WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Store robberies; stolen red Yukon; car prowls

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

STORE ROBBERIES: These two incidents, both classified as “strong-arm robberies,” were dispatched simultaneously last night, just after 9 pm. We obtained the summaries from SPD this morning. One was at the Admiral 7-11, where police say three people walked into the store, then two went behind the counter “and aggressively approached the clerk and told him to get out of the way. The clerk stepped aside”; the robbers grabbed two tills and “tobacco products,” then left in a “white vehicle.” No other descriptive information. The other was a shoplift-turned-robbery at the High Point Walgreens; here’s the summary police provided: “Officers arrived and spoke with a 28-year-old victim who reported a male suspect entered the business and stole merchandise. The victim employee attempted to stop the suspect but the suspect shoved the victim out of the way. The male suspect was described to be a Black male, approximately 5’6″-5’8″, thin build, with short black hair, wearing a white face mask, a blue/gray hoodie, and blue sweatpants. He left the location in an SUV.” No injuries reported in either robbery.

STOLEN RED YUKON: The photo and report are from Ellen:

My son’s GMC Yukon was stolen last night from the Admiral Neighborhood of W. Seattle. Maroon/Red 2005. Any help is appreciated.

FRONT PLATE: Florida State Trooper

CAR PROWLS: Reported by Paul: “Our next-door neighbors and we were victims of car prowls sometime this morning. They stole a car jumpstarter, our registration docs, and car manual out of my wife’s car and left the car open to the rain. Similar story from our next-door neighbor. We live on 51st Ave. SW off Genesee.”

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Store robberies; stolen red Yukon; car prowls"

  • rainyday December 1, 2023 (1:31 pm)

    Same type of items were stolen from my car last Sunday near 45th and Andover. Jumper cables, registration, car manual, and my prescription glasses. What’s with stealing car manuals? 

    • CarDriver December 1, 2023 (2:06 pm)

      Rainyday. No value at all for a manual. No amount of intelligence should be credited to a crook.

  • Madmatt December 1, 2023 (1:57 pm)

    First step is stop saying they are car “prowls”. They are burglaries which means it’s a felony. Prowls indicate judges can go lighter sentences.

  • CarDriver December 1, 2023 (2:00 pm)

    Speaking of crime. Been shopping at Admiral Safeway since the early ’60’s Never saw uniformed security ever. Was in this afternoon and passed by a uniformed security guard at the door. 

    • WSB December 1, 2023 (3:19 pm)

      They had a shoplift-turned robbery earlier this week too.

  • potato December 1, 2023 (2:18 pm)

    I have a grainy still photo probably of the vehicle that was prowling on 51st. Around 4:43am, but no plate visible and no face.

  • Kelsey December 1, 2023 (2:32 pm)

    Hi Paul and WSB !This is your neighbor Kelsey – we live on 51st and Genesse as well and captured a white truck on a ring camera who broke into both of our vehicles too- I posted on the West Seattle Facebook group and nextdoor as well and filed a police report. Thankfully we had nothing of much value in our cars, but still super unnerving for us. 

    • Byron James December 3, 2023 (2:28 pm)

      I lived on the block on the South side of 51st and Genesee for 10 years. I loved that neighborhood.

  • flimflam December 1, 2023 (3:36 pm)

    Ok, time for a new approach – the no consequences style has not gotten us anywhere so just for fun, Can we start actually prosecuting all crimes and see if that deters them?

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