West Seattle Crime Watch: Mail theft, car-prowl alert

West Seattle Crime Watch has quieted down a bit, according to both inbox in-flow and a check of the police-activity map. Danielle, however, shares a two-part alert for her neighborhood (and advice for everyone):

I wanted to give those who live near 8th & Roxbury a heads-up that in the last two weeks we have had a car prowler on our block as well as a mail thief.

Car Prowler – A car prowler was seen at approx. 10:30PM on a week night approx. two weeks ago peeking in the windows of my husband’s work vehicle that was parked on the street. The police were called but my husband, who is extra weary of prowlers after his work vehicle was stolen from our street last fall, yelled at the prowler who left the scene on foot before police arrived. He was tall, thin, and wearing a hooded sweatshirt with jeans. I urge everyone to park their vehicles in driveways and garages.

Mail thief – We discovered (Monday) that a check we placed in our mailbox on 09/06 was removed from our mailbox, washed with a new name and check amount, and cashed at a local check cashing center. We are in the process of working with the bank to file all of the necessary paperwork.

One more reminder that, as mentioned in today’s daily preview, the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network is back in action tonight, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, and you don’t have to be a captain to come attend and talk/hear about community crime prevention/trends.

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Mail theft, car-prowl alert"

  • sc September 25, 2012 (1:55 pm)

    Always mail anything with checks at the Post Office.

  • oddreality September 25, 2012 (6:11 pm)

    Use gel pens to make out checks.The gel ink cannot be washed out.

  • Roundthesound September 26, 2012 (2:20 am)

    Saw a car prowler tonight on a bicycle actually going through apt bldg garages and parking strips at apts near california & charleston, made it well known I was watching him and he rode off toward the junction.

  • Michael September 26, 2012 (8:06 am)

    Also also! Get a lockable mailbox! The thiefs will try and take any and all things from your mail, including personal, irreplaceable items like old family photos and such.

  • KD September 26, 2012 (10:24 am)

    Wish I had a driveway or garage.. my street parking has been hit before too! Always drop off ALL outgoing mail in postal mailboxes/offices. I stopped putting outgoing in my locked mailbox years ago. If anyone is elderly or invalid/ disabled, have someone you KNOW & TRUST take it to drop box/office for you… UPDATE: my neighbor just NOW this morning had her outgoing mail stolen from her mailbox after she put it in, man in car came up and took it OUT! This is in Highland Park, 12th & Kenyon in the past hour! I’ll post later when I find out description of the JERK! (get a real job punk!).

  • Randy Harmon September 26, 2012 (8:41 pm)

    Car prowl last night on P2 of QFC, 42nd and Alaska. Witnessed the car prowler break window and take stuff from the vehicle. WSB was forwarded pictures of the person and thier car, along with the license plate of WA 531 XVJ.

    I asked WSB to post the pictures of the man and his car, as SPD only took a report at the time I called it in. I showed them the pictures and they didn’t even ask for copies of them. Obviously they aren’t going to do anything, even though they have a witness, picture, license plate and a face to face interation encounter documented.

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