WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen ‘distinctive’ VW camper van (update: found!)

Kate reports a stolen van that is easily recognizable:

10:10 AM: Our 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon was stolen sometime overnight or early in the morning March 10. It was parked on SW Trenton between 10th & 11th, across the street from Highland Park Elementary. License plate 674-YLE (WA). It’s pretty distinctive — brown and gold, hard top “Get Away” camper conversion — so we’re hoping someone might recognize it.

Call 911 if you see it.

1:59 PM: Found a bit further east by a WSB reader, and back with its owners!

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen 'distinctive' VW camper van (update: found!)"

  • MG March 10, 2022 (10:30 am)

    Saw the van on my DVR at 1:30am being driven down the alley for blocks between 16th and 17 near Henderson.  Driver was having some difficulty driving it.   I will drive the long way to my Grandmas house and keep an eye out for it. I am betting its parked some where around the area the way he was trying to drive it.

    • Cogburn March 10, 2022 (11:23 am)

      Stick shift is a fair theft deterrent

      • Tina March 10, 2022 (12:28 pm)

        I thought so too until my VW got stolen last year.  A club is a better deterrent, that I wish I used. 

      • Sandy Steiner March 11, 2022 (5:29 am)


  • waikikigirl March 10, 2022 (11:25 am)

    Nothing to do with this theft but just saw this on another website: Good morning.
    My name is David and my wife, and I own Addy’s Pet Shop on Henderson St. Last night, 3/9/2022, someone stole the doghouse in front of our shop. It’s white with green trim with a funny shape. If anyone sees it, thrown in an alley, or in your neighbor’s yard, please let me know. We would love to have it back.

  • A-Red March 10, 2022 (12:11 pm)

    Sorry to see this! Recommend you post to the VanAlert app too for visibility to the extended community of people who own vans like yours. Also the WetWesties group on Facebook is comprised of VW van owners in the PNW. 

  • WSB March 10, 2022 (12:48 pm)

    Just FYI all, a reader says the van is behind his house, also in Highland Park, and I’ve sent the address to Kate. Thanks to everyone for keeping an eye out.

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