West Seattle Crime Watch: Triangle robbery; tote bag taken in car prowl

Two notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STREET ROBBERY: A man was robbed this morning in The Triangle around 4:15 am. We’ve been trying all day to get some details, after seeing the robbery designation on Tweets By Beat, and finally just got information from police who are here at the Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting we’re covering. According to Lt. Ron Smith, two people described only as a black male and white female approached the victim in the 4600 block of 36th SW, asked for a ride to Renton, and then grabbed him, took his wallet and 60 dollars, tossed the wallet on the ground and took off. The report also says they considered stealing his car but it was manual transmission, so they apparently gave up on that idea. Police searched the area, with a K-9, but didn’t find the robbers.

CAR PROWL: A car-prowl victim in West Seattle early this morning is hoping somebody might spot what was stolen from her car:

Someone broke my passenger side window and stole an over-sized brown suede tote bag (I believe it was from Eddie Bauer). They took nothing of financial value, except my well-worn tote bag.

Nothing in that bag would have been of value to anyone else, she said, but it contained client files that were important for her business – if you’ve seen the bag, please let police know.

16 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Triangle robbery; tote bag taken in car prowl"

  • Diane April 28, 2015 (6:54 pm)

    thank god I drive a stick shift

  • valvashon April 28, 2015 (7:36 pm)

    Standard transmission=theft protection!

  • ChefJoe April 28, 2015 (8:13 pm)

    I love driving a manual transmission, until I get stuck in stop and go traffic on the viaduct and most of the other vehicles advance at a non-steady pace.

  • Erik April 28, 2015 (8:19 pm)

    I’m curious where your car prowl was? My car was broken into near 38th & Dakota a couple weeks ago. They took what looked like a computer bag. Little did they know it contained nothing but dirty running shorts.

  • datamuse April 28, 2015 (8:53 pm)

    You know, this is the second attempted car theft I’ve read about on the WSB that was foiled by the car being a manual. Maybe it’s time to learn to drive stick!

  • Jeannie April 29, 2015 (2:29 am)

    Erik, they are sure in for a sweaty surprise!

  • Ttt April 29, 2015 (6:52 am)

    Seriously, I heard from a study on car theft that the best protection against car theft is owning a stick-shift. Apparently they are too difficult for theives to drive. More evidence that theives are dumb and lazy.

  • K April 29, 2015 (7:40 am)

    My friend’s car was stolen twice in the past 12 months in West Seattle. She drives stick.

  • RT April 29, 2015 (8:01 am)

    Sorry to burst some bubbles here, but I owned a beautiful, manual transmission Acura that was stolen twice from in front of my house in North Admiral several years ago. It was totally stripped when located in Renton four days later. Could be that the current crop of car thieves isn’t as multi-talented. But think a club is a good addition to any security system. Alas, I did not have one.

  • David April 29, 2015 (10:34 am)

    I think it depends on the thief. I’m sure there are career criminals out there that specialize in car theft, so they would likely know how to drive a car with manual transmission. It seems the two in this story were going to steal the car almost as an afterthought, so they likely weren’t professional car thieves. Those types would probably be less likely to know how to drive stick.

  • David April 29, 2015 (11:35 am)

    I live about 6 blocks from the triangle and someone and most likely these same people, smashed out my passenger side window probably around 3am, and stole a blue suit case and a vintage analog musical keyboard called an Arp Odyssey 2800. I stupidly forgot to take out that evening. Only the suit case was visible but it was enough to get them to smash the window.

  • HCG April 29, 2015 (12:00 pm)

    The car prowl was my lovely experience. I’m near 31st and Othello. They took my work bag that was super plain and they had to be looking hard to even notice it. I wouldn’t care all that much (it was mostly just annoying) except that the bag had client files in it that contain confidential information and I don’t want any problems for my clients resulting from this theft. Ugh.

  • S April 30, 2015 (6:40 am)

    Unfortunately, manual transmission does not automatically equal theft protection. My poor 20+ year old Honda was stolen yesterday and it is a manual transmission. This is my poor baby’s second incident of such abuse. I hope she survives this one!

  • Lisa April 30, 2015 (11:27 am)

    My sons car was prowled Tuesday night, or yesterday morning also. We live on 29th and Webster. Nothing in the car to steal, just rummaged thru and left the door ajar.

  • clueless May 7, 2015 (10:32 pm)

    Triangle… where and what is that?

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