West Seattle Crime Watch: Alan Polevia update; Crime Prevention Council notes

Two West Seattle Crime Watch topics this morning – an update on a criminal case we’ve been following, and the brief notes from this month’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting.

ARBOR HEIGHTS ARREST CASE: Bail is now down to $2,500 for Alan Polevia, the repeat offender arrested after being found in the crawl space of an Arbor Heights home last week (WSB coverage here). As the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office had said would happen, Polevia went to court Wednesday to answer the charges on which he failed to appear back in March, burglary and theft charges related to a West Seattle case from last year. He pleaded not guilty, and the judge said he could be released on personal recognizance. Conditions of release include that he continue living at an apartment in the 11900 block of 16th South (map) for the duration of the case. We don’t have access to documents on the two other cases on which he was held, but the bottom line is that the jail register shows $2,500 bail still in effect related to one of them.

The Polevia case was brought up briefly by an attendee at Tuesday night’s WSCPC meeting. This time around, the meeting had no central topic, as there were no guests. Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Pierre Davis described Polevia as a “frequent flyer” whom they’ll be keeping an eye on if he gets out. Read on for other toplines:

CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL NOTES: As usual, the meeting started with Lt. Davis’s assessment of current crime trends. Property crimes have been “going up and down,” he reported, saying police are watching people who are “out of jail and (back) capering.” And they appreciate partnering with the community because “Block Watches are our bread and butter right now.” And he urged citizens to take preventive measures such as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) – “keep up the good work … if you need us, call us.” Later it was noted that strong-arm robberies, which were reported as on the rise last meeting, and Lt. Davis said they had made some arrests along those lines too, and are trying to see what the suspects might be accountable for.

WSCPC vice president Larry Ruda reported a tire-slashing the previous night in the 8700 block of 16th SW in Highland Park.

An attendee asked what the rights are if someone is the victim of theft and spots their stolen property in a pawn shop – she said a landscaper had done that and been told by the shopkeeper to get lost. Provide the information to police, Lt. Davis said. “There is a whole system in place that allows us to do our thing.” Community Police Team Officer John Flores reiterated that reporting the theft is the most important thing you can do – make sure you know the serial numbers of the valuables you own – and then after a theft, you can check eBay, Craigslist, pawn shops, and if you think you see what’s yours and you report that to police, they can place it on investigative hold.

Other topics that came up:

*15th/Holden trouble spot: Three of the four tenants blamed for problems earlier in the year have been moved out, and the fourth one will be soon; the landlords have been working with police and getting advice on better ways to screen tenants.

*Pet theft (the recent White Center case was noted by an attendee)

*Wire theft (the recent Sound Transit-related case was noted by an attendee – here’s the latest from the feds and SPD)

*Vacant houses (if you see a problem with squatters or other nuisances, contact your Community Police Team officer – find contact info here. They can attempt contact with the owner, and if the owner won’t board it up, the city might be able to.)

*Predictive Policing – asked how it’s going, Lt. Davis said “it’s still on trial for me … you just can’t get away from good old-fashioned police work.” Nothing beats “saturating the area with officers” when needed.

*Staffing levels – there are a “few” openings right now, Lt. Davis said, but they are working to fill them every chance they get, as officers emerge from the academies, for example.

*If you’re going on vacation, make sure your mail doesn’t pile up; use timers to activate lights or even a radio at times.

The WSCPC now goes on summer semi-hiatus – no regular meeting until September. In the meantime, registration is open for Night Out block parties on August 6th – go here.

24 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Alan Polevia update; Crime Prevention Council notes"

  • 56bricks June 20, 2013 (7:26 am)

    As far as the courts go, Mr. Polevia seems to be West Seattle’s version of Lindsey Lohan.

  • Steve f June 20, 2013 (7:54 am)

    I’m confused; does this apply only to the old charges or to the new arrest as well?

    Sorry on reading again I understand. Need more coffee…

  • Alki Resident June 20, 2013 (7:58 am)

    First of all Alan will have spent more time on the run than he will in jail. Once he’s released back into the wild, hopefully he’ll attempt to burgarlarize a home while the home owner is putting a barrel down his throat.
    Also, as far as “keeping an eye on him ” I cal bs. Don’t try and sugar coat that he’ going to be secretly babysat by police because he is not. There are too many felons and child molesters out there,mother police do not have time to watch them all.
    One more thing, Pawn shops are your neighborhood stolen goods store. You will never see me do business in one. I’m appalled these places even exists because without them, thugs wouldn’t have a regular place to cash in and get their fix for the day. And to the guy who told the lady who saw her stuff to “get lost”, you’re a douche. How dare you revictimize her.

  • The Farm June 20, 2013 (8:51 am)

    “and the judge said he could be released on personal recognizance” and (police) “described Polevia as a “frequent flyer”….. seem to
    contradict each other.

