West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspected prowler, caught on cam

The person at left was photographed prowling a townhouse in the 4500 block of 40th Ave SW just a little while ago, according to WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli, who saw it happen and just finished talking with police. He says: “I was sitting at my desk working (with a view of the alley) and I saw this guy walk up to my neighbor’s door across the alley and try the doorknob. The door was locked. So then I saw him look in the window by the door. He was looking around, trying to appear casual, but clearly up to something. When I saw him go around to the other side of the house and jump the railing onto the deck I picked up the phone and called 911. I didn’t know it but my neighbor and his two small children were actually home. Apparently the thief saw or heard them and decided not to proceed any further. He jumped back over the fence and sauntered down the alley towards Alaska. I grabbed several pictures and was able to give print outs to the SPD. They were on the scene in less than five minutes with multiple officers looking for this guy. Perp was about 6 feet tall. Slim. Light skinned black man. At least one stud earring. Clean cut. Blue dress shirt with vertical dark stripes. Khaki pants. Black oxford shoes. He wasn’t carrying any bags or clipboards or anything.” To reiterate, what Christopher did — calling 911 — is what police urge everyone to do if you see something or someone suspicious.

64 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspected prowler, caught on cam"

  • JanS September 1, 2009 (2:57 pm)

    way to go, Christopher !!!! Next gig? surveillance for the SPD :)

  • Rhonda Porter September 1, 2009 (2:58 pm)

    Kudos to you Christopher! You’re a HERO.

  • Mark September 1, 2009 (3:03 pm)

    Even better pictures and description than the idiot that robbed a few banks in Fed Way last week. Duh, I am sure he is clueless that his mug is out there, hopefully sooner rather than later he gets popped

  • MissBeth September 1, 2009 (3:06 pm)

    OK…so WHY is this perps face FUZZED out??

    If ya wanna catch him shouldn’t we be seein his face???

  • christopherboffoli September 1, 2009 (3:09 pm)

    I guess it is a good rule of thumb to avoid attempting to rob the neighbors of someone who basically has a camera in his hands for sixteen hours a day. :-)

    We’ve had more break-ins and attempted break-ins in my neighborhood than I care to admit. So I’m happy that this time I was able to call 911 while it was actually happening and that the SPD had multiple officers who were able to report to the scene within minutes of my call.

  • 4th Generation Born-N-Raised September 1, 2009 (3:16 pm)

    Nice work Chris. Only thing better would have been if you had a slingshot and an “after picture.”

  • HUH September 1, 2009 (3:16 pm)

    Glad I don’t live in that hood. Living next to someone who views his neighborhood through a camera lens would make me pretty uncomfortable.

  • WSB September 1, 2009 (3:20 pm)

    MissBeth, as is policy for most other news-media organizations, including every TV station/newspaper/etc. for which I have ever worked, we do not show faces/use names or other specific identifying information (full license plates, for example) until and unless someone is charged, with exceptions such as an extreme extenuating circumstance (police putting out a photo of a wanted violent criminal/armed robber, for example) – TR

  • Kristina September 1, 2009 (3:24 pm)

    I’m about to lock my back door – thanks for the reminder!

  • datamuse September 1, 2009 (3:31 pm)

    Hey HUH, have you looked up your house on Google Street View yet?

  • MLJ September 1, 2009 (3:38 pm)

    I live in “that” hood, and we’ve had several break-ins over the last few weeks. We’re telling everyone to keep an eye out for each other. This is a perfect example of exactly that.

    Nice job Chris. Your neighbors thank you.

  • beachdrivegirl September 1, 2009 (3:39 pm)

    Nice work Christopher. That is so scary that this is happening especially since the neighbors were home with kids. I hope my neighbors are keeping an eye on my home while i am out and about…

  • johnnyblegs September 1, 2009 (3:47 pm)

    Nice job Chris. Good job.

  • kcl September 1, 2009 (3:47 pm)

    Christopher –

    I live near you and I thank you as well!! It’s comforting to hear that the SPD responded so promptly too.

    Glad to be your neighbor.

  • Catherine September 1, 2009 (3:54 pm)

    We could use more good neighbors like you! Way to go!

