In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning, a few new reports from the inbox – for starters, first catalytic-converter theft we’ve heard about in a while. The victim says it was cut off their 2000 Toyota 4Runner on Avalon Way yesterday in the Luna Park business district “in broad daylight” and is upset that no one apparently called police while it was happening. Next, a car prowl, a burglary, and a bike theft (latter one added at 11:40 am) – read on:
Second case, from SW Austin in Gatewood – this happened Wednesday:
Getting ready to leave for work, I realized that my car had been broken into. They stole the car stereo, GPS, a camera with tons of family photos, my wallet and the garage door opener. As soon as I called to cancel the credit card, the bank told me that the card had already been used at 5:36 in the morning at the Shell station on California Ave. right around the corner from my house. A police report was filed and they visited the Shell to see if they could find any video evidence. I’m assuming that they took the garage door opener to come back later. So I just had a security system installed today which cost a fortune but well worth it. Bottom line…Keep your cars locked up and most certainly do not forget your wallet in the car!
Third, from Christina via Facebook. First, she had posted on our wall yesterday morning to ask if anyone had had a door-to-door visitor regarding …
… a UW research project regarding nutrition in 30-50 year old women? I’m wondering if it’s real or a scam. The lady that came here had a 6 page demographics page to fill out and a UW lanyard, but she said she didn’t have any cards for contact information about… the project. I’m up in the Puget Ridge/Pigeon Point/Delridge area.
Then last night, Christina returned to post this followup:
FYI: someone broke into our house today so I suppose it was someone casing the joint.
(added shortly after original publication) From Matt:
My son’s bike was stolen on Wednesday afternoon around 2:00 PM from the alley behind my house on 37th Ave (at Graham). The theft occurred while we were in the backyard. The thieves were three 12-14 year-olds, one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The police responded quickly and the bike was recovered around 30th Ave and High Point Drive. The thieves appear to be residents of that neighborhood.
We’re going through the latest SPD reports available online, too, so look for a Crime Watch update on those later.