West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, bike, flag, diapers; police’s advice on preventing/deterring car prowls

The most recent reader reports – if you have information on these or any other cases, call 911:

STOLEN CAR: Federico‘s black Dodge Caliber, ANK8969, was taken overnight near California/Brandon.

(added) POSSIBLY STOLEN CAR, FOUND: Nicole reported it to police, but wanted to make note of it here too – a white 4-door Nissan Sentra, plate 035ZWO, at 35th/Henderson for more than 3 days, “contents are ransacked, bag of mail on the floor, body damage to passenger side, spare tire on front passenger side.”

(back to original roundup) STOLEN BICYCLE: Colton reports this was stolen near California/Hinds:

And a PS: “Only thing that’s different on the bike is that it now has a black seat post.”

STOLEN FLAG: On the eve of the big game, no less! Steve reports, “Sometime last night someone came up to our brightly lit driveway and stole my Seahawks flag that has been flying all season. The pole was in the neighbor’s yard…but no flag.”

CAR PROWLS: Emily reports, “Last night on the 1600 block of SW Massachusetts/Bonair/Sunset Avenue, two unlocked cars were gone through. Gloves and a flashlight were stolen, and an ignition was broken.” … Not far away, Melani reports, a trailer hitched to a truck was broken into … on the corner of Massachusetts and 44th.” Taken: Work tools, some heavy-duty, including a chop saw. … Earlier this week near 18th/Elmgrove, Alison reports, car prowlers took “two big boxes of diapers, about 250.”

(added) ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Just after we published this roundup, we got this from Russell, so we’re adding:

I just reported a theft from my truck parked on 41st Avenue SW near SW Monroe Street. The theft occurred between 10 pm last night (Jan. 30) and 8am this morning (Jan. 31). Most of my tools were left in place, however, a very expensive metering device was taken. It was in a black Pelican hard case. The meter is a GEM 2000 Gas Analyzer manufactured by Landtec North America. Serial number: 11456. Also taken was an aluminum clipboard with field notes in it, which I retrieved from a guy on 26th Avenue SW who called me to say it was in his front yard (my business card was inside), between the West Seattle Golf Course and Delridge Playfield. I filed the report with Officer N. Meyst, Incident #15-35175.

ADVICE FOR PREVENTING/DETERRING CAR PROWLS: From SPD’s Southwest/South Precincts Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon (who also discussed some of this at last week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting):

POLICE CHIEF HERE TUESDAY: Another reminder – 6:30 pm Tuesday at the SW Precinct (Webster/Delridge), you’re invited to Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole‘s first local “community conversation.”

11 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen car, bike, flag, diapers; police's advice on preventing/deterring car prowls"

  • JayDee January 31, 2015 (2:50 pm)


    That really sucks because I know what a GEM-2000 costs. They are a heck of a meter. Does work insurance cover it? I hope so. Good luck — Keep an eye on CL because whoever stole it won’t have a use for it.

  • NorthAdmiral January 31, 2015 (3:05 pm)

    Someone stole our flag last night also! And the pole. Both had been up less than a week, and my next door neighbor’s Seahawks flag went untouched. We’re at the top of Admiral near the viewpoint. Has to be dumb kids or delayed adults.

  • sophista-tiki January 31, 2015 (4:09 pm)

    over 20,000 car prowls and auto thefts in Seattle in 2014. wow

  • Genesee January 31, 2015 (10:32 pm)

    We live near Genesee and 32nd. A car parked in front of the house was broken into overnight. Thief broke glass to get in. Seems there is more aggressive activity lately rather than just rummaging in unlocked cars.

  • Shane February 1, 2015 (8:45 am)

    Mine was prowled a couple of weeks ago. They took my owner’s manual…….

  • Eaglelover February 1, 2015 (10:47 am)

    Someone stole our milk box off our steps a few days ago around 8pm.

  • Trudytrue February 1, 2015 (8:46 pm)

    My Honda CRV was ransacked.on Saturday morning. Don’t know how they got in and also started the engine. Nothing stolen but don’t keep any valuables in the car. Because I had a club on they could only drive a short way fortunately. Police informed.

  • lilly February 2, 2015 (5:22 am)

    This is scary it’s been happening a lot recently..

  • Mireya February 2, 2015 (5:36 am)

    Ford mustang on 40th and Genesee. Car got proweled they stole my ipod, registration and a pair of sunglasses…..and my cigarettes…

  • Sharon Gill February 2, 2015 (10:54 am)

    Car Prowl at Fauntleroy YMCA – 2/2/14 at 8am while I was using gym. Foolishly left briefcase on front seat (I know better and never do this, not sure where my head was)… Window broken, bag stolen, as well as an empty (but expensive) purse from trunk/hatchback. Had wallet and phone with me, thankfully.

    The alarm did go off, but staff nearby ignored it, because of many false car alarms.

    *** If anyone finds an abandoned bag – black soft leather with embroidered birds on it, there are papers and other items in there that are worthless to anyone but me, but very valuable to me. Please notify blog so I can get in touch with you.

    Be careful out there!

    • WSB February 2, 2015 (11:00 am)

      Sharon, sorry to hear it; we refer people to police in most cases of found items, so I hope you have filed a report with them already.

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