  • Serial Nulu September 1, 2009 (3:58 pm)

    Nice going Christopher.

    I do not know how WSB can make such a claim about obscuring faces.
    It is simply not true.
    Our country has a long history concerning the freedom and strong responsibility of our fourth estate.

  • miws September 1, 2009 (3:59 pm)

    Great job, Christopher!



  • kfischer September 1, 2009 (4:00 pm)

    “Apparently the thief saw or heard them….”

    How do you know he’s a thief?

    I’m just asking …

  • LAintheJunction September 1, 2009 (4:01 pm)

    Thanks – this is right near my house and I appreciate the heads up. Will warn my neighbors to be even more vigilant.

  • LB September 1, 2009 (4:02 pm)

    Excellent work and quick thinking Christopher. I live in the same area and on alert due to all the recent robberies as well.

    Hopefully having pictures will assist SPD in tracking this person down.

  • yo September 1, 2009 (4:07 pm)

    Christopher – Can you estimate approx. age?

  • christopherboffoli September 1, 2009 (4:09 pm)

    kfischer: You’re right. This man could have been a rapist or a murderer. Frankly, I have no idea why he was trying to gain entry to my neighbor’s house and what he was planning to do there if they had not been home. And I have no idea what his intentions were for jumping the railing to their balcony and trying to gain access to their house through their sliding glass door. The neighbor in question saw the pictures of this guy and they don’t know who he is. So generally I’m of the opinion that if someone is trying to unlawfully gain entry to my neighbor’s house that I’ll assume they’re up to no good and if I’m wrong I’ll be pleasantly surprised and happy to apologize.
    Please note: These opinions are 100% my own and are in no way a reflection of those of the West Seattle Blog or its publishers.

  • WSB September 1, 2009 (4:12 pm)

    Serial, it’s not a claim. I worked in corporate media – mostly in management roles such as producer, executive producer, assistant news director, managing editor – for 28 years before leaving when WSB became a full-time business two years ago. Those are and were the policies. I not only had to enforce them and explain them, I also kept the style guides which codified them – from little Grand Junction, Colorado, to Seattle, WA, to ABCNEWS.com. If you worked in markets where you had a different experience, you can speak to that; I worked in San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Grand Junction, Davis, CA (Sacramento suburb) and Vacaville/Fairfield, CA (fringes of the Bay Area).
    For the sake of exposition, I googled to see if I could easily pull up other organizations’ policies. Coincidentally, our new experimental collaborators at the Seattle Times came up high in the results – and what Michael Fancher says here is an eloquent explanation of what I’m rambling about:

  • christopherboffoli September 1, 2009 (4:12 pm)

    I’d say the guy was in his early 20’s. Again, he seemed fairly clean cut and well-dressed. He was wearing a neatly pressed dress shirt, khaki trousers and black lace-up shoes. Not someone I would ordinarily have given a second thought to if I had just seen him walking down the street.
    I totally respect where the editors are coming from and understand their position. However, the news (including the WSB) routinely publishes the likenesses suspects sought in bank robberies long before they are actually charged with any crime. Would it be unreasonable to publish an image of this man with an item simply saying that the police are seeking to question this person in regard to an attempted residential break-in?
    In any case, the SPD seemed delighted to have images of this person to work from. I got the impression from the responding officers that they don’t often get actual photographs of the suspect they are looking for.

  • kfischer September 1, 2009 (4:20 pm)

    “This man could have been a rapist or a murderer.”
    Yes … or he could be a process server, trying to do his job, of serving a subpoena.
    Your original post did not say anything about “jumping” a balcony and trying to open a slider – you said he went onto their deck …
    I’m not saying you didn’t do the right thing by snapping pics and calling the police. I’m just pointing out that you called him a thief, and there’s no evidence (yet) that he is one … yet. That’s all.
    (And, FWIW, last night, I had some strung out creep lady wander into my backyard after dark and try to talk her way into my house, claiming ‘an abusive man’ was after her. So I am, in fact, sensitive and vigilant about these things.)

