WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Found skis; robberies & burglaries

(UPDATED with addition of surveillance video to Avalon 7-11 robbery report)

We start West Seattle Crime Watch with two reader reports:


I found two pairs of skis in the bushes near the top of the stairway that ends at SW Brandon and 37th Ave SW.

This stairway climbs east from the Fairmount Park playground. Since the skis seemed to be in good condition, I assumed that they were stolen and discarded. I reported the items to SPD and they have an entry on their Twitter feed that appears to indicate that they have recovered the skis as indicated below. I could not find a name on the skis and I am not sure how SPD would reconnect the items with their owners if the theft was not reported so I am attaching a picture of the skis in case someone recognizes their property. They should be able to recover them from SPD.

Now, from the SPD files, the newest reports available online with narrative information – we found five of note, two robberies and three burglaries. First, a report on an incident mentioned here briefly on Monday, at which time all we knew was that the Avalon 7-11 had been held up early that morning:

AVALON 7-11 HOLDUP: Just before 3 am Monday, police were sent to the 35th/Avalon 7-11. The clerk told officers he was mopping when two people came in, described as”two males with brown skin … both wearing all-black clothing.

One of the males was approximately 5’6″ with a slim build. The other suspect was approximately 6’3″ with a heavy set build … both males had their faced covered with red bandanas, and were wearing gloves.” The report says “the larger suspect pointed a black handgun at him and told him to “save your life” and “give me the balance” … (the clerk) obeyed the suspect’s demands and opened the registers. One of the suspects then leaped over the front counter, while the other suspect ran around the counter to the opening on the rear. The suspects emptied all of the cash from the registers … and placed the money into a paper bag that was sitting nearby. While the suspects were behind the counter, (the clerk) believes that they may have taken several cartons of cigarettes from the display case (and) other unknown items from a nearby aisle as well.” The report says one robber also demanded the “safe money” but the clerk didn’t have the code. The robbers then left. (UPDATED: SPD has released the surveillance video – added above. If you have any information about the robbers, call the SPD Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.)

AT ANOTHER 7-11: Less than two hours later, the clerk at the South Delridge 7-11 “noticed two masked suspects walking up to the business” and locked the front doors. They tried to open it by pushing on it; then one suspect “pulled out a firearm and pointed it at (the clerk),” who ran to the back of the store to call 911 and hide. The suspects, meantime, left. No descriptive information in this report except “green handkerchief” around the suspects’ faces. Here too, police were expecting to get video surveillance footage.

Meantime, details on three burglaries are now available:

2900 BLOCK FAIRMOUNT AVENUE SW: Reported Monday morning, a garage break-in last weekend, with a rock used to break a window. Three tools were stolen but others were left behind.

9000 BLOCK 20TH SW: A construction-site burglary was discovered here on Monday morning. A worker arrived and discovered a garage gate open, a fence cut, and tools stolen.

8200 BLOCK NORTHROP: Someone returning home here on Monday evening discovered front-door damage – broken wood around the deadbolt. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Found skis; robberies & burglaries"

  • Alki Resident January 19, 2017 (7:53 pm)

    These armed robberies are getting way to frequent. Very scary to run a business these days without the threat of death or violence. These guys need to be found very soon.

  • Eric1 January 19, 2017 (9:07 pm)

    The desperation by the criminals is sad.  How much money can you get by robbing a 7-11 at night?   Split 2 ways isn’t much more than a couple of hours of honest work.  


    The trouble is, these guys are not “unfamiliar” to law enforcement and have never been adequately punished.  They just keep robbing people because we keep letting them back on the street and to them, crime pays.

  • ChannelingLewisBlack January 19, 2017 (9:53 pm)

    I know this may sound radical, but would there be robberies if we didn’t use cash?  Have seen articles on businesses going that direction as well as nations considering eliminating currency.  Doubt you’d have thugs knocking off 7-11’s for cigs.

    Also, who steals skis and then dumps them off?  It’s not like they stole a duffle bag and were surprised by what was inside; and it sure wasn’t like a bike where they were using them for transport from one crime scene to another.   Not sure why it’s so hard to keep hands off stuff that’s not your own.
    • Overthere January 19, 2017 (10:38 pm)

      No cash, that’s a great idea. The banks and merchants can charge larger fees.

    • Overthere January 19, 2017 (10:39 pm)

      Additionally, what country has eliminated currency?

      • Rick January 20, 2017 (7:15 am)

        Cashless society = complet govt. control. They’ll just imprint a bar code on the back of your hand and that’s how you’ll be paid and make purchases, be tracked,etc. Sounds a bit like a book that was required reading in high school. Do they even require book reading anymore?  Anyway, I don’t have a lot of years left on this rock so hopefully I won’t have to endure a “cashless society”. 

      • ChannelingLewisBlack January 20, 2017 (8:20 am)

        Didn’t say they had, said they’re considering it.  https://www.fastcoexist.com/3046334/denmark-might-eliminate-paper-money-should-we-do-the-same

        Canada has also proposed similar.  The notion that this somehow makes it more expensive or under government control is propagated by those whose aim is to evade taxes as well as a libertarian minority that thinks the government is just out to get them.  The rest of the modern world sees it as a way to reduce costs, increase efficiency and eliminate risk.   Progress and fairness – everyone pays their fair share of taxes – may be the right choice in this case

  • Dogman January 19, 2017 (10:04 pm)

    Darn it. I was skiing down the stairs on crack and took a spill and when I woke up my skiis were gone!! Who took em ?? 

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