  • rico June 20, 2013 (8:59 am)

    Ridiculous system of justice we have. Can anyone shed light on the name of the Judge.

    Welcome back to the neighborhood, Alan, please crawl back into the hole you were found in and stay there.

  • Jeff June 20, 2013 (9:09 am)

    Slap those wrists and cut him loose!

  • robespierre June 20, 2013 (9:16 am)

    So the esteemed court has released a chronic criminal back to his natural habitat in West Seattle. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him again soon.

  • Mike June 20, 2013 (9:30 am)

    I am sure those neighbors at 11900 16th S. are just SO happy to have him back!

  • Stephanie June 20, 2013 (9:43 am)

    Amazing judicial system!! One of his charges is a “failure to appear” for previous charges. Let me repeat it A FAILURE TO APPEAR, duh….but that’s ok, we trust he will show back up…oh, and while he is out we trust that he won’t break into any more homes, steal any more bikes, etc because he is such a trustworthy guy……cough, cough, B___ S___!! Stupid stupid court system.

  • Gabrielle June 20, 2013 (9:44 am)

    How many misdemeanors can a person rack up before facing real consequences? Are they just waiting for this person to commit a major felony so that they can actually do something?

  • Alki Resident June 20, 2013 (9:58 am)

    Yes Mike,
    There’s going to be a welcome home BBQ celebration for him on Saturday. Please tell your friends and family and bring a side dish to share.

  • Margaret in Vashon June 20, 2013 (10:13 am)

    He’s living in an apartment. And the Court tells him he has to stay there. His visible means of support are what, exactly? Does he have roomies that pick up his portion of the rent, just ’cause he’s so much fun to have around?

  • rico June 20, 2013 (10:19 am)

    Can someone please releaase the name of the judge so I can put her on my do not vote list.

    • WSB June 20, 2013 (10:34 am)

      The handwriting was pretty dense but I believe it was Judge Ronald Kessler. Am following up with the prosecutor’s office today re: the case status and will doublecheck on that.

  • Gary June 20, 2013 (10:37 am)

    Well, we just had a rash of car prowls in S. Admiral, Charleston/CA. 4 last night counted so far. Perhaps he’s moved north.

    • WSB June 20, 2013 (10:50 am)

      Gary – He’s still in jail. I hope you weren’t a victim, but if you know anyone who was, please ask them to e-mail us a report so we can publish in Crime Watch – police info usually doesn’t come out till days later and Crime Watch reader reports are the main way we can share the alert with the community at large (editor@westseattleblog.com) – Tracy

  • candrewb June 20, 2013 (10:49 am)

    Judge Kessler? You mean the “Sometimes I am wrong” judge?


    You know what is as-sure as death and taxes? Judge Kessler does not live anywhere near 11900 16th Ave S.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident June 20, 2013 (10:59 am)

    If this was in fact Judge Ronald Kessler then he has now shown a total disregard for the safety of the community.
    He is also the Judge that has released at least two sex offender on PR:
    Steven G. Pephyrs, 60, convicted of incest in 2002, and convicted rapist Ricky Lee Lewis, 55.
    Lewis then kidnapped and raped an 18 year old soon after.
    I hope that there is a way to remove a judge like this, that has recenly shown that he values the “rights” of dangerous criminals instead of public safety.
    Are we sure he didn’t have anyting to do with “Billy” Chambers (tuba man murderer) various cases???

  • Wendell June 20, 2013 (11:42 am)

    Methinks tis more than Judge Kessler’s handwriting that is dense.

  • Smitty June 20, 2013 (4:45 pm)

    Maybe these guys should be released and sent to live in the JUDGES NEIGBORHOOD going forward.

    Wonder if things would change.

  • Eric1 June 20, 2013 (9:10 pm)

    Well, I checked an judge Kessler has run unopposed for several election cycles. I can’t belive that he is so powerful that nobody wants to take him on with a record like his.

  • Jim P. June 20, 2013 (11:07 pm)

    “Please tell your friends and family and bring a side dish to share.”

    I think a sidearm would be more appropriate.

  • Tesla June 21, 2013 (8:55 am)

    Here’s more lunacy related to the Judge’s order: Unless the thief has free room and board at the residence on 16th, just how will he pay for living at the residence during the case? As the Judge knows that Polevia is unemployed and not employable…just how does this Judge think he will pay for his living (and drug?) expenses? Essentially, this liberal Judge knows this man will have to resort to his usual MO…and thus has intentionally condemned neighbors and the entire community to more theft and harm. Thanks a lot!

  • Alki Mkay June 21, 2013 (1:54 pm)

    How can any judge, in good conscience, give a repeat offender bail of only $2500? This man was caught in a person’s private domicile. We can only hope that the judge is an elected official – in which case, it’s time to elect a new judge to fill his/her soon-to-be electoral vacancy.

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