West Seattle Crime Watch: Little Free Library withstands attack; apartment building break-in;

Four West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share:

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY TARGETED: If you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, have the closest neighbors keep an extra-close watch on it. Last night, somebody targeted this one in Seaview with a suspected firework/explosive. Neighbors heard a loud noise; police were called. Its sturdy craftsmanship kept the damage light. Our photographer wasn’t even sure he’d found the right one, but finally detected its door was a bit crooked.


I wanted to alert our West Seattle neighbors about a robbery that happened yesterday, October 29th around mid day maybe 1-3:PM in the heart of California Avenue at zip 98116 about 3 blocks south of PCC/West Seattle High School. The tenants of one apartment came home to find their apartment broken with their jewelry, climbing gears and laptop missing. The burglars also broke into the individual storage units cutting and twisting the padlocks in the 1st floor and emptied two suitcases full of valuable East Indian sarees. Officer J Barnes from Seattle Police Dept. was there inspecting the storage units and taking statements from tenants who were violated.


Our car was broken into for the third time in recent months while parked in front of our house last night. We are near 36th Ave SW and Dakota. It sure feels like car prowls are on the rise. It doesn’t seem to matter if the car is locked or not, they are getting in regardless, but thankfully not smashing windows.

PACKAGE THEFT: From Dave in Seaview: “We had a UPS package stolen in the 5900 block of 49th. Folks should be careful with home shipping!”

Thanks again to everyone for sharing alerts that we can share communitywide. While we listen to the scanner and monitor SPD’s tweets and maps, many noteworthy incidents do NOT surface in any of those channels, for various reasons – and even if they do, there’s no info beyond an incident type/vicinity – so your tips and reports are vital. Always call the police *first* – then let us know when you can.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Little Free Library withstands attack; apartment building break-in; "

  • JayDee October 30, 2014 (5:24 pm)

    The Library’s door looks fine–I think the left-hand wall is canted outwards, and there appears to be a missing trim or support piece on the bottom. Whoever did this should be ashamed.

  • WestSide45 October 30, 2014 (6:30 pm)

    “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

  • G October 30, 2014 (9:05 pm)

    Sound like the apt break-in was very near my home, which is vacant (crooks, nothing to steal, don’t bother.) Same old, same old.

  • M October 31, 2014 (11:54 am)

    Package also stolen yesterday (Oct. 30) in the 2700 block of 49th AVE SW. Have contacted merchant and item was shown as returned and refunded, and they are gathering information from store for my police report.

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