West Seattle Crime Watch: Return of the report summaries

handcuffs_2.jpgWest Seattle Crime Watch has been long on reader reports and short on police reports for a while because of a change in how we access those reports, related to Seattle Police switching to a new computerized report system. But now we’re getting back into the rhythm of things, so those who are interested in these roundups can see what’s been going on. Keep those reader reports coming, though. Meantime, here are some West Seattle notes from the past four days worth of reports, plus one reader report:

First, a caveat. This is a long list not because of some crime wave, but because this represents four-plus days worth of police reports — including some incidents from previous days, with the reports not finalized till now — we’ll be checking reports more frequently again, so the lists should be shorter after this:

TRUCKER TEAM STEALS FUEL: Around 6 pm last Wednesday at Pacific Pride station on SW Lander, four semi-trucks fueled up and then fled after an employee confronted them about a fuel card not being used for one truck – turned out the others had been using some type f manual override – one truck alone had $900 of diesel, total loss not known.

TAGGERS HIT FIRE STATION: Friday night or Saturday morning, somebody tagged a generator and dumpster at Fire Station 29 on Ferry SW.

DRIVE-BY SKATEBOARD THIEF: Just after 6 last Friday night, a teenage boy was hanging out with friends in the 4700 block of California, on the south side of the WaMu drive-through, when a black Honda came by and the driver opened his door and grabbed the boy’s skateboard. The man was described as white, in his 30s or 40s, with slicked-back wavy black hair.

GROUP ATTACKS MAN: Around 8:30 Sunday night, three teenage boys were arrested after an attack on a man in his 20s, after he got off a southbound bus on Delridge and Trenton and was confronted by a group of 10 males who started shouting gang-related remarks at him and attacking him. At least one attacker reportedly had brass knuckles. The victim did not need to go to the hospital.

ANOTHER MAN ATTACKED: Early Saturday morning, police got a call from a woman who had taken her son (in his 20s) to a hospital emergency room downtown after he was injured during a robbery a few hours earlier at a bus stop on Delridge near Thistle. Two men knocked him down, started kicking him, and demanded his phone and wallet; they took the phone, and his keys, but threw the wallet back after learning it had no money in it.

HOME BREAK-IN: 2:20-6 pm last Thursday, 5900 block of 48th SW, a man called police to say his back door had been kicked in and items were strewn around the house. 2 TVs and a laptop were taken.

NEIGHBORS CHASE AWAY WOULD-BE BURGLAR: The evening of May 19, neighbors saw a man with a hammer trying to break into a clinic in the 4000 block of SW 100th. They shouted at him, then chased him; he got away but dropped a large backpack he was carrying — it contained numerous burglary tools. His description was rather distinctive: About 20 yars old, 5 9, 140 lbs, shaggy brown hair, white, big eyes, bad acne, black hooded sweatshirt with white strings and black jeans that only reached his upper ankles.

RESIDENT WAKES UP AND STARTLES BURGLAR: Just before 4 am May 22nd, in the 7500 block of 24th SW, a man asleep on his couch awoke to see a burglar standing over him. The intruder then bolted; he apparently had entered from a sliding bedroom window open just a few inches for ventilation. An Xbox system and a wallet with $200 cash were missing; 100 CDs and a black plastic change counter were found outside.

INTRUDER SCARED OFF: Monday just before 6 pm at a medical clinic in the 3400 block of California, an employee startled a man who appeared to be going through someone’s desk. THe man had a green duffel bag. He grabbed it and ran, with the employee in hot pursuit calling 911 as he ran. The man got away. Apparently nothing was stolen.

BELATEDLY REPORTED HOME BREAK-IN: 5000 block of SW Prince, happened May 6th but not reported until last Wednesday because the victim read about other area burglaries and thought she should report hers too, though didn’t report it at the time because she felt nothing could be done about it. DVD player, laser disc player, laptop were stolen. She had come home from being away all day and found her deck door open, looked like it had been pried open.

NOTHING TAKEN IN THIS BREAK-IN: Sometime may 19, someone pried open a basement door to get into a home in the 9800 block of Marine View Drive, but nothing was taken, even though valuables were in plain sight.

CAR BREAK-IN: Thursday night or Friday morning in the 4000 block of 17th SW, someone broke into a car and stole an iPod, laptop computer, and keycard.

TRUCK BREAK-IN: Midday May 21st, an Oregon man said someone broke into the canopy of his pickup while it was parked at Westwood Village.

AERIAL PROWLER: Around 1 am May 22, police answered a prowler call at Merrill Gardens in 2300 block of California. Someone had looked out a window and saw a man walking on the awning, holding flowers. Police found the suspect nearby; he acted strangely, possibly intoxicated, and after a long and somewhat combative noncooperative encounter with police, was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

ANOTHER BREAK-IN ATTEMPT WITH NOTHING TAKEN: May 20 night or early May 21, someone tried to break into an office in 4700 block of 44th. Nothing was missing. The door and lock had pry marks.

CAR VANDALISM RAMPAGE: Around 11 pm last Friday night, six vehicles were damaged in the 5600 block 44th – all on the west side of 44th between Juneau and Findlay – all with windows and/or mirrors shattered. One witness says she saw a man running away with a baseball bat.

MORE CAR VANDALISM: A man in the 4100 block of SW 106th called police around 11:30 pm Friday night to say he had heard loud crashes outside and found somebody had smashed windows and lights on his car. He thought it might have been a dark 4-door sedan he saw driving slowly by, with someone yelling “Oh damn, the lights are on,” when he went outside.

