From our latest review of reports at the Southwest Precinct (which, if you’re new here, is the “police station” for West Seattle, at Delridge/Webster by Home Depot): We start with a suspected drunk driver caught asleep at the wheel — in his Oldsmobile Cutlass, motor running, blocking an intersection. This happened after 3 am Saturday at 25th/Cloverdale. Officers woke the 26-year-old man up; one of his breath tests came in at two and a half times the level officially defined as DUI. Next — how a police car wound up with its back window smashed out:
This one also happened early Saturday morning, just before 4:30 am, in the 4400 block of SW Alaska. Neighbors called police about a loud argument between a man and a woman. Officers found an injured man and an agitated woman. She became so combative, they handcuffed her and put her in a police car; while they continued investigating the situation, even though she was cuffed and also strapped in with a seatbelt, the 31-year-old woman managed to kick out the rear window of the patrol car — which was recorded on the in-car video camera. One of the officers who struggled with her suffered a finger injury. (According to the King County Jail Register, the woman is still in jail, facing charges of malicious mischief.)
TO CATCH A THIEF: A Junction retailer just wasn’t going to let a woman get away with shoplifting. Around 3:30 last Friday afternoon, a clerk at the store noticed the woman admiring a $99 purse. Shortly afterward, the woman and the purse were gone. Store employees looked outside and spotted the woman at a nearby bus stop. When she got on a bus, they followed on foot, after calling 911. Police arrived and questioned the woman at 42nd/Alaska; she had the purse and admitted taking it with no intention of paying.
MORE (ALLEGED) THIEF-CATCHING: A man who lives near 17th/Graham called police after seeing three teenage boys take a tire off a neighbor’s car, and told them what they looked like and which way they went. Using that information, officers found “a group of kids” hanging around in the 5900 block of 18th SW, outside a house where none of them lived. A tire iron and jacks were on the ground nearby, alongside a VW Jetta that had one tire different from the other three — to boot, that particular tire wasn’t completely attached. One member of the group tried to duck behind a car and failed to comply with officers’ orders to come back; they cuffed him (and noticed he’d put an open can of beer on the ground behind that car). All three were arrested, two for theft, one for obstruction of justice. Police discovered two of the boys were runaways, aged 16 and 17; the third suspect also was a teen, 16 years old.
CAUGHT ON CAM, BUT NOT CAUGHT YET: A neighbor’s surveillance camera apparently has video of the burglar who broke into a home in the 4000 block of 57th SW last Friday morning. The man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, is believed to be responsible for breaking a downstairs window at the home and making off with items including a computer, video-game console, iPod, and three cameras.
SPOTTED ON CAM: In the 6400 block of California, an apartment resident checked out the closed-circuit camera for her building’s lobby and saw a man who she suspected was an intruder. She went down to tell him to leave; he did, but not until after grabbing keys that were attached to her walker. She told police she also had seen him doing something to one of the building’s surveillance cameras; they found its lens taped over. The man was described only as black, slim, in his 40s, wearing a black shirt and pants.
UNPLEASANT SURPRISE POST-VACATION: In the 4700 block of 48th SW, residents came home from vacation last Friday to find that someone broke into their house through the front door, making off with audio equipment and $200 in change kept in a jar and vase.
CONSTRUCTION SITE BREAK-IN: A building that’s being used as a “makeshift office” for a contractor at a construction project in the 2400 block of SW Holden was burglarized sometime Sunday night or Monday morning. A carpenter spotted signs of the break-in when he arrived at work this morning and called police; missing items include a printer, batteries, charger, walkie-talkie, and a medical kit.
GPS SYSTEMS STOLEN FROM TWO CARS: Seems like in-car GPS systems are hot property for the thieves who break into cars these days; the latest to be taken happened early Sunday in the 3400 block of 60th and late Saturday or early Sunday in the 2400 block of Alki Ave. In both cases, the thief or thieves broke a passenger-side window to get into the car and take the GPS (among other things).
NO WHEELS TO GET TO WORK: Someone stole a 1996 blue Nissan Altima from an alley in the 4400 block of Delridge early today. The police report says the car’s owner “tried to go to work today at 7:30 (am), but the car was gone.”
GRAFFITI VANDALISM: Taggers hit a fence in the 8600 block of 20th SW sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.
MYSTERY BAG: Around 9 o’clock this morning in the 5700 block of Orleans, a nearby resident found a black gym bag with credit cards, phone, camera, and other items strewn around. Police couldn’t trace it to anyone nearby so they took it in. (Always a good idea to file a police report on lost or found items of significance.)
As we always remind you – don’t hesitate to call police when you see or hear something suspicious, and of course when you believe a crime has been (or is being) committed. In addition to 911, there’s a non-emergency line at 206/625-5011. A big collection of Seattle Police crime-prevention resources is linked from the Southwest Precinct’s Crime Prevention page. And previous WSB police-report coverage is archived on our Crime Watch page.