WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Armed shoplifter; broken-glass mystery; more

Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch:

SHOPLIFT TURNED ROBBERY: Last night at 9:18 pm, according to a police summary, a man shoplifted “three large containers of laundry detergent” from the Jefferson Square Safeway. Store security confronted him, and he showed them he had a handgun in his waistband. They backed off and he left. The only description in the report is that the getaway vehicle was a “green sedan,”

BROKEN-GLASS MYSTERY: Police were called to the Shell station/mini-mart in the 6500 block of California SW eqrly Wednesday for a possible burglary. The owner told them he’d found glass broken in the front entrance and suspected a break-in. But police “concluded that a person could not have entered the store because it was at the top right corner of the door and was too small in size. Additionally, the door was locked chained with a lock; therefore, the suspect never opened the door.” Officers checked “for other signs of possible entry,” according to the report, and found none. They checked security video and saw the glass break just before 3 am – but the video didn’t show anyone breaking the glass. It did show two men “wandering near the front door a couple of minutes prior to the window breaking,” and officers found “large rocks” on the side of the store. They concluded, “It is possible that the suspects attempted to break the window with a rock and left the window in a weakened state, allowing a gust of wind to shatter it. Also, a possible stray bullet or pellet gun could have caused the window to break. Officers could not locate any evidence of a stray bullet. At this point, the cause of the damage is unknown.”

IN CASE YOU WONDERED TOO … We were asked about what a reader described as a “tactical team” on Avalon Way this morning. SPD says those were officers from Bellevue Police serving a warrant. No further details available so far.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Armed shoplifter; broken-glass mystery; more"

  • Just wondering October 28, 2021 (6:22 pm)

    Laundry detergent?

  • RT October 28, 2021 (6:27 pm)

    Well he made a clean getaway.

    • CC October 28, 2021 (9:02 pm)


  • WS Native October 28, 2021 (6:37 pm)

    I guess you could say it’s a highly liquid asset…

  • Buddy October 28, 2021 (6:49 pm)

    Laundry detergent is rather expensive, especially if it is a name brand and not bought at the dollar store!!

  • StopCuttingDownTrees October 28, 2021 (7:31 pm)

    I guess he had a R E A L L Y tough stain…

  • 1994 October 28, 2021 (8:47 pm)

    The thief is a stain in the axx and the rest of us have to pay higher prices because of their negative behavior. 

  • Zipda October 28, 2021 (10:26 pm)

    He was tired of being called a dirty crook I suspect.

  • Jeepney October 29, 2021 (5:56 am)

    This has been an issue for years:https://nymag.com/news/features/tide-detergent-drugs-2013-1/

  • LPM October 29, 2021 (7:22 am)

    I was approached by someone at the taco stand in White Center with a jug of Tide.  Had a clever story of buying the wrong brand and his mother making him return it and buy the right stuff.  It couldn’t take it back because he “lost the receipt”.  Said the one he needed to buy was cheaper so willing to sell it for less than what he paid for just to be able to buy the one his mom wanted.  I declined.  

    • 1994 October 30, 2021 (8:01 pm)

      That reminds me, when I was riding the bus from MLK Jr Way S to downtown I was offered a jug of Tide for sale. The guy looked a bit off kilter but guess he knew what he was doing.

  • cheeseWS777 October 29, 2021 (1:19 pm)

    I wish we could turn the TIDE on these thieves, wed have everything to GAIN.Bit of a stretch but i wanted in on the action

    • miws October 29, 2021 (3:17 pm)

      CheeseWS777, I don’t think that’s a stretch at ALL… —Mike

  • Friend O'Dinghus October 29, 2021 (5:18 pm)

    Apparently it’s the BIZ of our ERA….

  • 1994 October 30, 2021 (8:02 pm)

    Who knew laundry detergent could generate so many funnies?!? Thanks for the laughs everyone despite the sad behavior that generated the humor.

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