West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglaries; mail theft; stolen car, found

From the SPD Police Reports map, the icons show burglaries reported over the past week. As you can see, Highland Park had a cluster, Isaac wrote to mention, and we have heard from one of the victims, Chris:

I want to let folks know that our house near 15th and Trenton was broken into (Tuesday) sometime between 10 and 2 p.m. No one was home. Whoever it was gained access through a backyard window that we mistakenly left ajar. We have a dog that usually barks at strangers but it didn’t seem to matter. The thief or thieves took
two 5th generation Nano iPods (one blue and one green) but curiously left other relatively easy-to-steal items behind. They did ransack our bedroom, which included emptying our dressers and closet. It was apparent that they went through our entire house. The police officer felt that from his experience these were kids who were looking for something specific (cash and drugs). Please remind people to make sure all windows and doors are locked.

In addition to the break-in at Chris’s house, here are the reported burglaries to which the icons on the map screengrab refer, north to south:
*Tuesday night, 1600 block of 46th SW
*Sunday afternoon, 4100 block of 52nd SW
*Reported Sunday but happened June 3rd, 3400 block SW Genesee (old substation building)
*2 break-ins early Sunday and early Tuesday, 2600 block SW Andover (WS Athletic Club)
*Tuesday afternoon, 5300 block Beach Drive SW
*Early Tuesday, 7700 block 10th SW
*Sunday evening, 8600 block Delridge Way SW
*Early Tuesday, 8600 block 12th SW
*Reported last Thursday but happened June 9th, 9200 block 2nd SW (unit at Public Storage)
*Saturday afternoon, 10200 block 47th SW

Ahead – stolen mail and stolen car, found:

Next, we received two reports of mail theft on Wednesday in the Westwood and Arbor Heights area, in both cases noticed by passersby finding discarded mail. One returned the identifiable mail to the addresses it bore; another one was taking the recovered mail to the Westwood post office.

And we have a stolen-car update from Jason:

Just wanted to let you know my car was recovered (Monday the 16th). It was 6 miles away from the location it was stolen from [WSB 6/12 Crime Watch]. Turns out it had been sitting there for a week. A concerned homeowner called the police to report the car, and that’s when I was notified. The battery was dead and the gas tank was empty. No physical damage to the car. Various items stolen from the car, but nothing that isn’t replaceable. The thief also left garbage all over the inside of the car. McDonald’s bags and wrappers, etc.

That’s often how stolen cars are found – someone notices an unfamiliar car that’s been on their street for a few days and calls it in. You can also check the SPD Twitter feed of stolen-car descriptions/plates at twitter.com/getyourcarback, but don’t assume it’s not stolen if you don’t see it there – sometimes vehicles are abandoned even before their owner realizes they’re gone!

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglaries; mail theft; stolen car, found"

  • Ashley June 19, 2014 (1:23 pm)

    I wonder if the found car is the one that neighbors and I reported on 17th ave and graham after it had been parked awkwardly for days

    • WSB June 19, 2014 (1:38 pm)

      Ashley – that’s not six miles away from 3000 block of Avalon, but glad you reported a car and hope that got it back to its owner, whether stolen or not!

  • sacatosh June 19, 2014 (1:24 pm)

    UGH, Chris, isn’t this the second one you guys have had? If you’re the Chris I think you are, we used to live across the street in the yellow house. I’m really sorry this happened to you. How frustrating! Break-ins suck. We’ve had one at an apt and one in our current home. The former was a complete ransacking and destruction of nearly everything we owned. The second was a quick grab n go of electronics and fast-selling items. Both are horrible, but the ransacking is the worst as it feels so violent.

  • Diane June 19, 2014 (1:44 pm)

    last week someone got inside our “secure” code required apt lobby AND broke into several of our locked mailboxes (thankfully, not mine); owner said it was reported to police; Admiral/Belvidere

  • Starsky June 19, 2014 (4:53 pm)

    What was happening last night on 42nd have and edmonds ( near the safe way ) Police ect. Around 11pm.

  • WB June 19, 2014 (8:06 pm)

    Chris–so sorry and thanks for letting us know. When I lived just off Aurora in Greenwood, we were burgled and several pieces of jewelry were taken. I could actually smell the thieves on my clothes, which were completely rifled through. I had to wash everything. Hope you can heal from this incident.

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