WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Phone theft; purse-theft update; another abandoned bicycle

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

PHONE THEFT: From Chelsea:

Last night, as I was walking home from LA Fitness, I was standing on the corner of Edmunds and Fauntleroy when 3 males approached me from behind as I was sending a text. They then grabbed my phone out of my hand (they did not assault me or pull any weapons). After they grabbed the phone, they proceeded to run West on Edmunds (away from me), where they split up right around 40th Ave. Two of them booked it into an alley behind the apartment building there while one of them ran toward and then crossed Alaska.

I didn’t end up filing a police report because I didn’t get a good look at them plus I didn’t have a phone to call. They appeared to be younger, based upon their clothing, which was dark hoodies with jeans and at least one of them had a backpack on.

As we told her, it’s vital to file a police report so this is on record at the very least, and it’s not too late to file one. (Wednesday update: She has filed a report – incident #18-019576.)

PURSE-SNATCHING FOLLOWUP: We still haven documents with full details of the Saturday night incident in The Junction, but we’ve got a few more than we did on Sunday. We’ve confirmed that two 19-year-olds booked into jail for theft on Saturday night are the adult suspects in this case (police told us a juvenile also was arrested, but juvenile detention rosters are not available online). Both are still in jail, one with bail set at $20,000, one with bail set at $1,500. Both have been ordered – if they do get out – to have no contact with the Junction Starbucks, which at least one witness told us is where the purse theft happened.

ABANDONED BICYCLE: Latest sighting is reported by Becky:

She spotted it at the corner of 47th SW and SW Edmunds.

4 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Phone theft; purse-theft update; another abandoned bicycle"

  • Cashmere January 16, 2018 (9:27 pm)

    I’ve always brushed off the junction crime as what happens when you live in a city. And I would scoff at the cliche statement of “crime seems to be increasing here” . I actually think it is now! The parking spot behind my townhome was the spot where bank robbers (Viking bank) dropped their loot, and now years later, most recently, where the purse snatcher chose to hide behind my car. On top of all that, my car has been stolen, both my husbands and my car broken into. Maybe it’s because I have a child now, someone I feel like I have to protect from this scary world. But dang, what’s next? 

  • Junction Lady January 17, 2018 (12:20 pm)

    We can’t let criminals take over.  I will not give up my belongings to anyone who violates me. Any graffiti needs to be removed immediately.  Litter should not be acceptable.  Pride in ownership by keeping up properties-commercial and residential sets an example.  Let’s all do our part to the best of our abilities.  

  • DaveG January 18, 2018 (12:46 pm)

    According to the jail register both of the purse snatchers are still locked up.

    • WSB January 18, 2018 (1:54 pm)

      Yes, and I finally have the police report with the circumstances – will include a followup in Crime Watch this afternoon.

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