WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen vehicles – white Plymouth minivan with special plates, black Hyundai SUV

Reader reports about stolen vehicles:

PLYMOUTH MINIVAN: The photos and report were sent by William:

Stolen over Friday night or early Saturday is a white 1992 Plymouth Grand Voyage mini-van from in front of our house near Admiral and 62nd Ave SW. We were moving someone into a senior home, so it was unfortunately loaded with items. I know this will likely be emptied of contents and then abandoned – sad enough. Sadder yet though is that this was one of dad’s prize possessions, and it is stolen on the weekend we are moving him. If nothing else, we certainly want to have his Retired Army license plates back !

If seen, please call 911. Plates: AR 07246 Police report #24-66045

HYUNDAI SUV: This report is from Christina – it’s near the scene of this morning’s 3:30 am hit-run crash, so we have a followup question seeking more details about her neighbor’s car and whether it might be related to that, but while we await a reply, here’s her report:

My car was stolen early this morning or last night at the Strata Apartments on California Ave near Fauntleroy. My neighbor’s Hyundai was also stolen and she found out it was totaled when the drivers crashed into a business off of Fauntleroy. A witness said they saw the drivers jump into a black SUV after, which we believe could have been my car. I would appreciate if you could have people on the lookout for my car, which is a black Hyundai Tucson with tinted black windows and a California license plate (#7ZEB142).

7 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen vehicles - white Plymouth minivan with special plates, black Hyundai SUV"

  • Monica A. March 9, 2024 (7:25 pm)

    Hi, so I’m the neighbor Christina referenced in her post. I can tell you that my understanding is my car was stolen and  they used it to smash into some businesses and then they crashed it and it flipped over on Fauntleroy and 41st. An officer came to notify me around 445 this morning and witnesses I spoke to when I went to the scene said they  were awoken.around 330-ish last night hearing the crash.The witness told me  one of their neighbors saw two men get out of my car after it flipped and got into a black SUV and took off. While we don’t know for sure, yet my neighbor and I feel that maybe they used her car as the getaway car since it matches the witnesses description. And while insurance has not yet made it official,  after I went to retrieve my personal items from my car today at the tow yard  by the looks of it there’s no doubt in my mind it is a total loss. 

    • WSB March 9, 2024 (7:31 pm)

      Sorry to hear it. Just to clarify then, your car is NOT the Hyundai shown here (still parked on Calif. at the time the photo was taken this morning)?
      Just trying to piece things together, as I don’t see any crashes logged for Fauntleroy/41st, and California/Graham isn’t far. Thank you for the update. – TR

      • Monica March 9, 2024 (7:41 pm)

        No, mine is a royal blue Hyundai Sonata.

      • Monica Aikas March 9, 2024 (7:44 pm)

        That’s odd. There was no crash listed there because that’s where the officer told me it happened and when I went over later in the morning because I wanted to see where it happened, I could see pieces of my car and some of my personal belongings on the street so I’m not sure why that’s not reported. 

  • AHC March 9, 2024 (9:04 pm)

    I just saw a similar white van parked illegally on the bike lane on Delridge adjacent to a building site. It had hazards on and I could not see what was up. Pretty sure it was south of kenyon on the west side of the street ,about 830pm

    • William March 9, 2024 (11:25 pm)

      Thank you AHC.  We did a drive all along Delridge tonight and it was no longer there.  Noted the construction site and it probably was a legit worker’s vehicle if they had the hazards on.

  • William March 18, 2024 (6:26 am)

    Update:  Thanks to SPD, the minivan is back in our hands.  Found by Parking Enforcement.  Neither the exterior nor ignition was damaged.  As figured though, everything inside was taken.  They even took the car battery and replaced it with a dying one with some makeshift rewiring.  We surmise it was taken somewhere to empty out but not quite sure why it was made drivable with the crappy battery just to abandon.  With the effort they put in to rewiring it, my guess is that they intended to continue using it but the battery died on them.  That or they just wanted it out of their way and parked it illegally where it would be found.

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