WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Second crash-and-grab burglary in three days at Rush Hour in The Junction

(Added 5:15 am: Photo of van being towed, sent by @WestSeaWX)

3:58 AM: Rush Hour, the Junction shop hit early Friday by crash-and-grab burglar(s) driving a stolen Silverado, has just been hit again. This time a Kia Sedona (registered in Kent, not yet confirmed stolen) was used – someone saw it lodged in the building, and called it in just after 3:30 am. Police are there now investigating. Dispatch told officers that there was a report of a gray SUV leaving the scene after the van was abandoned. Rush Hour already was planning a move to a new location in two weeks.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: As linked in comments, a crowdfunding campaign has launched to help Rush Hour recover.

43 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Second crash-and-grab burglary in three days at Rush Hour in The Junction"

  • Patrick November 20, 2023 (4:48 am)

    Heard the crash this time. Didn’t hear it on Friday though.Wonder what (if anything) that Google “review” has to do with this situation? 

    • ACG November 20, 2023 (6:20 am)

      Whoa.  That’s creepy. 

    • Marina November 20, 2023 (7:29 am)

      That was a crazy review! For anyone wondering, it’s the one of two one star reviews on google for Rush Hour that only says “If you guys don’t move locations I’m robbing your store this month”.

    • Why was that so hard to find? November 20, 2023 (7:38 am)

      Whoever Doonkz is should be the first person the cops talk to.   

  • Sillygoose November 20, 2023 (7:51 am)

    Good Grief, this has just gotten depressing, frustrating and down right mind blowing!!!! So many affected by this one ignorant immature crimminal act.  I don’t care the age of the creeps arrest them, shackle them send them to a prison farm to work off the cost of damages. 

  • 22blades November 20, 2023 (7:56 am)

    Saw another what looked like a Kia Minivan plowed into a tree last night around 3601 California with warning tape around it. Thankfully, it didn’t hit the building. This Kia Hyundai thing is outta control. At this rate, they won’t have to demo the building that Rush is in…

  • Seattlite November 20, 2023 (8:15 am)

    I had never heard of Rush Hour before the horrible break-ins.  It seems to be a clothing store selling new and used items…not sure.  I just don’t get how this store would merit two bold break-ins within a short time of each other.  

    • It’s a primarily sneaker store November 20, 2023 (9:13 am)

      I’m not sure what your point is, other than announcing to every that you don’t know what you are talking about. Sneakers are really expensive. I hope this helps.

      • relax November 20, 2023 (1:28 pm)

        this response was a little over the top for what was a pretty simple question – why would people break into a clothing store? that’s a legit question.  the asker didn’t know they sell shoes that are pretty awesome.

    • iwanttogo November 20, 2023 (1:26 pm)

      They sell really cool shoes. Haven’t been yet but hope to check them out soon.

    • 1994 November 20, 2023 (10:15 pm)

      TV news reported about $10K worth of items stolen. The items must have resale value. Someone knew what they were stealing. The store had opened there only in June. I hope the new location is more secure. The crime around here seems to be increasing all the time. 

      • Oscar November 24, 2023 (8:18 am)

        I don’t think that was resale they got some crazy stuff in there the last time I was there (before the robbery) I wouldn’t be surprised if upwards of 15k or so was stolen

  • Louis November 20, 2023 (8:17 am)

    What Google review? I read over them and there is nothing that could be related to this two-time incident. These guys work super hard, are wonderful people to the community, healthy young entrepreneurs, WS needs more of this and we should all be taking this personally. If the police doesnt catch these repeat perpetrators it will be a loud message to the retail community in West Seattle. Lets hope they do and ask them how can we help.

    • ACG November 20, 2023 (5:52 pm)

      See Marina’s comment. They quote the review. It was still posted as of this morning in their Google reviews. 

      • wsEthicist November 21, 2023 (9:52 pm)

        Review is down now. Now whether it was the author trying to cover their tracks, or Google deleting due to it violating their terms of service… 

  • Jissy November 20, 2023 (8:27 am)

    Well that would definitely be something for the police to follow up on… that’s creepy! 

  • snowskier November 20, 2023 (10:11 am)

    This really sucks seeing as they’re moving locations in a few weeks.  Shop local this holiday season and let’s get kids, friends and neighbors into some fresh kicks and flossy threads this year!

  • Danielle S November 20, 2023 (10:24 am)

    This shop is owned by my friends— I am in awe of how amazing the West Seattle Junction community is in supporting their small businesses. In the aftermath of the first horrible robbery— the local businesses neighboring stepped in to help, offered support of food & advice. After this repeat intentional personal attack on this business there should absolutely be a thoughtful investigation because this was premeditated and a threat to this business in the future as well if they are not properly prosecuted. Thank you everyone for your support. They will be moving to a new location down the street. If you can support financially please be on the lookout for the GoFundMe that will be organized for them after this horrendous second attack. 

  • Chelle November 20, 2023 (10:43 am)

    This is absolutely heart wrenching!!!! The owners are such great guys working their butts off for their families and providing great things to our community. It’s also helping Mother Earth by reselling used clothing and shoes. Yep times in one week, something has to change the crime in WS is off the hook! I’m so sorry 😞 

  • bubbleator November 20, 2023 (11:41 am)

    And this is why people who steal cars should go to jail (or juvie, as the case may be) for a year on the first offense.  Do that, and then marvel at how many fewer of these incidents there are for at least a year afterward.

