WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Recognize this store thief? Also: Catalytic-converter theft thwarted

Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STORE THIEF: The Beer Junction reports a costly one-item shoplift:

We wanted to put the word out that we had an incident here at the Beer Junction on January 26th. This past Wednesday afternoon, a man came into our store wearing a backward ballcap, red and black pajama pants, a bright orange rain jacket, dark patterned button-up shirt and green wired headphones.

He spent a long time looking through our coolers, asking our staff a lot of questions about the products. He left the store and returned within the hour before taking a bottle worth $350 from our cellared beer collection. He grabbed the bottle and walked out without paying. We have filed a police report with the Seattle Police Department, Case # 2022-902113. If anyone can identify this man, we ask that they let us know or give the information to the police. We appreciate the support of our West Seattle community!

CATALYTIC-CONVERTER THEFT THWARTED: Another interrupted under-the-car theft, reported by Gary:

About 6 a.m. at corner of 45th and Juneau: Catalytic converter attempted to be stolen from my car. I heard a noise that woke me up and yelled at him out the window and they sped off.

Went out and saw he had cut through a pipe, but I caught him before it was taken. Gray newer extended cab pickup truck. Young person. A police report was filed.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Recognize this store thief? Also: Catalytic-converter theft thwarted"

  • Zipda January 29, 2022 (9:54 pm)

    Best to call the fashion police on this moron.

  • WSCurmudgeon January 30, 2022 (6:24 am)

    Actually that clown garb should be a tipoff to store personnel that the person is up to no good.  When it comes time to give a description to the police, the staff is likely to remember just the odd garments. 

    He is likely to be a pro, and not from these parts.  And never wears most of the stuff he’s sporting.

  • John s January 30, 2022 (9:11 am)

    Blinky the Clown. Looks like he stole a circus tent.

  • Rick January 30, 2022 (9:31 am)

    Probably a Nobel Peace Prize  candidate.

  • Audifans January 30, 2022 (10:20 am)

    Somehow, I am not of the mind that this is someone outside of the area.  He figures he can get away with it… so he does it

  • Beto January 30, 2022 (10:32 am)

    A few days ago as I was about to enter Marshall’s in the Westwood Village, this guy comes out with a bunch of clothes under his arm.  I’ve seen these criminals on the news, but never in real life.  Shame on those who support defunding SPD, and to those who support giving a free pass to these lowlifes.  

    • Neighbor January 30, 2022 (2:50 pm)

      Shame on you for not taking the time to understand what defunding the police is really about.  Your willful ignorance harms us all.

      • allegedly willfully ignorant? January 31, 2022 (8:13 am)

        I understand, and 100% agree with BETO   

      • Has Done The Homework February 16, 2022 (10:40 am)

        One can fully understand the grievances people have with the police while also understanding that defunding the department by 50% is an absurdly reactionary strategy that will be ineffective at its stated goals while also resulting in higher crime rates.

        • WSB February 16, 2022 (10:49 am)

          Just to be sure no one misunderstands your comment: SPD has NOT been defunded by 50 percent. That was certainly the rallying cry for a while two years ago but it never actually happened. Most of the money that’s been moved out of its budget is the money for services that are now in other departments – the 911 center, Parking Enforcement, to name two.

  • Dan January 30, 2022 (10:49 am)

     Probably time to relocate those expensive, collector brews to a locked viewing cooler. The thieves these days are getting out of control. 

  • Jana Shawver January 30, 2022 (11:47 am)

    I live on Marine Ave SW .i see this guy all. The time. Sadly, I don’t.know his name ? 

    • Delridge neighbor January 30, 2022 (12:11 pm)

      I’ve seen him as well on alki. His face is easily recognizable even with a mask on. Next time I see him walking about I’ll take a picture. 

  • WSEA January 30, 2022 (1:33 pm)

    What a bummer.  I love Beer Junction.  Good helpful knowledgable people. 

  • WSCurmudgeon January 30, 2022 (4:19 pm)

    It would help identify perps if victims would include estimated height,  weight and age of the miscreants.

    I recall two recent pix of thick set, light skinned perps.  They are in the link below.  One taken in Nov ’21 is of a burglar who broke into an apt building on Alki.  The 2nd pic is in the comments, of a man breaking into cars on Halloween who fired a pistol at a woman who interrupted his crimes.   They may be the same guy who robbed the Beer Jct, or all 3 might be different men.   The pix are too fuzzy to be certain. 

    Note the patterned pyjama clown pants on the car breaker.The outfit on the building intruder is also appropriate for a repairman who is there at night to fix equipment at night.  Unless a person saw him breaking a lock, door or vehicle, he could say “I’m here to fix the camera,  garage door,  drain,  etc.


  • Fern January 30, 2022 (11:17 pm)

    What a douchy thief! Was he high? Because everything he’s wearing looks extremely specific and identifiable. Maybe he wants to be caught? 

  • JS January 31, 2022 (8:22 am)

    1/31- this morning around 7:30 AM I saw a guy at the northbound 35th Ave bus stop acting erratic wearing an orange jacket. His behavior concerned me because I would have to walk right past him, so I crossed the street early.  I didn’t get a good look at his face, but he was young and white. I’ve never seen someone in a bright orange jacket on our block before, so he stood out.  Just an FYI for folks in the area. 

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