West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 more car-crime reports

Another stolen Subaru to watch for – topping tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup of reader reports. From Jeff:

Our car was stolen from in front of our house near 50th and Edmunds sometime between 10:00 pm last night and 9:00 am this morning. It’s a green 1998 Subaru Legacy wagon with a roof rack, license number 961 VBQ. Please call the police if sighted.

Thanks to the Seattle Police for being extremely helpful and prompt. An officer was here to take my report within half an hour of my call, and by the time I checked it had already been posted online. I really appreciate their responsiveness!

Ahead, two car prowl reports, from the Alki/Beach Drive vicinities:

Car prowls, reported by Marci:

My car on Aikins Avenue SW, a small, dead-end road above La Rustica, was broken in to Saturday night. When we got up on Sunday morning, all doors and the trunk were open. There was nothing of value inside except about $20 in the glove box which they took. They then went down our dead-end street and riffled through a Jeep as well.

We live in an out-of-the-way place, our street is very hard to find, and there are street lights all over. I just find this amazing and saddening all at one time.

And Erica reports trouble in Upper Alki. Her street also is usually “pretty quiet,” she writes, but when she and her boyfriend went looking for “misplaced keys,” they discovered it hasn’t been so quiet after all – their neighbor told them “that her truck was rifled through (nothing stolen) and then our neighbor down the street a little ways saw someone creeping around her garage. This all happened late Saturday night – seems odd because my boyfriend had valuables in his car, but (neither) the valuables (nor his car!) were stolen. Anyways, just wanted to give others in our area a heads up. We live off Admiral Way on 57th Ave SW (3200 block).

One more quick reminder: West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, 7 pm tomorrow, Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster), all welcome, police reps always on hand to share and hear neighborhood crime news.

14 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 3 more car-crime reports"

  • valvashon February 18, 2013 (7:11 pm)

    Serious question- is there like one key for Subaru’s and seemingly Honda’s too? Is it ease of stealing for a joy ride that gets these nicked or are they valuable for parts/cars to chop shop?

  • LS February 18, 2013 (7:18 pm)

    Same thing happened on Alki a few blocks down on 60th on Saturday night. Several cars rifled through, but nothing taken.

  • Alki Resident February 18, 2013 (7:28 pm)

    That’s what I want to know, what’s with all of the subarus being taken?

  • wetone February 18, 2013 (7:51 pm)

    Probably same group of people involved. That’s why finger printing should be number one thing done in all home burglaries, car thefts if recovered along with robberies.

  • KK February 18, 2013 (7:52 pm)

    My friend had her early 90’s Honda stolen recently and the police officer who took the report told her that there are 5 master keys for early Honda’s and they are easy to come by. When I had my car stolen in WS in oct , the police said the recovery rate is so high ( 95% or more ) because for the most part the chop shops are gone.

  • Faith4 February 18, 2013 (8:23 pm)

    Seems like I keep seeing things happening on Edmunds? It seems curious.

  • Mike February 18, 2013 (8:44 pm)

    Valvashon, Hondas are the number one most stolen and broken into vehicle. There are many reasons. Subaru has become More popular as well latey.

  • ws_sz February 18, 2013 (10:47 pm)

    It appears that those of us living near 50th/Edmunds are being targeted by a ring of car thieves, but these guys easily move around to different neighborhoods.

    Active block watches can help nail the thieves. That’s our goal, along with doing all we can to make sure they serve real time in prison.

  • CanDo February 19, 2013 (6:33 am)

    Does anyone know what percentage of these stolen cars, especially Subaru’s, are being recovered? Could there be a local chop shop operation going on? I just don’t get the sudden surge in Subaru thefts. Doesn’t seem like a car one would steal to joyride.

  • Faith4 February 19, 2013 (9:04 am)

    In thinking about it, Edmunds is close to Jacobsen that goes down to Alki – also where some of the other problems have been. In other words, it is a quick get away. Just a thought.

    Charleston also is also almost a direct shot to Alki.

  • wscommuter February 19, 2013 (10:11 am)

    Hondas and Subarus are targeted (especially older models) because they are easier to pop the steering column and hotwire. That, and kids, for some reason, prefer these for joy-riding. Probably not dealing with a chop-shop. These thefts are more likely by teens/early 20’s idiots out for their own “fun”.

  • Vic February 19, 2013 (11:49 am)

    Our neighbor had an attempted break in of her SUV Friday morning around 6 am. 51st Ave SW and College. Very bold thieves. We were awake getting ready for work. Her alarm scared them off.

  • m February 19, 2013 (12:23 pm)

    My neighbor’s Subaru looks very similar to mine and I absentmindedly walked up to theirs on the street one day and opened it with my key before realizing it was the wrong car. I was shocked to learn that my key could open up someone else’s car.

  • Lola February 19, 2013 (12:45 pm)

    This is close to where I live and I know which Subaru was stolen. I am sick to hear that this is happening so close. I am keeping my eye’s peeled for any suspicious activity. I too have noticed how many Subaru’s have been stolen lately.

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