West Seattle Crime Watch: Nursery’s pilfered pushcart

Galen at West Seattle Nursery says they accidentally left a cart like that one outside the gate last night – and this morning, it was gone. “We know it’s our fault for leaving it out, but we would really appreciate it if anyone sees it around town and recognizes it to let us know. Or, if whoever took it would kindly bring it back, we would be eternally grateful – absolutely no questions asked.” (The nursery’s at California/Brandon – map – 935-9276 – and even now on Twitter, @wsnursery.)

16 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Nursery's pilfered pushcart"

  • Leroniusmonkfih March 9, 2010 (10:01 pm)

    Can criminals get any lower? Oh wait, I think they can… they beat up a female Metro bus driver, hit a kid with a backpack full of rocks and kicked a police officer in the head. Do you know where your kids are at tonight?

    • WSB March 9, 2010 (10:03 pm)

      Right in front of his computer.

  • Leroniusmonkfish March 9, 2010 (10:20 pm)

    I kinda expected that from you TR/PR. I had a gut feeling when I first came across the WSB that you were a person of integrity, honesty and good family values. I really appreciate those said qualities.

  • I. Ponder March 9, 2010 (10:42 pm)


    Why assume it’s kids? I’ve met a few pleasant looking older ladies in the neighborhood who are not past vandalism and thievery. Do you know where your grandmothers are?

  • Leroniusmonkfish March 9, 2010 (11:21 pm)

    Sadly, I no longer have any living grandparents. I hope things work out for you with the “pleasant looking older ladies”.

  • Leroniusmonkfish March 9, 2010 (11:31 pm)

    And I. Ponder, the crimes I mentioned above were all done by teenagers…a recurring theme.

  • miws March 10, 2010 (7:08 am)

    When I first read this last night, I (sadly) did think of teenagers. (Don’t recall if it was my first thought), but then the thought of drunk adults crossed my mind as well.


    In either of those cases, perhaps it was simply used for a “joy ride”. Otherwise, it may just have been a thieving low-life, of whatever age, that figured they needed it more for their own garden, or perhaps to sell, than WSN did, and thus were entitled to it.


    I hope WSN recovers this, intact. And remember, WSN, and neighbors within a few blocks radius, keep an eye out in case it was taken for a joyride, by whomever, and dumped once they got bored, or their arms got tired. Also, Craigslist!



  • MargL March 10, 2010 (7:48 am)

    Check under the bridge in the Fairmount Ravine.

  • mark March 10, 2010 (8:20 am)


    You beat me to it. Either a homeless person who needed a cart, or, if I was a kid, I would have tried to ride it down the hill!!!

  • sun*e March 10, 2010 (8:23 am)

    MargL, *LOL* … or at the new site for Trader Joes… Oh WAIT!… there isn’t one. ;)

  • I. Ponder March 10, 2010 (9:27 am)


    I am the father of 2 teen boys. As such I know about 30 teens, their friends. Teenagers, particularly boys are always held under suspicion, hassled by cops, bus drivers, yelled at by old codgers. Why? Just because of prejudice like you’re exhibiting. It’s even worse for teen boys who aren’t white.

    Maybe the cart was taken by our local totem pole thief. I’m sure he has a use for it. That thief knew he could operate in broad daylight because being an old white guy he wouldn’t raise suspicions.

  • Galen Guffy March 10, 2010 (12:48 pm)

    Like I said, we don’t care who took it or why. We just entreat them to return it ‘cos we really need it!

    Thanks for the Fairmount Ravine suggestion. We’ll go look there today.

  • Living in West Seattle Since 1985 March 10, 2010 (12:51 pm)

    Moral fiber and good values are so important! Sadly, bad behavior and thievery know no age, look, or style. Profiling groups of people may be tempting, but ineffective in practice. The only true thiefs & scammers I have ever known were that way because it was the way their family was. Because of the family values, the way they are raised. People who think the world owes them something often do stupid things.

  • kc March 10, 2010 (7:19 pm)

    awww, That stinks, I actually used that cart on Saturday to wheel my new apple tree to our vehicle.

  • dawsonct March 13, 2010 (11:12 am)

    My guess would be joy-ride too. As useful as they are at WSN, It would be fairly useless around the house, unless you are constantly transplanting large plants. I’m sure it’ll show up in an alley somewhere or in some bushes at the bottom of a slope. Fairmont, though!? That would be a long push.

  • M. D. Vaden - Portland Landscape & Tree March 19, 2010 (1:28 pm)

    If its a transient, odds are that the police can find it within a few weeks.

    For a home gardener, it may be risky to keep without receipt, in case word gets around.

    I’d be looking on Craigslist to see if someone is selling it in the general, garden or tools categories.

    MDV ~ Oregon

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