WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another OfferUp user held up; potential thief scared off

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes today:

ANOTHER OFFERUP USER ROBBED: The newest post on SPD Blotter spotlights three recent armed robberies of people who say it happened after they responded to OfferUp ads – two of them in West Seattle. We’ve already reported on the first one, two weeks ago in Riverview. SPD says the other West Seattle case happened this past Tuesday (June 29th), in which “a man reported he had met a man purportedly selling a car on OfferUp in the 6500 block of 30th Avenue SW, only to have the seller pull a gun on him, demand cash, and threaten to shoot him.” If you have any information about these cases, you can call SPD’s Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.


We scared off a trespasser the police believe was attempting to steal our catalytic converter at approximately 6:30 this morning, 5400 block of 49th Ave SW. A white male, 30’s, dark T-shirt and jeans, was brazenly checking our vehicle in our driveway, near our open front window. When the trespasser saw/heard us, he ran to the passenger side of a small, ‘90-’00 black sedan, headed north on 49th. SPD was quick to respond but our cameras did not get a vehicle plate number so these folks are likely still prowling.

1 Reply to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another OfferUp user held up; potential thief scared off"

  • JayJay July 2, 2021 (10:55 am)

    Do not EVER deal in cash with these classified sites if you don’t have to. Use Venmo, Chime, CashApp, whatever you can. If you must deal in cash, try to bring at least one person to accompany you and at the very least, hide the cash in your vehicle or don’t  make the withdrawal until you are absolutely certain a safe transaction will be made. Always make sure someone you trust knows your whereabouts and always meet in a neutral public setting. Fred Meyer or Home Depot parking lots during business hours are my recommendations. There are plenty of people as well as cameras. 

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