WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen dirt bike; car prowl; package theft

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

STOLEN DIRT BIKE: Maranda is looking for that 1993 Kawasaki dirt bike – described as a KX125 engine and KX250 frame – after a sale turned into a theft last Saturday. The buyer paid with what Maranda says turned out to be nine counterfeit $100 bills. The transaction happened at Maranda’s apartment complex near Westwood Village, around noon on February 4th. The incident number is 23-033673.

CAR PROWL: From Lori:

Our car was parked in our carport near the intersection of 46th Ave. SW and Erskine Way SW, and some time overnight someone went through it. We must have forgotten to lock it, as there were no signs of forced entry. Luckily they didn’t take much – the only thing I can tell is missing is a blue plastic paperwork folio. They didn’t take things like a decent pair of sunglasses or a Garmin unit, so we assume they were looking for cash or phones. It’s a good reminder for others to do better than us and double-check that your car doors stay locked, to avoid crimes of opportunity.

(added) PACKAGE THEFT: This afternoon in Gatewood, a package theft was recorded on security video. The victim says this is the clearest view of the thief, and in the background, the getaway car:

The victim says this happened just before 4:30 pm today; the getaway car, in which a driver was waiting, looked like “a black Subaru with a rear bike rack.” A police report is being filed but we don’t have the number yet.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen dirt bike; car prowl; package theft"

  • DruggiePatrol February 7, 2023 (8:55 pm)

    Look on the Ring App.  This girl hit a number of homes in the same area, wearing a gray jacket, with hood lined in fur.  I’m waiting for them to show up for the baiting empty box on our own front porch, so we may have a proper meet and greet.

    • Kisha February 8, 2023 (9:57 am)

      She hit my place at 39th & Southern St 4:29p.

      • J February 8, 2023 (10:24 am)

        Same day as yesterday (2/7/23)!? They are brazen! She will get caught. Her face is clearly on security footage. They been reported to the police. 

  • Counterfeit Curious February 8, 2023 (3:21 am)

    I’m wondering if the 100 dollar bills that were used were noted as film props? These were circulating at my kids school a couple weeks ago and I wonder if there’s a connection. 

  • Patience February 8, 2023 (6:40 am)

    I am curious if Miranda has any more detailed information that she could share: 1) description of “buyer” and any other persons involved; 2) description of vehicle (truck/trailer?) that the “buyer” arrived in or loaded the bike onto; 3) where did she advertise?; 4) how did the ” buyer” contact her?; 5) etc.

  • Lola February 8, 2023 (7:20 am)

    You need to get one of those pens that turn the paper black if it is fake.  We use them where I work as people pay with cash all the time.  It stays brown then disappears after a bit.  Need to watch out when you have something for sale if the bills are real or not.  

  • Wow February 8, 2023 (7:48 am)

    Wow….buying with counterfeit bills bring the crime up to a whole other level.

  • Nature February 8, 2023 (8:05 am)

    Always ask to see someone’s ID when selling a vehicle. Whenever I transfer a title I make sure to take a picture of it all filled out along with a photo of their ID for my own records. If they aren’t down I don’t sell it. Sorry about your bike!

  • bill February 8, 2023 (10:34 am)

    Always do a cash transaction like this at a bank where a teller can check each bill.

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