West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning investigation; wheelchair-theft attempt; bicycle found

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes: First, this is developing – Seattle Police are investigating another possible strong-arm robbery in the Roxhill Park area. Seattle Fire medics were sent to check out someone found unconscious in the bushes by the bus stop on the south side of SW Barton, reported as a possible victim of a robbery/assault. We’ll follow up later this morning to see what police determined.

Meantime, Creighton reports two incidents in Admiral:

Both incidents happened in front of my house during the daytime at 37th Ave SW and Admiral, just north of Belvedere Viewpoint Park.

Wednesday morning after breakfast, between 9 am and 11 am, someone started to steal my visiting-from-out-of-town handicapped father’s wheelchair from the side of my house, where it was placed to stay dry and out of the hard rain. Upon searching the neighborhood, we found it one house south of ours, stashed in the bushes. It looked like they started to steal it, but either decided it was too big to toss in their vehicle, or I’m hoping had a change of heart and realized it was bad karma to steal a handicapped man’s wheelchair.

Did they come back and try again later that day? Later that same day, after dinner (between 6 pm and 8 pm) I went out to clean my wife’s late-model MDX and discovered all of the contents of the glovebox (registration, manual, etc), center console and change dish were missing. We’re pretty sure we locked the doors, but there was no sign of forced entry to the car so we’re scratching our heads. Both incidents have been reported to the Seattle PD using the CORP online reporting tool.

Finally, Brian found this bike in Highland Park:

Brian describes it as a “Univega bike with Anacortes Cycle sticker.” If it’s yours, contact police and refer to case 14-242562.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning investigation; wheelchair-theft attempt; bicycle found"

  • alki Resident July 25, 2014 (8:07 am)

    Not sure whats its going to take to whack down that “path of doom”. Every time I drive by that bus stop, there are people hanging around on the path, hidden from the street doing God knows what. Its too overgrown in there and I wouldn’t even walk down that path for anything. Its unnerving to know someone was assaulted and knocked unconscious especially when a nursing home is right next door.

  • Dayle July 25, 2014 (8:25 am)

    On this morning’s news it was reported that cars are being broken into for insurance card and title and used for identity theft. Hope the police told her that.

  • Ex-Westwood resident July 25, 2014 (9:58 am)

    The “Path of Doom” will never be trimmed back to allow for greater visability.
    The area has been designated as “wetlands” and to alter it in any way would require a Federal Permit from the EPA. Since “man” has encroached on nature here, it is highly unlikely that one will be given, even if 100 poeple are murdered on that path.
    Besides, it’s in Seattle city limits and the enviro-whackos will never let them apply for a permit!!!

  • G July 25, 2014 (12:39 pm)

    Who would THINK of robbing a wheelchair from a disabled person, or a piece of artwork that someone put their soul into? Just unbelievable.

  • Josh July 25, 2014 (12:39 pm)

    Either the bus stop needs to go, or all those trees and bushes need to be chopped. This is unbelievable. What a scary dump it’s become. I USED to ride the bus there, no more.

  • Jim P. July 25, 2014 (1:29 pm)

    Just how low on the food chain do you have to be to steal a wheelchair? (And I don’t give a patoot if it is a “troubled youth” or other “disadvantaged” person doing the stealing.)

    I hate using that bus stop on Roxhill now. I am almost always panhandled or hit up for “smokes” by someone or another and between the bushes and the unsavory crowd lounging around the McDonald’s across the street, it doesn’t feel at all safe even in the daytime.

    At night, most people getting off the buses will immediately jaywalk across Roxhill to get out of range, especially as some of the buses stop way west of the lighted areas and you walk along the edge of a shadowy jungle on the south side at your peril, seemingly.

    I note that both QFC and Rite-Aid have had to add uniformed security guards due to the skyrocketing shoplifting, especially of booze, going on in both stores. QFC is spending several thousand dollars to build a controlled area for liquor to try and cut down on how much is walking out or being consumed on premises at night.

    I love the convenience of so many buses leaving from the Westwood shopping center but it needs security upgrades in the area now that the more intriguing denizens of downtown and other charming places have discovered this sylvan retreat.

  • WSMom July 26, 2014 (7:08 am)

    Such a horrible thing to do, steeling a wheelchair. What a terrible day especially with a second breakin to the car too. Regarding the bike. If purchased or serviced at Anacortes Cycle maybe they’ll be able to track original owner name etc from the serial number.

  • Derek July 31, 2014 (3:59 pm)

    My Evinrude 9.9 hp long shaft outboard boat motor was stolen off of my trailered sailboat at 5400 block of west marginal way sw between friday night and saturday morning. I hate thieves

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