WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Driver arrested; bed stolen; shopkeeper’s warning

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reports:

DRIVER ARRESTED: We briefly mentioned a crash that shut down a block of Delridge late Wednesday/early Thursday. SPD sent out Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives and we’ve finally found out why. Police tell us a driver hit an 18-year-old woman who was crossing Delridge at/near 21st. The 35-year-old man who hit her was arrested on suspicion of “impairment” and is in the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular assault. SFD tells us the victim was in “stable condition” when taken to the hospital.

STOLEN BED: This may have been an honest mistake but somebody stole Tina’s bed frame from outside her home in west Admiral (near 47th/Admiral) and it was NOT left outside as a freebie. How it wound up outside is a long story but Tina’s husband made the frame 20 years ago and it has sentimental value. She’s looking for a photo so we can add, but in the meantime, if you happened to pick it up or know of somebody who is excited they found a free bed frame … please return it.

SHOPKEEPER’S WARNING: Alair proprietor Shandon Graybeal wants to warn other store owners about a group of teenagers who harassed her late in the day Thursday and tampered with her security camera – which was, ironically enough, recorded on video:

She says two of the teenagers cornered her so she couldn’t move while another looked in the back room and cased the register, in addition to tampering with the camera. She says they were scared off when a customer emerged from an out-of-sight corner of the store. A police report has been filed – # 19-195886.

29 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Driver arrested; bed stolen; shopkeeper's warning"

  • momof3boys May 31, 2019 (10:54 am)

    Shandon,that is brazen!  I hope nothing was taken, and hopefully they took prints.  #whatisthisworldcomingto?

  • just wondering May 31, 2019 (10:57 am)

    Can they get fingerprints off the camera?

    • Shandon Graybeal May 31, 2019 (12:15 pm)

      They didn’t try or even watch the videos.  Just took a statement 

      • newnative May 31, 2019 (3:04 pm)

        I wonder why they wouldn’t.             

        • Mark Schletty May 31, 2019 (4:28 pm)

          Newnative— they don’t bother because the City Council has tied their hands on property crimes. And they know the City Prosecutor is unlikely to charge even if they catch them. And they know our Judges are unlikely to impose any penalty even if the Prosecutor prosecutes. It appears that property crimes can be committed with impunity in this city. We desperately need a new City Council. Liberal is fine, but tolerance of criminal activity is not “liberal” and must end.

          • Karl Tull May 31, 2019 (4:50 pm)

            MARK SCHLETTY:  What was the criminal activity?  I think you should figure that out before you rail against lack of prosecutions.  So your liberal bashing seems a bit odd here.

          • newnative May 31, 2019 (6:01 pm)

            This wasn’t a property crime that we know of. She was cornered, which I assume to mean she was threatened. 

  • Chuck May 31, 2019 (11:12 am)

    Yikes! Those teens are up to no good and I am glad for Shandon that things did not escalate. “Feels” like they wanted to distract or control you in order to grab-and-dash. I hope this video goes straight to SPD and these kids are caught. At the very least, their parents need to know what their little darlings are really doing with their spare time. That is complete BS on their part and I fear their efforts will only get more brazen. Stay safe!

    • Shandon Graybeal May 31, 2019 (12:16 pm)

      Thanks! And agree- I’m hoping their parents see at the very least but other shop owners too.  

  • LAH May 31, 2019 (11:59 am)

    WTF is wrong with those kids that they would be so 1) disrespectful, 2) brazen, 3) stupid, and 4) criminal?  You can only hope that a family member or a parent of one of their friends sees that video and turns them into the SPD.  

  • Ender Aldo May 31, 2019 (12:53 pm)

    There have been other incidents in the area just like this: distract the shop owner – rifle through purses, wallets and merchandise, among other things they’re  looking for credit cards to then go use.  There was a news segment about it not long ago.  Done by kids, not sure if it’s the same kids or not, but they don’t seem to worry about getting caught because there isn’t a consequence.    

  • Buttercup May 31, 2019 (2:25 pm)

    I’m disappointed that police did not look at the video, this is a scaredy twist and should be felt with . This is to organized amongst themselves to b e ignored. 

