West Seattle Crime Watch: Plea bargain for Alan Polevia; 6-month sentence recommended

(June 2013 photo by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Checking in on our “watch list” of ongoing criminal cases, we discovered that Alan Polevia has pleaded guilty in two cases, as part of a plea agreement. If you don’t recognize the name immediately – Polevia, 32, has made news here a few times this year. After he escaped from police custody at Harborview Medical Center in February – while handcuffed – he was spotted in Shorewood on March 5th, leading to hours of helicopter-augmented searching. He was finally taken into custody three weeks later. He spent only three days in jail; shortly afterward, he was charged in a West Seattle burglary case from six months earlier, but didn’t appear for arraignment, so a warrant was issued for his arrest. On June 11th, he was arrested in Arbor Heights – and released less than two weeks later, after his bail was reduced. Less than 24 hours after that, he was arrested yet again, in a case that led to a charge of second-degree burglary, involving a house on 28th SW, just south of the city limits, that was vacant because of fire damage several weeks earlier. His plea bargain includes both that burglary, to which he pleaded guilty to the original charge, and the West Seattle case from last September, in which the burglary charge was reduced to 2nd-degree theft, with Polevia pleading guilty to that and the original 3rd-degree theft charge accompanying it.

For each of those two cases, according to documents in the online file, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is recommending a sentence of six months – with the two sentences to be served concurrently. Polevia is scheduled to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert on September 27th, by which time he will already have served three months in jail – his fifth, and by far longest, stay in jail since last December.

33 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Plea bargain for Alan Polevia; 6-month sentence recommended"

  • Adam September 10, 2013 (8:50 pm)

    Unbelievable. After all that, the prosecutors want concurrent sentences? Can we please get the names of any of these people who are elected officials so we can remember to vote them out the next time they’re up?

    • WSB September 10, 2013 (8:58 pm)

      The only person in the prosecuting attorney’s office who is an elected official is THE PA, Dan Satterberg.

  • Ajax September 10, 2013 (8:58 pm)

    He’ll probably be back out just in time for the bountiful package stealing and breaking-in-to-grab-electronic-gifts season. Merry Methmas and Happy Tweak Year!

  • Jeff September 10, 2013 (8:59 pm)

    Hasn’t this guy forfeited his right to be part of polite society at this point? What does he have to do before we are finally rid of him?

  • Dave September 10, 2013 (8:59 pm)

    6 months = catch and release.

  • Eric G September 10, 2013 (9:02 pm)

    Yeah, this is just stupid. This guy is obviously a habitual offender. He needs to be put away longer.

  • M. September 10, 2013 (9:25 pm)

    Ricidivist. I guees we’ll see him in the news again before next spring.

  • Paul September 10, 2013 (9:33 pm)

    6 months for a repeat criminal? How many violent crimes must he commit before he does serious time? I will be writing to the KC Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to express my concern and displeasure with this light sentence.

  • pupsarebest September 10, 2013 (9:41 pm)

    Absolutely incredible.
    If ever a career-criminal existed, this guy is it.
    We can only hope when he gets out and immediately resumes his criminal behavior(s), he doesn’t hurt or kill someone.
    Please don’t think I’m giving short-shrift to the property crimes this criminal (and others) commits…he should be locked up for YEARS based on what he’s already done to terrorize and disrupt society.

  • DRS September 10, 2013 (9:54 pm)

    And for the Escape and the Failure to Appear, nothing?

  • Eric1 September 10, 2013 (10:09 pm)

    It costs the county money to keep him in. It costs the county nothing if he steals from you. Pretty simple math.

  • Resident3 September 10, 2013 (10:33 pm)

    Jail is his home. Our neighborhoods are his playgrounds. He’s wild. What was his upbringing like to make him so feral? I’d like to hear from his old school teachers. I bet they have some insight on what creates such an individual. Thank you for following this, WSB. Otherwise I’d probably not know about this guy at all. But wait! WSB there’s a watch list? How many are on that?

    • WSB September 10, 2013 (11:10 pm)

      A dozen or so cases right now, all ones we have reported on here that are making their way through the court system.

  • Neighbor September 10, 2013 (11:12 pm)

    Will there be an opportunity for anyone to address the judge prior to Polevia’s sentencing? Six months is nothing compared to the years he’s spent stealing from all the neighbors in the vicinity of his flophouses (in Arbor Heights, the one at 36th and Morgan, and others). Maybe the judge would keep him in for longer if a few neighbors showed up to comment.

