West Seattle Crime Watch: Phone robbery plus reader reports including 2 dumped-and-likely-stolen bicycles

Six reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

PHONE ROBBERY: If you noticed the police search this past hour in the 5400 block of Delridge Way SW, that was the initial dispatch – a strong-arm robbery near the library, with at least two people taking a phone and hat from the victim. This type of robbery is happening on average twice a week since the start of the year, police said at this week’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, and we’re working on that story for publication this weekend.

Reader reports from the WSB inbox:

CAR PROWLS: Blair reports, “FYI, a few car break-ins and stolen stuff off porches on Seola Beach Drive. This happened over the last week and again last night.”


This happened in the 3200 block of California SW early Monday: “White male in a camouflage jacket, olive trousers, and boots with red laces. Driving a silver car with yellow (possibly Alaska) plates and squeaky brakes (which one would think would be a hardship whilst prowling cars in the wee hours).”

TWO DUMPED-AND-PROBABLY-STOLEN BICYCLES: Both sighting reports were accompanied by photos:

The one above was seen in the 1500 block of Alki Avenue SW; the one below, a gray Columbia bicycle, was at the 36th SW/SW Alaska bus stop:

PACKAGE THIEF ON VIDEO: Sarah shares the video:

This happened around 5 am Monday near 36th SW/SW Charlestown: “Unfortunately we didn’t realize the package had been delivered the night before. We filed a police report and gave them the attached video but thought it might be good to warn the neighbors.”

6 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Phone robbery plus reader reports including 2 dumped-and-likely-stolen bicycles"

  • WS Steve March 22, 2019 (11:18 pm)

    The car prowler and package  thief are the same guy. Look at how he walks and look at the little funny shape on the back of his hood. Also look at his car in both videos. He leaves the door open, lights on, presumably running. It’s hard to say for sure but they could definitely be the same car.

  • Pelicans March 23, 2019 (1:40 am)

    Both perps are dressed alike. And the time frame is close. 

  • Christopher March 23, 2019 (9:40 am)

    That does look like the same thief. We have color video from a different angle and the coat is a perfect match. You can even see what looks to be the same silver car in the background. Sarah might let the SPD know that our incident # for the attempted prowl/trespass is: 2019-903015. And I’m happy to share my multiple angles of video with SPD if needed. Considering the time of Sarah’s theft it seems that thief was out stealing for hours. There may be other victims.

  • delridgediculous March 23, 2019 (9:51 am)

    https://twitter.com/search?q=54XX%20BLOCK%20OF%20DELRIDGE&src=typd There’s a theme here but my pc transgression filter masks the elephant in the room.  I don’t recall Hobson telling us the drug deals would take place in the Shell and Super 24 parking lots as part of the ‘housing first’ model, and the daily public drinking/intoxication/spare changing, didn’t violate the ‘good neighbor’ policy. whodda thunk a strong arm robbery could happen in that environment. I heard from the shell employee that they find hypodermic needles by their dumpster all the time now. When I walk through the neighborhood I play a game of ‘count the Lime bikes with the locks cut off’Rather, it was the set of seven large facilities, each housing 53 or more residents that was associated with the negative crime impacts.”source page (307):https://www.academia.edu/11820085/The_impact_of_supportive_housing_on_neighborhood_crime_ratesHow many units over there?

  • A March 23, 2019 (12:18 pm)

    I had a package delivered last night, went to check 10 minutes later and nothing….I don’t have video..so I can’t say if this is related. 41st block in the Junction.

  • miws March 27, 2019 (7:37 am)

    3/27/19 7:30 am: Q13 just did a quick story on the recent cellphone robberies along California Av and gave attribution to WSB. —Mike

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