WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Elantra (update: found)

Car thieves continue targeting Hyundais. (If you own one, see the latest SW Precinct crime-prevention bulletin.) Just in, from Lauren:

My car was stolen at some point between 8:00 PM last night and 11:00 AM today from the alley behind 9215 35th Ave SW. Cross street is SW Barton.

2018 Hyundai Elantra – Black
License Plate: BGA1023

SPD incident # 23-064300.


9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Elantra (update: found)"

  • KK March 8, 2023 (2:41 pm)

    My condolences, Lauren. I will keep an eye out for your vehicle. Very bizarre as my black 2013 Hyundai Elantra is parked in the exact same location. Mine is parked in front of my kitchen window, my blinds are open, and I’m using a club. Must be deterring them. Unfortunately for me, the anti-theft recall issued by Hyundai does not apply to 2013s. 

    • Al King March 8, 2023 (3:11 pm)

      KK. Unfortunate reminder to you-and all others. Steering wheels are plastic. Crooks have small saws or sharp knives. How do i know?  My car was stolen and when recovered the still locked club was on the floor. The other major reminder for anyone who’s car is stolen. Get it cleaned!!! Probably all sorts of disgusting things left in the car. When found i had it towed to the dealer to go over 1st then went straight to the detail shop.

      • KK March 8, 2023 (5:21 pm)

        Thanks, Al. Yes, it seems like a foregone conclusion mine will be stolen too. What a convoluted web we weave. I had to flee 3! different apartments on the Eastside from 2018 – 2022 due to contamination from residents below me smoking and/or making methamphetamine. I mentioned I previously had boxes in my vehicle containing meth-contaminated belongings, and a local body shop refused to work on my car unless I had it professionally tested for meth. I totally agree about testing one’s vehicle for toxic substances if you get it back. Then find a professional to de-contaminate the car. Or better yet, don’t accept the vehicle back, if possible. Drug contamination: the nightmare that keeps on giving. Best advice: cut your losses and move on!

      • Sue H March 9, 2023 (12:38 am)

        Very true. If someone wants my car bad enough they’ll find a way. However, if someone is just looking for a quick steal and a joyride, it may be enough to deter them and move to the next car. 

  • Rick March 8, 2023 (4:46 pm)

    I use a brake lock. Bit more of a pain to use but also a bit more secure. Good luck!

  • MT March 8, 2023 (5:11 pm)

    My 2016 Black Hyundai Sonata – license plate AYN8942 was stolen off 18th Street between Trenton and Barton last night, probably at the same time.

    • SB March 20, 2023 (8:26 am)

      Your car was in front of our house on 3/9!! We tried to call the police to report it, since it had a broken window, but we couldn’t get ahold of anyone. 

  • Gatewood Resident March 9, 2023 (8:27 pm)


  • KK March 13, 2023 (4:01 pm)


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