  • Claire September 1, 2009 (4:40 pm)

    HUH – Someone always has to find something negative to say. kfischer – The original post did say he jumped the railing. Process servers do not try the handle of your door to serve you. They knock or ring the doorbell. It wasn’t his house, he tried the handle, he jumped over the railing, jumped the fence to leave and the owners of the house did not know him. That person does deserve to be called a thief because he probably is one. He didn’t take anything from Christopher’s neighbors because he heard people and left. He probably went to someone else’s house.

    I’m tired of hearing about all of the crime around West Seattle. No area, no person, no home and no car is safe. The only way to get our neighborhood back is to be vigilant and pay attention just like Christopher did. Our car was hit twice. Many of the houses around ours have been broken into. A neighbor abandoned their house due to being broken into multiple times. I think it is great that Christopher took pictures. He may have stopped a crime from happening or he may not have we’ll never know, but at least he did something. It’s great hearing the stories about neighbors running off thieves. Keep it up! Watch out for each other!

  • christopherboffoli September 1, 2009 (4:43 pm)

    kfischer: I hear what you’re saying. My choice of words certainly represents my assumption of what this man’s intentions were and I’m sure are seasoned by the fact that the townhouse next to this one was burglarized last year and an attempt was also made on my house not too long ago. In addition to that, that there have been two car prowls on my block in the last 8 months. It is my understanding that process servers, though determined, do not jump railings and fences to gain unauthorized access to private residences.

    It would have been more technically accurate to call this man a trespasser because that’s all he managed to do that was illegal before he hopped back over the railing and left.

  • cmc September 1, 2009 (4:49 pm)

    I saw him too! He was walking south on 47th ave SW between alaska and oregon (right by Ercolini). I think it was around 2pm.

  • Matt Durham September 1, 2009 (4:56 pm)

    Christopher, great work stopping a dastardly deed. And you didn’t have to use your web-shooters.

  • WS resident September 1, 2009 (5:00 pm)

    Interesting. This is in my neighborhood and our motion detector alarm was set off about noon today. Police were sent but nothing unusual found. I’m at 45th and Genessee.

  • christopherboffoli September 1, 2009 (5:12 pm)

    Thanks Matt! It wasn’t nearly as challenging as photographing a salmon in midair! I defer to you for the truly amazing shots :-)
    I really can’t take any credit for stopping a crime. I think the guy heard someone was home and decided not to proceed with his plans. He clearly had no idea that someone was watching him. All I really did was to grab my camera and then the telephone. I give SPD all the credit for their lightning fast response time.
    I’m really grateful that nothing actually happened. This neighbor lost his dad just a few weeks ago. It would have been horrible to have their house burglarized on top of the fact that they are still recovering from the death of a beloved family member.
    Judging from some comments here, it sounds as though others may have seen this same guy in their neighborhoods today. So maybe if it turns out anybody was burglarized in the area perhaps my photos (which are in the hands of the police) will help them narrow down who they might be looking for.

  • JoAnne September 1, 2009 (5:30 pm)

    Our neighborhood is never going to be safe again.

  • Ratsinacage September 1, 2009 (6:08 pm)

    I live in this area too, just north of the junction.. I always thought it was nice but I have noticed an increase in crime or reporting anyway, which I feel, directly corresponds to the development/density which has been going on the past 8 or 9 years.

    This area is not really the hood but it is close .. no place is really that nice anymore in WS IMO, unless you consider the following nice: graffiti, public drunkeness / urination, break-ins, hit and runs, etc, etc … all publicized on this blog if you don’t believe me. Yes, a lot of good things happen in WS too, I freely admit. And I am referring to the area from the Morgan Junction to Alki.

    Nice job Christopher, we need more neighbors like you.

  • JanS September 1, 2009 (6:22 pm)

    for those who would say “l iving next to someone who views his neighborhood through a camera lens would make me pretty uncomfortable.”, Christopher is a photographer by trade…he does work for the WSB, he has a wonderful website, if you care to check on his name. He is NOT a creepy lurker dude taking pictures in your bedroom window for g-d’s sake (you aren’t, are you, Christopher?). Please don’t make assumptions about people like that. I’d be glad to have him taking pictures of evildoers in my ‘hood.

