WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Daytime car prowl; catalytic-converter theft; weekend robbery

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

DAYTIME CAR PROWL: From Galen, who says this happened around 11:15 this morning:

38th Ave SW and SW Olga St. (Admiral) – Dark gray Toyota Sienna 2010/2016 (3rd generation). I was on my front porch and saw this man pull up and park. Didn’t think anything of it and went into the backyard. My neighbor then watched them because they began acting odd (opened the back of his car and shuffled things around all the while NOT looking at what he was doing but instead looking around the street). Walked over to my minivan and proceeded to look inside rather intently (tinted windows makes it hard to see in) before driving off.

The suspect’s vehicle has Oregon plates starting with 477; Galen described him as, “White male, late 20s, dark hair.”

CATALYTIC-CONVERTER THEFTS: Michelle forwarded this alert from her condo board, saying they’d heard reports of catalytic-converter thefts around Alki, including one Monday night at the Lighthouse Point building. (UPDATE: We also got a texted report today of a cc theft in the 1700 block of Alki SW.)

WEEKEND ROBBERY: Among the SPD report summaries from the long holiday weekend was this one we should note for the record: Just after midnight Sunday morning, a man summoned police to Alki and told them he’d been robbed at gunpoint outside the Harbor Avenue 7-11 about 15 minutes earlier. He said he was approached by two people who asked for a light; one then pointed a handgun at him and demanded his jewelry before they ran away. The report describes the suspects only as “two males,”

4 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Daytime car prowl; catalytic-converter theft; weekend robbery"

  • Criminal Behavior? September 7, 2022 (3:10 pm)

    I don’t understand what crime had been committed regarding Galen’s description of the daytime car prowl “suspect.”  
    Unless looking into a car is now illegal, this does not appear to be a prowl – no trying the door or touching the vehicle noted.  
    Seems a bit harsh passing judgement and description of a person, their car and license number, when no crime was reported. 

  • Carole September 7, 2022 (3:10 pm)

    Spend a bit of money and get a cat converter put on your car. It’s worth the effort. And make sure you put the sticker on the window that alerts the dirtbags that the cat converter is on there.

    • Byron James September 10, 2022 (12:17 am)

      Every vehicle on the road has a catalytic converter — they’ve been required since the mid/late 1970s.

      • WSB September 10, 2022 (12:34 am)

        Fully electric vehicles don’t. That aside, I believe Carole was missing the word “protector” or something similar.

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