West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen vehicles & stolen wheels

Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning:

STOLEN CAR #1: Dan Austin of Peel & Press (WSB sponsor) woke up to an unpleasant surprise:

Someone between 12-6 am stole my 2000 GMC Yukon XL from the 7100 block of 44th Ave SW.

I use this rig daily to pick up items for my restaurant and haul my two little ones around. If anyone comes across this vehicle please let me know. Plate # AYL1940 (unless they have been switched out).

STOLEN CAR #2: From Erika: “A maroon 1995 four-door Honda Accord was stolen from the street parking in front of our house on the 2700 block of 44th Ave SW.” Plate ADR 7214.


I came out to take the kids to school this morning and found this:

We had our other car prowled a couple of week ago too. 41st Ave SW between Fauntleroy and Graham.

Duncan has since learned a neighbor’s truck was prowled last night, too. Police reports have been filed.

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4 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen vehicles & stolen wheels"

  • Chuck October 28, 2016 (12:45 pm)

    Dang. Looks like we may have a little auto theft ring working the (general) Morgan area. Dislike. Would be nice to know if the SPD steps up their nighttime patrols given this info? Jacking up a car to take all four wheels seems like a particular bit of nose-thumbing. Sure, it might take only 60 seconds if you’re well organized, but that’s still such a visible, risky crime to get caught in the middle of committing. Man, how I hate thieves. Sorry to all who’ve been hit!

    • Mike October 29, 2016 (7:48 am)

      SPD is limited on resources and these crimes (although significant) are not going to get the same response as immediate medical / life threatening calls.  The best things citizens can do is to have security cameras and share the footage with SPD when it has something that might be helpful, call in suspicious activity, check on your neighbors, make sure you keep an eye on your stuff and lock things up.  This all seems common sense, but we all live busy lives too and things do get forgotten from time to time.  If you feel someone is going to steal a car or break in and you can safely capture a photo or video of the person, do it.  If you are on public property, it’s protected under the 1st Amendment to take photos of anyone, don’t fear it, use the 1st Amendment to protect you and your neighbors, capture these people.

  • Sorry :( October 28, 2016 (12:59 pm)

    Dan sorry to hear about your vehicle, I still miss my suburban that was stolen from our driveway on 46th.

    It was found, but completely stripped no seats, no tires, no electronics, no lights etc. we even got to pay for the impound company it went to before police called us. 

    Thieves suck ! I miss having that big 9 seater, now I drive a small car, could not afford to buy the same car insurance money would not cover it.

    I wish you better luck than we had. 

  • Kris October 28, 2016 (10:16 pm)

    Somebody, sometime between 10pm and 7:30 am 10.27/28 broke my driver side window and stole tool chest and duck tape… It was a second time when my car was broken into. First time spare tire was stolen. Between SW Mills St. and SW Frontenac St.

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