CAR BURGLARS SCARED OFF: Just before 2 am Sunday in the 9000 block 18th SW, a man heard glass breaking outside his apartment and went out to find three people trying to steal stereo equipment out of a vehicle. He yelled at them to stop. They fled in a gold-colored vehicle.

HOME WINDOW BROKEN: Around 1 am Saturday, someone threw a rock through a window of a home in the 9200 block of 18th SW.

OFFICE WINDOW BROKEN: Between 3 pm and 10 pm on Saturday, someone broke a window at an office in the 5600 block of Fauntleroy, but police and business staffers were not certain whether it had been entered; nothing was missing.

CAR WINDOW BROKEN: Around six o’clock Saturday morning in the 6900 block delridge, somebody broke a car window with a rock.

SCAM PHONE CALL: May 21st, a West Seattleite got a phone call from a woman claiming the called person was three months behind in magazine subscriptions. One small hitch — they had none, so they started questioning the caller before terminating the call. They checked the number and say it goes to a company described in online references as a scam telemarketer.

READER REPORT, CAR DAMAGE: We received this reader report: “My car’s passenger side upper windshield and passenger side mirror were destroyed late Friday night. The damage seems to be more similar to a hit and run given the damage is limited to the passenger side of the car (the side facing the street), no attempt was made to break into the car or damage the car anywhere else and the damage is limited to a very small area of the car. I am on 47 SW between Hinds and Spokane.”

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.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Return of the report summaries"

  • k May 28, 2008 (6:49 am)

    i know it’s been awhile since a report, but that list seems too darn long to me.

  • toomanyratsinacageakaWS May 28, 2008 (7:42 am)

    Weather must be getting nice, look at all the home and car incidents!

  • ptr May 28, 2008 (2:04 pm)

    My neighbor and I confronted a kid who was casing a couple homes next to us (we live on 25th ave, just north of Brandon). He was suspiciously walking between homes and looking into our backyards when we walked up to him. I asked if I could help him with something. He looked startled and immediately said he wasn’t going to steal anything…uh, yeah right. He then walked off, heading west on Brandon. The person in question was a young Hispanic male, 15-18 yrs old, with braces. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a camouflage backpack. I reported him to the police and they said they were going to send someone out to look for him.

  • Jason May 28, 2008 (3:00 pm)

    I love West Seattle and it kills me to see this much crime reported.

  • WW May 29, 2008 (7:52 am)

    We had a black male, mid 20’s, about 5’10”,come to our door in the afternoon 2 days ago near 45th & Brandon, claiming to be with “Colors Northwest” handing out magazines saying they are helping kids of color (from WSHS & Sealth HS) by picking up garbage. He said our neighbors remembered him from last year even though he cut his dreadlocks and said they gave him $20 cash. I’m mow worried he was casing our neighborhood. Be on the lookout!

  • Wytchcat May 29, 2008 (8:55 am)

    Hmmm… I was hoping to see what had blocked off 14th AV S between Cloverdale and Trenton at 1am on Sat the 25th. But no mention.

    That never bodes well

  • WSB May 29, 2008 (9:02 am)

    Hi – just so you know, we don’t cover South Park unless it’s something gigantic and traffic-blocking (or something incredibly fascinating of interest to the west, too; for example, we provided advance mention of the Cesar Chavez Park events a few weeks back). Our hands are more than full just trying to keep track of everything (crime and much more) in West Seattle, so in this respect, we have to skim past the SW Precinct reports for that area — TR

  • Wytchcat May 29, 2008 (10:26 am)

    Ahh… Ok.. thanks!

  • LandG May 30, 2008 (1:37 pm)

    In the vicinity of SW Stevens and Hanford between 45th and 48th Ave SW, I noticed 2 African-American males who seemed a bit suspicious. One wore a dark baseball cap (middle-age) and in pretty good shape. The other was younger and wore a bright red jogging suit with a hood. The man in the hat was standing in my yard at around 12 noon and was watching the house across the street. The other guy with the hooded sweatshirt approached him and handed him a piece of paper. I went to get my camera but they then proceeded to 46th and Stevens. The man in the cap stands at looks at the houses while the other goes in and out of yards. I checked with some of the neightbors who were home at the time and said they were not aware of the men in their yard. The police were notified.

  • LandG May 30, 2008 (1:56 pm)

    Correction to my previous report on the suspicious activity. I saw them go to “47th” and Stevens from 46th. Maybe they weren’t doing anything wrong but it’s good to be on the lookout.

  • WSB May 30, 2008 (2:01 pm)

    are you the person who texted us? thanks very much if so but be forewarned, texts cut off after 140 or so characters so we couldn’t tell what it was all about aside from “two suspicious ..”

  • 256kilo May 31, 2008 (12:38 am)

    I’ve just found your blog. What a good idea. I live in the 4000 block of 106th which I bought in January. My Son owns a Subaru wagon. About a month ago he went out to go to work one AM and found his passenger side rear window completely smashed out. Nothing was taken and we thought it odd. Reading that there have been other incidents like this makes more sence. Thank You

  • Mike Flynn June 1, 2008 (12:04 am)

    I always report any funky activity in my neighborhood, even if the basis is on the up-and-up. People who are walking the street saying they’re selling something or doorbelling for politicians are just as likely to be casing the neighborhood to see who’s home at specific times of the day — especially during business hours. Maybe I’m just suspicious having grown up in New York, but I think it’s worth it to be a little bit paranoid.

  • WSB June 1, 2008 (12:06 am)

    One of my mom’s favorite sayings was “Better safe than sorry.” (The other one, also wise, was, “The only thing constant is change.”)

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