  • local November 20, 2023 (11:41 am)

    These guys and their shop are super cool. I’m bummed to see that they have been targeted like this. Keep your chin up, Rush Hour! We really want you in our community. 

  • Alki resident November 20, 2023 (11:55 am)

    I’m not sure where their new location will be but it’ll be important to install bollards in front of their shop to prevent vehicles from driving into the building. This sounds like someone jealous if their success or something. So sick of the crime here. 

    • WSB November 20, 2023 (12:05 pm)

      It’s the former E-bike/Jan’s Beauty Supply space, across the street and less than a block south.

      • Alki resident November 20, 2023 (12:42 pm)

        I once shopped at Jan’s. It’s clear what time these smash and grabs occur and we need patrols around there. Whether it be police or citizens 

    • ACG November 20, 2023 (5:55 pm)

      The bollards definitely work. The smoke shop on 35th and Roxbury got hit multiple nights in a row and once they installed bollards it stopped. That property had a private parking lot right in front of their retail space though- so I think they only had to clear the bollards installation with the property owner first. I’m not sure how that works if it is a city sidewalk and street right in front. Can bollards be placed there?

    • Oscar November 24, 2023 (8:13 am)

      They already had bolllards 

  • This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things November 20, 2023 (12:12 pm)

    West Seattle (the entire city for that matter) is really getting out of hand with crime, especially when it comes to smash and grabs like this incident. This is likely targeted and personal because it’s exceptionally ballsy to rob a place again inside of 72 hours. The obvious question is what the hell is the Police doing? Where are the extra patrols on California to help detour these crimes? Did an alarm go off and if so, how long did it take the police to show up?The store looked completely cleaned out when I drove by this early morning, so this has to be a group of people doing this given the speed they operated in before the police showed up.I’m sure this store is a huge lure for young adults and teens – so the punishment needs to be harsh because clearly they have no hesitation on doing this crime again. – No drivers license for 5 years- 2 years in prison- 1 year community service- huge fine that gets garnished out of their pay immediately This 90 days in Juvenile Detention is BS

  • justme November 20, 2023 (12:49 pm)

    Hope you can stick around for a very long time. WS needs more independent shops like this, especially as the junction grows. Unique merchandise is getting harder to find. Good luck! Post your GoFundMe here.

  • Odd son November 20, 2023 (1:02 pm)

    Thank goodness they aren’t taking out telephone poles with each crash and grab.

  • KT November 20, 2023 (4:11 pm)

    Wondering when the last time SPD actually made an arrest on these crash and grab burglaries?  Why do I guess never?

    • WSRez November 20, 2023 (5:25 pm)

      Seeing as the SPD is so short staffed, they are usually just responding to calls and not actively patrolling. In prior SPD community meetings, they said the West prescient usually has 2 cars in all of West Seattle. That makes it hard to focus on one area. 

      • K November 20, 2023 (8:15 pm)

        They have plenty of staffing for sweeps and roving patrols in areas where the homeless tend to congregate.  It’s an issue of priorities, not staffing.  Protecting businesses from burglars is less important to Harrell than harassing people who sleep in public.  This is exactly what voters asked for when they voted for Harrell and now we’re all paying the consequences.

        • Alki resident November 20, 2023 (9:28 pm)

          K- we’ve lost 600 officers in King County. There’s a huge staffing shortage and as far as those sweeps go, they are planned and extra officers must be available to do them. 

          • K November 21, 2023 (6:58 am)

            You wouldn’t need to inflate the total by including all of King County if the situation were as dire as you are trying to paint it at SPD.  Crime has been lower when there were fewer officers.  If they have “extra officers” available for sweeps, but not traffic enforcement or patrols, that’s a priorities issue, not a staffing issue.

          • Byron James November 22, 2023 (1:57 am)

            It’s a lack of manpower issue. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that.

        • AL November 21, 2023 (9:28 am)

          Seattle has about 900 officers available for deployment. The lowest number since 1991. So yeah – kind of a staffing problem. 

          • Byron James November 22, 2023 (2:00 am)

            And Seattle’s population has grown by about 250,000 since 1991.

  • Peter November 20, 2023 (5:33 pm)

    Sorry to hear this. Rush hour is a great local business. We need more police officers in the West Seattle area! 

  • SLJ November 20, 2023 (5:51 pm)

    I’m sorry to hear about this. Rush Hour is a really cool store. I’m so glad you have a new location and are staying in West Seattle!

  • Mel November 20, 2023 (6:12 pm)

    Here is a link to their GoFundMe https://gofund.me/f8cd74e6

  • Snack November 21, 2023 (6:25 pm)

    I  was in the store , this past Sunday taking to the owner about the first smash  and grab.  I told him how bad I felt for what he and his family is going through.  He told me he was moving down the street in December and  wished him the best in his new location…… then another breakin Monday,   This makes me so mad, these effing A holes need to be stopped and put away.I encourage all those that  can,…… make a a donation at the Go Fund Me Link.  I happy I am able to help  in a small way to such a deserving  young businessman?Here is a link to their GoFundMe https://gofund.me/f8cd74e6

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