West Seattle Crime Watch: Auto-theft suspect arrested; stolen car, found; stolen van, not (yet) found; bike, found…

ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:09 PM: In West Seattle Crime Watch today:

CAR THIEF, ARRESTED: We received a couple questions about police in Highland Park around 3 am. Just in from SPD Blotter, the details:

On August 4th, at approximately 2:00 am, Officer Bryan Grozav took a report of a stolen 2006 Subaru Legacy. As he was leaving the scene after taking the report, Grozav saw the stolen Subaru driving on South Roxbury Street. The officer attempted to follow the car, but it quickly drove off. About 10 minutes later, Sergeant Tamara Floyd saw the Subaru on Roxbury driving at a high rate of speed. The Subaru was emitting a strong odor, caused by the driver burning the clutch.

At about 2:40 am, Officer Sam Specht was in the area of 9th Avenue SW and SW Trenton Street when he noticed the strong odor of a vehicle’s burning clutch. The officer saw the stolen car drive into an alley near 11th Ave SW. The officer located the unoccupied stolen Subaru in the alley and requested a K9 team to respond and additional officers for containment.

K9 Officer Mark Wong and Police Dog Ziva responded and began to track from the stolen car. They tracked the suspect for several blocks until they reached a garage with an open door in the 1000 block of SW Portland Street. Officers entered the garage and found the suspect hiding behind the door. The suspect was arrested without incident.

The vehicle’s owner responded to the scene and took possession of his Subaru. The 37-year-old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft.

(added) Just took a quick look at the suspect’s history; this is his fourth time in King County Jail in just under a year.

(back to original report) Our next report is also from Highland Park:

STOLEN CAR, FOUND: Trina shared photos of this Honda Accord, saying it “has clearly been stolen and dropped on my block”:
She continued, “The car looks like it’s been hotwired; the driver’s door has been cracked like they went for a joy ride and dropped and ran. The car is at the 7900 block of 5th Ave SW. It’s been there a couple days and no one on the block knows about it.” As soon as we saw the photos, we looked up the license plate via SPD’s @getyourcarback Twitter feed of Seattle stolen-car reports – and there it was, stolen July 31st. Whether stolen from West Seattle or elsewhere, we don’t know, as @getyourcarback still does not include any sort of location information (we’ve begged!), which is why reader reports are so important. Meantime, we asked Trina to let police know, if she hasn’t already … and if you know whose car this is, let them know it’s been found!

STOLEN VAN: Frank‘s 2000 gray/green Honda Odyssey van was stolen in The Junction last Sunday night/Monday morning. WA plate APT5575 – call 911 if you see it.

FOUND BIKE: Lori found this in her yard along an alley near 27th SW/SW Elmgrove:


Look familiar?

ADDED 1:22 PM – BURGLARY: Just in from Cynthia:

I am in the 7800 block of 39th Ave SW – Gatewood; break-in, back door – broke glass in door; white male, plaid shorts and tool belt. Happened around 11:45am…. took off out back down the alley.

Police have been notified.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Auto-theft suspect arrested; stolen car, found; stolen van, not (yet) found; bike, found..."

  • KM August 4, 2016 (12:29 pm)

    Nice work by SPD! 

  • Kay K August 4, 2016 (12:49 pm)

    Wonder if the Subaru was a stick shift?  SPD has commented in meetings that often thieves have difficulty driving standard transmission vehicles.  (burning clutch odor)

    Nicely handled – good teamwork by officers and Ziva! Thank you.

  • Chris August 4, 2016 (1:15 pm)

    Great job SPD, bad job justice system.   4x in a year?    Be a great city if we could just keep these repeat offenders behind bars or put them work cleaning the streets of downtown.   A little hard work to pay back society might do them some good.

  • Chuck August 4, 2016 (1:38 pm)

    GREAT job, SPD. But a bit of an LOL: how do you let a subaru give you the slip? ;) 

    • sbre August 5, 2016 (12:50 am)

      What he said….tee-hee-hee!!!

  • Double Dub Resident August 4, 2016 (1:49 pm)

    4x in a year.  Keep that POS locked up.  Not like crime has an age limit,  but 37 years old and stealing cars?  What a freaking loser!! And an idiot stealing a car he obviously can’t drive. Well he’s an idiot anyway.  

  • Double Dub Resident August 4, 2016 (1:51 pm)

    And BTW, I’m sure the Subaru didn’t give the cops the slip,  they just stopped pursuing per orders/procedures 

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