WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 stolen cars, including gray Rabbit (update: found). Plus, another dumped-likely-stolen

10:17 AM: Two stolen-car reports:

STOLEN GRAY RABBIT: The photo and report are from Lindsay:

1979 VW Rabbit / primer gray
license: WA AZJ7174
VIN ends in 606

Taken overnight (8/30) on the corner of 47th and Alaska, West Seattle

The car is primer gray with a painted light blue fender on the passenger side, and a darker blue horizontal stripe on the passenger door.Interior seats are white vinyl with a light blue VW symbol on each front seat headrest.

Please call 206-930-0471. Police report # 23-250382.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Lindsay says it was found, on Capitol Hill.

STOLEN AND FOUND: Tyler‘s car has been found but he wants to raise awareness:

(Monday) night my gray Kia Soul 2016 was stolen from 63rd Ave SW near Alki Beach. Sometime between 12 am and 6 am. Tthe car was recovered (in the 8100 block of) 24th Ave SW. The homeowner said it was the second Kia in 2 weeks abandoned there. The car was not drivable and they stole stuff in it. I Just want Kia owners in West Seattle to be aware.

MORE STEERING-WHEEL LOCKS: And a reminder for those with theft-prone Kia or Hyundai vehicles – the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) is giving out steering-wheel locks again Saturday (September 2nd), 9:30 am-11:30 am.

ADDED 10:30 AM – DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN CAR: Rich just sent this – another Hyundai – seen at 41st/Ida and called in to police:

Rich says the car – a Tucson – was running and plateless, with broken windows.

17 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 stolen cars, including gray Rabbit (update: found). Plus, another dumped-likely-stolen"

  • Andros August 30, 2023 (11:11 am)

    I saw that Rabbit down on Alki a couple days ago, but I’m not sure if that’s where it lives. 

    • lindsay August 30, 2023 (2:39 pm)

      that was us. it unfortunately got stolen last night …

      • Andros August 30, 2023 (10:13 pm)

        So unfortunate. I also love classic VWs and it was really neat. Hopefully you find it. 

  • Gatewood August 30, 2023 (11:12 am)

    There was another dumped car last week just a couple blocks south, same thing. What an odd place to be leaving these cars and making a getaway. Maybe someone’s security system picked it up?

    • WSB August 30, 2023 (11:34 am)

      And a few weeks ago, a stolen Kia was left at Northrop/Southern. What seems to be a common theme is that dumping sites are often alongside tall hedges.

  • montanapup August 30, 2023 (12:17 pm)

    Called in a dumped Kia sedan early Weds. Perhaps this may be your car?https://mynorthwest.com/3925908/stolen-car-with-teens-inside-crashes-catches-fire-in-sodo-area/

    • WSB August 30, 2023 (2:28 pm)

      Hi, if you read again, the gray Soul mentioned above has already been found – the owner just thought it was notable for awareness. However, thanks for that link – that happened in our short daily span between the late shift and the early shift, and it was only on the 911 RT log as a “motor vehicle incident.” I’ll do what I can to track the case, given the WS link – TR

  • WW Resident August 30, 2023 (12:58 pm)

    Kias and Hyundais are dumped in the Westwood area all the time. There’s a group of teenagers stealing them and then staging them around Westwood. Cars with at least one broken out back window with the ignition system broken. The police have been called multiple times and they take their time getting to the vehicles. I see the teenagers come back and take off in the vehicles before the police show up. I’ve literally seen two cars (Hyundai and Kia speeding playing bumper cars with each other on 29th between Henderson and Barton Street . Called it in, who knows what happened

    • Andros August 30, 2023 (2:49 pm)

      We for sure need to start funding the police more. I’ve been listing to the police scanner for a few weeks and it’s a jungle over what it used to be. Most of it just comes down to lack of resources…there is simply not enough police around. 

      • Josh August 30, 2023 (5:13 pm)

        For the millionth time SPD is abundantly funded, a bunch of the  cops just quit because everyone wasn’t being nice enough to them and they all just want to work in places where they don’t have to do much. 

        • Byron James August 31, 2023 (2:43 am)

          For the millionth time, Seattle has about the same number of deployable police officers as we had in the early ‘90s. We now have about 250,000 more residents than we had in the early ‘90s. Do the math.

        • Niko August 31, 2023 (3:52 am)

          That’s is absolutely NOT true. It went well beyond “not being treated nicely”

  • Mike August 30, 2023 (2:51 pm)

    Not sure why the most recent car theft and robbery from early on the 30th isn’t on here ! 5 youths in stolen car stopped at bus stop on California/ Fauntleroy and robbed a man well police caught all but here we go with stupid little laws that have me angry!!!!!

    • WSB August 30, 2023 (3:42 pm)

      Is that the one that ended in a crash in SODO at 5:30 this morning? That was during the short daily period between our late-late watch and our early shift. Trying to catch up on it after hearing there was a West Seattle aspect. Thanks for the extra location info.

      • Mike August 30, 2023 (5:28 pm)

        Still took place in west Seattle but thought they crashed and were arrested on Edmonds not sure just was listening to scanner this was a black Kia soul with 5 teenagers 

  • Jon August 31, 2023 (5:59 pm)

    I saw the Rabbit on Olsen headed into White Center a little while ago. Didn’t have my phone on me to report it. It’s still in the area. 

    • WSB August 31, 2023 (6:02 pm)

      I heard from Lindsay this afternoon that the car was found, on Capitol Hill. Updating the story right now.

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