West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen “care package…from Grandma”

We’re moving this up for wider attention after Molly K posted it as a comment on this mail-theft story from Monday:

We had a care package from my mom stolen from our front porch (28th & Myrtle in Sunrise Heights [map]) on Friday, February 20. We knew it had been stolen because a neighbor in Sylvan Heights found a letter and check from my Grandma in their trash and sent it back to her . My husband and I walked the trail between our house and Sylvan Heights and found traces of our package – a couple pacifiers, a book, a card and check addressed to my son from Grandma, and the empty box with my mom’s return address. The jerks ripped it open and threw the stuff they didn’t want into the blackberry bushes. Apparently they kept the baby clothes, the quilt my mother made, and the needlepoint Christmas stocking my 90-year-old grandmother made for my son because we have yet to find those. We also found the remains of another person’s package and took that stuff back to her.

If anyone was along that trail last Friday (the one that starts at 28th and ends at Sylvan Way) and found any baby stuff, or if you live in Sylvan Heights and had inexplicable baby items in your trash Friday afternoon, please let us know.

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen "care package...from Grandma""

  • carrieann February 27, 2009 (2:06 pm)

    It’s disgusting and upsetting that someone would do that. What a violation. Although I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the bleeding heart in me starts to feel a bit badly that it’s, perhaps, a homeless and/or poor family in desperate need of things for their own infant. (Which is why the clothing and blanket weren’t recovered. I suppose I always struggle to find that “good/valid” explanation in an otherwise crappy situation, so I don’t just completely give up on the world.)
    No matter, that certainly doesn’t take away from the fact that they STOLE something, and then so carelessly discarded items which meant a great deal to you and your family. I’m very sorry you had that happen, and I hope you’re able to recover the other things!

  • kittylove February 27, 2009 (2:16 pm)

    this is why i have packages delivered to my work.

  • Kayleigh February 27, 2009 (3:14 pm)

    That’s just mean. Handmade things are the best. I’m sorry it happened to you. :-(

  • Shell Marr February 27, 2009 (3:42 pm)

    I’m so sorry this happened to you!!

    We have a PMB and have our packages delivered to Alki Mail & Dispatch for this very reason.

    Again…so sorry.

  • Amy February 27, 2009 (5:13 pm)

    UPS and USPS need to stop leaving packages on people’s porches. Once upon a time you or a neighbor had to sign for packages.

    People just can’t be trusted anymore – especially nowadays…

  • Eddie February 27, 2009 (8:01 pm)

    Amy – Sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree. I can be trusted.

  • Admiral Lady February 27, 2009 (10:28 pm)

    Wow! How crappy! I am so sorry this happened to you. Cariann, sorry, can’t agree with your slight bleeding heart. People who need something for an infant randomly target a house with a box on the porch in the “off chance” there are baby items in it? I don’t think so. Unfortunately, there are a lot of piece of crap people out there

  • carrieann February 28, 2009 (7:38 am)

    @Admiral Lady: It’s OK, I wasn’t expecting everyone to jump up in agreement with that ;c) and even I highly doubt my little “what if” scenario was the case here. Just providing another perspective and sorta daydreaming aloud.
    As someone who has had their belongings stolen, too (and this post was eerily similar to the time I had to walk through a trail to find the discarded remains of what the thieves didn’t want from my purse) I know how completely terrible it feels

  • S February 28, 2009 (7:16 pm)

    I live in the Morgan St SW/35th Ave SW area and had a package stolen from my doorstep the end of January. I hope whoever took it enjoyed my purchase.. I never found any traces of it anywhere. I will be haveing all packages sent to my work address from now on. Even if I think they will fit in my locked mailbox.

    What ever happened to the note the delivery people (Postal, UPS etc) would put in your mailbox or on your door letting you know you had a package that wouldn’t fit in your mailbox or because you weren’t home, so you could go pick it up???

    Sorry to hear your package was stolen. People can be such creeps these days.

  • Lisa March 2, 2009 (8:39 am)

    This is why packages shouldn’t just be left on the front porch! What ever happend to leaving a missed you post it and to pick it up at the post office or ups site? Or come back the next day? Half the time they don’t even knock they just put it on the porch and leave. This could have all been avoided. Sorry to hear about your loss.

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