West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar caught on camera – look familiar?


That photo was texted by an Upper Fauntleroy resident who reported to police that their house was broken into by this person today. No arrest reported, but police took prints. The victim reports a laptop was stolen.

If you are a frequent reader, the burglar and dog might bring to mind this WSB story from last month, about the arrest of, and charge filed against, a prowler caught on camera in May, with her dog. The person in the video is 36-year-old Jessica Detrick, charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in Seattle Municipal Court after her June arrest and released from jail after three days. We just checked court records, which show Detrick failed to appear for “day reporting” and a pre-trial hearing scheduled in that case; a warrant is out for her arrest.

37 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar caught on camera - look familiar?"

  • Jay Koster July 18, 2016 (9:25 pm)

    Sure looks like Ms. Detrick and her dog again. Gotta love those turnstyle doors in the jail.

  • flimflam July 18, 2016 (9:35 pm)

    wow, the police actually took prints?

  • Jeannie July 18, 2016 (9:41 pm)

    Poor dog, caught up in a life of crime. 

  • South Delridge Gal July 18, 2016 (10:04 pm)

    Yes, poor dog. I can’t recall hearing about a prowler with an animal at their side. Hope they find them soon.

  • dsa July 18, 2016 (10:06 pm)

    If they took prints, they really want her out of circulation.  This is good.

    • AMD July 18, 2016 (11:29 pm)

      I sure hope so.  It’s pretty bad when a burglar is so prolific average folks know her name and face as soon as they see/hear it.  Her name has come up in WSB Crime Watch reports for years now committing the same crimes over and over.  I’m all for treatment and compassion and second chances, but enough is enough.  The short sentences and supervision clearly aren’t working.  It’s time for some hard time.

  • BJG July 19, 2016 (2:31 am)

    We were told after our recent family business break-in with plenty of blood left by the thief, that DNA processing was back-logged over a year. Doubt fingerprints are being run in property crimes either. Seattle.gov website says go online and self-report a property crime, then send a copy to your insurance company. SPD will contact you within 5 days. Just not a priority. Good luck with the photo evidence. Someone may recognize.

  • Double Dub Resident July 19, 2016 (4:16 am)

       So what do we do with a worthless POS who keeps doing the same thing over and over with obviously little to no consequences? This woman is going to keep doing the same thing over and over again until she is either dead or moves on to “bigger and better” things like credit card ring ID theft. 

    I wonder where her winner of a boyfriend is who was suspected of 22 burglaries, 4 gun thefts, and 3 car thefts?

    POS like this live off of the risk vs. reward factor. If the risk is low like it is in Seattle and the reward is potentially high, what is to keep someone with this kind of mentality from committing the crime? There’s not much I’d say. 

      Maybe if we had legislators with a backbone, a city attorney who wasn’t trying to get brownie points with the DOJ, judges who didn’t sentence on the low end of the sliding scale, and a police force who has been told to essentially keep a hand’s off approach to these types of crimes, maybe Seattle could make the risk factor higher so POS like this would think twice about trying to get their reward. 

    • WSB July 19, 2016 (4:30 am)

      Unbeknownst to me at the time, three hours before we published this June 9th story about Jessica Detrick including backstory about the (ex-, I believe) boyfriend you mention, Sean Jeardoe, he was arrested with another woman, elsewhere in the city, allegedly possessing packets of drugs for sale. He was charged, and spent two and a half weeks in jail. And now that I check back on his status, I see he too has a warrant issued, as of last week, for failure to appear. – TR

  • M& K July 19, 2016 (6:57 am)

    Our home in Upper Fauntleroy was burglarized in late March and officers from the Southwest precinct dusted for prints when they responded to our call. I wonder if they are going to match the prints from our home with the prints taken from yesterday’s burglary. Based on the way we have been treated by SPD since our burglary was reported and their glaring lack of concern and effort, we doubt it. M & K

  • JMIH July 19, 2016 (7:02 am)

