Arson follow-up: Locksmith goes mobile

That’s a look inside Puget Sound Key and Lock in Morgan Junction while owner Michael Dein was there this morning to talk to news crews about what’s happened since the firebombing 4 weeks ago. As you can see, the view hasn’t changed much. But he’s managed to keep working by going mobile — he talked about that, and about how little time he would need to get set up again, once his landlord’s insurance coverage (for the structure, not his destroyed business) comes through:

Dein will be on hand for the fundraiser/raffle event that WSB Forum Community members are having Saturday night at Admiral Pub. One more clip … in which he shows the rock he says the firebomber(s) used … plus raffle/fundraiser details (including the list of what’s up for grabs so far!) … ahead:

The announcement of today’s interview opportunity with Dein brought out five citywide media crews — all four TV news stations and the P-I (and KIRO Radio called him for an interview later). While one crew was interviewing him in the entrance to the burned-out shop, he revealed more details on how the devastating fire was started:

Now, more on the Saturday night fundraiser. 6-9 pm at Admiral Pub, all ages welcome, no admission charge but money to help the burned-out business will be raised in a variety of ways – including a portion of proceeds from certain drink sales, plus raffle tickets that the Forum Community members have been selling – check out the latest list of what’ll be raffled off:

Stella Ruffington- Doggy Spa Day

Freedom Fitness- (2) gym memberships w/personal training

Mariners Tickets (4 tickets, donated by Pacific Office Automation)

Massage for Well Being (3) Massages

Art work (a glass mosaic of the Space Needle, called “Nighttime”)

Rick’s Barber Shop – 1 free cut

Yard work

Elliott Bay Brewery gift card

Framed Guatemalan quilted fabric (stylized owl)

Unframed oil painting – “Why Not Now” — stylized portrait (soon to be discovered East Coast artist)

If there is no way on the planet you can get to the event Saturday night, there are three other chances to buy raffle tickets: One, go to Admiral Pub tonight, 7-8 pm. Two, join us for the West Seattle Community Awards Recognition informal gathering at Capers in The Junction tomorrow (Friday), also 7-8 pm — we’ll be joined by Forum Community members who promise to bring tickets too (that’s where we’re buying ours!). Three, e-mail this special mailbox and arrangements will be made to get tickets to you:

And if you have any tips about the Puget Sound Key and Lock arson — 800/55-ARSON is the special hotline, or just call 911 — it’s an important case that police would love to solve.

1 Reply to "Arson follow-up: Locksmith goes mobile"

  • James Mehaffey April 18, 2008 (4:43 pm)

    I have a key machine,tools and books that Michael Dein can have if he wants them. Is there contact information somewhere?

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