West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary investigation; car window smashed; bicycle-theft attempt

Topping this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – a burglary investigation under way in Sunrise Heights. Martin asked us about a police response near 34th/Othello (map); SPD’s Det. Mark Jamieson says a resident called it in as a suspected break-in, hearing what sounded like breaking glass and then hearing sounds in the basement, where she said no one should have been, though the house has a basement living area. Police took one person into custody, but we don’t know yet if they were officially arrested (remember, that is a further step beyond being taken into custody for questioning – just because you see someone handcuffed doesn’t mean they were arrested) – we’ll be checking back with police.


CAR BREAK-IN: Krista e-mailed: “I would like to report to West Seattle Blog and your readers about my boyfriend’s car window getting smashed in the Highland Park neighborhood. It was parked on the street, block of 9th Avenue and Trenton Street (map). They didn’t steal anything from the car and it happened late last night or early this morning.”

BIKE-THEFT ATTEMPT: Andrew has a warning for bicycle owners, and it goes with this photo:

A thief attempted to steal my bike while I was at work (Wednesday). Luckily they must have got spooked, because they left my bike in my driveway. I’m in the townhouses by California and Myrtle (map). Please remind people to not leave anything they don’t want stolen outside.
Thanks, got lucky this time!

17 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary investigation; car window smashed; bicycle-theft attempt"

  • AM February 21, 2014 (2:40 pm)

    Just an FYI – my mom’s neighbor had her AmazonFresh groceries stolen from her porch this morning (neighborhood behind Nantes Park). I told my mom to have her reach out the blog with the details of her story. So sad that nothing is safe….

    • WSB February 21, 2014 (2:47 pm)

      Sorry to hear that! They’re probably even more of a target than UPS, FedEx, etc., since they often deliver in the dead of night … I was working by the window one early-morning around 3:30 am and noticed an AF truck headed for the nearby dead-end …

  • JanS February 21, 2014 (3:36 pm)

    I won’t order from Amazon any more for early morning delivery. I will only pick a time when I’m home.

    I used to get fresh veggies from Full Circle..they too deliver early morning. After having them stolen 2/3 times, I gave up. It’s an apartment building with a small stoop for a porch, not even on the street…someone has to actually walk back to the door to steal…

  • A February 21, 2014 (3:48 pm)

    Looking forward to our move out of WS.

  • alki resident February 21, 2014 (5:13 pm)

    To all thieves out there
    You stole my truck in December which was to be sold the next day. Because you stole my truck, I could not give a Christmas to my kids. I couldn’t pay my bills. My rent was late and caused me to be evicted. Im still without a car and now will be homeless on the end of this month. I’ve lost all will and can no longer feel. I didn’t deserve this nor had it coming. I’ve done so much good in my life it’s unbelievable.
    But keep doing what you’re doing because its all about YOU. I didn’t really need a vehicle or a home anyway. I hope to GOD you don’t have kids.

  • JayDee February 21, 2014 (7:11 pm)


    To what antiseptic area are you headed? Issaquah Higlands, a Black Diamond cul de sac? Crime can only be minimized, not eliminated. Good luck with that.

  • West Seattle Wanderer February 21, 2014 (10:13 pm)

    Alki Resident – you sound like a nice guy in a tough spot. There are programs and organizations out there to help. Please reach out to them.

  • alki resident February 21, 2014 (11:39 pm)

    Wanderer-Im a mom and there aren’t funds anywhere at this time.

    • WSB February 21, 2014 (11:48 pm)

      AR – have you already talked to West Seattle Helpline?

  • alki resident February 22, 2014 (12:44 am)

    Yes I have,they left me a recorded message that they can’t help me.

  • miws February 22, 2014 (7:58 am)

    alki res, have you tried Mary’s Place?



    Or, the YWCA?



    Best of luck to you.



  • G February 22, 2014 (2:32 pm)


    There’s much more property crime here than in LA. I know because I split time between both cities. You think LA is “antiseptic?” Hope you’re not one of those who think living in the ‘Big City’ has to include living this amount of crime, it doesn’t.

  • RG February 22, 2014 (2:42 pm)

    alki res, will your children be homeless with you?
    Here is a list of homeless resources from the Seattle Crisis Resource Directory:

  • Laura February 23, 2014 (10:00 pm)

    Would love an update on this story since I live a few homes away. Will be on higher alert than normal.

  • hugh j February 24, 2014 (4:26 pm)

    Or… instead of ordering from Amazon, head on into a west seattle grocer and not worry about things being stolen from your porch.

  • gerbach February 25, 2014 (6:04 pm)

    the property theft in ws seems to be impossible to keep in check. and i haven’t heard anyone using a bait car, yet. but a couple weeks ago my suv broke down and the bill is more than it’s worth, but it’s still mine. so i spent just a lil cash and made my own bait car. it’ll be done this weekend and parked on my street. lets just say this babys not moving an inch, is inescapable, and whoever tries to steal it will be scraped out of the drivers seat by a mortician.

  • ssanchor March 1, 2014 (3:49 pm)

    I live in the North Admiral district off 44th and Admiral Way, and my car was vandalized sometime between 12am & 9am this morning (March 1). A large rock (large grapefruit size) was thrown at my driver side front window and shattered the entire window. Nothing in my car was touched or gone through as far as I could see, just a large rock sitting on the passenger side floor and a car filled with tiny pieces of glass. I’m not sure if this was an intentional hit on me or if there were others targeted around the area. I called SPD to file a report and an officer came out within an hour. The officer didn’t mention of any other activity happening in the area. Always a good reminder to not leave valuable items in your car, however, if I did I’m not sure it would have been taken since this person only wanted to cause damage to my car, clearly.

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