West Seattle Crime Watch: 5 reader reports, starting with stolen cars

We start off this West Seattle Crime Watch reader-report roundup with Sean asking you to help find his car:

My 1997 Honda Accord Wagon, dark green, license plate # 327 VUF, was stolen last night, between 10 pm and 9 am on the 3300 block of 30th ave SW, right off Harbor Ave. and the WS bridge. Police said it will likely be left in the neighborhood. Please keep a lookout.

West Seattleite Lauren is looking for her car too – stolen just a bit outside this area:

know this is a long-shot, but my car was stolen from near 1st Ave S. and Holgate (Sodo) this past Thursday. I live in West Seattle, so I thought I would e-mail just to see if anyone would keep an eye out for it. The SPD told me they have a 95% recovery rate, but so far I’ve heard nothing, so I’m starting to lose hope. I moved here this past February from Texas, so my car still has Texas plates. It’s a 1997 white Honda Civic 2-door coupe with TX plates 721-GVR. There’s a slight dent in the hood on the driver’s side. If anyone would keep an eye out for it and call the police if they see it, I would really appreciate it.

Three more reports ahead – hit-run, mail theft, and harassment:

From Brenda:

Unfortunately, my New, Champagne-colored Volkswagen Touareg was victim to a hit-and-run right in front of my house sometime between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. The damage to my vehicle is rather extensive and preliminary estimates already exceed 5k. I live on 39th Avenue SW close to Admiral. I am offering a cash reward to anyone who has information regarding this hit and run incident.

From Morgan:

I wanted to let those in Arbor Heights / Ocean View (south of 110th between 35th & Marine View Drive) that our row of mailboxes were broken into (Sunday) night. Our mailbox is a locked box which was bent by the thieves enough to remove the mail that was inside. I found grocery store circulars scattered about the street but no mail left behind. I left a note for our neighbors but wanted to spread the word just in case. This isn’t the first time our mail has been rifled through; however, it is the first time the thieves attempted to break the lock to get inside.

From Joel, who just moved to West Seattle four months ago:

I would like to post an incident that occurred last Friday 07/20/2012, around 5:20 AM at the California Alaska intersection, which I already reported to Seattle Police that morning shortly afterwards. So I ride my bike every day to and from the Colman Dock Ferry terminal from West Seattle. I was stopped at a red light headed east on Alaska on my bike and there was a grey SUV, stopped also at a red light headed north on California, filled with a group of young 20’s ish white males, who rolled down their driver side rear window, yelled over at me, and pointed what appeared to be a gun at me, which is technically assault, which is a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force. I got off my bike turned around and ran with my bike around the corner behind Key Bank and the row of buildings there to evade and escape possibly being shot at. I would like all the bicyclists in West Seattle to be aware that we are easy targets and to be on their guard and be ready to evade and escape this type of situation, just like I did. Also I would like the community of West Seattle to be notified of this occurrence and to report anyone who they know drives around with a group of young white males in their 20’s in a gray SUV and points guns at or tries to intimidate random people for no reason to Seattle Police Department. I do not know the make, model, year, or license plate of this vehicle. Nobody should have to worry about this happening to them in their daily commute.

Any information on any of the above, please call police. Meantime, we’re two weeks away from Night Out – a great chance to bond with your neighbors and talk about crime prevention – if you haven’t already, sign up here.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 5 reader reports, starting with stolen cars"

  • S5 July 25, 2012 (12:11 am)

    Brenda – I reported to police last night that three teens (one female and two males) were at Hiawatha talking about a car the girl had hit. The girl was on the phone (I heard her say, “Mom”) sobbing. The boys were pressuring her to tell everyone someone hit her and that they all needed to get their stories straight. Her car – a dark/black SUV had passenger side damage on the front. They had no idea I was listening to them. I called the emergency number because they had clearly hit a vehicle and did not stay to report it. The girl was also in some distress. If you had black paint on your car, this may have been the cause. Unfortunately I did not get the plate# of the SUV, but it was parked on the west side of Walnut (headed the wrong way) overnight and was still there this morning.