  • AceMotel September 1, 2009 (6:52 pm)

    If more people were alert and watchful, Jaycee Dugard may have been freed before 18 miserable years went by. We live in a village, let’s take care of one another.

    Maybe this man is perfectly innocent, but there’s nothing wrong with getting an explanation about why he felt compelled to jump up on a stranger’s deck after trying the door knobs.

    The only part I don’t get is if he is a thief, where is he going to put the loot? He doesn’t have a backpack or briefcase. He would be very conspicuous carrying stuff in a plastic garbage bag.

    Either he is innocent with some valid reason for his actions. Or he has accomplices in a vehicle. Or he intends to commit a different crime.

    He certainly doesn’t look like a criminal from outward appearances.

  • Serial Nulu September 1, 2009 (6:55 pm)

    Michael Fancher’s quote is in the context of a specific case.

    “Many people who are arrested are never charged with a crime. Police have an investigative threshold for making an arrest, but prosecutors have a higher threshold for filing charges. Fairness argues in favor of erring on the side of caution and not publishing the accused person’s name until enough evidence has been gathered and evaluated to meet that higher threshold.

    There are exceptions to the general guideline, usually related to the circumstances of the arrest or the newsworthiness of the person arrested. If a person is arrested holding a smoking gun and standing over a dead body, we probably would name him. If the governor or editor at large is arrest, we probably would name her or him.”-Michael Fancher
    Mr. Fancher also dances around this issue, offers no formal policy of the Seattle Times nor does he give any historical perspective.
    The elephant in the room sliding down this slippery slope and not mentioned by WSB or Mr.Fancher is the fear of civil lawsuits.
    Technology has also been a factor. Twenty eight years ago when WSB was cutting her teeth, was just about the time that this started creeping in to the news with the advent of video cameras and electronic editing.
    I shot newsfilm at ABC in Los Angeles up until 1983 when they closed their film lab and switched to video. It was so difficult to blur people in telecine, it was rarely done.
    I can attest that I photographed thousands of people that were broadcast to multi-millions of viewers without permission or blurring.

  • cjboffoli September 1, 2009 (7:03 pm)

    Thanks Jan! And I love that you used the word “evildoers.” We don’t hear it much anymore since W was put out to pasture. :-)
    Though the business end of my long lens is usually trained on events outside of my neighborhood I HAVE indeed noticed some unusual activity across the way of late. I find it curious that I’ve not seen the wife of my neighbor, Lars Thorwald, in quite some time. And the begonias in the garden seem to be a few inches lower than they were a couple of months ago. If it weren’t for the cast on my leg I might take a closer look. But my girlfriend, Grace Kelly, is on the way over tonight so perhaps I’ll enlist her help in checking things out.


  • PD September 1, 2009 (7:13 pm)

    Careful Serial, you question the policies and WSB will pull your post, or even the whole topic. I love WSB’s stance: we don’t publish names faces until a person is charged, EXCEPT when we do. You know, usually when it’s got some heat of the moment excitement. WSB is the best real time news about West Seattle, but their hardly a pillar of ethics, about what Id expect from someone with 30 years in paper media.

  • Jose September 1, 2009 (7:15 pm)

    Tracy, can you IP-ban the obvious trolls that I keep seeing come on here just to disrupt?

  • WSB September 1, 2009 (7:19 pm)

    There are always exceptions. What particular case(s) are you upset about? And yes, we’ve made some past decisions we wouldn’t make again. The site and its mission have evolved. The first year is chock full of opinions, for example, which we don’t do any more (except for one “editorial” during the snowstorm regarding government agencies not using enough technology – something that’s hearteningly changed over the past eight-plus months).
    If you haven’t made any mistakes in whatever you do for a living, I envy you.
    Nobody’s perfect but we do take great pride in strong ethics and disclosure, so if you think you’re seeing a pattern of things done here which you consider unethical, lay ’em out – TR

  • Daniel Wingate September 1, 2009 (7:30 pm)

    Ok, so the last line in this story tells us that calling 911 is exactly what the police want us to do?? Excuse me…the last time I called 911 to report a trespasser prowling around, 911 made me feel like I was the perp. I live a few blocks from the police station in West Seattle and they showed up an hour later. I only NOTICED they showed up because I was out on my porch to see if the prowler would return when I see the police car make a U-turn in front of my house and drive away…that was all the evidence I had that my call to 911 to report a PROWLER was responded to.

