West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction business hit by thieves; car stolen; mower taken…

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports this afternoon:

WARNING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES: Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) proprietor Dave McCoy says two thieves hit his store on Saturday, “worked as a team, distracted our one employee as the other hid and stashed in his fanny pack some high end merchandise.” – three Hardy fly reels, two Featherweight 4/5s and a Marquis 2. The only description is 20-40 years-old, dark complexions, no surveillance photo at this point; we’ll add any additional descriptive information we get.

STOLEN SUBARU: Melinda reports a stolen car in the North Shorewood area:

I would like to report our 2005 Silver-Gray Subaru Outback, 920ZID, stolen last night from the 112th and 26th Ave SW area (a few blocks south of Westwood Village). Last seen around 11:00 pm in our driveway in front of the house. Inside the car was assorted baseball gear belonging to our son and associated with West Seattle Baseball Club and Baden baseball club.

And from Sunrise Heights, Jay reports:

One of my neighbors had a TORO brand mower stolen off the top of their van between 5:00 am and 6:00 am this morning. The van was parked on 35th in front of Trinity Church, and the mower was well-secured with straps that were cut. It’s believed that the person(s) that took it headed north on 35th, but we have no information to go on at this time.

Again, as we’ve been mentioning, the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council’s next meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 19th) night, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (Webster/Delridge) – bring neighborhood crime concerns and questions for local police. There also will be a discussion of parking enforcement – so if you have questions/concerns about that, bring them too.

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction business hit by thieves; car stolen; mower taken..."

  • Chuck April 18, 2016 (3:43 pm)

    Dang–thieves are now even targeting a fly shop??? This is why we can’t have nice things… Just did a price shop online, and those three reels would have retailed up to $300 each. Not over-the-top expensive, but it strikes me these guys MIGHT have known what to look for. Not sure what other brands they carry, but they went for one of the nicer brand names, for sure. 

    If they are fly-fishers themselves, I wish them miserable, fishless days on the water. Or better yet, fishless days in jail. Would be curious to hear if they were able to “speak the language” when chatting with the staff member? Seems like a sure tip-off would be if they were completely clueless about the gear they were looking at.

    Dang. Really sorry to hear this happened. I’ll be checking my favorite fly fishing site to watch for “sale” items. Seem like an awful lot of trouble and risk to make maybe $500 online. But, I guess it’s better than broken windows.  Man I hate thieves.

  • Bri April 19, 2016 (1:26 pm)

    Everyone should be on the lookout for license plate thieves as well.  They apparently didn’t think our stick shift truck was worth stealing, but our unexpired license plates were tempting enough.  They swapped out our license plates & replaced them with expired ones.  We now have to pay a fee and purchase new plates, which I expect to be promptly stolen again given the current environment.  West Seattle living.

    • WSB April 19, 2016 (1:33 pm)

      Sorry to hear that. What area? We published a reader report of license-plate theft recently, as well as recovery of a stolen car (taken outside WS) that was outfitted plates stolen from yet another vehicle … TR

      • Bri April 19, 2016 (1:48 pm)

        We’re at California/Graham.  We aren’t exactly sure when it happened because we very, very rarely drive.  We just happened to notice one day the plates expired in December, which was quite confusing because we only got them last April or May.  

  • WTF April 19, 2016 (1:44 pm)

  • Kevin April 20, 2016 (10:36 pm)

    Try putting licence plates in a metal bracket frame, and grind the screw heads to prevent a wrench or screwdriver from removing the fasteners.  Worth a shot.  Sorry, bas chooce of words.

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