West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) make off with vintage jewelry

A West Seattle Crime Watch reader report from “North Admiral Resident“:

I came from vacation to find my home had been broken into. They stole all my jewelry and my ex-husband’s old wallet, otherwise nothing else seemed to be disturbed.

Just a note, ladies – make sure you increase the amount for your jewelry or itemize and take out separate policies with your homeowners insurance.

Vintage pieces from my grandmother, filigree white gold and diamond rings, a yellow gold and amethyst necklace and a scarab bracelet, were among the things stolen. While not the most expensive pieces, they are the ones that tear at my heart.

This happened sometime between July 20-28th. If anyone has any clues, please comment.

The Seattle Police online crime-report map shows nine burglaries reported in West Seattle in the past week – including three each in the greater Admiral and Fauntleroy areas:

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) make off with vintage jewelry"

  • Martin July 31, 2015 (10:32 pm)

    my wife noticed a couple of men who were dressed in construction clothing (hard hat) staking out our house yesterday afternoon. They left after hearing our dog barking. We are in the North Admiral area.

  • In disguise July 31, 2015 (11:18 pm)

    Thanks Martin. That is a good point for everyone to be on alert for. A lot of construction going on in certain areas of West Seattle. It could be people with bad intentions, trying to blend in, like with stealing copper while posing as utility crews.

  • dsa July 31, 2015 (11:21 pm)

    Just a heads up, 3 of the 7 shown on the map are:
    Burglary *No* Force. The other 4 are Burglary Force.

    • WSB July 31, 2015 (11:22 pm)

      We don’t distinguish, if we’re listing burglaries. If it’s categorized as a burglary, it’s a burglary, and that’s how the map sorts (I unchecked everything else). “No force” only means they didn’t find evidence of a broken window, kicked door, whatever. I didn’t examine for commercial vs. noncommercial either, just wanted to give a very quick bit of perspective regarding whether we were having a burglary wave or not (no) and where recent incidents were. – TR

  • dsa July 31, 2015 (11:29 pm)

    I did not speculate either. And I meant no criticism of you. Entry could have been unlocked, bump key, whatever.

  • Alan July 31, 2015 (11:45 pm)

    Another thing to consider on valuables, especially ones that are purely sentimental, is to not keep them all together. If everything is in a box on your dresser (locked or otherwise) it will leave the house. They will not take the time to decide what they can sell and what they cannot. They will just take it all.

  • WTF August 1, 2015 (1:22 am)

    Safe deposit box. Wells Fargo. $30-120 year. Worth. Every. Penny.

  • Eric1 August 1, 2015 (10:22 am)

    “Gun” safes are also an option. Costco has one now for about $350 or so. They are fireproof and weigh enough so they can’t just pick it up easily. Don’t buy those small document safes that criminals just pick up and take from your bedroom closet and sledgehammer later in the woods.
    Passports, car titles, jewelry, cash, books of new checks, etc… End up in mine.

  • pam August 1, 2015 (8:29 pm)

    I would check the local pawn shops – if you have photos even better, but if not go and give description. I believe they can’t sell for 30 days when they get new items.

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