First, a photo – this one from Mac, who asked this Seattle Police traffic officer for permission to take his picture – he obliged, then wished Mac a “good day” before zooming off to write a ticket. Not too much else happening in police-land according to our most recent review of reports at the Southwest Precinct:
For example – no West Seattle burglaries in the report stack. That’s the second report review in a row with low or no burglaries, since the wave of recent arrests. Here are the few things that ARE worth noting:
TEEN PUNCHES TEEN: Just before 4 pm Monday, a 13-year-old boy had to be taken to the hospital after getting punched in the face in the 5000 block of Genesee. He said he was walking in the area when other teens approached him and one said “stop messing with my little brother” before hitting him. Police couldn’t find the suspect.
CAR BREAK-IN: After dining in the 1900 block of Harbor on Tuesday night, two people came out to find someone had smashed the rear window of their car and taken items including a laptop and PDA. Surveillance video recorded a person who might be a suspect.
ANOTHER CAR BREAK-IN: This one happened around 11 am last Friday in an alley in the 9000 block of 35th; an iPod and car stereo were stolen.
STORAGE-LOCKER BREAK-IN: This happened around 4 am March 12 but wasn’t noticed till Monday; someone was caught on surveillance video breaking into a storage locker in a condo garage in the 1100 block of Alki Avenue. Only one known break-in was reported but other residents were to be asked to check their lockers.
DANGEROUS DRIVING: Just before 6 pm Saturday, two drivers engaged in something of a dangerous game. First a 40-year-old woman told police that another driver, who turned out to be a 23-year-old man, had waved her around as they headed toward West Seattle on the bridge, but then he flipped her off, made a “shooting” type gesture with his hand, and followed her around WS. When police caught up with him at 42nd and Genesee, he said she actually had tailgated him, and then gotten in front of him and slammed on her brakes. The police report says she admitted doing something “dumb.” Both drivers were warned to avoid such behavior in the future.
GO AWAY AND STAY AWAY: Tuesday around noon, for the second time in about a week, police talked with a 47-year-old man believed to be living out of his pickup truck in the Highland Park area. Neighbors thought they saw him drinking; previously, he had been reported to have been watching children at Highland Park Elementary. This time, police told him he needed to get out of the area or else they would cite him.
GRAFFITI VANDALS: Besides the reader reports we got a few days ago, there was also a police report filed for vandalism sometime last Friday in the 8600 block of 10th SW; a fence and garage were tagged.
STOLEN? Police got a report of an apparently stolen car abandoned near West Seattle Bowl this morning. Nobody had reported the 1985 Nissan pickup stolen as of the time police were called, but it looked pretty suspicious — all locks and ignition damaged, windshield cracked, parked on the street with the window down in the pouring rain. It was a traffic hazard, too, so police called for a tow truck to have it impounded.
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. Previous WSB police-report coverage is archived on our Crime Watch page.