WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 thefts – black Elantra (update: found), home Pride flag (with thief on video)

Two thefts in West Seattle Crime Watch:


Reporting stolen 2012 black Hyundai Elantra. License plate AKU4990. Police report # 23-158866. Stolen from (3400 block of) 40th Ave SW between 2:12 am and 3:12 am this morning, Thursday 6/8.

FRIDAY UPDATE: Via text, we’ve just been told the car was found in Toppenish (near Yakima).

STOLEN PRIDE FLAG: From Travis: “I wanted to report to you this that someone stole our Pride flag this morning from off our front porch. It happened a few minutes before I get up for work. We live near Delridge Way and Thistle.” This security video shows the thief walking up and pulling down the flag (it’s not embeddable/downloadable but you can see it if you click the link). It’s been reported to police; we’ll add the number when available.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 thefts - black Elantra (update: found), home Pride flag (with thief on video)"

  • Mike June 8, 2023 (2:58 pm)

    Re the Pride flag, guy’s pockets look full. I bet he did it to others around you

  • WS Neighbor June 8, 2023 (3:32 pm)

    Hey Travis. This sucks! What a blatant destruction of property. That person walked right up from the street and tore something off your house (past your driveway no less). I’m sorry there is so much hate and disregard for other people’s belongings, beliefs, and personal safety in our neighborhood [and city/state/country] these days. I hope you find a way back to the feeling of safety and inclusion in our community that you would have hoped for to display a flag of the same meaning.

  • TJ June 8, 2023 (5:38 pm)

    There was a silver 2016 Elantra stolen earlier on Monday and dumped at the High Point Library/NeighborCare Health parking lot. I don’t know where it was stolen from but wonder if the same people could’ve been responsible. I called it in to police because I saw what looked like teenagers leaving the car in the lot the night before.

    • Ryan June 8, 2023 (7:40 pm)

      Thanks for sharing!

  • DH June 9, 2023 (7:56 am)

    I wonder if that  guy stealing the Pride flag is the same person that has been vandalizing the city’s Trans resources posters on the poles at Delridge and Thistle. Sorry to see so much hate in the area! 

  • Why June 9, 2023 (9:36 am)

    To the flag owners: this looks like a neighbor because he knew exactly where he was going and what he was doing, how he dressed. I suggest you get a HUGE flag and mount it securely somewhere up above your front door, or someplace that’s hard to reach, for his future viewing enjoyment. Anyone who is triggered by a piece of fabric can benefit from reeducation. It’s really tragic that some people are so mentally and spiritually disabled.

    • Ryan June 9, 2023 (12:42 pm)

      As the co-victim of this page, I endorse this message. Maybe I’ll go buy a gigantic pride flag myself. :)

    • TB June 9, 2023 (1:36 pm)

      I’d suggest a Perkins-sized Pride Flag. Biggest you can find. 

  • Terremoto June 9, 2023 (10:03 am)

    I would agree that it’s a neighbor.  Something so intentional and assured by his walk.  Sorry this happened to you.  So many miserable ppl trying to control everyone else.

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