WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Neighborhood prowled, e-bike stolen (update: found)

12:01 PM: Neighbors in northeast Admiral report a prowler in the 3-4:30 am vicinity, seen clearly on this security-video clip:

Dana reports an e-bike stolen in the process, a black RadCity Step-Thru. “Definitely not seen from the street and involved [the thief] being inches from our bedroom windows. I’ve filed a police report but wanted to get the word out that he is pretty bold and not afraid to go searching around your home.” Dana says just to get in the yard where the video was recorded, the prowler had to “jump a locked gate.” Meantime, we’ve had a few bicycle reunions lately, so if you happen to see one like this abandoned, please let us know and we’ll connect you.

6 PM: Dana says in comments that a neighbor found the bike.

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Neighborhood prowled, e-bike stolen (update: found)"

  • Balderdash September 25, 2020 (12:06 pm)

    Aggressive….. and getting more so.  Up close and personal… and need to be stopped. Do you have lights installed? (general question to the readers). ……………….had to “jump a locked gate.”

  • Cora September 25, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    If you reach out to Rad, they have a team that can help get the bike identified if the person who took it contacts them for support.

    • Audifans September 25, 2020 (1:36 pm)

      that’s a nice thing to know, considering so many bikes being stolen

  • Alex S. September 25, 2020 (1:47 pm)

    Get that bike listed on Bike Index immediately! Also, the Seattle Area Stolen Bikes Facebook page.  Thief is wearing some expensive clothes – so much for the usual justification these people steal to feed their families. 

  • Jennie September 25, 2020 (2:48 pm)

    He looks to have a circular tatoo on his right leg just below the knee. Hope you get our bike back.

  • Rene September 25, 2020 (5:05 pm)

    We live south of the vashon ferry, and two vehicles in our driveway were broken into. No theft except change and a girl scout tool!

  • Dana September 25, 2020 (5:10 pm)

    UPDATE:I got an email from a neighbor who saw an ebike a block away from us, leaning up against a porta potty at a new construction site. I sprinted up there and IT WAS MY BIKE!!   I can’t believe it.  

    • WSB September 25, 2020 (5:59 pm)

      Glad to hear that. For some reason these bikes seem to be found more often than basic bikes. Maybe some security feature or, some learning curve in operating? Anyway, we’ll update. – TR

      • bolo September 25, 2020 (8:36 pm)

        Some e-bikes are hard to pedal without the electric assist. If the thief was not able to power on the bike, he probably quickly tired of pedaling it with the extra drag.

  • jonathan vogel September 25, 2020 (7:20 pm)

    Heh.. run out of electricity and that’s the end of that … perhaps

  • Joan September 26, 2020 (9:39 am)

    A couple of Dobermans inside your yard would be a nice surprise for anyone jumping over!

  • Jarret September 26, 2020 (10:59 am)

    My car was also broken into the other night on 45th and Alaska. They got some tools and trashed the car but it could have been worse. Heck they even left the hand sanitizer! 

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