WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: One-minute business burglary on video

As shown in that security video from early this morning, one minute is all it took for a burglar to enter Hotwire Coffee in The Junction, load a container with items, and leave. The video was sent by Hotwire’s general manager, Nicole, who says the burglar got away with their cash drawer, petty cash, and keys. It happened around 4:25 am and she’s hoping someone may have seen something or recognize the burglar. We don’t have the incident number yet but will add it when we do.

13 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: One-minute business burglary on video"

  • CJ January 15, 2022 (1:29 pm)

    Did he break the lock? Looks like he just walked right in with little effort.

  • Carson January 15, 2022 (1:53 pm)

    Curious. How did they actually gain entrance? From the video it looked like they just opened the door. No broken glass, door doesn’t look broken.  It also looks like they knew exactly where to look.

  • DBurns January 15, 2022 (2:01 pm)


  • 1994 January 15, 2022 (2:57 pm)

    Almost looks like the person is familiar with the place and knew exactly where to look for what they wanted. At least they didn’t make a mess! but that in no way dismisses the wrong doing of this person. 

    • WSB January 15, 2022 (3:08 pm)

      If you haven’t been there, Hotwire is a tiny shop. There is pretty much nowhere else to go once you enter the door.

  • Thomas A Wood January 15, 2022 (3:49 pm)

    What happened to the beat cop we used to have in the junction? Crimes against businesses are out of control.Why is the Council so disinterested.

  • Wsresident January 15, 2022 (8:17 pm)

    But was the door unlocked?  🤷‍♀️ People check my business door all the time in the junction. 

  • Jesse January 15, 2022 (8:29 pm)

    At least they didn’t take those delicious breakfast burritos. Hope they catch the perp.

  • Chris D January 15, 2022 (10:45 pm)

    Hope they find this person, sorry this happened Nicole and team.

  • WiseWoman January 16, 2022 (9:37 am)

    It does look like they knew where everything was as if previous employee or something. Hotwire is small. I am seeing more and more burglary’s that maybe we need security for these business owners. 

  • Graciano January 16, 2022 (11:22 am)

    Looks like a woman to me but who knows with the hood and mask on. This person had a very distinct walk, do the owners maybe recognize it? 

  • West Seattle Lite January 16, 2022 (5:42 pm)

    This sucks. Hotwire is a great little business. But it does look like the burglar walked right in the door, maybe with a key? No signs of door abuse either. And I’m very surprised the cash is kept after hours in the register and not in a safe. I hope the culprit is caught.  

  • JustAQuestion January 27, 2022 (9:58 am)

    It appears they removed their glove. Did they dust for prints? Given the catch and release nature, it’s most likely a repeat offender whose prints already exist in the system.

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