Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

BUSINESS-BURGLARY ARRESTS: Just reported this afternoon via SPD Blotter – three 13-year-old boys were arrested after a South Delridge business break-in. The vape-and-smoke shop in the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW was broken into late Friday night, and police say that was the second burglary in less than a week. This time, the shop’s owner saw the burglars via a live video feed, called 911 immediately, and police found the suspects “several blocks away (with) numerous items from the store in their possession.” The store’s owner also gave police video from the burglary on Sunday, September 10th, and SPD says one suspect “matched the description of a suspect depicted in that burglary as well,” adding that: “All three suspects were arrested and subsequently released to their parents/guardians. The stolen merchandise was recovered, photographed, and returned to the owner.”

Two other West Seattle burglary reports are now in the online files of incidents for which narratives have been publicly posted – we’ve summarized them below:

BURGLARY FOLLOWING SHOE DEAL: This began with a transaction for a pair of Yeezy shoes, advertised online for $400, bought by someone who met the seller in the 9000 block of 10th SW early Sunday morning, September 10th, near his residence. About six hours later, the house’s residents left; one resident got a call six hours after that from someone saying he had “located a bag with her property in it in Des Moines.” The recipient of that call subsequently went home and discovered someone had broken in and stolen items including the shoes purchased earlier in the day. Police were called. Some hours later, the officer got a call from the victim, who, according to the narrative, said “she had actually recovered the jewelry and ID cards [stolen from her home] … and the stolen shoes were back [for sale online] now for sale for $350.” The narrative says police were going to set up a sting – but doesn’t say how that turned out.

CAR STOLEN IN ADMIRAL BURGLARY: A resident in the 2700 block of 45th SW called police late last Monday night (September 11th) to say that someone had burglarized her home and stolen her purse, keys, and car. She explained that she had a brand-new puppy and had gone out to show it off to her neighbors, and the burglary and theft happened while she was gone. (The report narrative does not include details about the stolen car nor whether it’s been recovered yet.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW: Another reminder – Tuesday night, 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), the WSCPC meeting brings you a chance to hear about crime trends and bring questions/concerns directly to local police.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 3 burglaries"

  • ktrapp September 18, 2017 (3:35 pm)

    Any chance two of the vape shop thieves might be associated with the Dutchboy Coffee burglary from a couple weeks back?  Only about 6 blocks away, and the footage from that burglary certainly looked like they could be of that age range.

  • Concerned September 18, 2017 (3:50 pm)

    WTF, I looked at what these cheezy shoes are and they are like a 1,000 bucks for some glorified tennis shoe. Priorities, I guess

  • Stacy September 18, 2017 (5:24 pm)

    And who are the proud parents of these three? Looks like you have some serious work to do. 

  • Alki Resident September 18, 2017 (6:06 pm)

    It angers me that these kids get to go home to their cozy beds after what they do. It’s time to change laws. No going home to mom once you commit a crime. 

    • WS Resident September 19, 2017 (5:32 am)

      Agreed! And parents need to be held accountable too. What is being done for those parents who don’t put them into something more productive like sports or after school programs/college prep to get their energy out? They neglect their needs, stuff like this happens! 

      Also people should lock their doors too. 

      • McGruff September 19, 2017 (6:29 pm)

        It’s my understanding that in Civil Law, parents can be held liable for the torts of their minor children. I would encourage the owner of the vape shop to take them to Small Claims court for any damages associated with the break-in.  

        I think it’s kind of a cop-out to suggest that these kids turned to crime because they ‘had nothing to do’. While it’s definitely a nice amenity when a community can provide youth activities, it’s not the community’s obligation to keep anyone’s kids busy. Parents need to be parents. When I was their age, if I did anything like this, I would’ve surely got a good hiding from my parents, been marched down to the merchant and compelled to work off my debts, and otherwise been ‘grounded’ for quite some time. But these are different times, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the parents view their kids as the ‘victims’ in this story.

        PS: Bravo to SPD for collaring the little hellions so quickly!

  • unknown September 19, 2017 (11:20 am)

    Not everyone can afford to put their children into “sports” or after school programs, their parents may be working 2 jobs just trying to get by and no this doesn’t condone what these kids are doing…just saying.

  • Duanob September 19, 2017 (1:09 pm)

    Not to get too off topic but since this is the police blotter, am I the only one who heard some one empty their clip last night around 11 in the white center area? Isn’t this newsworthy anymore? 

    • WSB September 19, 2017 (2:46 pm)

      I worked until 2:30 am and didn’t hear anything about gunfire in WC or WS, nor did I hear from anyone (206-293-6302, any time). Hope you called 911.

      • KS September 20, 2017 (2:31 pm)

        It was fireworks coming from 9029 16th ave (abandoned property). The fireworks were fired off in  so they might have sounded like gun shots. I was able to check it out on my DVR at 10:57pm after seeing people complaining about gun fire in the area.  This was reported on NEXTDOOR by neighbors.

    • AMD September 19, 2017 (3:24 pm)

      That woke me up.  I called it in to 911, the call-taker let me know it was fireworks at 9th/Henderson.  It was 9-10 bangs, right at 11, and could be heard pretty far away.  It didn’t make the news, but for a good reason this time.  :)

      • WSB September 19, 2017 (3:43 pm)

        That’s another good reason to call 911 – sometimes they do get early word (from an officer in the area, for example) that it was, visibly, fireworks, and then you’ll know.

  • rico September 19, 2017 (2:40 pm)

     Every sport my children participated in had essentially free access for kids whose parents are unable to pay, supported by my (and others ) fees of course.

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