West Seattle Crime Watch: Tools taken; mail stolen

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports. First, from Brooke:

(At mid-afternoon today) while a contractor was on break, someone stole the tools from his truck, and kicked in the door of the house he was working on and stole the tools from inside as well. The tools were taken from the 9000 block of 14th AVE SW. He is really distressed, and just called the police after much urging from several of us on the street and him being pessimistic that they could do anything. I was hoping we could be awesome neighbors and keep our eyes peeled to see if we can reunite him with his tools. If anyone sees anything or notices someone unloading or trying to sell a large number of tools, please call the police and tell them you think it might be related to this case.

And from Heather:

I am contacting you so you can remind our West Seattle community to be vigilant about checking their mail every day. I live at on the 6000 block of California Avenue near the Morgan Junction and a row of mailboxes was broken into last night.

We found out the hard way that a new credit card had been in the mailbox: At about 6:00 (Thursday) evening, the thieves went to a gas station and then tried to buy merchandise at Nordstrom’s. For once, the fact that the card was at its limit saved us because the transaction was denied. The only way we found out was an email from Amex apologizing for not being able to complete the purchase.

I strongly urge everyone to check the balances on debit and credit cards regularly for suspicious charges. Check your mailbox every day. And keep your eyes peeled for these criminals. Something as simple as stealing mail can cause quite the headache, financial and otherwise.

And a reminder – the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council resumes its monthly meetings next Tuesday, January 19th, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster). Along with local police, an insurance-industry expert will be there to talk about current trends in car break-ins and thefts, in hopes the information can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Tools taken; mail stolen"

  • underhood January 15, 2016 (5:44 pm)

    (Test comment – please disregard!)

  • pelicans January 15, 2016 (9:39 pm)

    Test response. Brooke, Hope someone finds your tools.As for the Amex card, I thought all new cards had to be activated  before they could be used (from a “phone in your profile”)…new 3 digit security codes and/or chip-and-pin, etc. So much for that.  Believe the current law is still that the card holder is only responsible for the first $50.

  • Eddie January 16, 2016 (8:28 am)

    New cards are “chip and signature”.  

  • Kris January 16, 2016 (8:47 am)

    WSB Glad you’re back up!!!!FYI, not sure anyone else is experiencing this :When I go to menu and click on forum, contact, etc, it just directs me to a list of WSB sponsors  Also, having a hard time “commenting” or even getting to comments (just shows WSB sponsors)That’s why I’m commenting here, it’s the only comment section I was able to open  

  • eaglewatch January 16, 2016 (10:19 pm)

    This new website format is terrible. I may be done with WSB

    • WSB January 16, 2016 (10:52 pm)

      Hi, I’m sorry to hear that. If you are experiencing any particular problems besides overall not liking it, I invite you to post them – along with what device and OS you’re using – on the ongoing thread here. Thank you – Tracy

  • eaglewatch January 17, 2016 (8:57 pm)

    Tried on my Kindle Fire. Had trouble finding anything but a string of advertisers. Format seems more familiar on laptop. We appreciate the good work you do so perhaps I only need to abandon accessing it  on the Kindle. 

    • WSB January 17, 2016 (9:03 pm)

      Hi, Eaglewatch, the “sponsor list displays first” problem, apparently with tablets in portrait (are you able to try viewing in landscape? I apologize, I haven’t had a Kindle), is on the list the tech team is working through – one other person mentioned it on a Kindle – we’re providing the techs with as many specifics as we can regarding devices on which the site isn’t displaying the way it should. – Tracy

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