WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another package thief on video; doorbell-ringing would-be intruder

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

PACKAGE THIEF ON VIDEO: Blake‘s security video captured the theft of two books from a porch near California/Charlestown just before 6 am Tuesday:

WOULD-BE BURGLAR THWARTED? A reader shares this neighborhood alert from 38th/102nd in Arbor Heights overnight:

Potential intruder rang our front doorbell. We awoke to the doorbell and thought for a minute that maybe the paper delivery person had rung the bell (which was odd). We got up to check (first looking through the window to make sure no one was on the porch) but there was no paper or person on the porch. We then heard scuffling around at our back door and someone trying to open/push/force our door in. We pounded loudly on the door from the inside and yelled to the intruder that we were calling 911 and to go away. The intruder then pounded back very loudly and forcefully. We yelled again that we were calling 911 and to go away. Officers arrived and searched our property. There was no one on our property at that point. They said this is a typical MO (mode of operation) for a burglary, first ringing the front doorbell or knocking to see if someone’s home, and, if no one answers they then move to the back door to break in. If you hear night-time activity at your door, listen to your gut and don’t hesitate . . . call 911.

REMINDER: Your next chance to hear about local crime trends and bring neighborhood concerns to police is on Tuesday night (September 19th), 7 pm, as the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another package thief on video; doorbell-ringing would-be intruder"

  • Jason September 17, 2017 (9:43 am)

    This guy loves stealing packages.

    Lots of packages.

    Even more packages.

    Been arrested once before, 35-year-old Kelly W. Klein.

    I see him around the Jefferson Sqaure/Junction area every once in awhile.

    • WSB September 17, 2017 (10:59 am)

      Reminded of that case and others, I asked Blake if his video had a clearer framegrab. So far, no.

    • Jon September 17, 2017 (9:17 pm)

      Thanks for the links, friend. Is he another Success Story of the Revolving Door Justice System?

  • anonyme September 17, 2017 (11:36 am)

    Mr. Klein has clearly found his career niche.  I suggest we supply him with a permanent office in Walla Walla.

  • P September 17, 2017 (11:52 am)

    So creepy that they would bang back on the door. Definitely never how you think about waking up.  Going off of Jason’s post, has this man ever tried breaking in before or is this a new thing?

    • Jon September 17, 2017 (9:26 pm)

      Not everyone who is willing to break into your home cares that you’re calling 911, is the thing. I’ve had the same thing happen; only I then had to fight to keep the door fully shut. And the police response time from my call was laughable.

      This is one of the better reasons to support our Second Amendment if you’re able and willing. Nothing quite like being woken up by the sound of a home invasion for someone to change their stance on that one. It’s absolutely terrifying.

      Stay safe. I hope they arrest this maniac and press charges.

  • NeighborAtHome September 17, 2017 (10:51 pm)

    I work from home and thought I’d caught a package thief last week taking something from my neighbor’s stoop, but it was someone delivering a package for Amazon who discovered it was the wrong address.  I’m assuming Amazon is using independent contractors for deliveries now?  It’s not easy to differentiate a non-uniformed person walking away with a package from a thief.  This should make it even easier for package thieves now.

    • WSB September 17, 2017 (11:07 pm)


      I recall one scanner call some time back with police dispatched to check out someone in an unmarked car with a back seat full of packages. It turned out to be a delivery driver.

  • Pukwudjies September 18, 2017 (12:15 pm)

    That is Kelly, he is our neighbor just off California. He lives between Raymond and Graham. He was just arrested early this year – see earlier postings on the Blog. He is a known package thief! I spoke to him recently and he’s no longer employed, so I suspect this is his only means of income. Stealing packages! It pissed me off so bad, because he is quite capable.

  • Elise September 18, 2017 (12:23 pm)

    It’s the same guy, Kevin Klein, that has been stealing packages all over West Seattle. He is our neighbor near the back of our business. Not sure what to do since he gets arrested and released. 

    • WSB September 18, 2017 (1:08 pm)

      Do you know of another occasion on which he has been arrested? The only one on record anywhere online is the one from March, as linked by the commenter above, and I’m still trying to sort out exactly how the prosecution was finally resolved, relatively recently – as it was a city (misdemeanor) prosecution, there aren’t as many documents available as when it’s a county (felony) prosecution, so I’m probably going to have to ask the City Attorney’s Office to interpret.

      • Elise September 18, 2017 (7:53 pm)

        I believe he was arrested in March and I don’t know the outcome of his court appearance. If anyone wants to press charges, I know where he lives! I have tried to get him to sit down and talk with me a couple times with no luck. Tonight, I am going to leave a note on his truck and let him know that we know what he is doing and to stop.

        • WSB September 18, 2017 (8:12 pm)

          That was what I was referring to – the only arrest listed in online files, the one we covered in March, after he had been seen in multiple videos/photos sent by readers.

  • giglsmith September 19, 2017 (10:44 am)

    Hey to the Arbor Heights couple that reported the almost break in. I live about a block from you, can you provide a little more info?

    What time of the morning this occured?

    Did you get a look at the person/persons etc?

    Much appreciated, and glad they didn’t make it inside.



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