  • marty September 11, 2013 (7:23 am)

    6 months? More like 6 years!

  • WC Resident September 11, 2013 (8:57 am)

    … in reference to elected officials, don’t forget the judges who interpret enacted laws and the legislature who enact the laws!

  • KT September 11, 2013 (8:59 am)

    Too bad the Judge wouldn’t look at the Prosecutor and ask “You’re kidding right? Are you deterring crime or encouraging it?”.

  • K September 11, 2013 (9:06 am)

    Please tell me that his shirt does not say what I think it does….

    • WSB September 11, 2013 (9:34 am)

      K, we already had that discussion when we published the photo after he was charged. “I (Heart) Roma.”

  • EmmyJane September 11, 2013 (11:49 am)

    Wow, just wow. Again, I wonder why I even work hard and contribute to society. Apparently you can just steal your way through life with little consequence.

  • rico September 11, 2013 (12:56 pm)

    So he essentially gets no punishment for all sorts of crimes. Great, nice work King County.

    Can’t wait for six months from now when me and my neighbors get subjected to his crimes again.

  • K September 11, 2013 (1:22 pm)

    WSB- thanks for the clarification…. especially on this day.
    Reading the posts and your information is upsetting. It is not as upsetting as it used to be. I am no longer a crime “victim” and am now a crime “survivor”. This perspective takes the sting out so much…
    But really… it is still pretty disgusting. I hope for peace and healing of all involved but can’t help but hear a conversation I had with recently departed father…
    “Dad… how would this kind of thing have been handled in Detroit? What would you have done in the old days?” His reply, ” This kind of thing would not have happened more than once in Detroit”. He didn’t elaborate and I didn’t ask. I am aware that Seattle is not Detroit… it’s just something that came to mind from conversation with an oldtimer.

  • Peeb September 11, 2013 (1:22 pm)

    Two words: Nice pants.

  • AG September 11, 2013 (2:28 pm)

    UGH. This d-bag should be in jail long enough to work off the cost of the hospital trip and manhunt. At “jail salary” rates.

  • TimeToFightBack September 11, 2013 (2:31 pm)

    He’s going to break in to the wrong house sometime, come face to face with the wrong homeowner – and this will all be over. This scumbag has proven, over and over, that he’s got it made – habitually steals and damages our property, is never truly punished, always knowing he’ll be back in our neighborhoods to continue victimizing us. They won’t keep him in jail, he won’t stay out of people’s homes – there’s only 1 solution here.

  • rico September 11, 2013 (2:58 pm)

    Time to fight back is becoming more “right” as time goes by here in formerly lovely Seattle. I have never owned a firearm, never had plans to, but the current systems of “Unjustice” is rapidly forcing me to re-think that philosophy…Which is absolutely not the correct solution in my opinion, but is rapidly becoming the only solution available apparently. And yes I am getting very comfortable with the idea of using one with intent – my sympathies are running out of patience. Must be a real treat being a police officer with this ineffective system on Unjustice.

  • AG September 11, 2013 (3:14 pm)

    Perhaps he will od first and save the hassle.
    Note: I am not wishing this upon him or his family, just acknowledging it as a likely end to the story.

  • quiz September 11, 2013 (3:30 pm)

    Unbelievable. Why even go through the hassle of catching people like this if this is all that will come of it?

  • K September 11, 2013 (5:17 pm)

    LOL…maybe West Seattle is becoming “little Detroit” (sorry but emphasis on “little”}.

  • payrollgirl September 11, 2013 (5:39 pm)

    Isn’t this the same Judge that PR’d him one of the times he was in jail, the time he never returned to his hearing???

  • Ali September 12, 2013 (12:09 am)

    Lucky pastard.

  • wscommuter September 12, 2013 (4:31 am)

    People … the prosecutor’s office isn’t “recommending” a concurrent sentence – the Sentencing Reform Act passed by the state legislature mandates a concurrent sentence for all felony crimes in WA, except for the most serious Class A felonies, such as Assault 1 or Rape 1. Likewise, the SRA also mandates the sentencing range (that is, how much time he will get), so the judge’s hands are tied, for the most part. If you want to complain, complain to Olympia.

  • rico September 12, 2013 (7:36 am)

    Never knew these ridiculous lenient ideas originated in Olympia. Thanks for the tip. Still deserves our outrage

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