  • cjboffoli July 25, 2012 (12:30 am)

    Interesting that Sean’s car was stolen last night in precisely the same area where SPD was conducting an apparently unsuccessful search for a known suspect. The search was going on just after 11pm.

  • Eric July 25, 2012 (5:59 am)

    S5, if the car is still there this morning, why not get the plate number in case the people come back early in the morning and get it? It might not be there by the time the person who’s car was hit can get there.

  • mehud7 July 25, 2012 (6:55 am)

    S5- I saw the black SUV on Walnut, parked the wrong way, between two ‘no parking’ signs, with damage to the front passenger side, at about 11:30 am yesterday. It had what appeared to be a parking ticket on the windshield.

  • Brenda July 25, 2012 (8:20 am)

    S5, Oh my gosh thank you so much for posting this. I walked to Walnut before my seven am Crossfit class, didn’t see the SUV. I have WHITE paint on my rear drivers side bumper. How crazy would that have been though, if that was the driver. Again, thank you for posting.

  • K July 25, 2012 (9:20 am)

    cjboffoli – any more info on the search the police were conducting? There’s at least one homeless man who lives in the greenspace at the end of SW 30th that I often see dumpster diving in the condos that front Harbor Ave / back onto SW 30th.

  • Christopher Boffoli July 25, 2012 (10:33 am)

    SPD was searching for a 41 year-old, white male suspect in a red and white checked lumberjack coat. I didn’t get the details of why they were looking for him. But they knew who they were looking for as they said he apparently had a history of resisting arrest. I believe K9 units were involved. And this was in that section of 30th Ave SW between Admiral Way and Harbor Ave SW, around 11pm. I rolled out to an assault with weapons call around 11:30 on Charlestown (that turned out to be a misunderstanding) and did a drive-by of the vicinity of the 30th Ave SW call but all was quiet by then.

  • S5 July 25, 2012 (10:51 am)

    Eric – it was there yesterday morning, not today. And yes, my bad for not getting the license # yesterday morning. I did report it to police Monday night, and the emergency operator said a patrol car would follow up with a look. If it had a ticket on it Tuesday morning, then it’s on someone’s radar.

  • MJG July 25, 2012 (11:51 am)

    On the subject of the SPD search for a suspect and theft of Sean’s Honda Accord wagon on 30th Ave SW btwn Admiral and Harbor, the homeless person “K” referred to is highly unlikely to bother anyone. Just because he ate your discarded peanut butter, does not mean he is a criminal or thief. Too much unsubstantiated fear around homeless and mentally ill. That guy has been living in this area for a long time and seems to be a good neighbor. Thanks to the rest of the commenters.

  • vanderleun July 25, 2012 (2:30 pm)

    “Too much unsubstantiated fear around homeless and mentally ill.”

    Tell it to Aurora.

  • MJG July 25, 2012 (2:43 pm)

    Educate yourself, is all those of us who advocate for the homeless can ask of you. Here is one option.


  • Tracey Jordan July 25, 2012 (4:03 pm)

    I’m a big advocate for the homeless. I advocate that they stay out of my neighborhood or at the very least don’t harass me when I am walking down the street or waiting for the bus.

  • Oh man July 25, 2012 (4:28 pm)

    I would say the real world is more MJG than the rest. Being homeless is not a crime. Those that harass are NOT the majority. Whatever, look away or give ’em the stiff-arm – but those that would love to be in housing or off the streets… do something to help, NOT hurt.

  • Lauren July 25, 2012 (11:25 pm)

    Hey! They found my car! I’m so thrilled that it looks great and is still in working condition. It was gone for a week, but apparently it had been abandoned downtown, so not really close to W.S. at all. Thanks for posting about it, though! I appreciate the extra eyes and ears.

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