WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two potentially related school burglaries, and two other incidents

In West Seattle Crime Watch, we have information on four incidents, starting with two school burglaries that are likely related:

SCHOOL BREAK-INS, WITH A LIKELY LINK: A Pathfinder K-8 parent forwarded us a note sent to families from the school’s music teacher, announcing that the school’s music room was burglarized over winter break:

… Items stolen include a majority of our woodwind, brass, and string instruments stored in the room, audio equipment, internet connectivity servers/devices, percussion instruments and equipment, and our student-device charging stations. …

I ask that you have a conversation with your students about this event. Music, for all grade levels and subjects, is often a safe space for students to come to explore their creativity, build community, and engage in deep and rich learning about the arts and themselves. I imagine some students will be distraught to learn about this violation of our space, as I am. This challenge is a setback, but one we can bounce back from. It shows us what we need to improve to make the Pathfinder music program even greater than it already is. …

You can read the entire message here. It also says the school is “organizing this week to determine how to replace the stolen equipment and how to protect it moving forward.”

We learned about the Pathfinder burglary hours after obtaining a report from SPD about a weekend burglary that seems likely related because the recovered items included what the report described as “several band instruments/equipment … labeled with Seattle Public Schools stickers.” Those items were found inside a stolen car near where police arrested a burglary suspect at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) early Sunday.

The report says officers were sent early Sunday after a call from a campus security guard who saw a person she had kicked off the property earlier in the night. When police arrived, they found a vehicle she reported having seen the person driving, parked in the “back maintenance area” of the campus. It had been reported stolen in Renton. Inside were the aforementioned stolen instruments (no further description except that they included a tuba) as well as “various power tools, several axes/machetes, a bucket full of keys, several burglary tools, and a full-faced plastic mask,” plus “suspected heroin.” The power tools and keys were identified as SSC property; the other items were taken to the Southwest Precinct as evidence. Meantime, officers searching the area discovered the 28-year-old suspect hiding in a storage closet. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail, from which the jail roster shows he was released tonight, after a day and a half.

TWO OTHER BREAK-IN ATTEMPTS: We also obtained police reports today on two other weekend incidents logged as “commercial burglaries,” though in both cases the would-be burglar(s) apparently were unsuccessful in gaining entry. Both happened at businesses on California Avenue SW, neither of which is identified by name in the reports. In the 5200 block of California SW, an employee arriving at work Sunday morning found “a front window broken out … to the right of the front sliding glass doors,” but there was no indication anyone got inside. In the 6500 block of California SW, also on Sunday morning, another front window was found broken at a business, with no indication of entry. In this case, the report says, security video recorded someone breaking the window by “using a lighter and unknown ‘accelerant/ to possibly burn a hole” in it.

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two potentially related school burglaries, and two other incidents"

  • 1994 January 3, 2022 (10:19 pm)

    Catch and release seems to work out just fine for the criminals but not for the rest of the community. Too bad these creepers don’t have a better things to do.

  • Dwg January 3, 2022 (10:35 pm)

    The burglar gets caught red handed in the premises, with a stolen car, full of stolen items, burglary tools, heroin, and is released after a day and change in the can. Something is broken here. 

    • Nard January 4, 2022 (12:18 am)

      Agreed. Stealing from an elementary school is abhorrent.  What will it take to ensure criminals are held accountable for their actions?

      • Anne January 4, 2022 (7:32 am)

        What will it take?? It will take change -in laws -via legislature-in enforcement-via local city attorneys & county prosecutors & via judges-who have much discretion in bail/sentencing. Guess what -we vote for all these people. Before someone else brings it up -We also vote for pretty much everyone who can improve access to mental health help, education, retraining ,housing-we can also become involved in helping too. Basically the answer to what will it take ?? It will take all of us-willing to vote for those who have the power to make the changes we want to see -then  advocate & support those changes. Until your voice is heard by those who can do that-NOTHING  substantial & meaningful will change.

        • reed January 4, 2022 (10:35 am)

          Don’t worry, Mayor Harrell and city attorney Ann “Throw Everyone in Jail” Davidson will clean up our streets (eyeroll).    

    • B Smith January 5, 2022 (7:53 am)

      With the new city attorney at least misdemeanors will be charged! But after that it’s all up to the prosecutors and most importantly the judges to lock these criminals up! Enough with the slap on the wrist catch and release approach by judges in this city/county! Maybe KC Prosecutor Satterberg will have a wake up moment from the election of Ann Davidson!? That many citizens in the city/county are fed up with catch and released failed approach to fighting crime and we want full prosecution for all crimes misdemeanors to felonies! And most importantly we want elected judges to do their damn job and sentence these people to put an end to the all too common repeat offenders of the area! Judges are failing us tax payers and the KC Prosecutor must be next to go when his term limit is up! He enables crime and criminal behavior against the tax paying citizens of our city/county. 

  • Westside 3 January 4, 2022 (6:35 am)

    As a parent of a child who is in the music program at Pathfinder, I understand the reaction of focusing on the criminal and wanting accountability.  But I think it is more important to focus on the impact that this incident has on the young musicians in the program and the Pathfinder community as a whole.  When it’s time, let’s join together in an effort to help the program rebuild. As I often hear on the radio station KEXP, music heals.

  • Al King January 4, 2022 (6:52 am)

    Nard. Criminals will be held accountable when society stops yelling at the tv and stops anonymously blogging and instead stands up in person to let elected officials know they’re going to be held accountable if they don’t uphold the law’s already on the books.

  • Admyrl Byrd January 4, 2022 (8:41 am)

    Very curious as to the terms of his release, bail, and previous record.  Also wondering if Ann Davison has an opinion on the catch and release…

    • WSB January 4, 2022 (11:51 am)

      No previous record. That, I was able to research. No bail was set – he was released after the first hearing. This wouldn’t have been a City Attorney’s Office case – it was a potential felony arrest. The release doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll never be charged, but a rush charge is unlikely when someone is out of custody.

  • flimflam January 4, 2022 (9:00 am)

    I would love to see all crimes prosecuted again, not just over a certain dollar threshold. People argue about the cost of doing this, the cost of incarceration and of course being mean to the poor criminals – I’d say the cost to society is pretty high just letting this stuff continue, letting so many crimes go without consequences. If jailing these creeps for even a few days does nothing but keep them from stealing, committing crimes, for that period of time it’s worth it at this point.

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