  • Jethro Marx May 31, 2019 (4:30 pm)

    It certainly seems like they were up to no good, but what do we expect the police to do? It is not at all clear that an actual crime was committed. I’m not trying to be a jerk and I am sure it was very scary for the shop owner, but do the commenters suggesting SPD ought to do something have brains or just a sense that these kids are punks and should be roughed up or something?

    • Karl Tull May 31, 2019 (4:44 pm)

      You wrote what I’ve been thinking.  I am also unclear on the crime–not that nothing happened, and certainly not to discount feelings of harassment or intimidation–but…  I do question what motivation the police have for pursuit + investigation–I mean if they don’t have a clear path to prosecution… 

    • EA May 31, 2019 (6:46 pm)

      There wasn’t a crime committed here but the kid looks like the same kid in another security video from another small business where a crime was committed.  I would think they could identify him and maybe question him. 

    • Fes May 31, 2019 (10:37 pm)

      “Not trying to be a jerk,” but certainly accomplishing it. 

  • Mo May 31, 2019 (7:01 pm)

    What do you mean no crime occurred?  They messed with her security camera, and were in her back room. Both are crimes. Neither of those things were for sale….

  • Nord May 31, 2019 (10:21 pm)

    He turned the camera away from them while they cased the place. Obviouslysly nothing criminal going on with that?

  • DiscoKitten June 1, 2019 (2:25 am)

    Sigh…this thread. You’re going to be dismissed by Seattle police, while some of our fellow West Seattle-ite neighbors share their “expertise” on what is and isn’t a crime. There IS a crime happening in that video. Ignore the people questioning whether or not your video depicts a crime—this isn’t an opinion poll. And don’t let SPD officers brush you off: Go to the police station and tell them you want this incident escalated. Push back until someone takes you seriously, watches the video, and presents you with their next action steps. At this point, SPD is functioning in the same way the criminals are: the only way to show them you’re not taking any sh*t is to be loud and fight back. 

    • Jethro Marx June 1, 2019 (1:19 pm)

      SPD is not functioning the same way the criminals do; that’s as ridiculous as you ordering the victim of this incident to go make a scene at the police station. You don’t seem to have a lot of respect for laws, or the people we task with enforcing them. That’s a funny way to be, while you demand redress. If only laws were more like an opinion poll, what?

      • 22yrsinAlki June 3, 2019 (10:22 am)

        @ J Marx and K Tull – It sickens me to see one, let alone two “potential” neighbors “defend” criminal activity, regardless how informed the “potential” neighbors may be.”Attempt to commit a particular crime is a crime, usually considered to be of the same or lesser gravity as the particular crime attempted. Attempt is a type of inchoate crime, a crime that is not fully developed. The crime of attempt has two elements, intent and some conduct toward completion of the crime.

        Attempt – Wikipedia


      • DiscoKitten June 4, 2019 (10:34 pm)

        Escalating within the police department to the next person up the food chain isn’t making a scene.

  • John June 1, 2019 (10:11 am)

    Looks like something was happening put camera higher and hide one on other wall. Also, post his picture behind your counter so they see their face next time they come in. Hang in there 

    • waikikgirl June 3, 2019 (11:07 am)

      Better yet blow the picture up and post it on your store front window.

  • Aly June 1, 2019 (9:25 pm)

    Different partners but same thief that made a dramatic impact on my day to day financial dealings when he stole my credit cards, cash and DL while I was working in the junction on Feb 8, 2019.  I have contacted the officer in charge of my case. Please keep all employee belongings locked up while at work and share this information with all the small business owners and employees. Such a time, energy and emotional suck. 

    • E. Trenton June 3, 2019 (6:04 pm)

      Aly, what business is this? 

      • E. Trenton June 3, 2019 (6:32 pm)

        I would like to contact you for a case number.

  • Ws prayers June 7, 2019 (6:53 pm)

    This is why they keep getting away with it why are we so divided? It’s so obvious these.kids were up to no good. And yes this is same.kids that literally were on the news a few months ago….police say they need probable cause (from my experience with them) your video shows just that. Why wouldn’t they take a look at it? Because notjing was stolen that day? Come on they were interupted 

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