    I want to thank this blog for the feedback. We just installed the security surveillance a couple of weeks ago and reviewed it several times to glean information on how we can do a better job securing our home. What you’re seeing is a snapshot from more than 5 minutes of surveillance.  Not sure how supportive law enforcement can be, maybe they have priorities on a larger scale besides home invasion and petty theft.   I’m concerned about the potential of harm any intruder may pose to us and the loss of personal safety and property.   We’ve got to increase the risk of habitual intruders who don’t fear legal consequences.   I’m really upset and wanna open the discussion on what we can do to increase her risk so she’ll think twice about trying this again.   Not a violent person but I wanna kick her a $$.  Maybe stumbling across the  homeowner/resident who will not tolerate being a victim of antics will discourage  her activities. Just sayin’

  • nemobeansmom July 19, 2016 (8:37 am)

    All I have to say is “Wow, really” only 3 days in jail and they let this habitual criminal back out to continually rip off people?! And who in the heck is taking care of her dog while she gets locked up, they must know why and what she’s up to and they just take care of the dog and when she returns they give her back the dog?! Poor dog. :( 


  • dsa July 19, 2016 (9:52 am)

    If they are not going to use the prints, why are they lifting them?  When we were burglarized in Orlando for thousands I showed the cops fingerprints that clearly showed on freshly painted surfaces.  They told me they never bother unless it’s a homicide.  That’s why I was surprised when they lifted prints in this instance.

  • ScubaFrog July 19, 2016 (10:07 am)

    Well.  Hopefully her probation’s revoked (if she’s on probation?).  Maybe she’ll get more than 3 days, this time?  Breaking and entering, and stealing stuff?  Don’t (or didn’t) people usually get YEARS in prison for such crimes?  Maybe I’m naïve. 

    It’s a tough one, because I’m all for second chances.  And I’m also disgusted by how gigantic America’s prison population is.  Sadly, when people refuse to even try to get better, I don’t see any other appropriate remedy than long prison sentences.  She’s victimized so many people… When does she go away, and stay away?

  • Superoptimistic July 19, 2016 (10:46 am)

    Why does everyone keep fretting about this “poor dog”? He’s a happy, lucky dog- I thnk! He gets to go to work with his owner, goes on lots of walks with his owner, goes to visit lots of people’s homes!  She is the most responsible  pet owner in west Seattle- she uses a leash!

    • Mark32 July 19, 2016 (6:18 pm)

      Awesome.  I was thinking the same thing. :)


    • Kravitz July 19, 2016 (6:58 pm)

      Hell, the dog is probably stolen too…

  • Hebi July 19, 2016 (11:14 am)

    Although I certainly wish that dog had a better owner, I’m more concerned about her kids. According to her Facebook pages, she seems to have a 4-5 year old daughter and a son who’s less than a year old (and the son of Sean Jeardoe, another frequent flier in the Crime Watch posts). Who’s taking care of them when she’s in jail, or roaming the streets stealing other people’s stuff? Way to set a good example, Jessica.

  • West Seattle Resident July 19, 2016 (11:51 am)

    I saw a lady who looked just like this picture this morning on 26th ave SW near the soccer fields at the Delridge Community Center. She didn’t have a dog but was pushing a double stroller that was covered to the brim with stuff under a tarp/blanket. She seemed suspicious as she was looking intently at all the homes as she walked by.

  • Jim Clark July 19, 2016 (11:55 am)


    Curious as to what system you installed?

  • kevin July 19, 2016 (12:09 pm)

    Dont forget the time in June 19th when she went down our street and riffled thru some cars which was shortly after she was released from jail on the 10th.



  • Kara July 19, 2016 (12:51 pm)

    When I was about 13 the cops came to the third robbery of our house in my lifetime and took our doorknob for testing; never heard back and never got it back. I am 32 and we have since sold the house. I always laugh thinking it’s sitting in some evidence room somewhere.

