2:50 PM: Police tell us the suspect arrested is the person they believe was driving the stolen car.
Four West Seattle Crime Watch reports, plus some crime-prevention advice:
CAR-PROWL SUSPECT ARRESTED: From SPD Blotter, word of an arrest in the Luna Park area late last night:
Officers responded to a report of a man breaking into a red SUV near SW Avalon Way and SW Spokane Street just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrived in the area and found the 35-year-old suspect sitting inside rummaging through a gym bag. Officers ordered the man out of the vehicle and verified the suspect had already pocketed a GPS unit before he was found sifting through the bag. Officers arrested the suspect and booked him into King County Jail for theft.
STOLEN FROM WORK TRUCK: From Liz:
Overnight between Tuesday 6/6 and Wednesday 6/7 multiple items were taken from the bed of our work truck. The truck was parked on the parking strip just south of our home on 42nd SW & SW 104th. Items missing included a portable air compressor, a sawsall, a Makita drill with impact driver, a set of step drill bits, Channel locks, and a few other misc hand tools. This is a business vehicle and items missing hindered work being done on 6/7 for one of our customers in West Seattle. We are a home based, sole proprietor business that can struggle just to make ends meet during the slower times, as much of our work is seasonal, and we are currently in the slower months.
We’ve requested the police-report number and will add it if/when we get it, in case anyone has found any of the stolen items.
Two burglaries are among a handful of West Seattle incidents with report narratives posted in SPD’s online files – both happened last Sunday:
BUSINESS BREAK-IN: Someone passing a business in the 6500 block of 35th SW around noon called to report its door was open, though the business was usually closed Sundays. Officers discovered the door glass had been pushed out and its frame damaged. They called the owner, who arrived, checked around, and reported that the only thing missing was some change.
HOME BREAK-IN: A resident in the 8400 block of Delridge Way SW told police that a noise awakened him around 10 pm Sunday night but he didn’t think much of it until he discovered in the morning that someone had pried open his basement door, gone into the basement, and used a hammer to try to break into the rest of the house. Police found hammers and a crowbar; the only thing that kept the intruder from getting into the main living area was something pushed up against the door to the basement.
DETERRING BURGLARS: Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge shares this “bulletin” with home-burglary-deterring advice:
She also invites you to contact her for a free home- or business-safety assessment – email@example.com – That’s also the e-mail you can use to get on her mailing list to directly receive bulletins like this one, as well as her monthly newsletter.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
STOLEN CAR: Gabriel sent the photo and this report:
My car was stolen Wednesday night out of the Elliott Tire and Service parking lot while waiting to get work done… The car is a dark blue 98 Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon. Plates: ATC0410. It has a handful of stickers on the back windows including 2 Butchrd stickers and an ARMADA sticker.
I hope we can find it! I acquired this car on Monday from a friend who had to leave on a family emergency to Australia. He left it to me in trade for work (I make things out of carbon fiber). I wanted the car to give to my brother-in-law for his 16th birthday last Wednesday. We since told my brother-in-law we had him a car, but I wanted to get it inspected for safety… So much for that! They didn’t get around to servicing it on Wednesday and when they looked for it on Thursday, it was gone.
I hope by sharing this on the blog someone will help find the car and we can catch the people who did this. Police incident #17-205816
Call 911 if you see it.
MAIL THEFT: From an Arbor Heights neighbor:
Heads up for North Arbor Heights neighbors: (On Thursday) mail was stolen from locked metal security mailboxes, pried open and now damaged and unusable, along 43rd Place SW (one block extension west of 98th and California). Police have been notified.
Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: 43-year-old Aaron Rillera is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly beating 24-year-old Dillon Graham to death with a baseball bat. It happened Monday afternoon at an encampment on the slope between Highway 509 and Myers Way. We first reported on the investigation that afternoon, on Rillera’s arrest the next day; Graham was identified yesterday.
