WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another gas-station vehicle theft

For the second time in three weeks, somebody has stolen a vehicle from the Chevron station at Delridge/Orchard – and a suspect’s been arrested. (Same service station, different suspect.) Last time, the arrest happened blocks away, after the stolen vehicle ended up crashed on its side. This time, the vehicle was a work truck, taken after its driver parked it and left it running around 6:30 this morning. A tracking device led police to an area in South Seattle, where they found the truck, with the suspected thief – ID’d by the Delridge victim – in it. He also turned out to have a felony warrant from another auto-theft case in which he is charged, so we are identifying him as 24-year-old Cainan Bear-Garza, whose previous arrest was one month ago today for allegedly robbing Delridge Home Depot (he spent 11 days in jail after that arrest). The warrant’s not for that case, though; it’s for an October auto theft in the Roxhill area, for which he was charged a day after he was jailed in the Home Depot case. The warrant was issued, documents say, because Bear-Garza failed to show up for the day-reporting program to which he was assigned when he was released on February 5th.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another gas-station vehicle theft"

  • Huh February 25, 2021 (6:57 pm)

    I wonder what the chances are he’ll reoffend. Seems like it’s time for a little extended prison time. 

  • Auntie February 25, 2021 (8:19 pm)

    If he had a felony warrant, why did he only spend 11 days in jail for the alleged Home Depot robbery? Did some judge decide he could be released on personal recognizance because he is obviously such an upstanding citizen? What does it take to keep a repeat criminal in jail these days? There is something really, really wrong with our “justice” system. Seems like the criminals have all the rights and the citizens have to fend for themselves.

  • 1994 February 25, 2021 (10:15 pm)

    Another frequent flyer through the justice system.  Risky behavior brings trouble and the law.

  • AG February 25, 2021 (10:49 pm)

    This is the same person who broke into our home August 2019 while our family was sleeping. He stole our car keys and other personal effects and came back the next day to steal one of our vehicles (in front of our family including our children.) My 70 year old father followed him while on the phone with 911 (yes, not wise) and police apprehended the suspect and an accomplice a few blocks away. He spent about a week in jail and the King County prosecutor chose to pursue rehabilitation vs more jail time. Our family is still traumatized by our experience and so frustrated by the “justice system.” 

    • Resident February 25, 2021 (11:22 pm)

      I’m sorry for your experience and that you had to go through that with your family. And Seattle the only compassion is for the criminal you will see no compassion for the victims. I would love for that to change.

      • Anne February 26, 2021 (8:19 am)

        Vote-vote for lawmakers , city & county council members, city attorney , prosecutors & judges. 

    • PedroTheLion February 26, 2021 (7:36 am)

      If you don’t want more of the same then DON’T vote for the likes of Brianna Thomas. She’s more of the same.Want change?  Vote for it. Mike McQuaid makes sense. He actually knows how the real world works. He’s worked in it. He knows the job of running a city is complex and that there are things like roads and bridges that need to be maintained before we spend all our money on pet projects in the name of progressivism or “social justice.”  Yes, those are laudable and necessary goals – but so are the basics of infrastructure, which take a back seat to everything else n they eyes of our current council. Another basic is the concept of personal responsibility, which gets washed away by our city council and prosecutors. We even have members lobbying for excusing crime if the person had needs or is an addict. How about go get help at the services we spend $200+ million on per year; and if you chose crime instead, you pay the price. It’s called consequences. And it’s time we elect some adults.

  • KT February 26, 2021 (4:56 am)

    Not condoning car theft, but why would anyone leave a car running unattended?

  • WSNative February 26, 2021 (7:10 am)

    “Pursue rehabilitation”, what a joke. This guy should be in jail. Seattle is dying.

  • Compassionate John February 26, 2021 (7:35 am)

    By your comment I would assume you are new to West Seattle and new to the WSB, because anyone reading crime reports in the West Seattle Blog and the comments is sure to have seen compassion for the victims.  

    Compassion to those victims also includes compassion for changing a system that contributes to ongoing criminal behavior.

    • Alex S. February 26, 2021 (1:36 pm)

      You apparently aren’t paying attention, because these dangerous repeat offenders are taking advantage of the new “rehabilitation programs” which are part of that change you want more of.  Creating victims out of perpetrators doesn’t just put innocent victims at further risk: by empowering and enabling serial criminals you are likely helping to accelerate and ensure their demise.   Either way, “solutions” based on ideology rather than outcomes or common sense will almost always fail. 

  • Alex S. February 26, 2021 (1:51 pm)

    The vast majority of these crimes are driven by recreational drug use and addiction.  We live in a city that is making it easier and more acceptable to use & sell highly addictive substances, yet when it comes to treating addiction (and the mental illness that follows) the “carrot & stick” approach has removed the stick.  So the city funds a bunch of programs and treatments – but the so-called criminal justice system has removed any incentive for repeat offenders to attend or return to them;  it’s a joke to think that somebody who has lost their mind to meth, heroin or crack will make good decisions on their own.  Without accountability or repercussions, these addicts won’t get better.  They will only continue to cycle in and out of jail, and may end up in your living room while you are home one night. 

  • Mj February 26, 2021 (4:02 pm)

    Compassionate John – agreed catch and release is not working, maybe it’s time for some old school jail time at a minimum it would force detoxification of the substance abusers.  

    For a City calling out for equity and fairness not holding perps accountable is very unjest and unfair to the victims!

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