WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Business burglary; gun charge after RV seized at marina

Two more West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

BUSINESS BURGLARY: Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction was burglarized early this morning, proprietor Gary Sink tells WSB: “Broken window, some cash and a few items stolen, but we’re secure (thanks to Dan Austin at Peel & Press!) and up and running normal hours.” We’ll add security-camera images if and when we get them. He says this happened around 4:30 am today; if you have any information, the SPD incident # is 22-109918.

GUN CHARGE AFTER RV SEARCH: A 39-year-old man is charged with unlawful gun possession after an incident last week at Harbor Island Marina, and the court papers tell the story of what was found when police searched the RV in which he was found. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office provided charging documents in the case against Jonathan L. Dennington. The documents say this started last Tuesday afternoon when Port of Seattle Police were dispatched to check out several RVs parked without permission in the parking lot of the marina (a port facility). They saw Dennington slumped over one RV’s steering wheel. As they tried to rouse him, they noticed a rifle wedged in the seat. Subsequent investigation showed both that Pennington was a 12-time convicted felon and that the gun was one of four taken from a locked gun safe during a South Park business burglary two weeks earlier. Meantime, Dennington is reported to have passed out again while police were taking him into custody and was revived with Narcan. The charging documents say his RV had a plate that crossreferenced to a car whose last registered owner said she sold it a year ago – but that was only the start of what else police found; after impounding the RV, they got a search warrant and found items inside, including a shotgun, three boxes of shotgun shells, 20 boxes of “assorted trading cards,” three license plates, two driver’s licenses in other names, “assorted miscellaneous house and car keys,” various “lockout tools,” and documents in the name of the victim of the South Park burglary. One of the license plates, plus the VIN, led them to suspect the RV was stolen; they contacted its registered owner, who said he had sold it. Meantime, Dennington remains in jail, bail set at $50,000.

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Business burglary; gun charge after RV seized at marina"

  • Jethro Marx May 2, 2022 (10:35 pm)

    The fact that the rifle was taken from a locked safe during a burglary strikes one as strange- did they take the whole safe and wheedle it open or did someone unlock it? 

    • WSB May 2, 2022 (10:49 pm)

      The charging documents were quite long and detailed. Regarding your question, “the hinges of the safe had been cut and the door was pried open.”

    • Axe May 3, 2022 (7:04 am)

      You”ve never heard of people breaking into safes before?

      • Jethro Marx May 4, 2022 (6:46 am)

        I have heard of it, yes; it seems like a task that may require more acuity than this alleged thief generally had about their person. This safe failed and I am interested in the science of failure. 

  • Rhonda May 3, 2022 (3:02 am)

    TWELVE felonies and he was out in our community with stolen guns, stolen plates, in a stolen vehicle, with stolen merchandise. At least Port of Seattle police got him off the streets and he’s headed back to prison where he belongs.

  • flimflam May 3, 2022 (5:34 am)

    lovely, 12 time felon slumped over his steering wheel, RV loaded with stolen stuff AND a gun right next to him? i think in cases where these vehices or campers are tresspassing it would be a great idea to check ID’s for warrants…

  • WSI May 3, 2022 (5:37 am)

    Maybe those “assorted trading cards” are from Meeples?! They were burglarized twice recently. 

    • Josh May 3, 2022 (6:22 pm)

      I looked up this suspect on FB. He matches the guy who broke into Meeples.

  • T Rex May 3, 2022 (10:29 am)

    12 time felon and his bail is only $50,000? 

  • Dm May 3, 2022 (12:24 pm)

    It’s maddening when anyone is burglarized,  but especially sad the Beverage Place Pub had to experience this! Such a wonderful place, run by a beloved crew!

  • Runner May 3, 2022 (2:26 pm)

    How is a 12 time felon not in jail permanently.  Does it take 13?

  • Dave May 4, 2022 (9:09 pm)

    Living in an RV – I doubt he could come up with $5000 much less $50,000

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