West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy Creek overlook salmon sculptures stolen; Moondrop Coffee break-in

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports:

(City-provided photo of one of the stolen fish)
FAUNTLEROY CREEK OVERLOOK ART THEFT: Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens tells WSB that someone has stolen part of the art installation at the fish-ladder overlook across from the ferry dock:

I’m sorry to report that someone cut through the base of both the bronze coho
salmon and cutthroat trout that have been part of “Stream Echo” since its installation at the fish-ladder viewpoint in 1998. … The city’s Office of Cultural Affairs has contacted artist Tom Jay to request replacements. Because Tom is very involved with art installation at Cove Park, we have no idea when he can recast the fish.

If the thief still has the fish, we would welcome them back, no questions asked, on our front porch – 4539 SW Director Place.

Judy’s husband Phil Sweetland discovered the theft yesterday, but she says it could have happened any time in the past several days. Though this is on a smaller scale physically, we still couldn’t help but be reminded of the as-yet-unsolved Walking on Logs sculpture theft, which happened almost exactly a year ago.

MOONDROP COFFEE & TEA BREAK-IN: Proprietor David Livingood from the little coffee shop across from Seacrest sent word this morning that someone broke into their shop late last night. They’re still trying to assess what was stolen but wanted to get the word out. (We were headed that way this morning when diverted by the crane fire and are still planning to go over and find out more – we’ll update when there’s more information.)

11 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy Creek overlook salmon sculptures stolen; Moondrop Coffee break-in"

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man June 25, 2015 (12:05 pm)

    Such lovely art to be (presumably) sold for scrap.
    I’d say there’s a place in hell for scum like this, but I suspect they’re already living it in a drug addled state. I hope it gets replaced!

  • Rick June 25, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    Probably swimming with the walking on logs sculpture. Used to love this town.

  • LyndaB June 25, 2015 (2:08 pm)

    Sorry to hear about Moondrop. That’s so lame what happened.

  • norkgirl June 25, 2015 (2:10 pm)

    Another crime. Another loss. I find myself battling apathy and cynicism because of the ongoing and (seemingly) increasing crime.

  • JayDee June 25, 2015 (2:57 pm)

    You might want to touch base with Lezlie Jane — she has lots of experience with embedding art and may have ideas to help your fish stay in the stream.

  • Beth June 25, 2015 (5:17 pm)

    Who the H#LL does that?!

  • smokeycretin9 June 25, 2015 (5:44 pm)

    The real criminals are the metal scrap yards that buy from the meth and heroine addled zombies that can make a quick buck stealing anything metal.

    When a person shows up at a metal recycling yard with 25 bronze headstone plaques and says “oh yeah, I found them” and then the recyclers pay a low amount of money for them, and keep it under the table and off the books.

  • Julia June 25, 2015 (7:07 pm)

    Perhaps the replacements could be made of a substance other than metal.

  • SillyGoose June 25, 2015 (7:54 pm)

    Smokeycretin9 I am just as angry as you but sadly these creeps usually melt and cut this metal down to a lump before it even goes to the recycle yards, most honest scrap metal places wont accept art!

  • Steve S June 25, 2015 (8:36 pm)

    Scrap metal dealers would melt down the Statue of Liberty if some tweeker brought it to them.

  • MsD June 25, 2015 (10:05 pm)

    Keep an eye out on the roof gardens of some of our new huge apartment complexes. The developers are always talking about how they want to be part of the West Seattle community and what better way than by relocating well known West Seattle sculptures to their properties? (I’m being facetious, but I find it slightly ridiculous to show your supposed admiration for a place by tearing it down.)

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