West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest after police search; security video shows would-be burglar

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

GREENBELT SEARCH: A few people asked about a police search late today in the greenbelt along the east end of the SW Roxbury corridor. We monitored it via scanner; tonight the suspect they sought is listed on the King County Jail register, including a citation for resisting arrest, which means he is charged and therefore we’re identifying him: 32-year-old Dillon Ruffcorn, also listed as having two “failure to appear” warrants in South King County, one in another resisting-arrest case, one for alleged car prowling. His bail is set at $18,000.

VIDEO SHOWS WOULD-BE BURGLAR: Back on Tuesday, we published Richard‘s report about an attempted break-in at his home in the 7100 block of Sylvan Lane. He has since sent five short security-video clips showing the would-be burglar. This is the clearest:

The other clips, all brief, are here, here, here, and here.

24 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest after police search; security video shows would-be burglar"

  • Alki Resident September 2, 2016 (11:56 pm)

    This is really creepy. I hope police can figure out his neck tatoo and find this guy. Great close up footage though.

  • KD September 3, 2016 (12:16 am)

    Geez, that neck tattoo can be seen a block away! Easy to identity. Hello!

  • Chris September 3, 2016 (6:24 am)

    On the last clip, can see the arms are also full of tattoos.   Hope someone recognizes this guy and he is caught.

  • H September 3, 2016 (8:05 am)

    That is extremely creepy.

  • Bonnie September 3, 2016 (8:10 am)

    I swear I saw a guy that looks like that with a tattoo on his neck in our neighborhood.   (Fauntleroy)

  • CanDo September 3, 2016 (8:22 am)

    That the guy goes to all the trouble of climbing up and over the railing onto the deck is definitely creepy.  Might be a cut above your average thief and more dangerous.  Hope he’s recognized and caught soon.

  • Curbed_Wheel September 3, 2016 (12:13 pm)

    Richard, sorry this happened……very disturbing. I’ve been thinking about investing in a security camera. Any suggestions? 

  • Neighbor September 3, 2016 (12:44 pm)

    Pretty sure I just drove by this guy under the Admiral bridge. It looks like he’s one of the campers living under the bridge that crosses the Fairmount  ravine.

    • flimflam September 3, 2016 (6:35 pm)

      no way – not possible. the folks under that bridge are merely unlucky and at the mercy of evil homeowners. none of them would ever do anything illegal.

  • CrewJones September 3, 2016 (12:54 pm)

    Police better find him before we do.

  • Richard September 3, 2016 (1:07 pm)

    We just bought 3 new security cams which are AWESOME!  Anyone in the market here’s my tip of the day … made by Netgear & called Arlo (no I don’t work for them). 

    They’re wireless which is great for us as we have a detached garage w/out power so one cam is there looking back at the driveway & house.  Features:  night vision, HD quality, free cloud storage for a week, motion alerts on our phones, weatherproof (time will tell about that one).  You can watch your cam(s) live on your phone which is pretty cool.

    We had been looking for awhile, these are extremely easy to hookup & so far very pleased with the quality.  So if this creep or his buddies are cruising Fairmount Ave SW in the gulch part … smile for the cameras (my neighbor has video cams too!)  So c’mon down, you’re the next contestant on Who Wants To Go To Jail.

  • wsea98116 September 4, 2016 (4:48 am)

    And what good does it do anyone to have video of someone  burglarizing their home?

    • WSB September 4, 2016 (6:30 am)

      Well, for starters, we have a repeat offender in jail right now, with relatively high bail, exactly because her latest victim has the break-in on video.

  • Sol Rosenberg September 4, 2016 (11:35 am)

    He appears to be under some type of influence-could be these new bathing salts I keep hearing about.

  • Lola September 4, 2016 (12:34 pm)

    So from what I am reading in the article up top is that he was arrested?  It looks like very good video of identifying him with.

    • WSB September 4, 2016 (12:44 pm)

      Two separate items – the first one was about an arrest in southeastern West Seattle which has no relation to the second case that I know of. Sorry if it’s confusing. We usually run multiple Crime Watch updates together in blotter-ish format, unless they are “happening right now” cases which we usually cover standalone. – TR

  • Lander232 September 5, 2016 (10:48 am)

    I know who this is! 

  • waikikgirl September 5, 2016 (11:39 am)

    Lander232………did you tell the police this?

    • WSB September 5, 2016 (12:33 pm)

      If you have not – contact SPD and refer to case 2016-313729.
      Don’t try to post a name here as there’s no way to verify.
      You can also tip anonymously – see the Crime Watch page for the updated link on how to do that.

  • au September 5, 2016 (12:35 pm)

    If this is an attempted burglary how is he going to carry anything? And he’s crafty enough to take off his shoes but not wear gloves? Something seems very off… 

    • WSB September 5, 2016 (1:33 pm)

      We’ve published multiple reports over the years of burglars caught with pillowcases from the victim’s bed, full of loot. There’s also always the chance they’re after the loot that doesn’t take much space – cards/cash/keys.

    • PW September 6, 2016 (10:08 am)

      This person is very intoxicated, is what is off.  This evidenced by his stagger, slow movement and he has an acid reflux/about to vomit going on.  I would be surprised if he knew where he was and doubtful that he even had ill intent.  Not that this makes it any less creepy…or right.

  • fitz September 5, 2016 (8:28 pm)

    When the punishment for habitual criminal activity exceeds the value of the crime, crime will go down.  

  • Arlo September 6, 2016 (3:17 pm)

    SPD has already identified him.

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