CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Stolen Subaru found; owner wants you to know where, and what was in it

On Monday morning, we published Scott‘s report about his stolen Subaru. Tonight, he says it’s been found, and he has advice for others:

This car was recovered. Police notified me of the location at 8th Ave SW & SW Trenton, next to Westcrest Park. It had a lock between the clutch and steering wheel as if the thief intended to return and continue driving it. The lock had wear that makes me believe this isn’t the first time it has been used. The ignition and door locks were undamaged. Please let others know, if their car is stolen, to look around Westcrest Park area, I did not do that when I looked for this car.

Some vehicles stolen in West Seattle stay here; others turn up many miles away. Police said recently that more than 100 have been found at the notorious 2nd/Michigan encampment; Harbor Avenue SW seems to be a popular place lately too, with four auto-recovery calls logged in the past day and a half.

14 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Stolen Subaru found; owner wants you to know where, and what was in it"

  • valvashon January 31, 2023 (10:23 pm)

    This just in:  A car with a standard transmission was stolen yesterday!

    • I’m not sure January 31, 2023 (11:21 pm)

      Honest question, what do you mean? I’d imagine manuals are more difficult for theft these days. Your comment makes it sound like stealing a manual is a no-brainer ezpz deal. Maybe I’m missing sarcasm lol

      • Neighbor February 1, 2023 (8:36 am)

        They’re pointing out that contrary to popular belief a clutch pedal is not an effective theft deterrent.

  • Getting Angrier February 1, 2023 (12:30 am)

    But but but… RV dwellers aren’t CRIMINALS!! GASP!!Come on now. You’re telling me that the presence of RV’s and their sprawling messes on Harbor avenue (AGAIN) aren’t criminal enterprises?! Explain to me why stolen cars are showing up there then. And tell me that nothing in these messes (often shielded from view intentionally) aren’t stolen goods. Get a grip people!! And write the mayor and your city council members. Time to make it a crime to act as these people do. AND enforce the laws they’re already breaking, with significant jail time and mandatory mental health counseling and drug rehab!!

    • WSB February 1, 2023 (1:04 am)

      Two of the four recovery calls were not near the RV zone – they were by Don Armeni. The other two were in the 2100 and 2500 blocks.

      • Winther February 1, 2023 (8:17 am)

        WSB coming in hawt with the FACTS! Thank you for keeping our unfounded fears in check- hopefully logic will reign supreme over the emotional (one day).

    • Neighbor February 1, 2023 (8:38 am)

      I’m no fan of the RVs but this doesn’t pass the sniff test.  If a stolen car is recovered in front of your house should you be evicted?

      • Byron James February 2, 2023 (3:45 pm)

        Seriously? You need someone to explain the difference between someone legally living in their own home and an illegal encampment?

    • Amy February 1, 2023 (8:56 am)

      You seem to have all the answers and funds.

  • RecreationalDriver February 1, 2023 (5:18 am)

    Glad it was found! Time to install a kill switch.

  • WSEA February 1, 2023 (6:26 am)

    My stolen SUV was found at westcrest park in 2019.  It was really messed up and considered totaled by the insurance company.   We also found needles in the car so be very careful recovering your vehicle.   

  • Big B February 1, 2023 (1:00 pm)

    The details reek of a known car thief in the area. When I drove by earlier to look over the other stolen vehicles in that block, there there was a camper that was actually on fire. SPD knows who these people are are they just aren’t doing anything about it.

  • valvashon February 1, 2023 (2:42 pm)

    My point was that it’s actually surprising that a car with a manual transmission was stolen and driven away successfully.  Unless they toasted the clutch.

  • Jim February 1, 2023 (6:23 pm)

    Someone attempted to steal my truck while I dined at the Chelan Cafe Last Friday between 7:00 & 9:00. this was the 4th attempt in the past 12 months. My car starts for no one but me, but this is getting tiring. My mechanic is starting to keep the repair parts in stock for me.

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