WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen CR-V; package theft on video; more…

Four reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR: From Mark:

I want to report a stolen vehicle and ask folks to watch for it. We’ve already made a police report. My wife’s teal green 1997 Honda CR-V was stolen from in front of our house on Gatewood Hill sometime between 9 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. (December 11-12). The license plate number is ASL1972 and the VIN number is JHLRD1854VCO37773. Although I don’t have a photo of the car itself, the attached photo is of the same make/model/year vehicle and color.

PACKAGE THIEF: This one struck in Sylvan Ridge on Friday – Joey sent the clip:

UPPER MORGAN PROWLER: Jeff sent the clip:

It accompanied his message to neighbors: “We had another unwelcome visitor last night at 1:35 AM. He walked in off of the alley between 38th SW and 39th SW until enough lights went on to discourage him. If you had anything disturbed this could be the guy.”

MISSING A BIKE? No photo, but Vivian says, “Last night and again this am there are two bikes, not locked up, on the SE corner of Holden and 24th. One on the ground, the other next standing next to a tree.”

Thanks again to everyone sharing Crime Watch reports so your neighbors all around the peninsula know more about what’s happening – hope crime does NOT happen to you, but if it does, once you’ve reported it to police (911 if it’s happening now or just happened), let us know … 206-293-6302 if breaking, editor@westseattleblog.com if not — thank you.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen CR-V; package theft on video; more..."

  • Double Dub Resident December 12, 2016 (5:24 pm)

    I’m getting tired of these worthless,  lazy POS,  who don’t want to work,  save,  and buy their own stuff,  but instead have this self entitled mentality to take other people’s stuff.  What a waste of space these people are 

    • Mr. X December 12, 2016 (6:30 pm)

      Could not agree more, hate these scumbags. Does anyone know where to buy those exploding dye packs that bank tellers sometimes give bank robbers?

  • Rapidrotary1 December 12, 2016 (6:21 pm)

    The woman in the video looks just  like Taylor Church, she is a well known thief in West Seattle.

  • Alki Resident December 12, 2016 (6:30 pm)

    I’m anxiously waiting for a video of a homeowner knocking out a thief on their porch. I’m over it, I’m so sick of this. 

    • Your Mom December 13, 2016 (10:45 am)

      Plain and simple.

      repealing the 1907 annexation of WS.  

      Here’s to the ” City of West Seattle “

      Might sound crazy, but if you think about it, we would be just fine on our own.  Its probably too late but its nice to dream. 

  • Anon December 12, 2016 (8:10 pm)

    We need to do like the man in Arizona and start boxing up dog poo to leave on our porches. 

  • Neighbors are best December 12, 2016 (9:21 pm)

    Agree with comments, but can’t reinforce how important it is to know and work with your neighbors.  

    Recieved two calls today because ever amazing landscaper/contractor came to fix my deck and they were’nt aware.  I love that guy!  And the neighbors who keep an eye out and called me just to make sure all was well   

    Grateful for our lovely community and folks looking after each other.  A big boost to other security efforts.  

  • Mandy December 13, 2016 (8:40 am)

    Hi, I live in Gatewood and am curious what is considered “gatewood hill”? Sad to see two of these incidents within blocks of my home. Time to get a camera I think. 

  • ups.wife December 13, 2016 (11:11 am)

    I hate to say this but cameras don’t really help much, yes it catches “a” person in the act but really how many of these people get caught from these camera pictures and videos???

    • WSB December 13, 2016 (11:30 am)

      You’d be surprised. At least two recent cases that we know of, in which the person caught on video/photo turned out to be a frequent offender recognized by police, who often say that a small number of people – mostly repeat offenders – are responsible for a large percentage of crimes. Also, even if the person isn’t matched or immediately caught, it can be of use – such as in the recent case of a West Seattle man whose bicycle was stolen off his car while he went back into his house to get his young son – the theft was caught on video, shown here, and a reader spotted the man and the bike, leading to the recovery of the bicycle. – TR

  • waikikigirl December 13, 2016 (1:05 pm)

    It would be interesting to see the percentages of the people caught from these camera/videos though don’t you think?


  • 42ndMom December 13, 2016 (3:08 pm)

    Someone went through our car sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.  We usually lock the car.  I guess we might have forgotten or they used a keyless entry something to get in.  There was nothing of value to take in the car.  The registration and insurance card was still there.  We are at 42nd and Andover.

  • bolo December 13, 2016 (11:12 pm)

    Noticing that many are suffering car prowls where there is no evidence of forced break-in, so the owner is left thinking they must have left the car unlocked.

    I suspect the thieves are using some device similar to the one described in this article:

    Maybe the next thing to do is to complain to the vehicle mfgr. that the car locking system is not secure. Class-action lawsuit?

  • bolo December 13, 2016 (11:45 pm)

    This is a better article explaining Auto thieves using frequency jammers and key programmers:

  • Ann Yong December 14, 2016 (1:41 pm)

    In response to “Missing a Bike” by Vivian.

    For few years now, I have noticed bicycles left parked at random spots along California Ave SW in the Morgan junction and up toward Gatewood. Bikes just by themselves parked at corners, bus stops, in front of McD’s (Morgan junction) and no one is near the bike or in the area. This all during the times when rashes of bike thefts (which are still happening) plague the same area.  One day a year or so, I was walking my dog near the bus stop across from Cafe Ladro and there was another bike parked at the bus stop. No one around. Bike just there by itself. Here comes a guy, walks down from the side street (SW Myrtle), goes straight to this lone bike, scoops it up and rides off (as if he knows, the bike is at this location, go get it).  So if you happen to see something like this and wonder what is a bike doing parked on the side of a road and no one is around, take notice that maybe the bike was stolen and it was staged there for some one to come along and scoop it up. You may be witnessing the activities of a bike-theft ring. Take notice.

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