Court documents filed along with today’s charging papers say witnesses told police it started when a woman came to one of four encampments on the slope claiming that the victim was trying to rob another woman. The first person she approached didn’t want to get involved; he said the two women came to his encampment later and said “AJ” – later identified as Rillera – had “taken care of” Graham by hitting him. Police found Rillera and two women – one of whom was the alleged robbery target – near his encampment, described as a “large, fort-like camp” and took all three in for questioning. They also later questioned the first woman who had been seeking help. The woman that the victim allegedly was trying to rob said he had hit her and pushed her to the ground. She said she didn’t know the other woman had gone for help, but that Rillera and another man showed up with bats, and she said she didn’t see what happened because she turned away. Graham was described as an occasional visitor to the encampment, not a resident. Rillera remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and is expected in court to answer the charge on June 22nd.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
AUTO-THEFT ATTEMPT: From Alan:
Our son’s car was broken into in the 6700 block of 14th SW. It was around 6 or 6:30 (am) and he was there while neighbors were out, leaving when one walked towards him. It was a tall Caucasian male in his 30s. He was in what my neighbor thought was a “recycle can blue” Camry wagon, but he didn’t confirm the make or plates. He broke into a 1995 Escort Wagon. It looks like he first tried to steal it, as the ignition was damaged and then started taking parts. Because he was taking parts, we think that the car he was driving might have been an Escort wagon, rather than a Camry.
If you have any information, this is SPD incident #2017-203437.
PACKAGE TAKEN ON CAMERA: The report and video are from Mike:
We had a package stolen from our porch (Tuesday) at around 12:30 pm. We’re in the Fauntleroy Park area (41st & Dawson), so be on the lookout! … I hope they enjoy the grass seed! ;)
This is SPD incident #2017-905037.
In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
SEARCHING FOR HIT-RUN VEHICLE: Southwest Precinct police are asking for your help in finding a hit-run vehicle:
It hit a car on 46th near Lincoln Park and drove away north on 46th.
It will have significant damage to the right front and will be missing the rear bumper. We think it’s an older dark gray Toyota sedan. Possibly a Camry or Corolla.
The (victim)’s car, a new VW Passat, is probably totaled. Any leads would be appreciated.
Sgt. Joe Bauer says the crash happened around noon Sunday; if you have any information, e-mail him at Joseph.Bauer@seattle.gov or call the SPD non-emergency number, 206-625-5011.
CAR BREAK-IN: From Kerry:
Our car was prowled last night at 110th and 36th Ave SW in Arbor Heights. We foolishly left it unlocked, and the jerk sat in it to smoke a cigarette before stealing two bags full of sports stuff:
– An orange OR brand bag full of old sports stuff – mitts, frisbees, games
– A West Seattle Soccer Club bag full of my husband’s coaching gear (LAME)
They did not take the bag that was destined for Goodwill.
If anyone sees this stuff dumped anywhere, please post in comments!
PROWLING SUSPECT CHARGED: We reported last week on the arrest of a car-prowling suspect in Fauntlee Hills early Wednesday, and his release on Thursday. Turns out the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office did file a charge against him on Friday. The suspect is 37-year-old William J. Kim, a West Seattle resident. He is charged with felony second-degree vehicle prowling, though the only thing missing from the victim’s car was about $5 in change; the felony charge is merited, court documents explain, by the fact he was convicted of the same crime at least two times previously. He remains out of jail; a summons for him to appear in court was issued with the charge, rather than an arrest warrant.
FIRST REPORT, 11:38 AM: Yesterday we reported on the big police response along southbound Highway 509 (shown in our clip above) as officers investigated the death of a 25-year-old man in the unsanctioned encampment on the slope between the highway and Myers Way. This morning, an update from Seattle Police:
As part of Monday’s investigation, SPD Homicide detectives determined an assault had occurred within the encampment. Police arrested a 43-year-old man for investigation of homicide and booked him into the King County Jail.
The suspect has a fairly lengthy criminal record, according to state online files; the felony cases are mostly drug-related. As it turns out that he was booked last night, he’s likely to have a bail hearing today, which means we may have more information later about what police believe happened.
