Four reader reports via email and text:

EARLY MORNING CAR BREAK-IN: From an anonymous reader:

I would like to report a theft gang that worked our street early this morning
North Admiral, 1800 block of Sunset Ave SW
05:20 AM on 11/18/2023
2 pedestrians (one on sidewalk, one on the street) plus one white van driving slowly behind them

They broke into a car and stole items from the trunk.

HIT-RUN KIA: In case you saw the downed sign today and wondered what happened – here’s what a reader texted late last night:

We just saw and heard a white or silver Kia Soul swerving around; they hit and knocked down a pedestrian crossing sign at 37th SW and SW Brandon St. They were being closely followed by a dark-colored, older pickup truck and we could hear their tires squealing for quite a while down the road.

THREE STOLEN KIAS FOUND IN 1 PLACE: Stolen cars turn up in a wide variety of places. But here’s word of a hot spot: Two stolen Kias reported here this past week were found – with a third – near 17th and Barton. Both John (Kona) and Tina (Sedona) told us theirs were two of the three (and we’ve updated those stories).


Wondering if anyone is missing this bike or recognizes it? It was left behind the guardrail at the Dead End on SW Dawson and 36th Ave SW yesterday morning (11/17) around 11:25. A neighbor noticed a male kid/teenager leave it there, disappear from view briefly, then reappear and head away on a different bike (perhaps one that was stashed or stolen from nearby). I’ve shared the photo with our neighborhood and no one recognizes it.

9 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Four notes"

  • WS_since 91 November 18, 2023 (9:25 pm)

    WSB I have emailed a couple times with a notification of two bikes I have that were stolen and dumped.  One is a kid’s bike and the other is a very customized Scott mountain bike. How do I get a posting on the blog?

    • WSB November 18, 2023 (9:31 pm)

      Sorry, but I don’t have anything else in queue – try again? westseattleblog@gmail.com is our best mailbox, though it throws some stuff needlessly to spam.

      • WS_since 91 November 18, 2023 (10:07 pm)

        Thanks I will try again tomorrow 

  • WSB Reader November 18, 2023 (10:38 pm)

    Had the exact same thing (early morning/before daylight + white van + 2 pedestrian prowlers) on 48th and Stevens about 4 years ago. 

  • XYZ November 19, 2023 (8:27 am)

    The license on the white van was C57981V.

    • Ferns November 19, 2023 (2:56 pm)

      File a police report  

    • Jeanne November 20, 2023 (8:25 am)

      Where did you get that plate from?

  • North admiral November 19, 2023 (8:52 am)

    Our car has been gone through twice this past week (our fault for leaving it unlocked). Costco box of diapers stolen but nothing else of note. But it seems to be a routine operation that now makes sense with this new post. Lock your doors and don’t leave valuables (even diapers) inside !

  • WW Resident November 19, 2023 (1:15 pm)

    I’m pretty sure this van roles around Westwood

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