Chief Sealth break-in/vandalism: Help solve a $200,000 crime

We usually do not publish complete “tags” on WSB, as it’s believed publicity may further encourage tagging vandals, but this time, police actually are asking us to show you these two photos in hopes you might be able to solve a costly crime: One month after we first told you about a break-in and vandalism spree at the permanent Chief Sealth High School site (WSB coverage here and here), currently closed for renovation work, Southwest Precinct Detective Nick Bauer tells WSB the damage now totals $200,000; much of that damage was from a fire set by the burglar(s), but they also broke windows, skylights, and even some equipment in the library. Believed to be linked to the break-in: Graffiti vandalism on the roof, as seen above and below:

What police are asking is this: If you have seen graffiti/tagging in a style resembling either of these photos – or if even better, you have any idea who the “writer(s)” might be – please give them a call. CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound is a good place to start, since you can tip anonymously: 206-343-2020 or 800-222-TIPS. SPD also has a non-emergency line, 206-625-5011. Just one of the ways in which your tip could help: Police can check their databases for known taggers, and if it turns out that something you have seen has already been linked to a certain offender, that may help them make the connection that cracks this case. Side note: The white blob in the top photo is our edit to block a profanity; investigators wonder if “f— the merger ” might be a reference to the end result of the work that is under way now, not only renovating CSHS but also building a new Denny Middle School on the same campus.

7 Replies to "Chief Sealth break-in/vandalism: Help solve a $200,000 crime"

  • Doris April 20, 2009 (11:55 am)

    I really think we should have strong and swift punishment for people who tag. Whether it’s gang related or just adolescent stupidity, it’s irresponsible, wrong, and cost’s the tax payers a lot of money to clean up (as well as private citizens for their personal property). Public humiliation would be great.

  • Eddie April 20, 2009 (12:41 pm)


  • Mike April 20, 2009 (1:17 pm)

    I’d rather punish their parents.

  • KBear April 20, 2009 (2:32 pm)

    “F*** the merger”? Maybe it WAS the parents.

  • GenHillOne April 20, 2009 (3:44 pm)

    Yeah, like I’m going to believe that the ones who did this care enough about school to have an actual opinion on the merger. pfffft.

  • GenHillOne April 20, 2009 (3:45 pm)

    …and shame on me…co-location, not *merger*.

  • Misty April 20, 2009 (10:12 pm)

    I’ve always thought it would be quite effective, although the lawfulness of it is questionable, for the police to go through the schools and look at the binders of the teenagers. There is much to be learned from the decorative way each student writes his or her name on their possessions.

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