    Do yourselves a favour. Don’t count on the police to help you out unless it’s absolutely necessary…even then…do what you have to…

  • JanS September 1, 2009 (7:34 pm)

    PD…is that really, really necessary? examples, before you blast people? and that’s the end of my complaining.

    I agree with TR. If I was innocent of something , even though suspected, I wouldn’t want my face plastered all over a blog, either. And it’s happened to me by people much less ethical than TR…not a nice feeling, believe me…

  • WSB September 1, 2009 (7:40 pm)

    Daniel – the precinct leadership has said time and again, they want to hear if you call 911 and you get dissed. 911 is run by the county but the police leaders help mediate those concerns. Seriously. It’s been discussed at the Crime Prevention Council (whose next meeting is two weeks from tonight, 9/15, 7 pm, the precinct).
    Jose – We have some capabilities for filtering but outright banning is a last-ditch option for a few who have broken rules again and again and again. There’s a line between provoking and trolling. We will answer bonafide honest critiquing but will not tolerate slander, insults, harassment or abuse – none of which have been levied in THIS thread so far.
    We also remain averse to some of the common tactics such as implementing popularity polling in comments (reminds me too much of high-school cliquiness) but we’re always watching and evaluating how things go … TR

  • PD September 1, 2009 (7:47 pm)

    Sure Jan, let me point you to the threads that were pulled….I don’t even know what to say to that. As for violating the no names / faces policy, how about the bank robber suspect? Im not going to go digging through the WSB’s archives; I have neither the time nor really the inclination. I don’t agree with some of the WSB policies. That’s OK, I don’t come here for ethics debates, but to get an update on what’s afoot in WS and WSB does that well. Now, back to the regularly scheduled privacy / hoodlums debate. (Followed soon by the off leash dog / pictures debate ;P )

  • JanS September 1, 2009 (8:07 pm)

    I believe the bank robber’s picture was circulated by the police, not by WSB. It was posted as a request, maybe?And he was in the processing of robbing…there was definitely no question about that ;-) , but technically, if it was a picture taken by WSB, I would assume that his face would have been blocked out…and he, too will be innocent, until proven guilty, though I have a feeling that’s a slam dunk :)

    Now back to our originally scheduled programming :)

  • seriously September 1, 2009 (8:21 pm)

    the description and the photo (what you can see of it) is a lot like the guy that came to our door trying really hard to get us to sign up for a Seattle Times subscription several weeks ago..hopefully whatever comes of this is appropriate to whatever was going on.

  • Herman September 1, 2009 (9:47 pm)

    A few months ago I walked home to find a guy putting one of those door hangers on my front door knob. I’d swear the guy was also checking to see if the door was open. Gave him a look and he walked right out of the neighborhood.

  • Serial Nulu September 1, 2009 (10:17 pm)

    “Careful Serial, you question the policies and WSB will pull your post, or even the whole topic.” – PB
    I would not be surprised if WSB monitors my posts.
    I believe they may have censored my post from earlier today regarding a woman whose car was stolen. My post was sympathetic to the loss of her car. But from there I launched into what I consider to be WSB’s worst early day lapses when people were allowed repeated nasty, specific and personal attacks on others who had just built or purchased their dream homes.
    I feel I had a legitimate post today.
    But in the past, I have made posts that Tracy censored when I may have pushed the envelope.
    WSB has been an evolving enterprise and I doubt that they would now allow some of those nasty development posts of a few years ago.
    Tracy who worked in “corporate media – mostly in management roles such as producer, executive producer, assistant news director, managing editor – for 28 years before leaving when WSB became a full-time business two years ago,” certainly is aware that corporate media is no place for “great pride in strong ethics and disclosure.”
    Corporate media takes great pride in ratings and add rates, period.
    I hope that Tracy appreciates the unique position she has achieved with WSB.
    Sill, I would like her to reveal what the “suits” have warned her about? The reality is that one false move, or clear photo could result in a lawsuit that would destroy WSB.
    I don’t know how “trolling” is defined. Could it be people posting regularly with the intent of steering readers to their commercial endeavors?
    To me, this is less ethical.
    But who am I?
    Just a serial provocateur who appreciates Tracy and WSB, warts and all.

