WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: ATM holdup in Morgan Junction

1:13 PM: Thanks for the tips. Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Morgan Junction BECU standalone ATM today. It was reported just before 10:30 am. According to archived SPD audio, the robbers were described as three “unknown race males,” late teens or early 20s, wearing masks, in what turned out to be a stolen white Kia Soul, taken from the 3600 block of Beach Drive earlier this morning. One of the robbers had a gun. We’ll add anything more we find out.

2:31 PM: The robbery victim emailed us. Here’s how she says it happened: “Three young folk, all masked. Bright daylight, other people around. Only took maybe 30 seconds for them to get out of the car, take my wallet (and keys, ugh), get back in the car and drive off. Police confirmed the car was stolen, and that my description and those of other bystanders matched with other reports they’ve gotten from other recent incidents.” Meantime, a commenter below says their friend owns the stolen getaway car and that it was taken at about 2:30 am.

33 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: ATM holdup in Morgan Junction"

  • High point neighbor September 10, 2023 (1:21 pm)

    Not sure this helps at all, I can’t 100% confirm but I saw a white Kia Soul in High point (32nd and Raymond) and the driver had a partial face covering on between 11-11:30 today. 

    • Mike September 10, 2023 (2:55 pm)

      Call 911 and let them know what you saw, when, details, etc.  These are people willing to use deadly force, they need to be put away for a long time.

  • Lauren September 10, 2023 (1:22 pm)

    The car is my friends and it was stolen at 2:30 this morning. Reported stolen at 9:30 am. 

  • Pop Dad September 10, 2023 (2:41 pm)

    Sickening. These teenagish young individuals are soo out of control. In my day if you had a gun, you were facing very serious charges. These youngsters seem to believe they can do anything they want.  Too bad they didn’t get a taste of how things were enforced in my day, when you knew the potential consequences you would stop and think twice.  They’re doing  some very scary and dangerous things nowadays.  

  • dzag September 10, 2023 (2:42 pm)

    Our thoughts go out to the victim of this and all crime in Seattle that appears to be increasing significantly. We must work together to have strong law enforcement, consequences, and accountability for people who commit violent crimes. 

  • Pop Dad September 10, 2023 (2:45 pm)

    Reminder to the robbery victim:  If they have your drivers license/address and house keys, make sure to secure residence. 

    • I’ve had better Sundays September 10, 2023 (4:42 pm)

      Yep, already had the locksmith come out and change all the locks. Needed the piece of mind.

  • The King September 10, 2023 (3:27 pm)

    Two young males just crashed into a few cars on Fauntleroy heights and ran off. It’s a mess 

    • WSB September 10, 2023 (3:59 pm)

      Is that the Gatewood incident at 37th/Myrtle?

    • Concerned September 10, 2023 (4:10 pm)

      Description of the vehicle the suspects were in, please. 

      • WSB September 10, 2023 (4:16 pm)

        If it’s the 37th/Myrtle incident, I’m writing it now after another reader sent pics. Suspected stolen Kia, looks silver in pic.

  • Russ September 10, 2023 (3:53 pm)

    What an embarrassment to our society that we’ve created the circumstances where a significant percentage of our population thinks, “Commit a first degree robbery for a few hundred bucks? Good idea!”

    • Big Dave September 13, 2023 (6:17 pm)

      The criminals should be embarrassed for sure.

  • Wondering September 10, 2023 (3:58 pm)

    Where is Fauntleroy Heights exactly?  Can you be more specific with cross streets? My kids live on Fauntleroy Ave!!

  • Just wondering September 10, 2023 (5:42 pm)

    Why would anyone buy a KIA?  

    • 1994 September 12, 2023 (8:34 pm)

      Affordability  is a good guess but all the news about stolen ones makes you wonder how many more  are left to steal.

  • Locked September 10, 2023 (6:44 pm)

    Why would anyone with a Kia not use a (free from SPD) steering wheel lock and install an engine immobilizer?

