WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Crash-and-grab burglary at Westwood Village Big 5

11:33 AM: Thanks for the tip. The Big 5 store at Westwood Village is opening late today because they’re cleaning up from what happened overnight. The staff isn’t commenting beyond saying they hope to reopen sometime this afternoon, but the police log shows an alarm dispatch just before 3:30 am. We have no other information yet on what happened, but we have a request out to police.

ADDED 12:03 PM: Just received from SPD:

Officers responded to the Big 5 Store located at the 2500 BLK of SW Barton St (Westwood Village). The suspects drove up in a Black Chevy Suburban, and a Beige or Silver sedan. The Chevy rammed the front of the store four times and caused significant damage. Two suspects stole an unknown amount of CO2 BB Guns and drove away Northbound. Evidence was recovered from the scene. The suspects wore face covering and gloves. The suspects weren’t located.

12:43 PM: The store has reopened.

38 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Crash-and-grab burglary at Westwood Village Big 5"

  • Gawdger December 5, 2022 (12:22 pm)

    Any report of damage to the sedan? There’s a silver sedan with significant front passenger side damage parked just north on 32nd Ave from Barton. 

    • P. December 5, 2022 (9:46 pm)

      Time to revisit bringing back the armed security that they had about 20 years ago.  If they would have kept 24hr fitness around, the mall wouldn’t be as deserted like it is now.  

  • Kyle December 5, 2022 (12:26 pm)

    People suck.

  • Sarchka December 5, 2022 (12:44 pm)

    If online shopping doesn’t kill retail, the level of crime seen around here certainly will.  

  • Chuck Jacobs December 5, 2022 (1:07 pm)

    The Westwood Village Big 5 hasn’t sold firearms for a few years. I wonder if the thieves realized they were stealing BB guns.

    • You'll Shoot Your Eye Out! December 5, 2022 (1:27 pm)

      They’re going to use them for A Christmas Story reenactments. 

    • Gay December 5, 2022 (2:25 pm)

      BB guns are guns.  They also hurt like……Do people buy these for children?

      • Lucy December 5, 2022 (2:54 pm)

        Yes.  I bought my son a BB gun when he was 8.  He was taught how to safely handle a firearm.  He only had access to it when I was supervising.  Not a single safety violation or accident.  

      • Mike December 5, 2022 (10:24 pm)

        Yes, I was shooting BB guns when I was 5.  I had a hunters permit at age 10 and used a 20 guage and 12 gauge Remington pump shotguns for duck/goose/pheasant and a Winchester Model 94 .30-30 rifle for deer.  When you have parents that actually parent and teach kids to be responsible, it’s a non issue.

  • MM December 5, 2022 (1:13 pm)

    Did they really take BB guns and leave the real guns?

    • Gay December 5, 2022 (2:26 pm)

      BBguns are real.

    • roxhillian December 5, 2022 (5:32 pm)

      They don’t sell real guns there, just convincing-looking airsoft/BB guns. I believe they do/did sell real ammo, in small quantities.

      • MM December 5, 2022 (8:14 pm)

        They don’t sell handguns but I believe they do sell rifles and shotguns. Their ad circular this week shows a .22 cal rifle. Maybe these were locked away in a safe for the night. Hopefully.

  • watertowerjim December 5, 2022 (1:27 pm)

    So, now we need cement/iron car blockers in front of every store.  Great.Send in the social workers!

  • Mj December 5, 2022 (2:12 pm)

    watertowerjim – I believe you meant to say concrete barrier.  Cement is a binding agent that is used to bond, sand and rocks into concrete that may also include reinforcing steel rebar.

    • Jmendaris December 5, 2022 (4:22 pm)

      I love this response so much!

    • Jmendaris December 5, 2022 (4:24 pm)

      I love this response, so much!!

    • momosmom December 5, 2022 (5:21 pm)

      MJ  -And  thank you for pointing it out…but I think we all knew what Watertowerjim was getting at. No need to be a know it all.SMH

    • momosmom December 5, 2022 (5:26 pm)

      MJ, And thank you for pointing it out but I think we all knew what WTJ was getting at. SMH 

    • Watertowerjim December 6, 2022 (6:10 am)

      Yes, exactly!  Thank you.  

  • Mar-Sea December 5, 2022 (2:34 pm)

    They’ll shoot their eyes out!

  • WW Resident December 5, 2022 (2:58 pm)

    What you all don’t understand is that they’ll use these bb guns to hold people up because the average person doesn’t know the difference. And they’re stupid on top of that

    • Canton December 6, 2022 (6:56 am)

      Exactly. A crime to get more tools for future crime.

  • Mj December 5, 2022 (2:58 pm)

    And water!

  • Seattlite December 5, 2022 (3:45 pm)

    The words crime is out-of-control come to mind.

  • MM December 5, 2022 (7:48 pm)

    What about all of the parking lot tower cameras around Westwood?  Seems like they would be captured on at least one of them!

    • Chuck Jacobs December 6, 2022 (6:47 am)

      Okay, now you have high-def pictures and video of guys in masks driving a stolen car. What can you do with that?

  • Anb December 5, 2022 (8:07 pm)

    The Wild West

  • Wes December 5, 2022 (10:28 pm)

    Wild Wild West Wood Village!

  • Audifans December 6, 2022 (4:24 am)

    yup. concrete barriers sound like a good idea to me. These rats will resort to anything to break in. Plenty of room for barriers

  • Rick December 6, 2022 (8:50 am)

    Where’s Jim and Artemis when you need ’em?

    • Eric1 December 6, 2022 (11:48 am)

      Sorry Rick.   Jim and Artemis can no longer can work in Seattle due to their use of a non emissions compliant coal fired locomotive. While it is OK for people to poop on sidewalks, using horses for transportation without scooping has been deemed illegal. Furthermore, they have firearms, badges, and arrest bad guys; the city council decided that they would be a detriment to the Seattle way of life. 

  • Junction Lady December 6, 2022 (8:34 pm)

    Ditto what Seattleite posted 😲

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