CRIME WATCH: Alley holdup; stolen red Civic; found plate; Q&A with police

Four notes:

ALLEY HOLDUP: From the SPD “significant incident reports” file – this happened Thursday night in Arbor Heights, in the 4300 block of SW 100th::

On 10-15-2020 at 1924 hours, the victim was in his alley taking out his trash when the suspect came up behind him and pressed something in his back (believed to be a gun). The suspect demanded his cell phone or he would shoot him. He didn’t have his cell on him so the suspect told him to turn out his pockets. The victim had nothing in his pockets. The suspect told the victim to run down the alley and not look back or he’d shoot. The suspect left the area in a vehicle.

No description or other details, but we’re requesting the report. (TUESDAY UPDATE: Police say the victim believes he knows the would-be robber, and that it’s related to an ongoing dispute.)

STOLEN CAR: From Byron, just south of the city-limits line:

Our red 2007 Honda Civic 4-door, license plate 867WSD, was stolen from our driveway. Sometime between 9pm last night and 11:15 am this morning. (10600 block of) 27th Ave. SW. There’s a car seat in the back and a brand new Yakima rack and kayak carrier on the roof.

If you see it, call 911.

LICENSE PLATE FOUND: From the “possibly stolen/dumped” file, Desiree spotted this plate in the greenery alongside the front parking at Junction TrueValue (44th/Edmunds):

CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY: Got crime/safety concerns, or questions for police? Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 20th) night at 7 pm online, the next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting is your chance for updates from, and Q&A with, local police. Here’s the link (via Teams).

11 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: Alley holdup; stolen red Civic; found plate; Q&A with police"

  • Just wondering October 19, 2020 (4:20 pm)

    Can’t the police run a check on a licence plate to see who it belongs to?

    • Anne October 19, 2020 (5:58 pm)

      Well was it turned into police? Story says someone spotted it -snapped a pic.

  • Flivver October 19, 2020 (4:34 pm)

    Is plate theft becoming more common? Is there a common cause behind it? 

    • Eddie October 19, 2020 (7:10 pm)

      I’ve woken up to missing plates and oh what a hassle. It’s been a thing for a long time. Example: Say you drive a silver Honda Accord and you wake up wondering why your plates are gone.Now let’s say that same night, a crime was committed, perhaps a silver accord is stolen or perhaps there is a robbery or an amber/silver alert and the get away car is a silver accord.  So this is why, if you ever have plates stolen, you file a police report and a get a notarized affidavit of loss AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Also be sure to keep an eye out for swapped plates.    As this is done in hopes of delaying a discovery by the perpetrators. Either way, don’t delay.  Cuz if you procrastinate, you’re NOT going to like how the police respond.

      • Victim October 25, 2020 (11:14 am)

        Yes! That is the correct thing to do. My plates were stolen and if there wasn’t a police report filed, I would be responsible for all the toll charges in Colorado I am receiving, but now we are protected in case it is used in a criminal activity, which has happened to people we know.

  • 22blades October 19, 2020 (7:01 pm)

    That looks like a front plate that fell off. Bolts & frame are still on it. Pretty easy to happen as people don’t fasten them correctly. If you yank them off, the frame would fall off.

  • 1994 October 19, 2020 (8:23 pm)

    The crazies are now watching people take out their trash! and demanding cell phones?!? Sounds like they could have easily demanded to enter the home if they are indeed sticking a weapon in someone’s back. Please add any other info if it becomes available, like vehicle description.

  • alki_2008 October 19, 2020 (8:36 pm)

    That license plate pattern is for a truck, not a passenger car.  Can found license plates be turned into a licensing office or somewhere similar?

  • Joseph October 19, 2020 (11:44 pm)

    I’m very skeptical about the alley robbery. 2 + 2 isn’t adding up to 4 with that story/location.

    • WSB October 20, 2020 (10:32 am)

      I was able to get a bit more info today. The victim told police he believes the suspect is someone he knows, and that it was part of an ongoing dispute.

      • Joesph October 20, 2020 (1:24 pm)

        That’s reassuring as we live near there.

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