West Seattle Crime Watch: Car stolen again, ‘Club’ and all; apparent package theft thwarted; mail theft…

Three Crime Watch reader reports this afternoon – first, maybe you’ve seen Brian‘s stolen car?

My 1995 Subaru Legacy Wagon was stolen across SW Graham Street from “The Bridge.” Happened sometime between 12/4 – 3 PM and 12/5 – 9 AM. The car has a dented front left corner and a black front bumper. Nothing valuable in the car. I had “The Club” on the steering wheel, but I guess that’s not enough these day. I reported this to the police this AM. Incident number 14-403536.

This car (sans Club) was stolen a few years back. I found it four blocks away a couple of days later. Hoping for the same this time.

If you see Brian’s car, please call 911. Ahead, the story of an apparent package theft, thwarted, and mail theft seen (but not stopped):

The reader who reported this asked to be anonymous:

(Wednesday) afternoon I encountered package thieves in action at 46th & Dakota around 3:00, while out for a walk. I saw a car driven by a dark-haired Caucasian male stop midblock on Dakota, westbound on the block between 46th and 47th, where there are only a few houses. A female Caucasian, twenties or thirties, dark blonde hair, got out, smiled at me as I walked by, and proceeded to cross Dakota St. mid-block and start walking slowly back east, in the direction from which the car had just come, which seemed curious. She also did not stop in either house on the south side of that short block (and I know who both homeowners are), but turned the corner at 46th, heading south.

Meanwhile, the car that had dropped her off, which had been heading west, rounded the traffic circle at 47th/Dakota and proceeded back east, from where he had just come, and then headed south on 46th, following the route of his dropped-off passenger. It smelled very fishy, so I turned around and followed them around the corner, and sure enough, the car was now parked two houses down from the corner, and the female was walking swiftly toward it, holding two packages she’d not been carrying before. I yelled at her to drop the packages, she froze momentarily and looked at me, and I said “they’re not yours!” and she dropped them on the parking strip and ran to the car, which then sped off. I memorized the license plate, called 911, and received a visit from a police officer shortly thereafter.

He said that even with the license number, IF he could locate the vehicle, it would be difficult to prosecute such a case; since she dropped the packages, he doesn’t have probable cause to search. (Even though we can surmise there are likely other stolen goods in the car, and possibly at their home.) The vehicle is registered in Puyallup, and he said it’s quite possible they bought it on the cheap and never changed the registration. It was a dark blue compact vehicle, loud (needed a new muffler?), and was missing hubcaps.

And finally, a report of mail theft in White Center, not too far east of Arbor Heights so we’re sharing here too:

(Thursday morning), occurred approximately 11:15. Our mail was stolen from our mailbox at 112(00 block) 12th Ave SW, light skinned black female, around 20s, hair in ponytail,
riding in a late model black Honda Accord.

If you’d like to share a neighborhood alert, once you’ve reported the crime to the police, let us know – it’s harder to get information from police reports and even scanner monitoring than you might think, so if you don’t share the news, it might not get out at all. editor@westseattleblog.com – or if something’s in progress, text/voice 206-293-6302, any time = thank you.

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car stolen again, 'Club' and all; apparent package theft thwarted; mail theft..."

  • Ash Goulet December 5, 2014 (6:48 pm)

    Our Subaru Outback was broken into sometime between 7pm on 12/4 and 10am on 12/5. Our car was parked in our carport at the corner of 45th and director. An iPod was stolen along with a black “Columbia” diaper bag filled with my daughter’s things.

  • Lauri December 5, 2014 (7:26 pm)

    Anonymous Package Thief Stopper, you are my hero. I get as few packages delivered to my door as possible, but I hope someone like you will be looking out for me and my neighbors if low-lifes like these come to my street. THANK YOU.

  • JTB December 5, 2014 (7:58 pm)

    I wasn’t aware it was up to SPD to decide whether or not to prosecute a case. On the other hand, making suspected thieves know they’ve been identified as such might serve as a deterrent even it they’re not prosecuted. Perhaps not, but I’d rather give it a shot than turn a blind eye. Maybe UPS and FedEx would have a thought about this. Maybe citizens would have a thought. But it appears only the whim or opinion of a patrol officer is all that counts. Sigh.

  • G December 5, 2014 (8:25 pm)

    The package theft a few blocks from my West Seattle house. It’s depressing to think these lowlifes are in my neighborhood. I’m here in SoCal, a week from coming back for Xmas, wondering WTF is going on in West Seattle.

  • JanS December 6, 2014 (1:09 am)

    G…package theft this time of year is tremendous, and not just in West Seattle. It occurs all over the city. There is nothing intrinsically different or “more” about crime in this area than the rest of the city.

    I do wish people would take advantage of alternate ways to get their packages…delivered to work, picked up at delivery company, request a specific time of day, so you’ll be home. I live in a building of 8 apartments. I work at home, so make sure that UPS, USPS, Fed Ex, etc. know to buzz me about packages for other tenants who may be at work. No packages on the doorstep to be stolen.

  • Andi December 6, 2014 (6:24 am)

    Amazon also offers lockers for shipping.


  • Seymore December 6, 2014 (8:51 am)

    Subaru’s are one of the most common cars stolen in Seattle.

  • ACG December 6, 2014 (9:20 am)

    Package thief stopper- you rock! Thanks for being so observant!! If we all follow your lead, it will make life a lot more difficult for these thieves. Sad to see that there won’t be much follow up from law enforcement. But, at least the rightful owner of those packages was saved from a theft.

  • cameras December 6, 2014 (9:57 am)

    Brian may want to try the accounting firm across the street from The Bridge, they have cameras outside.

  • PB December 6, 2014 (10:02 am)

    I’m the person that encountered the package thieves, and “prosecute” was a poor choice of words on my part. I should have used “apprehend.” The officer said he had no probable cause to search the vehicle if he located it, or to get a search warrant for it or the related domicile from a judge. (They dropped the packages I saw them with, so I couldn’t claim they were carrying stolen property.) PB

  • ChefJoe December 6, 2014 (10:41 am)

    Thanks Andi, I guess there’s a few more lockers than when I last looked because I could have sworn there were none in West Seattle. They’re super convenient at the place I last worked at.

    Locker “pamela” is in the 7-11 west of California and Admiral Way and there’s another locker in a 7-11 east of Westwood village on Delridge.

  • AJP December 6, 2014 (4:28 pm)

    So the moral is, let them the package, memorize the plate, so police have probable cause to search, if they have the time…

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