West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction shoplifter; Highland Park car/mailbox break-ins; Triangle bike theft; CDs found in Gatewood..

4:57 PM: We have several West Seattle Crime Watch reports for this roundup, but first, something working right now:

JUNCTION SHOPLIFTER: Donna from City Mouse (4218 SW Alaska) in The Junction wants to warn of a shoplifter who just hit her store this past hour: “Hair in a bun with a flower garland headband. Light colored pants. Large white satchel. Tall. African American. Maybe 30?”

ADDED 5:04 PM – HIGHLAND PARK CAR/MAILBOX BREAK-INS ON CAMERA: From the 8th and Elmgrove area:

This happened while we were on vacation. It was at 12:28 am on Friday, July 22nd. We just got home. Two men in a black 4-door car broke into our car. Unfortunately it was unlocked, which we are still trying to figure out because we locked and armed both our vehicles before we left. They stole stereo equipment and a bunch of mechanic tools that were in the trunk. They were at our car for 6 minutes! Then when they were done cleaning out the car, they checked all the mail boxes and pried open our neighbors lock box. You can see two different men in the video. The first one’s face is not really clear, but the second one is. …

The car pulls into camera view at 12:28:46. The first man’s face is visible at 12:29:34. The second mans face is visible at 12:33:20. At the end of the video is where he breaks the lock box. … I am so done with stupid people getting away with stuff like this. We did file a police report. The police actually showed up 15 minutes after we called them!

BIKE STOLEN IN THE TRIANGLE: Nicole‘s new bicycle was stolen at her workplace on Thursday:

Around 6:45 pm 7/28/16 I was getting ready to close the shop, I’m a barista at Realfine Coffee, and while making a drink for a customer, this man in a newer white Infiniti came to use the bathroom. As he was leaving he jumped right on my bike – we have a garage door that was open where I keep it – and rode off as fast as he could while someone in the car drove off. My customer chased after him with all of his might for about 15 minutes but was unsuccessful.

I am really upset because I had worked so hard to buy that bike and have only had it for a week now. It is a vita sport disc. Matted black, it says Specialized in teal and has some pink as well, medium sized, and straight handlebars.


Crazy amount of thefts/car prowls happening in our neighborhood this month, west of Gatewood Elementary.

(A paper grocery) bag of CD’s with two cases, blue and purple, was found in front of the house next door. Perhaps they belong to someone in the neighborhood? They were most likely left by the same person(s) who got into our car and took two backpacks. We circulated the photos around to our neighbors, but no luck, perhaps you can post them on the blog and someone might be able to reclaim them? I have them at our house.

NORTH DELRIDGE CAR PROWL: From A – “Someone went through our truck and stole some tools – hammers, drill bits, etc – from one of the truck’s drawers on the 2800 block of SW Dakota St … sometime after 6 pm on 7/28 and (before) 7:30 am 7/29.”


(Thursday) around 10 am, this person trespassed into our backyard (Arbor Heights – Marine View Dr SW) and was seen by our babysitter, who took the picture.

Nothing appeared out of place or missing. He was in our backyard for around poking and looking around for about 2 minutes. If you have any information regarding this person, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-733-9800 and reference Incident #16-272005.

12 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction shoplifter; Highland Park car/mailbox break-ins; Triangle bike theft; CDs found in Gatewood.."

  • sc July 30, 2016 (6:10 pm)

    Was the shop lifter a man or a woman?

  • Brenda July 30, 2016 (6:23 pm)

    What a total creep. I’m so sorry about your pretty bicycle. Put a new bike tip jar out. 

  • Double Dub Resident July 30, 2016 (6:32 pm)

    I’m so tired of these worthless POS! I’m just bleeping tired of it.  I think I’ve seen the guy with the backpack walying around the Westwood area recently,  though go to Roxbury Safeway and you’ll probably find a few of his doppelgangers. 

      That POS who broke the lock box looks familiar too. How worthless.  Maybe check that one house in Highland Park with the I’D theft ring that got busted a while ago.  They’re probably outhe and back to their POS ways.  Is there a way to enhance the video and get the license plate number? 

  • dsa July 30, 2016 (9:02 pm)

    The lock box thief looks like he does this all night long.  Isn’t this supposed to go to the postal theft supposed to go to that agency or has that changed?

  • DIMSmom July 30, 2016 (10:08 pm)

    I saw the junction shoplifter this afternoon. She was walking east on SW Alaska on the north side of the street. I remember exactly what she looked like…flower headband, large quilted faux leather, light pink duffel bag. I was in a shop looking outside and saw her walk by at about 4:00 pm.

  • Donna DeRousie July 31, 2016 (10:50 am)

    She was a woman. Sorry. I emailed that to Tracy super quick as I wanted to make sure no other stores got hit and realized later I forgot that very important detail! DIMSmom thanks for further clarifying her bag style and color. I am thinking that is her regular shoplifting bag so a good identifying detail. 

    • DIMSmom August 1, 2016 (9:18 am)

      Donna, she was also much younger than 30’s.  I’m guessing early to mid 20’s.  Very thin and probably around 5’8″.

  • BlairJ July 31, 2016 (2:06 pm)

    Someone pulled things out of the glove box of our unlocked car in Highland Park a couple weeks ago.  Nothing was missing, but things were strewn over the passenger seat.  I am so glad that we only leave a copy of our registration in the car, with most of our name and address redacted.  Same with our insurance card.  I cut a post-it note to cover all but the first and last few letters/numbers of our name and address, and write “original on file” on the post-it notes.  A color copy is put in the vehicle.  If we get stopped by the police, they can verify that we own the car, it is registered and we have insurance.  But there is no usable information there for a thief.  They don’t know our names or address.  They can’t use the registration to try to get new tabs from the State.

  • Lost cds July 31, 2016 (8:52 pm)

    Were there a bunch of Caspar Babypants CDs in the found cache? We had those, plus a few others, stolen from a car break in a few weeks ago…

  • RF July 31, 2016 (9:05 pm)

    I was waiting for a bus at the Junction on the morning of 7/30.  A man who appeared to be mentally ill approached and threatened me with a knife.  Two people who were also waiting were very helpful.  One intervened with the assailant and the other called the police.  The police arrived promptly, located and arrested the man.  Thanks very much to the bystanders for their help.  It would have been easy to look the other way.

    • WSB July 31, 2016 (10:00 pm)

      Thanks for the report, RF. We got a couple texts on Saturday morning about a heavy police presence in The Junction for a while but by the time we got there, it was all clear and we had no idea what it had been about … I’m guessing this was the incident in question.

  • Double Dub Resident August 1, 2016 (5:35 am)

    Sorry to hear that RF, but it is really nice to hear that the 2 bystanders intervened. It seems all to common these days for people to look the other way and not want to “get involved” when something like this happens. It’s good to read that there are still people out there that will help others like this.

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