WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Store broken into, again

11:27 AM: From Lori McConnell at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) in Admiral:

We wanted to let you know that we were broken into. We discovered it coming in to open the shop this morning. They didn’t trip our alarm – the broke a panel to the side of our door and crawled in that way.

They used a reader board from the Luna Apts to smash the window in. They got more merchandise than we are happy with. But nobody was here or hurt and we are focusing on that. Thought it might be good to get word out for other businesses. We are going to look at ways to beef up security in fear that things are getting worse in the hood.

This isn’t the first time West Seattle Runner has been hit by burglar(s) – our archives show at least two other break-ins, in 2019 and (at their original location south of Admiral) in 2013.

1:50 PM: WSR’s Tim McConnell just emailed with this update: “SPD just called to say they found a lot of our items in a tent camp in Lake City. They are collecting and cataloging it and will return it to us shortly. That’s all I know right now, I’m just happy to get some stuff back. We would like to say we appreciate their hard work in helping us limit our losses.”

19 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Store broken into, again"

  • StopCuttingDownTrees June 8, 2021 (11:52 am)

    I hope the thief is caught and sentenced to run a mile for every dollar’s worth of items they stole.

  • jay freeborne June 8, 2021 (12:17 pm)

    Geez – this sux. West Seattle Runner is a fantastic business – extraordinary customer service.  We should all support them.  I certainly will be …running in. 

  • Gregg June 8, 2021 (12:26 pm)

    This is so infuriating!  Tim and Lori run a wonderful business and are generous members of our community.  They don’t deserve this.

  • Jort June 8, 2021 (12:37 pm)

    I recommend a “glass break sensor,” which triggers the alarm when it detects the unique frequency of the sound of breaking glass. It’s a pretty standard sensor for most security systems.

  • Derek June 8, 2021 (12:54 pm)

    Luna is in a really hidden off the main street spot. It’s an easy getaway to 35th unfortunately…

    • WSB June 8, 2021 (1:29 pm)

      No, this is the Luna complex (same building as PCC) on California S@. Can’t get much less hidden. You’re likely thinking of Aura, 35th/Avalon.

  • Lynn June 8, 2021 (12:55 pm)

    Sorry to hear!  Small business ownership is tough when you’re up against these obstacles. Let’s dig in our heals in and shop at WSR to support them  Shop local and show them the love.  Awesome customer service. You’re feet will thank you. 

    • StopCuttingDownTrees June 8, 2021 (1:41 pm)

      Great idea. Even if people don’t run (I don’t) buying a pair of shoes, heart rate monitor, or a nice windbreaker there will absolutey help them recover from this latest attack.

  • HS June 8, 2021 (1:29 pm)

    Ugh. A good reminder to buy my shoes there again. 

  • Carson June 8, 2021 (3:31 pm)

    Nicest store owners in West Seattle. Breaks my heart a little bit, reminds me my shoes have way too many miles on them, hope the thieves didn’t still all the Hoka Ones in my size!

  • Mj June 8, 2021 (5:31 pm)

    Operating a small business is hard enough without having to deal with being broken into and having items stolen.  These thieves cost all of us money via higher costs for the products we buy.  

  • justme June 8, 2021 (7:27 pm)

    Wow, great job SPD. They sure found the items quickly.

  • 1994 June 8, 2021 (9:07 pm)

    Was it by accident the Police located the stolen items in the tent camp in Lake City? Or maybe the police had a tip to look in the tent camp in Lake City?

    • 22blades June 9, 2021 (4:10 am)

      If you’re missing your Catalytic Converter, you may find it stashed under one of the RV’s in South Park. They’re really not so hidden so they’re pretty brazen about it.

  • SF June 8, 2021 (10:07 pm)

    It’s been time for a new pair of shoes for a while.  No time like the present.  WSB do we know if WSR is open normal hours, or is there a cleanup period?

  • Stillrunning June 8, 2021 (10:47 pm)

    Best customer service ever!  They have an awesome selection of high quality socks.  Your feet will thank you.  

  • 22blades June 9, 2021 (4:21 am)

    Really nice people who helped me address my foot issues (along the advice from my podiatrist) to keep me exercising free of pain. Great service.

  • anonyme June 9, 2021 (7:50 am)

    I’m looking forward to more details about how the stolen items ended up where they did.

  • Lola June 10, 2021 (7:57 am)

    Funny how SPD picks and chooses who they will go to in getting stuff back.  They would not come down to WSDOT by the 1st ave so bridge when they were broken into about a month ago and one of the Encampment people came over to tell them exactly which person it was who broke in and stole all of the stuff.  Even pointed out which truck he used to haul it all away, SPD said there was nothing they could do. Really??

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