  • mercyme September 1, 2009 (10:19 pm)

    Herman – something similar happened to me a few years ago. I heard someone coming up my steps and approach my front door, but I was on the couch with my baby and didn’t want to get up. The doorknob turned slowly, I watched it and froze. Luckily it was locked. It then rattled as an advert for a nearby restaurant was left on the knob, but I’m CERTAIN there had been attempt to see if the door was unlocked. I got up to watch the dudes leave and I can’t remember if I got around to complaining to the restaurant or not. I know I didn’t call the police.

    Anyway, I so appreciate these heartening stories of neighbors looking out for one another. Thank you, WSB – and great job, Christopher!

  • AceMotel September 1, 2009 (10:32 pm)

    Here’s a post from six or seven down – The West Seattle Crime Watch of Sept 1…Isn’t this the complete license plate number? They have been spotted four times now in the past few weeks and confronted at least twice. They are two men driving a blue Isuzu truck with Washington license plates A35–3U. We would like to first warn other gardeners in the area to be on the look out for these folks.

  • Krystal September 1, 2009 (10:42 pm)

    I had a camera on hand to prove my neighbor was a sketchy drug dealer. He got evicted. Don’t do anything sketchy and I won’t take your picture.

  • JayDee September 1, 2009 (10:52 pm)

    I’d be surprised if the license plate had 5 letters. Most have six in WA state, and I thought the A prefix denoted a commercial plate. Just an observation–I assumed the “dash” denoted a missing letter. We’ve seen redacted photos on WSB in the recent past where one can suss out the numbers. As the past owner of an Isuzu, calling out a blue Isuzu truck is also an identifier. I see nothing wrong in saying that or putting out a partial plate.

  • Trolling? Nulu September 1, 2009 (11:52 pm)

    JayDee’s choice of “Most have six” and “I assumed” seems a woof at Motel’s Ace.
    This is a quote from a poster, not a redaction by WSB.
    If WSB altered or redacted part of a quote without disclosure, they could no longer claim “great pride in strong ethics and disclosure.”
    A “blue Isuzu truck with Washington license plates A35–3U”, is highly defining.
    Even if the dash denoted a missing character, the number of blue Isuzu trucks with 5 out of six matching characters on its plates is likely one.
    An equivalent might be clearly posting all of Christopher’s photo but blurring the “one stud earring.”

  • WSB September 2, 2009 (12:04 am)

    I will say again, we don’t publish full license plate numbers in most cases. If they are provided to us in a Crime Watch story submission, other than urgent police searches for violent criminals, we put dashes in place of a few digits, which leaves them as T?N says still highly usable as identification. Comments with information identifying uncharged suspects by name, address, license plate do not stand (unless somehow we don’t see them and aren’t flagged). That happened earlier today in another story, in fact – TR

  • Kamran September 2, 2009 (12:52 am)

    I encourage everyone to keep a watch out. I just got my GPS system stolen today in broad day light right out of my car! I just got it yesterday. Its rather upsetting so its great to see people be proactive in building a community.

  • miws September 2, 2009 (8:22 am)

    Being out of the parking business for more than eleven years now, I’m not as proficient in WA State license plates as I once was. But, for several years now, the truck/commercial plates have begun with a letter, and ended in a letter, with, I believe 5 numbers in between, which would make them a seven character plate, rather than six. That would mean two characters were omitted in that story, thus making it, I would think, considerably more difficult to determine the particualar plate number just off-hand. So, if this is the case, it wouldn’t be as “highly defining” as you claim, nulu. Just identifying enough, to give people an idea of what to keep an eye out for. This seems to follow a pattern on WSB, of omitting at least two characters from a “suspect” plate, as several weeks back, a Range Rover, with the standard three number/three letter, passenger plate number, that was involved in a hit and run involving a regular WSB participant, had one digit, and one letter removed.