5:08 PM UPDATE: Prosecutors say the suspect waived the right to appear at his bail hearing; he’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The document prepared for the judge says that when emergency responders to the site got there yesterday, the victim “appeared to have traumatic injuries to the head.” Tips from witnesses at the scene led police to the suspect, who was taken downtown to be interviewed. The probable-cause documents say he told police he and another man hit the victim with a baseball bat; witnesses gave differing stories of what they saw.
ADDED WEDNESDAY EVENING: The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Dillon P. Graham, and the cause of death as “blunt force” head injury, ruled to be homicide. The suspect remains in jail.
Making note again this early morning of multiple reports to 911 of suspected gunfire, and we heard directly from one of the people who reported it. She said she heard it a few minutes before midnight, south of 13th/14th/Henderson. Other areas that were mentioned as police were dispatched included 9th/Roxbury, 800 block of SW Trenton, 9200 block of 12th. We haven’t heard whether evidence of gunfire was found.
Jerica says she knows it’s a long shot, but she’s hoping someone might have information about the hit-and-run crash that injured her dog a week and a half ago:
My dog was hit by a silver sports car on Alki Beach Thursday evening, May 25, in the area near the 2222 apartments [map]. The car didn’t stop and was speeding and passing the car in front of them into oncoming traffic, which was why they likely were unable to to brake in time to prevent hitting her. She’s a Great Dane and would have likely done some damage to the car.
Her dog did survive. If you have any information, contact police and refer to case #2017-200908.
More car-window vandalism – this time, at least 10 victims. That’s how many a police officer told us they had heard of, so far, when we went over to check out multiple reports of windows smashed on cars parked along the southbound side of 49th SW south of Admiral.
(Thanks to everyone who called, texted, and e-mailed about this.) We found nine of them, six of them between SW Forney and SW Hanford [map]. One neighbor whose car wasn’t affected told us it might have happened around 2 am, when he heard some kind of noise, but we talked to some of the victims and they said they didn’t hear or see anything until they went out to their cars this morning.
So far there’s no suspect description, and no word yet of any security video, so if you live in the area and have a camera focused on the street, check it if you haven’t already.
P.S. If you need to contact police and refer to this situation, there’s at least one police-report number already associated with this, according to Tweets by Beat – 17-199427.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
AUTO THEFT: Darlene‘s silver 2009 Chevy Traverse, personalized plate MGICIAN, was stolen Thursday night/Friday morning near 17th/Dawson. If you see it, call 911, and refer to police report #17-196428.
PREVENTION ADVICE: Auto theft is up in the Southwest Precinct this year – Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge says that 215 cases were reported in the SWP jurisdiction (West Seattle and South Park) January through April of this year, compared to 179 in the same period last year. Here’s a one-sheet with SPD advice for protecting your vehicle(s).
ROCK THROUGH WINDSHIELD: A texter reports this vandalism in Arbor Heights early today:
It happened near 42nd and 100th.
NEXT WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL MEETING: The special guest booked by WSCPC president Richard Miller will talk, and answer questions about, gangs – 7 pm June 20th at the precinct, 2300 SW Webster.
Via text and via scanner, we’re hearing about gunfire heard near 11th/12th/Barton [map]. Police were dispatched after multiple 911 reports; some reported a vehicle believed to be associated with what they heard, described as a “small compact with loud exhaust.” No reports of any victims so far, and we’re not hearing (yet) if police have found casings and/or property damage.
Two reader reports, plus crime-prevention advice, in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight.
Last night about 3:30 am a unidentified person broke into our condo garage on the 1300 block of Alki Avenue and attempted to steal our two Bikes. Fortunately the person was not able to break the lock and left.
CAR VANDALIZED: From Monica:
My car was vandalized last night on Beach Dr. Back window was hit with something (no rocks in the car) and glass is completely shattered. It appears to be straight-up vandalism as the car was not broken into.
PREVENTING CAR PROWLS: Received today from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge, SPD advice on car-prowl prevention – see it here.