West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 theft reports

Not that the cold weather completely stopped crime in its tracks – certainly seemed to slow it a bit, though. Now, the reports are starting to roll back in – read on for word of two thefts in recent days:

First, from Cathy near Lincoln Park:

SUV break-in, SW Austin, 1 block up from the park. Car alarm went off and neighbors saw a beat-up red sedan zoom down the street. They broke the window and took GPS unit. Car was parked under a street light too.

Second, from Zack near 12th/Roxbury:

Yesterday I was getting ready for work and couldn’t find my wallet which isn’t a huge surprise but not something that takes more than 5 minutes to solve. But off to work I go and my wife continues the hunt. 2 hours later my wife calls with an odd question – did I answer the door on Saturday. I said no and she asked if I was positive. And I said yes. She then told me that at the time she
didn’t think much of it but on her way back from the neighbors’ house she saw someone closing our front door and assumed they were talking with me. I spoke with my neighbor and they recgonized the description without hesitation as a known thief. My wife left the door unlocked 5 minutes with me downstairs and it was long enough for this person to walk in and steal my wallet. Cancelling cards now, filing a report today, and feeling violated for some time to come.

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 theft reports"

  • P December 30, 2008 (9:16 pm)

    I heard something on the news that crime is on the rise and they are not expecting it to drop in 2009. So, everyone beware, and be extra careful!

  • Irukandji December 30, 2008 (10:10 pm)

    Were in chats now with neighbors about a couple guys coming through this afternoon hanging door tag coupons for toilet tissue (Northern brand if you care). Odd that they were tagging some homes and not others. Anyone have experience or trouble shortly after generic door tags?
    Glad I locked the door while out for a few minutes with the stroller!

  • MissK December 30, 2008 (10:39 pm)

    Sorry to hear about the thefts, but leaving a GPS system in your car is just asking for trouble. They (the bad guys) see it in the window and it is like a moth to a flame.

  • flyonwall December 30, 2008 (10:49 pm)

    There is a house across from L park where a LOT of druggies from the island are seen at all hours

  • JanS December 30, 2008 (11:44 pm)

    “druggies from the island”…hmmm…flyonwall…which island would that be? oh, and if you truly have knowledge of this house, have you reported it to anyone? just curious….

  • WSB December 30, 2008 (11:50 pm)

    I would imagine Vashon, given the ferry terminal nearby. And I post this proactively to say please do NOT post any more specifics about anyone you accuse of criminal activity – the place to make specific accusations with identifiable addresses is not here but with the police. Non-emergency # is on the Crime Watch page, emergency # we all know. Thanks – TR

  • mikesw December 30, 2008 (11:57 pm)

    keep everything locked up when you leave it, don’t leave items in plain site in your cars, if you see somebody breaking into a vehicle call 911.

    it’s only going to increase as weather gets nicer this spring/summer and more kids are heading to Alki during their summer breaks.

    I’d like to ask the SPD to put more cruisers rolling around and start putting a LOT more cops on foot and horse at Alki when the weather gets nicer. Break up the crowds, keep the walkways and bike path clear of crowds standing around. They have an entire beach to use.

  • flyonwall December 31, 2008 (12:03 am)

    I have reported it to police. I work near and see a lot. That is all I can say.

  • atemybuick December 31, 2008 (8:45 am)

    The snow seemed to make things worse on my street, a few blocks east of Thriftway. Someone went through one of my cars on the Saturday/Sunday when we had quite a bit of snow. Then the other car was rummaged through some time on the 23rd or 24th. I keep nothing of value in my car and neither one was locked. They just pull all the stuff out of the glove box and consoles.

    I’ve decided it’s cheaper and less trouble to just leave the cars unlocked and empty than to replace broken windows and cut convertible tops. Both cars have alarm systems. Never stops them from looking through the car but it does disable them so they won’t be stolen.

  • kana January 1, 2009 (11:32 am)

    I live in Highland Park and last night around 6pm, New Years Eve, I had a packaging containing my prescription stolen from my front porch. Whoever stole it ripped the box open on my side lawn then proceeded down the block where they dumped the prescription and the remaining contents of the box. I am lucky in that a neighbor walking down 16th saw the prescription, saw that it had my phone number on it and was kind enough to call me to let me know she had it. I thought this neighborhood was getting better, but in the last month I have seen and read nothing but lists of theft and burglary…it’s time for a change…i’ve given up, this neighborhood is a lost cause…

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