West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary attempt thwarted

In the 4700 block of Delridge Way SW a few hours ago, a resident apparently rattled the potential burglar who had just rattled her door:

I was by myself and heard the side door being rattled and thought it strange since my husband wasn’t coming home until later this evening. As I came down the stairs, I saw a young (approximately 18 – 20 years old) thin, African American guy with his navy parka hood covering his entire face except his eyes peering into the door. We made eye contact as I was coming down the stairs to investigate, and I turned around and went upstairs to get my cell phone to call 911.

The police responded immediately and after making sure he was no longer around, I showed the officer a large piece of concrete that was on the ground close to the door that wasn’t there when I got home. After some discussion, I showed the police officer the back door to where the would-be burglar could have exited via the alley since the other police officers did not find him on Delridge. And it was there that the officer found a pile of concrete debris (from which) the suspect had gotten the piece he was going to use to break the glass on our door with.

I just wanted to let you know, since it is still pretty bright out at 6:20 pm and this guy was pretty audacious to attempt this.

We checked the police-report map – no other burglaries shown in that area in the past week.

2 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary attempt thwarted"

  • Diana March 13, 2013 (8:03 pm)

    Thank you for sharing this as I am a neighbor. Thankfully you were not harmed. This must have been very horrifying. SPD is well aware of the derelict house across the alley as it is attractive to miscreants and those intent on criminal behaviour. We will be on high alert and I’ll help to spread the word.

  • Durn March 13, 2013 (8:35 pm)

    There was a burglary into the northern unit of the townhouse in the alley between 34th and 35th, right at the intersection of Cambridge, sometime yesterday 3-12-13, I think. Door kicked in after neighbor left, I heard some stuff was taken but I don’t know what. Makes me mad.

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