WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglar on video; bicycle stolen

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

BURGLAR ON VIDEO: The clip is from Peter, who reports that person broke into his home at 9:19 pm last night: “Intruder was aggressive and tried to knock down my bedroom door. Thankfully, no one got hurt.” Police incident #19-372516. It happened near 35th/Fauntleroy.

STOLEN BICYCLE: The photo and report are from Vincent:

I foolishly left my garage door open, which provided a convenient opportunity for a thief to make off with the bike in the attached picture. The bike is essentially brand new and completely stock. It was taken from the 2900 block of Walnut Ave. SW in the early morning of Sun., Oct. 6.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglar on video; bicycle stolen"

  • MJ October 6, 2019 (10:44 am)

    Scary, I keep a baseball bat at my bedside and will not hesitate to use it if someone breaks into my home!  

  • Stuart October 6, 2019 (11:18 am)

    Wait, was this a home invasion??!!

    • WSB October 6, 2019 (11:41 am)

      The police classification is “burglary, occupied.”

      • Stuart October 6, 2019 (12:17 pm)

        What’s the distinction between “burglary, occupied” and a home invasion? Not being snarky,  genuinely don’t know, even after googling. 

        • WSB October 6, 2019 (2:54 pm)

          “Home invasion” is most often used in connection with robbery, not burglary – as in, robbers knock on door, you open, they brandish weapons and force themselves inside. It’s not a separate category of crime in the RCW (state laws), however – there are multiple degrees of robbery and multiple degrees of burglary. – TR

  • WiseWoman October 6, 2019 (12:30 pm)

    Sorry that happened. As a dogwalker when I see people leave their garage or car open I will almost always knock on their door to let them know. 

  • Jim P. October 6, 2019 (12:59 pm)

    “Scary, I keep a baseball bat at my bedside and will not hesitate to use it if someone breaks into my home!  “Keep in mind an old military maxim:  If the enemy is in range, so are you”.You want to engage and drop these people before they can close and do the same thing to you or your family.

  • Jethro Marx October 6, 2019 (5:41 pm)

    “Engage,” really? Which theater did you hear the maxim in: Combat or Movie? It strikes me that you’ve faced more History channel productions than hostile home intruders, but hey, what do I know? I guess I’m no fan of violence, even that righteous justice violence some seek to glorify.

    • B.W. October 6, 2019 (6:31 pm)

      Baseball bat? You sir or madam are brave. I exercise my 2nd Amendment right, I keep my shotgun close

  • Alex S. October 7, 2019 (11:07 am)

    The bike’s owner needs to post the bike on Bike Index and list the model name and frame size if he ever wants to get it back. Check OfferUp regularly – that’s where all the thieves, campers and tweakers love to sell our stuff for drug money. 

    • WSB October 7, 2019 (11:33 am)

      I have already suggested that in initial correspondence; it’s up to a crime victim where they want to post. We’ve had reunions here so will continue to post stolen/found reports that are sent to WSB.

  • Bill October 7, 2019 (11:11 am)

    All this talk and no info re the location (generally) of this “burglary – occupied”?

    • WSB October 7, 2019 (11:30 am)

      As noted in the story, “near 35th/Fauntleroy.” We do not publish specific addresses of crime victims.

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