West Seattle Crime Watch: Car ransacked, knife taken

From longtime WSB’er “timeslid“:

Well, it happened to our car last night. Some really fabulous human rifled through our car last night. Nothing is missing other than the car cheese knife. It was really fun to come out to all the contents of the glove box strewn up the street. This was between Lander and Stevens on 38th (map). I thought I locked the door, but I guess I didn’t.

13 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car ransacked, knife taken"

  • B-squared March 30, 2009 (4:41 pm)

    i’m sorry for your loss. my cheese knife was stolen from the car years ago. along with my cork screw. bastards. hope they didn’t do any damage getting in.

  • Mike March 30, 2009 (5:09 pm)

    How often are you eating cheese in the car that you have a “car cheese knife”?

  • WSB March 30, 2009 (5:25 pm)

    In case “Timeslid” doesn’t happen by soon, I actually asked that same thing. They’re just big cheese fans. I suppose “what people keep in their cars” could be a whole ‘nother thread … maybe a Forum topic .. I still have Christmas lights in the backseat but that’s a long story – TR

  • datamuse March 30, 2009 (5:52 pm)

    Hey, you never know when you’ll need a cheese knife. (I finally cleaned my car out late last fall, and, well, all I’m saying is that if someone had ransacked my car before I cleaned it out they might well have found Jimmy Hoffa in there.)

    Sorry that happened to you. Unfortunately, even if we keep nothing in our cars that’s no guarantee people won’t come looking anyway…

  • westseattledood March 30, 2009 (6:40 pm)

    I can completely understand why the tiresome thieves risked a police record or incarceration for it.

    Sheesh, what tools!

    Sorry they picked on the good peeps that are Timeslid & fam.

  • timeslid March 30, 2009 (6:47 pm)

    I get that its weird that we had a cheese knife in the car. Long trips = cheese and crackers. We also drink tea with as it is the final compliment :)

    Thanks for the kind words westseattledood et. al!

  • fiz March 30, 2009 (7:12 pm)

    I’d hate to see some of the mess in my car strewn on the street in front of my neighbors!

  • Dreamland March 30, 2009 (7:58 pm)

    Sorry timeslid, that’s crappy.

    Fiz, agreed. I would be very embarrassed to see what’s under the carseats especially. But probably it would be just a bunch of old maps strewn everywhere. (Okay, time to clean the car.)

  • Elisabeth March 30, 2009 (8:14 pm)

    Speaking of oddball knives in cars…. about 5 years ago my dearly beloved 96 Honda Civic Hatch was stolen. Several weeks later it was found on 66th in the U district. Evidently it had been there for a long time. I’d been reluctant to settle with the insurance company and sure enough I got it back! It had a ripped-out steering column and the added bonus of a gas can and a BUTTER KNIFE. A butter knife? I guess that’s what the hoods used to pry open the window. I now have something called an Auto Brake, a device that locks onto the brake pedal. You can’t put the car in gear unless you depress the brake. The Auto Brake prevents this. Car’s been broken into many times (NO, I don’t keep anything of value in it) and sometimes the Auto Brake’s been twisted around, like somebody tried to get it off. Yes, it can be sawed through, but to do that the thief has to have the door open and his butt hanging out. Hardly a desirable situation for a car thief! The Auto Brake was recommended to me by an actual cop. Sure beats hiding in the bushes with a silent blow-dart gun all night, waiting for a thief to come along, then getting sued by said thief for bodily harm and psychological trauma.

  • watero March 30, 2009 (11:50 pm)

    Maybe next time you’ll have the cheese in the car and it’ll stink so bad they just leave?

  • Tyler Welch March 31, 2009 (8:01 am)

    I should start by saying that I’m troubled anytime I read about a break-in on the blog. It hasn’t been two years since one if these marauders broke into our home and stole the TV. The feeling of violation is still fresh in my mind.

    That being said, the cheese knife story is hilarious. I’m proud to live in a city where people carry cheese knives in their cars. I’ll be placing our knife in the car today as a show of solidarity.

    “You can take our pride, but you will never take our cheese knives”

  • Tish March 31, 2009 (10:09 am)

    I should have reported it to WSB, but my car was broken into last week in the neighborhood of 28th and Holden/Webster. The exact same thing happened. The thief quickly riffled through all of my car compartments before grabbing my backpack. Like you, I found all of my belongings from the backpack strewn from my car to the end of the block. Unlike you, I lost two things of value (an Ipod and a GPS system that were tucked away in a drawer). More so than the $500 in lost equipment, I am upset that anyone could do this to another human being. Plus, whenever I get into my car now, I just feel violated. What is this neighborhood coming to?

  • WSB March 31, 2009 (10:13 am)

    Sorry to hear it. Most important thing is that you report it to police – it’s great to share the word here but even if it’s hours or days later, they need the crime data for an accurate picture of what’s happening as well as for staffing allocation … The GPS is apparently a nationwide phenomenon; I was at a conference out-of-state last week and someone else discussed doing a story about the trend, in Chicago, after their car was broken into and the responding officer pointed out the telltale suction cups … TR

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