West Seattle Crime Watch: Car break-in; brazen bicycle thief; another bike, found

More bicycles in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight (and SPD’s still looking for the owner of this one), but first…

CAR BREAK-IN IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Mike D, on 40th SW near SW 106th, reports:

I heard a car alarm going off this morning around 6 a.m. Turns out it was the neighbor’s car. But my car was the one that was opened and rummaged through. No forced entry; not sure how they got into the car – my car locks automatically when I walk away. I’m guessing they went up and down 40th checking cars. The neighbor said he saw an unfamiliar minivan.

Taken: A laptop and loose change.

WESTWOOD BIKE THEFT: “This bike wasn’t really worth much but, the thief entered my yard and took it unbeknownst to me or my tenant. Disturbing to say the least,” began Michelle, reporting the theft. We e-mailed back to ask about a photo; no, but: “Red mountain bike, nothing special, more concerned that people are getting bold enough to remove a lock, open a gate, and trespass while it was clear we were home!”

STOLEN? BIKE SPOTTED IN JACK BLOCK PARK: F sent this photo and report:


Walking in Jack Block with our puppy (Saturday) and saw an apparently abandoned bike leaned up against the power pole near the kids’ play area.

It may’ve been in the weather a bit, but looked serviceable (tires full, etc.)

We are getting ever-more reports of abandoned and likely stolen bikes, so if you are missing one, keep an eye on our crime-coverage archive.

2 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Car break-in; brazen bicycle thief; another bike, found"

  • JTB October 3, 2016 (10:45 am)

    It would be good to know the make and model of the vehicle that was prowled as well as how far the house is from where the car was parked. Assuming the owner hadn’t inadvertently unlocked the car, it’s possible  the wireless key fob was hacked as outlined in this article wireless lock hack    It would be good to know if there’s a thief in the area using this technology. Probably good to take precautions in any case. Given the prevalence of shielding packets for passports, etc. , it shouldn’t be too difficult. 

    • GinaK October 3, 2016 (11:13 pm)

      Our car was broken into very recently on Graham and California–also no forced entry. We are always really good about locking the doors….I really think there could have been a fob hack…

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