November 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm #609661
I have video and a still picture of a vehicle pulling up to our set of mail boxes and checking each one. This happened late last night I want to make sure as many people as possible see the video and picture here in West Seattle. I do not know how to post a video or picture here, but would love to know how so I can get them posted.November 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm #800132
Yikes! Could you upload the photo to somewhere like imgur.com? I live in HP and I always worry about my mail being stolen. You could upload the video to YouTube.November 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm #800133
I don’t know- maybe you could contact the editors here and see if they could put it on the WSB home page as part of a crime reporting round up? I don’t know what their parameters are though, of posting images without confirming an actual crime was committed. like- is it OBVIOUS in the video they were checking out each mail box versus idling there for no apparent reason ?November 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm #800134
I did send the video and picture to the editors and hope that they can post it on the front page. You can clearly see the man in the video opening each mail box, there are three of them. I will upload the video to YouTube and see if I can get it one here. Thanks for the help!November 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm #800135November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm #800136November 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm #800137November 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm #800138
Yeah, that IS pretty obvious. I hope they catch that guy (guys?)!!November 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm #800139
Interesting that the license plate seems to be off to the side…hope that’s diagnostic for the police. I’ll be watching for the guy, and the car. When I walk my dog early in the morning I often see rows of mailboxes standing open. They probably just cruise neighborhoods at night…
Thanks for posting!November 14, 2013 at 2:23 am #800140
You can see the passenger reach his hand into the middle mailbox. It went by too fast to see whether he had mail in his hand, watching at normal speed. But enlarge the video to full screen, pause it at 00:21 and then step through the next second or two of frames. Between 00:21 and 00:22 you’ll see him pull an envelope out of the mailbox. The envelope has several lines of writing on the outside. He takes the envelope with him, shuts the mailbox with his other hand, and the car drives off.November 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm #800141
Strikes me that it’s a 4-Door White Honda. The same sort of vehicle that has been reported as slowly following and harassing female runners early in the morning in the West Seattle area for the last 2+ years.
Same vehicle? Do the occupants look familiar?November 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm #800142
That is a 1990 Honda Accord EX 4-Door. The grill, emblem placement and air dam are unique for that year.November 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm #800143
With all this great police work by WSB readers, the perps should be caught in no time. Of course, they’ll be out of jail and back on the “job” in a week…November 15, 2013 at 12:21 am #800144
MyPatience: One of the local news outlets has expressed interest on your youtube page. Maybe you can get them a higher quality to run on the air. :)November 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm #800145November 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm #800146
Please also inform the US Postal Inspection Service! They have an on-line reporting webpage
(my dad was a Postal Inspector)December 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm #800147
A mail prowler was confronted on 37th Ave SW on Monday night about 11 pm, just off SW 102nd St. Pickup truck filled with junk. Look out, those scrappers may be stealing more than metal from your yard…December 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm #800148
There’s been a lot of mail theft in our neighborhood in the last couple of months. I found loads of discarded mail (turned in to police and returned to residents) in the street and shrubs on my morning walks. Here in Normandy Park, they are opening boxes and breaking locked boxes and grabbing mail people have left inside. I strongly encourage you pick up your mail daily or have someone do it for you if you can’t. If the bad guys encounter zero mail a few times around, they may just stop this awful invasion of our privacy. In the meantime, continue surveillance and sharing these pictures with us – thanks!December 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm #800149
Might be worth checking into the process of getting locked mailboxes for your block. I feel a lot better that my block has locked individual boxes and 2 locked parcel boxes. I try to choose USPS when I can for my packages so that they can at least be locked while I’m not home.December 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm #800150
Thanks for posting, Patience. I’m in Highland Park and have already had one package stolen off my front stoop this season (and in the middle of the afternoon!). This is an ongoing problem for me; I try to have most things delivered to my office but it’s not always possible.
I just hate that this is the new normal.
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