Crime Watch: WSHS vandalism; North Admiral break-in attempt

FIRST: The 911 log showed an “automatic fire alarm” call at West Seattle High School listed as open for several hours early this morning, which is unusual, so we called Seattle Fire Department to check. Public-information officer Sue Stangl says someone “threw a small chunk of concrete through a window” and followed it up by throwing a lit string of 100 or so firecrackers through the broken window — the smoke set off the fire alarm. The only notable damage was to the window, but the call stayed “open” on the log because of the ongoing investigation.

SECOND: A reader report about suspected “casing” and a subsequent burglary attempt that neighbors think might be linked:

Belvidere neighborhood last night near Olga and Belvidere . On Wednesday, police were called when two African-Americans, one heavyset boy, one girl, both around 16-18 yrs old, all dressed in white, were going door to door without ID. Last night there was an attempted break-in in the same area at a home where the owners had placed their garbage out early due to being out of town. Police again were notified but were directed to the wrong address. Suspect could only be identified as 6’1-6’2 and African-American with normal-fitting dark hoodie. White Cadillac with dark tinted windows seen in the neighborhood around the same time as both events.

5 Replies to "Crime Watch: WSHS vandalism; North Admiral break-in attempt"

  • JanS July 18, 2008 (1:37 pm)

    interesting…I was having one of those “sleepless” nights last night, and heard the firecrackers, heard the sirens, saw the posting on the Realtime 911 list.. I’m a night owl anyway, and it’s surprising how many ” young”people I hear out and about late at night in the Admiral Safeway area.

    Sad that perhaps some of them feel they have to be destructive like that…

  • Kitrit July 18, 2008 (2:06 pm)

    The parking lot at Admiral Safeway can be pretty intimidating at night. Presumably good kids, but when the pack mentality takes over…

  • jennifer July 18, 2008 (11:04 pm)

    I returned home around 1:00 pm on wednesday to my home on holly place and noticed that same cadillac driving by.

  • Jill July 19, 2008 (11:01 am)

    I have seen the white cadillac cruising around the Morgan junction area a couple of times lately. It is a very suspicios looking group who look to be very obviouly casing the neighborhood.

  • david July 20, 2008 (6:29 am)

    Saturday at about 1130 a.m. the same two casers came by 38th/Myrtle area, one black male,about 5′-11″, between 20-30 yo, corn rows, white shirt. The other also black,shorter and round. Upon opening the door I told them I wasn’t interested…. by their rude comments they only confirmed they were casers. I usually photograph everyone that comes to the door but not this time….. A locking gate goes up tomorrow.

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