WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stoplight scare; stolen construction-equipment trailer; car break-in

Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOPLIGHT SCARE: Anne shared this report as a safety alert to keep your car doors locked – even when you’re in the car:

I wanted to share what happened to me yesterday so others can be more vigilant. While in my car and waiting at a stoplight near Westwood Village, a young man walked up and tried to open the passenger-side door. I had my purse on the passenger seat, and I think he was simply cruising up the line of waiting cars looking for an easy snatch. Luckily, the door was locked, and he simply slapped the window and continued walking up the street. Please let your readers know to keep their doors locked and purses tucked out of sight!

This was at 26th and Barton.

STOLEN EQUIPMENT TRAILER: The report and photo are from Susanna at Niederberger Contracting (WSB sponsor):

We are offering reward $ for information leading to the recovery of our equipment trailer. We use this trailer for our local West Seattle construction company.

It was stolen likely within the last 5 days from SW Walker and 42nd Ave SW. Thieves broke the lock and made off with the 20-foot tilt trailer. Would seem like someone saw something as it would have been a bit of bit of a process to cut the lock and hitch it to another truck and drive off in the neighborhood one block east of California. It’s the trailer only that was stolen not the excavator. It had a winch attached to it. The police report number is 2022-188144.

CAR BREAK-IN: Usually when we get photos and reports from Kersti Muul, it’s about wildlife. In this case, it’s a Crime Watch report – her car was broken into in Seaview:

They stole everything out of my glove box and console and made a huge mess. 46th and Findlay.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stoplight scare; stolen construction-equipment trailer; car break-in"

  • audifans July 22, 2022 (1:28 pm)

    They are brazen and aggressive. Just be prepared

  • Nate July 22, 2022 (1:35 pm)

    Anne,Please report this on the SPD online reporting system. If they see a lot of reports stating issue at Westwood they will focus on that area. I spoke to a Sargent recently and he said reports have been declining in that area.

  • StopCuttingDownTrees July 22, 2022 (2:27 pm)

    Several months ago I was sitting in my car in the Roxbury Safeway parking lot about 11pm when a man exited a car behind me and opened my passenger door and tried to sit down. I got out of the car and confronted him. He was a smaller white male about 35 years old and I’m a large, 250-pound weightlifter. He apologized, got back in the other car, and drove off with another man. I reported the incident to our WSP neighbor.

  • CaptSteven July 22, 2022 (3:07 pm)

    So tired of this nonsense.  People be trippin’!

  • Lucy July 22, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    Please make a habit of locking your car doors immediately after getting into your vehicle.  I also have pepper spray in my center console.  And be aware.  

  • Jim P. July 23, 2022 (12:54 pm)

    The RapidRide stop on Barton west of 26th has been a major hang; out for derelicts and panhandlers, often quite aggressive for many years.

    I’d have to imagine the park is their lair and the bus stop just a handy base of operations. I try not to use that stop if I can possibly avoid it.I tend to doubt reporting it to the police will do any good.

    The city’s government seems to have given up on a good deal of actual enforcement even when they get handed the needed info such as we saw with someone following their own stolen truck.

    • WSB July 23, 2022 (1:51 pm)

      Please, the “I don’t bother reporting it” sentiment does no one any good. They DO respond. Maybe there are times when there are higher priorities for the relatively small staff. But they do. Saw it firsthand a few nights ago when I had to go pick up someone at Westwood Village – missed what the nature of the call was but there were several units at the Barton/Roxhill Park RapidRide stop arresting someone.

  • David July 23, 2022 (10:45 pm)

    Regarding the lost trailer—there is a very similar looking trailer parked inside a locked fenced area at the corner of Delridge way sw and 17th Ave SW. A known car thief/meth head known as ‘Winston’ lives in a tent on the property.

  • JW July 29, 2022 (12:29 pm)

    I may have just spotted your trailer!! Maybe.  Parked on SW Henderson near 16th Ave SW.   If it’s not your trailer, it is strikingly similar.  I realize that there is construction going on in the area but that is  a few blocks 

    • Susanna July 30, 2022 (10:58 am)

      Thank you WS Blog commenters for letting us know if you think you saw our stolen trailer! So far, we haven’t recovered ours but are very grateful that you are keeping your eyes open.

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