First, two report about purses:


At around 10:15 AM this morning, my family and I went to Lincoln Park for a walk. As I was helping my 4-year-old out of the car, my husband put my purse in the trunk of our SUV, under the privacy screen. Upon our return about 1 hour later, we realized that our back window on the passenger side had been broken and my purse, and only my purse, was gone. We filed a police report but am looking to understand if any witnesses got a picture or if anyone has found any of my belongings. I suspect my ID and others things that don’t have any value may have been put in a trash can or thrown on the side of the road. We’ve made a police report and are now going through the processing of suspending all the necessary accounts. If you have any information or see my belongings, which will be a pain to re-establish, please let me know: allisonmichellec (at) We so appreciate our friend and several kind strangers who helped us clean up and offered their support!

PURSE FOUND: A reader found this at Delridge Playfield – hours before Allison’s was stolen, so it’s not hers.

Yours? Let us know and we will connect you to the finder.

SAXOPHONE FOUND: Tim brought this in after it turned up:

Possible stolen/lost alto saxophone. It was sitting in the rain last night and a neighbor saw it the grass against our front wall this morning. It’s banged up. North Admiral.

With this too, let us know if it’s yours and we will connect you to the finder.

ANOTHER TIRE-SLASHING: Jeff reports: “I just saw a post on the blog about a tire slashed in Westwood Village and wanted to share that we’ve had 3 tires slashed over the last 2 months at 35th x Barton right next to the Super Deli Mart. Even one on Christmas Eve. Parked on the street, usually happens late at night/early morning.”

Crime concerns or questions? The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets Tuesday at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), all welcome, 7 pm.

9 Replies to "CRIME WATCH + FOUND-MAYBE-STOLEN: 4 reader reports"

  • hj January 18, 2020 (9:06 pm)

    RIP saxophone. It looks unplayably banged up with the bell and some keys bent, and there’s still a reed on there which means that someone might have been playing it when it suffered its injury :-(

  • Toni Reineke January 18, 2020 (10:04 pm)

    Can’t tell for sure from the photo, but it might be fixable. There will be a serial number on it. If it’s not claimed, using the serial number, someone might check to see if it belongs to Seattle Schools where inventories are kept by SN.

  • Mk January 18, 2020 (11:11 pm)

    Allison- Sorry this happened to you. It’s sad a person or group/family can’t go to a park without having their car broken into and items stolen. It’s been that way at Lincoln Park for years. Anyone reading this who follows wsb already knows. Will it ever get better or is that just the way it is? Police definitely know about this problem and others in the park.

    • Joan January 19, 2020 (7:57 am)

      I am sorry this happened to you.i had a similar experience in a hotel parking lot. In the middle of a move,and had personal belongings taken.i am concerned that this will not be getting better anytime soon.Drug related crimes are just so sad to me.I know the hassle of calling credit card companies, sorry.

  • WW Resident January 19, 2020 (7:00 am)

    I almost learned the hard way a few years back at the Target at Westwood not to put valuables in the back when you’re at your destination.I forgot my laptop was in the car and when I parked I put it in the back under the sunscreen. As I did, I looked over to see 3 people in a car watch me do it.  I knew it was trouble, but me and my wife got out and walked towards Target. As we passed the car with the 3 people, one of them got out and I could see him following us out of the corner of my eye. As we approached the entrance I told my wife to go ahead and I would catch up. Sure enough the guy comes through the entrance with cell phone in hand (I’m assuming to let his POS friends know the coast was clear) and rubber necking looking for me. I approached him and it startled him so much he started going the wrong way back to his car. He ran back and the car took off before I could get a plate. I told security about it for what that is worth and called my wife to let her know what happened and that I’d be waiting in the car for her. Now days if I have any valuables in the car, I hide them before I reach my destination. Unfortunately that is the world we live in. And I never park in the south parking lot at Lincoln Park. That seems to be the hot spot

  • Joan January 19, 2020 (11:31 am)

    Allison – criminals sit in their cars in the Lincoln Park lots and watch folks put valuables in their trunks. When the owners leave, the  criminals jump out, smash and grab. This happened to one of our group a few years ago early in the morning. There was a truck with the engine running, two guys sitting inside for an hour or more. We were oblivious. Once our group disappeared into the woods, we heard the loud crash and ran back to see the truck starting to drive away. It was shocking – luckily only an empty backpack taken – but the brazen act in daylight made me forever wary in such parking  lots.  It is sad and extremely frustrating.

    • East Coast Cynic January 20, 2020 (10:58 am)

      Sounds like the SPD would do well to start a sting operation in Lincoln Park – cop teams disguised as husband and wife who leave their belongings in the car, which gets vandalized followed by a second team watching the theft that comes in and makes the arrest.

      • WSB January 20, 2020 (11:04 am)

        They actually HAVE had stings, there and other hot spots.

  • Lola January 20, 2020 (7:59 am)

    Allison, so sorry that they broke in.  I feel that both of those parking lots are just hazzards.  Even if you do not leave anything in your car I feel they will smash your windows just because.  I always park down by Loman beach if I want to go into Lincoln Park. 

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