WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bicycle, tools, more stolen in Genesee Hill garage burglary; Crime Prevention Coordinator’s newsletter

First, from Adam:

Our garage (on the alley bounded by 46th, 47th, Genesee, and Dakota) was burglarized last night and a number of things were stolen. The most valuable was a black and green Specialized Rumor FSR Comp Mountain Bike (S/N WSBC601045128I). I attached our best picture of it.

The list of stolen items, as best we can tell:

Specialized Rumor FSR Comp Mountain Bike, black with green accents
Sierra Bike Helmet, black and pink
A bike pump, tool kit, and water bottle (attached to the bike)
A pair of skis and bindings (yellow, can be seen behind the bike in the photo)
A cordless DeWalt drill and reciprocating saw in a black plastic case and several associated drill bits and blades.
A pneumatic nail gun, also in a black plastic case
A DeWalt orbital sander in a small fabric tote
An assorted set of tools in a gray plastic case (sockets and drivers, screwdrivers, Allen keys, fixed and adjustable wrenches, pliers, wire cutters, a tape measure, bit drivers, etc.)

No police incident # yet – Adam was still awaiting an officer at last report.

BICYCLE-THEFT DETERRENCE: Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge just happens to have focused her next newsletter on advice for bicycle owners:

If you can’t read it embedded above, here’s the PDF version.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bicycle, tools, more stolen in Genesee Hill garage burglary; Crime Prevention Coordinator's newsletter"

  • John June 22, 2017 (2:34 pm)

    That absolutely sucks!  I had my garage broken into 10 years back and I was so upset with the thieve taking all my power tools…..  I mean a lot of tools.  I still haven’t replaced them all.  I didn’t realize how much was stolen until I needed it for a project and it wasn’t there. 

    • Adam June 22, 2017 (9:10 pm)

      Yes, sadly I also doubt that we’ll recover anything. For the amount of property crime that gets reported in the WSB in just our geographically small part of the city it feels like the streets must be teeming with criminals all night. These thieves don’t strike me as criminal masterminds, so roaming patrols or a couple of sting operations with cops watching an intentionally unlocked car seems like it could clear the streets if pretty short order.

  • Chuck June 22, 2017 (4:37 pm)

    Tracy, any luck on that hit-and-run on California early Sunday morning ? (white Totota pickup hitting a white Honda sedan on California and Junea, then driving south on 44th before stashing the offending vehicle on 44th and Graham).

    For those of you reading at home: some jerk woke up the whole neighborhood driving on his front rim/deflated tire. Police were called the next day when I realized it was in fact a hit-and-run. Description of the perp given to police. I’m looking at you pal–the guy who took the time to securely lock his (trashed) vehicle before walking up toward California Ave, calm and cool like nothing had happened. Only you’d just hit another vehicle and fled the scene.  Surprised you could walk at all given the velocity you hit the parked car with–and likely the illegal substances in your bloodstream. I guess adrenaline will do that for you.

    Karma, dude.

    • WSB June 22, 2017 (4:45 pm)


  • Swede. June 22, 2017 (11:42 pm)

    I’ve been pretty surprised about the high level of car breakins (insurance went up 11% for me!) and property burglary like this here in WS since I moved here from Capitol Hill! Also really surprised nobody been doing just what you suggest, looking after your own neighborhood… It wouldn’t take more than a few messed up burglars and petty thief’s for the word to spread and things to calm down.

  • Swede. June 22, 2017 (11:45 pm)

    That’s was meant to be a reply/reaction to Adam’s post. Not sure why it seems not to end up ‘attached’ to the right post anymore… WSB server/software problems?

  • Sarge June 23, 2017 (7:28 am)

    I’d start by looking under the West Seattle bridge at 1st and Spokane for your stolen bike. It’s probably all parted out like the hundreds of other stolen bikes down there but the serial number on the frame won’t lie.

  • Andy June 23, 2017 (8:31 am)

    Obviously, thieves do not fear the owners of the property they steal from or the Seattle Police. Even if they are apprehended, they get the customary slap on the wrist and then are released to commit more of the same. I wish we could do as Adam and Swede suggest, except that the way things are I can see a lot of homeowners getting arrested and a lot of burglars getting a free lawyer. 

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