West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 followups; 2 new reader reports

In >West Seattle Crime Watch today – first, some have asked about the two crashes we covered on Tuesday night. We checked with Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson, who says that the suspect who crashed a stolen car into another car by the Southwest Precinct is still in the hospital at last report, and will be booked into jail when released. As for the truck that hit parked cars before crashing into bushes outside a South Admiral apartment building – no arrest in that case yet.

Now, as to what’s new: First, if you heard about a White Center shooting this morning, investigators aren’t clear yet on whether it was an attack or an accident – the story’s on our partner site White Center Now.

Here in West Seattle, two reader reports – both are crimes that targeted the same type of vehicle, miles apart, apparently coincidentally – read on:

That photo is from Melissa, who writes:

Came home from work (Wednesday) to find the back window of my 4Runner appeared to have been shot out have something thrown through it. The truck was still locked and didn’t appear to have been gone through. Since I can’t get it fixed until tomorrow I took everything out of it and upon shutting the door the remaining glass broke out. I’m guessing this may have happened overnight and i didn’t notice it until i went out to get in the truck (Wednesday) evening since I take the bus to work. The truck was parked on 35th near Cambridge, which is a pretty high-traffic area.

And another report involving a 4Runner – Jeannie in The Triangle warns that catalytic-converter thieves are back in action again:

I am writing to alert you to what appears to be a possible crime spree in our neighborhood. Sometime in the evening of Friday, December 28 and early morning Saturday, December 29, my Toyota 4Runner had its catalytic converter cut out from underneath it as well as its oxygen sensor stolen right in front of my home (35th/Fauntleroy Way SW).

The mechanic we took it to told us that this was the second case of this he had seen recently and then we learned that our neighbor 3 houses down also had the same thing happen; we also learned that this type of theft it targeted toward vehicles that sit high-up off the ground such as SUV’s and trucks, where there is enough space for the thieves to roll under and use their pipe cutting tools.

I filed a police report in hopes that the SW Precinct is alerted to this situation as it appears it will likely happen again. My hope is to alert others in the area about this, as it is a very expensive fix (over $600).

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 followups; 2 new reader reports"

  • Barton January 3, 2013 (2:37 pm)

    Is there a specific model year 4Runner that the thieves are targeting?

  • Caprial January 3, 2013 (3:15 pm)

    Do alarms on cars monitor all parts (internal and external) or just the doors? (Is this a dumb question?)

  • WSratsinacage January 3, 2013 (3:52 pm)

    Good question Caprial. There are movement sensors and noise sensors. So, alarms for opened doors/banged into car bodies. And there are alarms for breaking glass. Maybe someone who is up to speed on alarm technology could chime in on what kinds of alarms are out there today? Thanks.

  • westcoastdeb January 3, 2013 (4:19 pm)

    Barton – they’ll take the catalytic converters off of anything. 4 runners, trucks, small cars even, but the cars are harder to get to so trucks are more at risk.

  • MrMatt January 3, 2013 (5:28 pm)

    Welp time to start parking in backwards again.

  • Brian January 3, 2013 (6:16 pm)

    Also Toyotas are more likely to be hit by catalytic converter thieves because the converters are more readily accessible than other makes of vehicles.

  • Eugenia January 3, 2013 (6:22 pm)

    We had the same issue here on SW 39th and Hinds.
    Over night thieves cut the catalytic converter
    of my 92 Toyota 4runner.
    Hope our Police force is aware.

  • Eric1 January 3, 2013 (7:43 pm)

    I think there was/is an active converter thief in that area. I recall him being busted several times before. He might be out again. Search the WSB for “converter thief”.
    I think most people would pay more taxes for bigger jails to keep in thieves.

  • JW January 3, 2013 (10:02 pm)

    I hope everyone is reporting each crime to the police. That’s the only way they know about trends.

  • mark January 3, 2013 (10:25 pm)

    You can buy a new caddiladic convertor from autozone with a oxogen sensor attached for 200 and get it weldded on for 100 hope that helps

  • Jason S. January 8, 2013 (9:14 am)

    My 1998 Toyota 4Runner was also hit the same night/morning! Parked it right in front of the house on 32nd ave SW..Noticed it Saturday before noon on Dec 29th.Took it to Midas and looks like the thieves they used a pipe cutter to get it. They also got my oxygen sensor. I did a online police report. Hope these guys get what’s coming to them! very costly repair

  • Jim P. January 8, 2013 (6:33 pm)

    Someone is buying these, maybe for the platinum in them. Has to be a market or the thief’d find something else, unless he or she has one heck of an odd fetish.

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