West Seattle Crime Watch: Recognize the burglar who hit Meeples Games early today?

Another business burglary overnight … this time at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor). Co-proprietor Laura Schneider shares the photo above from their surveillance camera, and a partial list of what the burglar stole:

This guy has been here before and knew exactly what he was doing so he may be identifiable by a reader. He’s small – a little over 5’ tall. He climbed around to the balcony and broke in the back.


Booster packs for Magic including OGW, BFZ, Origins, DTK, FRF, and KTK. Also YuGiOh! packs of Clash of Rebellions, Dimensions of Chaos, Breaker of Shadows and Dragons of Legend.

All of our FNM and Buy a Box promo cards, all of our red, green, black and white singles. He left the blue and the lands. A box of about 400 full art lands. Various other singles we are working to name, but here are a few:

A judge foil Dark Confidant
2 full art game day promo Languish
the WotC holiday promo Goblin Sleighride
foil Blightsteel Collasus
2 expedition Eye of Ugin
8 Eye of Ugin
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 GP Goblin Guides

various other cards we are working to identify

If you recognize the burglar and/or have any other information, please contact police. The incident number is 16000119105.

21 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Recognize the burglar who hit Meeples Games early today?"

  • plf April 7, 2016 (4:04 pm)

    I am so sorry to hear this…Meeples has been a great addition to our neighborhood .  My older kids love to hang out there on Saturday evening….we will continue to frequent the establishment

    Not knowing a lot about the cards should pawn shops be on the alert 

  • Sandy Adams April 7, 2016 (4:54 pm)

    Laura and crew are so great–this is just a shame.  I hope they catch and seriously prosecute the perp.

  • Trickycoolj April 7, 2016 (5:43 pm)

    Sounds like he knew what he wanted… Perhaps speak with vendors at ECCC this weekend? 

  • annika April 7, 2016 (6:49 pm)

    Oh, that’s awful – so sorry to hear this!  Hope the person is found!

  • JayDee April 7, 2016 (7:14 pm)

    Also, ask the 7/11 if they have footage.  He is either bearded or wearing a mask. There are not that many short people. Do you have footage during business hours in the store (i.e. casing it)? Second, ask the landlord to upgrade the video–this is not the first burglary at this general location.  

  • Alki Resident April 7, 2016 (7:44 pm)

    That beard doesnt look real to me.

  • Matt S. April 7, 2016 (8:02 pm)

    It would appear that he also stole Han Solo’s pants.

  • SeattleGrrl April 7, 2016 (8:07 pm)

    Can we raise money to get better cameras? My $30 web camera takes better images! We love you Meeples. Know how much it hurts a small business to lose so much. Hope your insurance will cover and if not, please don’t be shy about asking for donations! Or have a fundraiser party to replace your stock!

  • TheKing April 7, 2016 (9:10 pm)

    I don’t know how small shops make it today. Between B&O taxes,vandals, shoplifters and thieves like this guy it’s an all uphill battle. 

  • BlairJ April 7, 2016 (9:49 pm)

    It looks like the aspect ratio of the surveillance photo is stretched wider than it should be.  It might be easier for someone to recognize the individual in the photo if the aspect ratio was displayed correctly. 

  • David April 7, 2016 (10:19 pm)

    What time did this happen ? We picked up 2 people examining something via our alley security camera 1/2 block from the store.

  • KD April 7, 2016 (10:23 pm)

    Are you sure that’s not a kid/teen?? Look at that round baby face!

  • Steve April 8, 2016 (10:14 am)

    Seems like what was stolen is so specialized that you could catch the person via the resale markets?

  • WS_Admiral April 8, 2016 (10:49 am)

    Dang Thieves!

    It almost appears as if he is wearing one of those beenie beard hats. I take it Meeples doesn’t have a security camera inside the store. Hope they find this guy and recover their goods (I have no idea what any of that stuff is. It’s like a foreign language reading the list).

    Image result for beard hat

  • Laura Schneider April 8, 2016 (10:52 am)

    Hi West Seattle!  We’ve identified the thief!  Thank you all so much for your concern, support and assistance.  Brian and I are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.  We’re so happy to be a part of the truly amazing community.  Play more games!

  • Laura Schneider April 8, 2016 (10:56 am)

    And, for those concerned, we do have cameras inside the store, but he wore a mask inside.  This outside picture is from the building’s cameras and is the only shot we have without the mask.  Good thing for outside cameras!

    • WS_Admiral April 8, 2016 (11:11 am)

      Woohoo. So glad to hear it! 

      So that was a real beard? I think that’s the real tragedy here. 

  • Katie W April 8, 2016 (11:18 am)

    This is great news, Laura! We love Meeples!

  • Chuck April 8, 2016 (11:50 am)

    So glad to here he’s been identified. Does this mean that he’ll be charged and/or that you’re pressing charges? 

    I hope you get your property back and the closure you deserve. Good luck! 

  • faceless April 9, 2016 (12:19 pm)

    This is the same guy that broke into my truck a few weeks ago. He cased the neighborhood, watch both my neighbor and I head out for dinner and then kicked in both of our windows and climed into our cars to see what he could steel. I forgot my wallet so headed back to grab it. The cops took a report.

  • Steve P April 9, 2016 (7:42 pm)

    I love how he dressed  in black(with a reflective stripe) and still manages to somehow elude the shadows and cross into the light. Game plan man.. Stick to the game plan :P  Glad he was caught.

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