West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar sought; mailboxes broken into

In West Seattle Crime Watch today:

BURGLARY INVESTIGATION: Police were out in the 9200 block of 12th SW this morning, looking for a burglar whose loot included a handgun. SPD tells us the burglary was detected by an alarm trip; the resident showed up just as the burglar was running out the door.

MAILBOXES BROKEN INTO: Reader report, received today from Carolyn:

Last night or early this morning, several if not all mailboxes were broke into on 8th Ave SW, between Elmgrove and Thistle. Probably a lot more than just that, but that is all I could confirm on my way out this morning. Also a neighbor in the same vicinity had their car window smashed in. Since 2009, this is the hardest-hit this street has been. I have cameras I will be checking this evening. I want to do my part to get the word out to neighbors, as we have to look out for ourselves.

Carolyn says at least one neighbor has filed a police report; we’ll add the number if/when we get it.

13 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar sought; mailboxes broken into"

  • john March 12, 2019 (2:51 pm)

    Secured or un-secured handgun?

    • WSB March 12, 2019 (3:07 pm)

      No idea. The report narrative is not yet available so all I was able to confirm is what’s above.

      • greg March 12, 2019 (5:34 pm)

        If stolen it seems un-secured.  Granted it could have a trigger lock which is easily cut off if stolen but now we have ANOTHER stolen gun in the community. YIPPEE!

    • Cynical girl March 12, 2019 (7:17 pm)

      Legally allowed to enter the house or not legally allowed to enter the house?

      • Swede. March 13, 2019 (12:57 pm)

        Good point. Because if illegally, which we can assume since the police did get involved, and the house was locked said handgun would be considered ‘secured’ enough.

  • nonni March 13, 2019 (11:06 am)

    So glad your gun is protecting your family from the bad hombres!

  • Heartless March 13, 2019 (3:05 pm)

    Seriously?  A locked house is not secure enough storage for a handgun?

    • donttreadonme March 13, 2019 (3:34 pm)

      Typically not, which is the reason for foundation- and frame-mounted gun safes. 

      • Noon March 13, 2019 (9:22 pm)

        Even gun safes can be broken into, sadly.

  • anonyme March 14, 2019 (8:31 am)

    Eight children die every day due to unsecured firearms in the home.  Keeping your front door locked doesn’t count.  Nor will a gun in the house prevent a burglary; it only ensures that your gun is now firmly in the hands of a criminal.  Good job.

  • Theresa - Highland Park March 14, 2019 (2:09 pm)

    Are people being fined for not following the safe storage law? It went into effect last month, so I really hope so.

  • Heartless? March 14, 2019 (3:04 pm)

     But who is the criminal here?  The locked-door homeowner?

  • John March 14, 2019 (4:47 pm)

    Ah it wouldn’t be Seattle without someone being self-righteous to a victim of a crime.

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