WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Suspected stolen car crashed, abandoned in Gatewood

Thanks to the reader who sent these photos – police are on the scene at 37th/Myrtle in Gatewood where a suspected stolen Kia crashed into three parked cars before its two occupants, both appearing to be Black male teenagers, got out and ran, as seen below.

According to ongoing police-radio exchanges, the vehicle hadn’t been reported stolen but police were going to contact its registered owner – in The Junction – and see if they were aware of its whereabouts.

22 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Suspected stolen car crashed, abandoned in Gatewood"

  • Nico September 10, 2023 (4:50 pm)

    Seriously a major lawsuit needs to be filed collectively against Kia/Hyundai. Both flooded the market with cheap potential crime weaponry that a 10 year old  can unlock and start after watching a video on social media, add a lax judicial structure to the mix and you end up with what we see on here everyday involving one of the two brands.

    • WW Resident September 10, 2023 (5:11 pm)

      Cool, and maybe lawsuits for the socal media sites for letting this stuff be put on and stay on their site showing POS how to steal cars? Maybe actually prosecuting said POS for stealing cars when they’re caught? Just a thought

      • westseares September 11, 2023 (2:14 am)

        ww resident and mike are right, why is it okay to sue some korean auto manufacturer but not home depot or walgreens for allowing theft? can we continue the lawsuits and hit the police and city council for allowing all the crime on the streets of seattle? it seems a better solition would be to hold the criminals accountable. these two took someones way to work and get around to whatever they may have needed this vehicle for which sucks big time! and even bigger time they wrecked it, and now the victim is going to get ripped off by the insurance who will try their best to worm their way out of paying out full value while bribing career politicians who deem it mandatory to pay whatever they ask. 

      • NICO September 10, 2023 (6:50 pm)

        Good to know although my comment was geared more towards law enforcement agencies to act as plaintiffs because this ordeal makes their lives more miserable than it already is.

      • erica September 10, 2023 (9:13 pm)

             Interesting read BigAL ~ thanks 4 posting.

      • WS Res September 11, 2023 (10:54 am)

        Interesting. Serious question: if the manufacturers have issued recalls and software updates to prevent these thefts, why are they still happening so frequently? Are people just not getting the updates done? Is there some kind of service backlog?

    • Mike September 10, 2023 (5:45 pm)

      Or, just a thought, we hold criminals accountable for their actions.  Crazy, but it might just work at lowering crime.  We tried it before, it was amazingly effective.

      • Also John September 10, 2023 (7:31 pm)

        More police and more prisons….👍

        • Pauline September 11, 2023 (5:09 am)

          This is consider Low priority for cops. Timing wise it’s unrealistic for them to be on scene right when the crime happens. By the time they are, person is gone with the stolen vehicle or just stolen items from the car. This can be replaceable with insurance…no human harm was done. I’m surprise you want to pay your tax dollars for cops and prison. We have more than enough… 

    • Look At Yourself September 10, 2023 (5:56 pm)

      Yes, it’s the CAR’S fault those two “youths” stole it.  The way you people will bend over literally backwards to avoid putting the blame where it obviously should lie is just incredible.

      • Bill September 11, 2023 (7:21 am)

        At least you get it!

  • Marcus September 10, 2023 (5:41 pm)

    Yeah that maybe true, but then again anyone can pick up a rock and throw it breaking a window yet it is not the rocks fault.   

  • Rusty September 10, 2023 (6:46 pm)

    I have a crazy idea. What if, instead of going after the car manufacturer, we went after the criminals (and parents if juveniles). While it may appear to be a novel approach,  It seems entirely self-defeating to not address the root problem – any environment that allows criminal activity without serious consequences. If you’re willing to allow people to victimize others without serious repercussions, you are yourself victimizing people. Just a thought.

  • Concerned Civilian September 10, 2023 (8:09 pm)

    If these cars are so easily stolen by kids who clearly cannot drive, and do so simply for the thrill… it seems these cars should all be recalled and taken off the roads. They are a public health hazard. On top of that, videos should clearly be taken down. 

    • Mike September 11, 2023 (6:26 am)

      It’s not the inanimate object, it’s the humans that decide to commit the crimes.

  • Jen September 10, 2023 (8:42 pm)

    Was this smashed Kia the same Kia as in the hold up at the atm near thriftway earlier?! 

    • WSB September 10, 2023 (8:57 pm)

      That one was white and belonged to someone on Beach Drive.

  • RT September 11, 2023 (7:19 am)

    Too bad a proficient cowboy wasn’t on hand to lasso those two and hold them.  Agree with above comments re: accountability and consequences are needed.  Even before staffing shortages, policies and administrative hamster wheels  prevented follow through, prosecution and incarceration/community service for car theft, property destruction, and other criminal acts. That’s what disheartened police who came to my house (after two episodes twenty years ago ) told me.   It’s much worse now. 

  • Tim September 11, 2023 (10:12 am)

    I’m with Rusty on this. The cars are not the health hazard, someone’s kid is a health hazard

  • ltfd September 11, 2023 (7:43 pm)

    Such fine young gentlemen.    

  • 1994 September 12, 2023 (8:29 pm)

    Boys, a thing called karma will catch up to ya!

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