WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Delridge Playfield wire theft, Easy Street vandalism, gun-wielding shoplifter

Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

DELRIDGE PLAYFIELD WIRE THEFT: Thanks for the tips. Days after resurfaced Delridge Playfield reopened, local sports programs discovered they couldn’t use the field at night because the lights weren’t working, apparently because of wire theft. We inquired with Seattle Parks and got their response this morning, confirming the theft: “The wiring was stolen during the final leg of the field-replacement project. It will be replaced in a couple of weeks and will be secured to reduce theft.”

EASY STREET VANDALISM: We followed up today on a snippet of police-radio traffic late last night about vandalism at California/Alaska. Someone broke this window on the south side of Easy Street Records:

It was not described as a burglary attempt and store staff told us nothing was missing.

GUN-WIELDING SHOPLIFTER: This happened Sunday but the police-report summary wasn’t available until a few days later. The address is at Westwood Village, but the business was not identified in the summary:

At 10:45 (am), the suspect walked inside a business in the 2500 block of Southwest Barton Street. The suspect grabbed merchandise and started walking out. It was reported to police that a customer inside the store hinted to the suspect where the line to pay was located. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the customer. The suspect exited the business and left the location in a silver truck. The suspect was not located.

27 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Delridge Playfield wire theft, Easy Street vandalism, gun-wielding shoplifter"

  • MyThruppence October 12, 2023 (12:08 pm)

    I am tired of all the scum bags we endure around here.

  • Odd son October 12, 2023 (12:34 pm)

    A couple of years ago, the city installed large concrete cubes at the base of the poles to prevent wire theft. I guess the cubes were removed during turf installation?

  • Odd son October 12, 2023 (12:40 pm)


  • Justin October 12, 2023 (12:59 pm)

    Once someone pulls a gun, it becomes armed robbery does it not?

    • Jeepney October 12, 2023 (2:20 pm)

      Unfortunately, not in Seattle.

      • Jay October 12, 2023 (2:45 pm)

        This is an unhelpful and hyperbolic drama queen answer, and not correct. It does become a violent class A felony armed robbery, and felonies are outside of the Seattle city attorney’s jurisdiction. If SPD are willing to do the legwork to build a case, the state will prosecute and sentence the robber with around a 3 year sentence on a first offense with no criminal history up to a much harsher sentence. It also counts as a strike towards a life sentence with Washington’s three strikes law.

        • WSDUDEMAN October 12, 2023 (10:21 pm)

          3 years. What a joke. If people were really serious about deterring crimes like these the punishment would be so serious any idiot would give pause before using a firearm in a crime. Not here though. 

      • Alki resident October 12, 2023 (3:50 pm)

        Yes in Seattle it becomes armed robbery. 

    • Rhonda October 12, 2023 (5:49 pm)

      Yes and no. It’s an armed robbery if the perpetrator threatens employees or the owner(s) with a weapon. In this case it’s assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm, and terrorist threats.

      • Jim P. October 12, 2023 (8:39 pm)

        All of which tend to get plea bargains so we end up with someone convicted of disorderly conduct at most far too often.

  • sam-c October 12, 2023 (1:26 pm)

    OMFG I am so sick of criminals puling this SH*$#%^ !!

    • Mark October 12, 2023 (1:38 pm)

      I was just thinking the same thing.I’m so tired of the crime in this city. What happened to three strikes your out? We need to send more people to jail and prison.

      • WSB October 12, 2023 (2:37 pm)

        The three strikes law applies to a very small group of major crimes.

      • Alki resident October 12, 2023 (3:49 pm)

        Three strikes have to be violent crimes. 

      • Seattlite October 12, 2023 (5:12 pm)

        Start voting for a city council and mayor who will write and pass tough-on-crime policies.  Seattle is suffering from soft-on-crime policies resulting in an uptick of criminal activity.  Another major problem is that Seattle is also suffering a police officer shortage.

  • Vanessa October 12, 2023 (4:22 pm)

    Why can’t Seattle afford to hire more Police Officers? Especially non-racist ones. 

    • WSB October 12, 2023 (4:25 pm)

      The city has plenty of money for hiring police. They just need the candidates (and once they have them, training takes a long time). They’re offering hiring bonuses, too.

      • Seattlite October 12, 2023 (5:14 pm)

        Is it true recruitment is not easy due to Seattle’s policies?  

        • WSB October 12, 2023 (8:21 pm)

          You would have to ask would-be police. The main reason I commented, there is a misconception that we are short police because of a lack of funding, and that is absolutely false. Datapoint on recruiting – it’s not just a Seattle issue – we were in Southern California recently on a family matter and saw an advertising board at an airport recruiting for LEO jobs in Snohomish County … TR

          • Suzanne October 12, 2023 (9:35 pm)

            What does the acronym LEO stand for?

          • WSB October 12, 2023 (9:50 pm)

            Law Enforcement Officer.

          • WSDUDEMAN October 12, 2023 (10:26 pm)

            Some of the officers will tell you why nobody wants to work here in Seattle on the Police force. Just ask them. The perception is you would be working in a city that seemingly doesn’t respect you (their words, not mine) and handcuffs (pun intended) your ability to uphold the law. That’s why we have a shortage / lack of new recruits. 

        • Jay October 13, 2023 (9:49 am)

          It’s hard because of the police union. It’s a toxic department and they don’t want good cops and good cops don’t want to join. As a result it like a cycle that attracts bad officers and pushes away good ones.

          • Byron James October 13, 2023 (10:52 am)

            Your characterization came entirely from your imagination.

    • Brandon October 12, 2023 (5:40 pm)

      Why would anyone still want to be a police officer when people see the need to explicitly say “non-racist” when describing them as if officers have a connotation that they are inherently racist?

      • DC October 13, 2023 (8:59 am)

        Not sure I would want a police officer who is so fragile that they threaten to quit if you ask they not be racist…

  • Nerfherder117 October 12, 2023 (10:32 pm)

    For all the “I don’t like punishment or guns against a–holes”’ folks….. I seriously propose coyote/pitbull herds, specifically bred to watch Kias, children, and ATMs. You’re welcome 

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