WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Car prowler takes child carrier; vandals deface ‘Welcome’ sign

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports today:

CHILD CARRIER STOLEN: Amy on Puget Ridge sends that photo with this report:

Last night someone managed to open the back door of our minivan, parked in our driveway. Among the stolen items was the Tula Toddler carrier we sometimes use to carry our disabled son on hikes. (You may also have seen us on walks with his swell blue trike, but it doesn’t do well on stairs).

The Tula retails for over $100, so we would love to get it back if possible. It has a gray and green pattern, with gray straps. It’s machine washable, so if someone sees it dumped somewhere, please let us know! Also stolen were a case of Clif Bars and a bag of reusable shopping bags.

WELCOME SIGN DEFACED: Pete Spalding, from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, sent photos and word that the WSCoC is working on getting this cleaned up. We blurred the tags as per WSB policy to not show tagging vandalism whenever possible, but you can get the idea – both sides of the sign were hit:

The sign was installed 11 months ago, funded by a gift from philanthropist Ada Rhodes Cruzen.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Car prowler takes child carrier; vandals deface 'Welcome' sign"

  • Matt P April 6, 2020 (2:51 pm)

    I’ll be glad for the day when graffiti is no longer in fashion.  It’s an eyesore no matter where it shows up.

    • Julia April 6, 2020 (3:07 pm)

      I know they found graffiti in the ruins of Pompeii, so don’t get your hopes up.

    • The King April 6, 2020 (3:28 pm)

      You might have to wait a while on that. Some of the worlds oldest graffiti dates back 2500-3000 years. Good luck.

    • bolo April 6, 2020 (7:04 pm)

      I’ve seen graffiti on the Sphinx.

  • wssz April 6, 2020 (4:10 pm)

    Jeez, that didn’t take long. It’s a brand new sign from long-time and much loved (and generous) West Seattleite Adah Cruzen.  It’s beyond sad that the kids who did this don’t have a greater sense of purpose in their lives.  Fortunately West Seattle has the resources and will to repair it quickly.

  • AMK April 6, 2020 (4:16 pm)

    Amy, i’m SO sorry to hear of the car theft. I hope it turns up for you all.  

  • Jon Wright April 6, 2020 (5:12 pm)

    When one of the walking on logs kids was stolen, wasn’t there some talk of getting camera coverage of that area?

  • Joan April 6, 2020 (5:42 pm)

    Why are some people such scumbags?

    • Hank L. April 6, 2020 (8:19 pm)

      Joan, my impression is that the thought process goes something like: “I’m a colossal piece of garbage, time to paint my name on some public property.”

  • Danielle April 7, 2020 (7:53 am)

    Amy – I’m so sorry to hear that. We had our car broken into about two months ago where the prowlers stole my double stroller plus one of my car seats. It’s an awful feeling. We have an Ergo 360 that both my boys have outgrown that you are welcome to have! Let me know and I could wash and leave it for porch pick up. 

    • 1000amys April 7, 2020 (9:13 am)

      Danielle, thank you for your offer! We have had multiple offers of carriers, and funding for a new carrier, which is very heart-warming and reassures me that the overwhelming majority of folks in our community are helpful and kind. A friend came by yesterday and left a replacement carrier on our porch, so we can hike on! My son is very excited. 

      • Danielle April 7, 2020 (9:38 am)

        Happy to hear that! ❤️

  • Alex S. April 7, 2020 (3:38 pm)

    The spoiled little weasels defacing public art, community signs and shuttered businesses are taking advantage of diminished traffic to continually announce to the world DADDY DIDN’T LOVE ME.    Thanks, WSB, for blacking out the tags, since these losers are also seeking attention from their weasel peers.  I wish Instagram would do the same thing, because it is responsible for the uptick in tagging around here.  Just lookup the hashtag SeattleGraffiti for a look into this depraved subculture. Also, can the homeowners in the house behind the welcome sign put up a video camera?

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