  • Rhonda September 10, 2023 (6:44 pm)

    There’s countless people in Seattle who don’t want teenagers who commit armed robberies with firearms to spend even 1 minute in jail. They say they should be immediately released to their parents or guardians as if they just got caught toilet-papering a house.

  • mariahw September 10, 2023 (8:11 pm)

    Wow! I was just at the atm yesterday morning around the same time Left my car running and my kids in the car. Terrifying. So sorry this happened to you

    • I’ve had better Sundays September 10, 2023 (10:17 pm)

      Thank you, mariahw. It was pretty terrifying, and I’m glad I didn’t have my kids with me, and I’m thankful to be okay. Still going to take a while to work through all the emotional response.

  • S September 10, 2023 (8:22 pm)

    I potentially saw them (1 teenage-looking person in a bright red mask/hood/gaiter and 2 other people in the vehicle)  in the SW corner of the SWAC parking lot, just beyond the rightfield fence of Chief Sealth Upper Softball field.  They left behind a sun shield from the car, a box of tissues, and the window sticker/sale form from a white Kia Soul.  They were parked in an odd way (on the sidewalk, not in a stall, over dashed white lines of accessible parking spots) from when I arrived at 10:05am until 10:15 or 10:20.Trying to report to police to hopefully get more video from the SWAC area or fill in the timeline, but unable to get an answer on non-emergency line.

    • WSB September 10, 2023 (9:03 pm)

      Don’t ever call the non-emergency line – even police themselves say that. But in this case, don’t call 911 either. You can call and leave info on the violent crime tipline (an armed robbery is a violent crime) – 206-233-5000. Say it’s in reference to case 23-262270.

  • Fk September 10, 2023 (8:30 pm)

    I use this ATM occasionally and always look around to see if there are any ah’s lurking for easy prey….you cannot even get cash anymore…sad.

  • Anonymous September 10, 2023 (11:25 pm)

    My daughter and her friends were waiting for an Uber on top of Gatewood Hill area on California Ave last night at 2:00 AM and two cars pulled over and robbed them at gunpoint. She thinks it is same kids that did other hold ups. Sickened by all this and terrified.

    • WSB September 11, 2023 (12:20 am)

      I’m sorry to hear that. I just looked again at the call list and I don’t see another robbery call anywhere in West Seattle for the past 24+ hours, just the one this story is about. Do you have the report # so we can follow up? (You can email us if you don’t want to post it here – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you.

    • I’ve had better Sundays September 11, 2023 (8:02 am)

      Anonymous, I’m so sorry your daughter and friends had this happen. It was a terrifying experience for me, and I think I spent most of yesterday in a state of shock. Please, if it’s possible for you, have them talk to a therapist about it. I have a therapist friend who I talked to last night, and she helped me feel like I got back into my body, and sort through several layers of the emotional response to get to the one where I could realize that I was actually safe and okay. Even without any actual physical injury, there is a lot to process. She had me do something called EMDR, which really helped. Lots of hugs and warm tea also helped me. :) I hope your daughter and friends are doing okay, and again, I’m so sorry they had this happen. 

  • Buncake September 11, 2023 (12:13 am)

    Guess what Seattle needs to stop acting like a little town we are a major city with a large infrastructure that demands more from our police and city officials who have been screwing us and stealing our tax money. And also leaving this city in shambles. Crime happens where there is lack of proper policing and fair consequences for crimes.. We surpassed our own city records for annual homicides and theft,drugs,and homelessness are nowhere towards being solved. It’s an atrocity and our city demands more action

  • April September 11, 2023 (10:40 am)

    Where are the parents of these teens? We need harsher punishments for the teens(juvenil jail) and the parents also need to be held accountable or at the least free counseling with their kids!

  • Kaily September 11, 2023 (7:22 pm)

    There’s a black KIA that looks broken into on California Ave SW and Juneau right now. Happened today. Passenger window is shattered all over the ground. Seems like it’a a trend in the neighborhood. 

    • WSB September 11, 2023 (8:07 pm)

      Might have been “just” a car prowl or theft attempt, but if there’s any indication it’s stolen/dumped (ignition damage, etc.) do call it in …

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