  • Rich July 19, 2016 (2:18 pm)

    It’s been nearly 3 years ago that my wife’s purse was stolen and thieves went on a wild shopping spree in and around Westwood Village, as reported here:


    We never identified the thieves (she had a male accomplice), but this Jessica sure looks like the same person that was captured on video with my wife’s purse and using her credit card.  

  • JMIH July 19, 2016 (2:26 pm)

    I purchased a system from a company called 25/7 on west Valley highway in Kent.  Just had it installed a couple of weeks ago.  Love the clarity.  Frustrated with the phone app–if it was working in would have gotten an alert and could have spoken to her through a speaker.  Was able to give the police and copy of the video of her antics on a thumb drive.  

  • Westwood neighbor July 19, 2016 (3:23 pm)

    My neighbor just told me about a woman coming to her house today who matches this description!  2400 Block of 25th Avenue SW.  I am telling her to contact police now.  Thanks, WSB for posting.  Let’s get this woman off our streets.

  • Jim Clark July 19, 2016 (3:54 pm)

    JMIH is it hard wired?

  • Westwood neighbor July 19, 2016 (4:06 pm)

    Last post should have said 9400 block. 

  • flimflam July 19, 2016 (4:26 pm)

    yeah, she just needs a fourth second chance…

  • West side dude July 19, 2016 (9:39 pm)

    I saw her in Westwood QFC yesterday morning. 

  • Ducky July 19, 2016 (10:40 pm)

    Wait, seriously?! How in the world is this woman *not* in prison? Her criminal history is a mile long! Is this some bad joke?

    I’m waiting for the punch line, like “… after nearly 10 years, local filming has finally finished for Rob Reiner’s upcoming mockumentary, Crime and No Punishment, due  to be released in late 2017 (or earlier for good behavior)”

    I agree with JMIH and others that it’s way past time to get tougher on habitual offenders. As the (local) legal system is now, where is the deterrent to petty theft, again and again and again?

  • Joe July 20, 2016 (6:19 pm)

    If we all pitched in we could move her to the neighborhood of the judges who will not lock her up and see how long it takes for the judges to fix the problem after she breaks into their homes.

  • Mo July 20, 2016 (9:28 pm)

    I have seen this woman on our security camera too. My husband left my car unlocked, ran into the house for five minutes, went back out and the door was open. He checked the camera and saw her with the dog. She must walk by here a lot because neither of our dogs barked at her. (Nothing was stolen so we did not report.  This was a couple months ago.)

  • JMIH July 21, 2016 (8:08 am)

    She was sighted and the police was notified.   THE NEXT DAY my spouse received a phone call…seriously how can all of us see her but she eludes the police.  We wanted to print hundreds of posters with her photo and plaster them throughout the neighborhood and stuff mailboxes.  The police discouraged the idea, stating that she might go into hiding.  It took a cool head and fear legal consequences not to confront her in public and kick her  a $$.  We’ve decided that we’ve worked too much, too long and too hard to to be aressted for assaulting crack head.  I’m still hoping we can figure out something as a community to dissuade anyone from bothering us in our beautiful West Seattle, since it’s not a priority of law enforcement. 

  • face less July 24, 2016 (10:30 pm)

    Lol, this woman looks exactly like my neighbor on 34th and trenton.

  • Tina July 28, 2016 (8:04 am)

    Well, our home has been hit several times, got security cameras, BPD didn’t care.  We wanted to show them the man who stole our mail, the kid who vandalized our yard, etc., but they said it wasn’t going to matter.  “Your best bet is to make your home less desirable than your neighbors.”  EXCUSE ME????  ARE YOU SERIOUS???  So basically you are instructed to make your neighbors house look like a better hit, a better opportunity???  Exactly what does that solve except giving permission to thieves to continue the activities.    Why have security cameras if it don’t matter to the police.   I have seen this woman all over with her dog, they know she is a thief yet she continues to not be jailed.  I don’t get it.

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