    Since around 1985, two years before the “Mountain” plates were issued, the number of characters in a WA license plate was upped from a maximum of six, to a max of seven. This is why for around the last couple of years of the old style plate, and first few or so of the new style, they had a dash between the letter/number, or number/letter combo. This also allowed a max of seven letters for vanity plates, just about in time for me to have gotten one, in late ’85, for my one and only car that I ever owned. ;)



  • Trolling? Nulu September 2, 2009 (9:46 am)

    Of course the more characters redacted, the less defining the description.
    But as WSB says, “we put dashes in place of a few digits, which leaves them as T?N says still highly usable as identification.”
    Even with “several”, i.e. two or more, characters removed, the five characters left are still highly defining especially when combined with, “blue Isuzu truck.”
    I believe this would hold true, as long as the characters are not scrambled.
    1. How many WA registered Isuzus?
    2. How many WA registered Isuzu trucks?
    3. How many WA registered Isuzu blue trucks?
    4. How many WA registered Isuzu blue trucks
    with five out of six or seven characters in
    The mathematical proof is well beyond me, but I will still wager that the number is less than two.

  • margaritaville September 2, 2009 (10:03 am)

    I’ve seen that clean cut guy in the neighborhood – and my house was broken into 3-1/2 weeks ago. Last week we discovered that a backpack was missing – which explains how the laptop, camera, I-pods, jewelry, etc. were taken out of the house. However, it doesn’t explain how the 42″ plasma TV went out the front door in broad daylight.

    Christopher, keep snapping pictures – you have the eye and impressively capture images.

  • Kayleigh September 2, 2009 (12:51 pm)

    Speaking more from intuition than logic here, but it seems to me the vibe in the Junction (and southward, where I live) has been kind of weird the last week or two and I have seen some “unusual” characters around during my running. I rarely report anything to police, but this is definitely a good heads-up and food for thought.

  • beachdrivegirl September 2, 2009 (2:53 pm)

    Kayleigh- I noticed that down on Alki. I swear it seemed there was a group of five individuals who possible were constantly hanging around the old Pegaus locaion. I was half way worried that they MAY be living there, but it just seemed odd.

  • JoAnne September 3, 2009 (1:09 pm)

    As long as we have construction going on, we will have strangers in the neighborhood. Criminals can use this as an excuse to be snooping around without being questioned. Or they can be laborers themselves.

    By the time they get done with all the construction, the Junction will no longer be a neighborhood. It will be just another anonymous “urban village.”

    There is nothing good that can be going on in West Seattle that can compensate for the fundamental destruction of West Seattle.

    Those parking “study” people will be back, too. After all, the city constantly needs more revenue stream to pay for all their “consultants” to do more “studies” to show how “green” it is to ruin our neighborhoods.

  • FoxyDiamond September 3, 2009 (4:49 pm)

    Like most everyone else THANK YOU Christopher! I too am glad to have you as a neighbor. Many odd things have been happening the past year, I think some has to do with the economy some folks get desperate (NOT saying it is ok by ANY means) ask anyone who volunteers with a food bank or similar agency times are tough! And it IS scary but the up side is we DO have great neighbors & we band together, and look out for one another, that is the good stuff! This is right where I live! I have 2 dogs, 1 that is rather large & very protective of her yard. I normally try to keep her quiet. I will run out in my back yard no matter the weather because I don’t want to have THAT dog, that barks & barks but lately I have told my neighbors & am letting the big hound have her a good bark! And lately they have agreed
    p l e a s e let her tell all…something is up!

  • WSK September 4, 2009 (3:18 pm)

    I believe that we saw this same man on our property (California and Brandon) today. He matched this description, so we confronted him and contacted 911.

  • Tim September 5, 2009 (12:46 am)

    Well now, if I see a guy coming down my alley whose face is all smudged and blurred, I’ll call the police.

    It is ridiculous for you not to show his face. Somebody who reads this blog will know who he is. If he is not guilty of anything, then there will be no harm done. If he is, we would have identified a potential danger to our community.
    The next time I read of a burglary on this blog, I’ll say “I wonder if it was that guy, whose face the WSB has a picture of, but which they won’t show”. Thanks a lot.

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