WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Building-burglary attempt; shoplifter sprays store security guard

Two incidents in West Seattle Crime Watch – first, a reader report:

BUILDING-BURGLARY ATTEMPT: The report and image were sent by Timothy:

Writing to report an attempted burglary resulting in property damage early this morning (3:50 am, 12/30). This happened on the 3700 block of Beach Dr SW.

There was a driver and at least one other person involved. The passenger, and attempted burglar, was wearing baggy, intentionally-torn, jeans with embroidered back pockets and a bright yellow, construction-style jacket. They were not wearing a mask, so clear pictures of this face are attached. Upon entering our vestibule, they begin yanking at our locked entry doors, resulting in the security glass shattering. This sent the burglar running. They were driving a white, 1998-2005 Mercedes ML class, with black aftermarket wheels. The vehicle has front-end damage including a strap holding the driver fender in place. There is a license plate attached, but it did not come through legibly on camera.

The damage to the glass, door, and locking mechanism is likely to cost $1000-2000 for repair or replacement.

STORE SECURITY GUARD SPRAYED BY SHOPLIFTER: We obtained this report from SPD today after a question from someone who saw the police response outside Jefferson Square Safeway last night, and someone getting their eyes flushed with milk. That was a store-security person, according to the report, who had been pepper-sprayed by someone that store management described as a “known shoplifter.” He sprayed the security person who approached him “with the intention of telling (him) to put back unpaid merchandise he had taken.” The victim was in pain and getting treated by SFD while the officer was investigating, so the report has no information on what was taken, but says the shoplifter was described as a “Black man, 30-35 years old, 5’7″, very thin, wearing a green jacket, green pants, a black backpack, and a plastic Safeway bag over his head.”

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Building-burglary attempt; shoplifter sprays store security guard"

  • Eric1 December 30, 2021 (7:50 pm)

    I was told not to put plastic bags over my head as a child.  Too bad this thief doesn’t know how to use a plastic bag properly. Besides, doesn’t he know that plastic shopping bags are now illegal?  

  • StopCuttingDownTrees December 31, 2021 (12:24 am)

    Thank God Ann Davison was recently sworn-in so shoplifters can finally be held at LEAST somewhat accountable instead of the lawless orgy they’ve terrorized us with.

    • Brian December 31, 2021 (8:56 am)

      Ah yes, shoplifting. The number one priority for any city attorney looking to make their mark. 

      • Auntie December 31, 2021 (9:55 am)

        Would you rather they just be let go? “Released on their own recognizance?” Only to do it again and again, and now it has escalated to assault. Also, shoplifting just increases costs for the rest of us. No more “catch and release!”

        • Brian December 31, 2021 (1:31 pm)

          No I’d rather address the material conditions that many people endure which lead them to shoplifting in order to subsist. That’s what I would rather do. Thanks for asking!

          • SpencerGT December 31, 2021 (2:27 pm)

            I agree.  What is the DA supposed to do about it, though?

          • Jason January 1, 2022 (8:00 am)

            The conditions are this: Nothing happens to shoplifters.  So people shoplift (burglarize, car prowl, etc…) because they can.  It’s easier than working for the money to buy the items instead.  I wouldn’t work if I truly didn’t have to, and I think most other people wouldn’t either. But I was raised right and held accountable for my actions and decisions. Let’s not blame this on anything other than person who shoplifted, and the system that doesn’t discourage it.  

          • David January 15, 2022 (7:53 pm)

            Brian, each individual is responsible for his or her actions.  Poverty is not an excuse for law breaking.  Obey the law, period.  Break the law, go to jail.  Society is not responsible for the law-breaker’s behavior.

          • Auntie January 15, 2022 (8:35 pm)

            How about GET A JOB. There are lots of jobs available if you are willing to show up and work. I was homeless, living in my car, in the 1980s, but got a job, stuck with it and eventually made enough to get an apartment. I never once stole anything.

      • Hmmm December 31, 2021 (11:56 am)

        And what about the assault on the security guard. I guess that shouldn’t be a priority either.

  • Tyr1001 December 31, 2021 (7:29 am)

    I could be mistaken but the fellow in the security cam picture looks like one of the occupants of the encampment by Nucor. I recognize the jeans and the jacket he is wearing is the exact style Nucor has for employees, which the vagrants have taken (among other things) several times. Could just be nothing though. . .

    • Andoverrez December 31, 2021 (4:59 pm)

      I stay with my ex gf a good portion of the time in one of those rvs and i do not recognize the person as sombody from this block nor do i recognize the vehicle description, although the vehicle does sound like one that should be able to be found easily, due to the decribed damage.just to be clear, Im not saying that this person isnt from down here, but that to the best of my knowledge he isnt and i am fairly sure that more places then nucor use yellow construction vests. Are you just grabbing at things to shift blame this direction because come on, theres allready plenty that people here need to take responsibility for that is truthfully happening, and id rather that then people just accusing a group for everything that happens in the community.

      • Tyr1001 January 3, 2022 (7:18 am)

        no I was not grabbing at things, like I said I recognized the pants as they are somewhat unique and the yellow construction jackets are used by all sorts but there are a handful of brands and they are all slightly different. That jacket happened to be the same Nucor uses which is why I brought it up. I even pointed out it was circumstantial. . .

  • jonathan December 31, 2021 (9:40 am)

    wow, we finally get a crystal clear image of one of these creeps on the loose. Fantastic and I hope it leads to his arrest.

  • Carnofcarnage December 31, 2021 (5:03 pm)

    Any way to find out what in the heck this person was taking from a safeway that was so precious that he had to assault an employee who was probably just going to tell him to put it back and leave? Some days it all seems more ridiculous then others to me i guess

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