WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two more business burglaries

Early this afternoon, we learned of two business burglaries in the Junction area:

EMERALD WATER ANGLERS: Burglar(s) broke a window on the north side of West Seattle’s only fishing-focused store (a WSB sponsor), which is on the southeast corner of 42nd/Oregon.

(WSB photo)

Proprietor Dave McCoy says the burglar(s) stole high-end jackets. He’s going through security video for more on what happened, including the time. This isn’t the first time Emerald Water Anglers has been hit; Dave posted on social media, “I didn’t realize this is what being a community-minded advocate for clean, cold water and wild fish was going to look like, but here I am and here I will stay!”

TAILS TO ASTONISH: On the south edge of The Junction, burglar(s) broke into West Seattle’s only comic-book store overnight too. No visuals from this one (yet) so we don’t know if there’s any chance it was related. Co-proprietor Shaun Duff tells WSB the list of comic books they know the burglar(s) stole totaled more than $20,000:

Amazing Spider-Man #129 First Punisher
Amazing Spider-Man #13
Amazing Spider-Man #14 First Green Goblin
Amazing Spider-Man #3
Amazing Spider-Man #129 Signed by Jerry Conway, First Punisher, CGC 8.5
Amazing Spider-Man #13 First Mysterio, CGC 4.5
Amazing Spider-Man #9 CGC 3.5
Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Mid Town Comics Edition Variant Cover by Skottie Young, CGC 9.8
Detective Comics #34 Restoration, CGC 5.0
Fantastic Four #46 First Black Bolt, CGC 4.0
Infinity #1 Skech by Jim Starlin Signed Signed by Jim Cheung, CGC 9.8
X-Men #9, CGC 3.0
Batgirl #37, CGC 9.8
Raphael Mini Series High Grade
Raphael Mini Series Low Grade
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 3rd Printing
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 1st Printing High
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 1st Printing Low
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 1st Printing

The shop at 4850 California SW is closed today “to get as much of this sorted out as we can.” (added) Police incident # is 23-243112.

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two more business burglaries"

  • Joan August 23, 2023 (2:29 pm)

    This is so sad. Are businesses going to have to resort to bars on  windows and gates on doorways?

    • Robin August 23, 2023 (4:34 pm)

      Menashe & Sons was once again installing new bars with even MORE strength this afternoon.

    • Stew August 24, 2023 (8:48 pm)

      Yes!  Can we please start doing what other big city stores have done for a hundred years.  Have any of these store owners ever traveled to Chicago or Philly or DC?  Doesn’t matter if the store sells lettuce or crayons, they have bars. I wish the current Seattle was the city of old, pre Amazon, small town feel but it’s not.  It’s a big city with normal, big city problems and we have to start living like it. NB-bars are not only theft deterrents, but they can provide safety for workers in certain situations.  I grew up working retail and pulling down the bars at night, when I was closing up alone, was far safer than being alone and distracted and making a nice target.

      • ConcernedInAdmiral August 26, 2023 (12:31 pm)

        Wise words. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but as you said…it’s time. 

  • Peter S. August 23, 2023 (4:30 pm)

    >>  Are businesses going to have to resort to bars on  windows and gates on doorways?  <<  Some already have.  As well as going to appointment-only.

  • onion August 23, 2023 (5:28 pm)

    Suddenly I’ve developed a big urge to buy something from Emerald Waters. I hope others discover a similar urge.

  • WSRes August 23, 2023 (7:00 pm)

    How many times has Emerald Water Anglers been broken into in the last two or three years? Seems  like I’ve read of them being hit several times.

  • flimflam August 23, 2023 (7:02 pm)

    Uggggghhhhhh any crimes are bad but as a comic enthusiast that really hits me. Some great issues lost there…first Green Goblin, first Punisher, yikes. It’s ok though I guess, the poor criminal needed that stuff to survive.

    • Nicole Duff August 23, 2023 (10:33 pm)

      Yeah, it hit us hard too. Some of those (while for sale) had some sentimental value. To see them just ripped away was heartbreaking. Thanks for the love! 

  • Scott August 23, 2023 (7:06 pm)

    That’s really terrible! Makes me want to buy some great comics — keep us posted on when you’re own again. 

    • Nicole Duff August 23, 2023 (10:32 pm)

      Hi Scott! We have every plan to be open tomorrow (Thursday) by 11:30 a.m.! We’d love to see you! — Shaun & Nicole

  • Seattlite August 23, 2023 (8:16 pm)

    WSB…How many business/residential burglaries, break-ins took place in WS this month?

  • Guy August 23, 2023 (9:31 pm)

    Do these businesses have insurance? 

  • WoogeyBoogie August 24, 2023 (8:43 am)

    So sad, Seattle needs the roll-down bars or whatever businesses have in NYC. 

  • Terremoto August 31, 2023 (9:09 am)

    Very sorry to hear about these businesses’ losses.  Again.     European cities use those pull-down metal screens/solid doors (similar to garage doors) at night. Not sure if this would help at all.

Sorry, comment time is over.