West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrests linked to robbery investigations; package thief on camera; graffiti vandalism

First, a developing story:

Southwest Precinct police “may have cleared seven robberies” from the past month after taking seven people into custody south of South Park late today. We’re expecting more details tomorrow, but here’s what we know, after asking SW Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith about it at the start of tonight’s Alki Community Council meeting:

While SPD has a “limited pursuit” policy, they had been looking for suspects in connection with more than half a dozen recent robberies, including some in West Seattle. One of the precinct’s newest officers, he said, spotted a stolen car that they had linked to suspects through video footage. According to SPD’s Twitter feed, the sighting was made near Marginal/Cloverdale (in the South Park area). Via scanner, we heard the pursuit that ensued (a West Seattleite also reported to us that he saw it); it ended south of South Park when the vehicle crashed, according to Lt. Smith, who said no one was seriously hurt but one person was taken to Harborview per department policy in situations like this. Most of those taken into custody, he said, were juveniles. Again, Lt. Smith stressed that this is early information; we expect to find out more about this tomorrow (if it doesn’t appear on SPD Blotter sooner).

Also in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, two reader reports:

PACKAGE THIEF ON CAM: Chad sent these images and a report:

I had a package theft today at 1:04 PM. My home is on the 4000 block of Myrtle ST. at the end of a dead-end street. Fed-Ex package delivered to my front porch this afternoon at 10:30. At approximately 1:00, a couple (male and female) prowled our street. As my neighbor was leaving his house by car, he noticed their Black Nissan in our dead-end and made sure they took note of his presence. They left the street. Apparently they stopped at the bottom of the street at California and pretended to be lost. My neighbor went about his business. The couple must have noticed that a) there was a package on my doorstep, and b) my neighbor had left as they returned and at 1:04 stole the package from my stoop. (Above and below) are the images of the woman stealing my item.

If you recognize this car, or this woman, please do call the police to let them know. I have reported this information to the police (Reference report T16010551).

The vehicle is a black (updated) Kia Optima.

GRAFFITI VANDALISM: We’ve received two reports in two days of extensive graffiti/tagging vandalism – which unfortunately isn’t rare, but we’re told a church is among the targets, and Lincoln Park was hit too, according to one tipster. Please report to police to help them potentially zero in on the vandal(s) – and, they advise, take photos of it and then paint it over.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrests linked to robbery investigations; package thief on camera; graffiti vandalism"

  • ACG October 20, 2016 (11:26 pm)

    I noticed a zip car with what looked like a penis spray painted on it this morning- near Lincoln Park. And also noticed at least one of the Lincoln Park kiosks had been tagged. What a waste of everyone’s time and money dealing with stuff like that. 

    • WSB October 20, 2016 (11:33 pm)

      ACG – someone did send us photos of the Lincoln Park vandalism including the car you mention. Info on making sure Parks knows about damage like that is here (including a phone #) – http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/contact-us

  • ACG October 20, 2016 (11:57 pm)

    Thanks, TR.  I’ll call in the graffiti I noticed In the park just in case it hasn’t already been reported. 

  • Mr. X October 21, 2016 (5:30 am)

    Those neon green shoe laces are pretty distinctive – keep an eye out!

  • gburke October 21, 2016 (9:04 am)

    This is becoming too frequent!  Looks like I need to get a security camera.  Chad, what type of system are you using?  Easy to set up?

    • Chad Larsen October 21, 2016 (9:42 am)

      Hi Gburke; actually I wouldn’t recommend my Belkin camera setup, and after this event I will be replacing it more quickly with one that does motion activated video capture (instead of just pictures), better resolution, and integrates with my alarm. I have one aimed at the street to get license plates but alas, it was off due to needing my attention. Of course that is fixed now! In any case I hear good things about the Nest Cameras and will likely be going that route sooner than later. 

    • Blinkyjoe October 21, 2016 (10:00 am)

      Not sure what Chad is using, but this is a good one, and you can monitor from your smartphone as well.


  • M October 21, 2016 (10:03 am)

    Is the camera visible? I’m just wondering if they act as a deterrent as well. 

  • Kerri October 21, 2016 (7:42 pm)

    Chad, Sorry to hear about your package theft. We used to live in your house. We’re the ones who sold it to the lady who ended up abandoning it.  I hope the house is treating you well. We love and miss it! When we lived there I researched the story of the house’s occupants going back 100 years. I don’t know if you’ll see this message, but if you do and you’re interested in what I dug up you can email me at mail@kerrikokias.com.

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