WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run damage; ‘recycling’ package thief

Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

HIT-RUN: This happened to Raymond‘s car north of The Junction:

My car was involved in a hit-and-run while it was parked overnight in front of my house on SW Dakota St. across from Holy Rosary playground. I found a mirror cover for a white early 2000s Acura TL on my windshield. I imagine their car sustained right front end damage and is now missing half of the mirror on the passenger side.

Police report # is 23-349497.

‘RECYCLING’ PACKAGE THIEF: Merrilee‘s porch camera caught this:

We had a package stolen from our porch (Monday). The thief pulled up in front of our house, posed as a delivery person, wearing an orange vest, and had a box. When they got to our porch they swapped an empty box for our package. The empty box they left was for a person a couple blocks away. It seems that they are recycling the stolen boxes and leaving them at the next house. We were home and didn’t realize we had a delivery.

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Hit-run damage; 'recycling' package thief"

  • CarDriver December 7, 2023 (4:27 pm)

    Raymond. I’d wander around the neighborhood-ally’s too in case it was an impaired driver that lives nearby. Might also ask neighbors if they have security camera video. WSB could chime in. I wonder if traffic camera video is available or would SDOT not share without being compelled to by the court.

    • WSB December 7, 2023 (6:26 pm)

      Traffic cameras are not recorded.

  • Bibliophile December 7, 2023 (6:38 pm)

    I watch for our packages like a hawk and can say none of the delivery drivers wear a bright orange vest.  Most of them are in company uniform so this is just suspicious and criminal all the way around.

  • onion December 7, 2023 (10:21 pm)

    These package thieves are pathetic beyond belief. They are sacrificing their souls for almost nothing.

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy December 8, 2023 (12:05 am)

    This is NOT a message against wearing masks.  But, gees. Criminals have certainly embraced mask wearing as a way of concealing their identity on ring/nest-like doorbell cameras (and for other non-doorstep crimes)

  • Saltwater December 8, 2023 (8:21 am)

    Merrilee, sign up for the USPS Informed Delivery. When something for you with a tracking number hits the system, it’ll be included in the email a few days before delivery. With that number sign up for a text notification when it’s delivered. As long as the carrier scans it at delivery, you’ll get an immediate notification. Sorry this happened to you and your neighbor. 

  • West Seattle Denizen December 8, 2023 (9:10 am)

    Be on the lookout for the dude in the red Honda hatchback. About a week ago at 5am I watched him try a bunch of keys attempting to unlock a vehicle that I knew was not his. He’s a modern day buccaneer, surfing the asphalt seas for treasure and bounty — yargh!

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