West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire; burglaries; suspicious visitor

Four reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

GUNFIRE IN UPPER MORGAN: Thanks to those who texted to report hearing possible gunshots around 7:30 tonight in Upper Morgan. Police did respond and search for evidence; we couldn’t get there in time to talk with them, and we haven’t been able to reach SPD for confirmation, but one neighbor said officers told her they did find evidence of gunfire, and Tweets by Beat now shows the call was classified that way too, with 37th SW/SW Morgan as the general location.


FYI- our home, and our neighbor’s home, in the 8000 block of 5th Ave SW were broken into this afternoon between 2 and 3 pm. Both doors were kicked in, and the perps took financial documents, electronics, and jewelry. Unfortunately, they also stole my engagement ring and wedding ring which I forgot to put on this morning – Merry Christmas to me!. A neighbor caught video of the vehicle entering and exiting our dead-end street. It looks like it was a purple Scion. Please warn neighbors to be extra vigilant – we have a great block watch system in place, but this was the perfect storm situation where it didn’t protect us.


Sadly we were the victims of property theft sometime last night. Someone came up our driveway, entered our gated backyard and then entered our garage through an unlocked side door (which is now locked) and stole my husband’s chop saw and blades worth about $1800. Normally, our work trailer and both cars are in the driveway, but last night my husband unloaded his trailer and moved it into the street along with my car because we are having tree work done today and I suspect that someone saw him unloading his tools and came back later to take advantage. We live on 55th between Dakota and Andover and I just wanted to get the word out to our neighbors to be aware this is happening. We have lived here 30 years and have had cars prowled and tools stolen from our vehicles a couple of times but this seems very brazen to walk into a private backyard and enter the garage.

SUSPICIOUS VISITOR: Another reader report:

We are near the intersection of 41st and Oregon. We had a man wearing a very dirty dark brown hoodie ring our doorbell at around 1 am. We looked out our windows and saw he had a very nice bicycle that seemed out of place given his appearance. He continued to ring the doorbell and knock for a couple minutes before leaving. About 10 minutes later, someone we think was the same person tried to open our back door and then left through a vacant lot next door. This incident freaked out our cats and our neighbor’s dog and we’re pretty sure he went to their door as well.

We did call 911 and spoke to a couple officers that responded and checked out the surrounding area and patrolled a few times. That seemed to scare off whoever was snooping around. We live near the vacant house that was cleared by police earlier this week, they suspected it might be related. We’ve had other issues with squatters in some of the other vacant properties nearby that our neighbors have called in.

4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire; burglaries; suspicious visitor"

  • Kayo December 5, 2015 (7:28 am)

    We also suffered a garage burglary overnight Thursday into Friday. Unfortunately we forgot to close our garage and someone came along and helped themselves to one of our bicycles (a bright blue Cannondale with yellow trim – very distinctive). They also ditched a white Marin bike with an XL frame on the parking strip across the street (which was probably a more valuable bike). They also rifled through my spouse’s car and stole our garage door opener. This is in North Delridge (26th and Hudson). Lesson to us to be more careful especially when exhausted! We’ve accidentally left our garage open before but this is the first time we’ve had stuff stolen out of it. We think this happened sometime between 2-4 am. The police have the white Marin bike if anyone is missing that.

  • marty December 5, 2015 (9:06 am)

    Where is upper Morgan? Is that the new name for High Point?

    • WSB December 5, 2015 (9:14 am)

      High Point doesn’t have a “new name” nor does any other neighborhood. These are all names in use for years. Upper Morgan as in Upper Morgan Junction, mostly up the hill east of Thriftway, both sides of Morgan, too far north to be Gatewood, too far west to be High Point, which is basically east of Morgan.

  • RG December 6, 2015 (9:41 pm)

    We also had our garage broken into recently and all of our tools stolen. Burglars had to come into our backyard through a closed gate. We are near 35th and Manning.

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