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West Seattle Crime Watch: Car, mail, decoration thefts; plus, the case of the bottle-throwing booze thieves

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Three reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, plus a store-theft report from the public SPD files involving a bottle stolen and a bottle thrown:

Sophia reports a car stolen from the 5100 block of SW Stevens, 2001 silver Honda Civic, license plate 000-ZXD.

Mail theft last night from William on Pigeon Point:

I was a victim of mail theft (Friday night) on the 38xx block of 21st Ave SW. An Amazon package was stolen. The police found the empty envelope up the street and classified it as mail theft, incident #14-419433. They also found envelopes of other neighbor strewn down the alley. Because my bills were still in the mailbox, they figured that the thieves were going through mail boxes looking for packages and holiday gift cards.

From Tia:

It seems like we need a separate section for holiday crimes …. Just to add to the list of grinch-like behavior, someone cut my 2 white holiday sphere lights out of my tree in the early morning hours of 12/20, near 17th and Trenton. I hope Santa brings them what they deserve.

And finally – while publicly viewable police-report narratives have been few and far between lately, one from Wednesday turned up in the files, involving liquor thieves hitting Jefferson Square Safeway around 5 pm. The following is our transcription of the narrative by police, who wrote that the store manager described what happened this way:

An Asian male, about 19 years of age, 5’8″, blue Seahawks beanie, red jacket, and black backpack, came into the store with an Asian female, 19 years of age, about 5’4″. The male suspect was standing near the checkstand when there was a group of people in line. The male placed a bottle of Crown Royal into his backpack and exited the store with the Asian female bypassing all points of sale (without attempting to pay for the liquor. While attempting to exit the store (redacted) told the male to stop. The male turned around, started swearing at, and threw a full bottle of orange juice as hard as he could at (redacted) in an attempt to hit (redacted) and get away with the stolen liquor. The bottle missed (redacted) but (redacted) was afraid that if he continued to follow the male and female then the male would attempt to assault him further. (redacted) then called 911 and the male and female fled on foot with the liquor.

What’s in the narrative above is the only description. Surveillance video wasn’t immediately available but police hoped to get it later.

P.S. “Redacted” means blacked out by SPD, as is usually done with names and addresses. In this case, the bottle is classified as a weapon, and the direct interaction with the person at whom it was thrown makes this a felony robbery case, if the suspect(s) are caught.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Yet more package/mail thefts

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If you still have something coming via postal or package delivery … take note, we’ve received four more package/mail-theft reports today/tonight alone. See them ahead, along with another theft report (shoplifters bolting a store tonight):

From LuAnn:

I live across from Lincoln park and this afternoon a woman walked up to my front
porch and stole a package that had just been delivered by the mailman. I actually
saw her approach because my dog was barking and I’d gotten up to quiet him. She was
walking up the sidewalk, and I had made eye contact with her . However, she was
gone by the time I got to the front door. I was suspicious because she had a hood
on and her lower face was covered by a scarf or muffler. I drove around the block
looking for her and saw the mailman. I asked if he had left anything on my porch
and he’d left a large package there within the hour. Just wanted to get the word
out that thieves are targeting our area…..

From Ryan:

I came home today 12/18, and discovered my enamel mug set package broken into w/
the contents stolen along with 2 other packages from my neighbors. The property mgmt in my apt bldg located in the 5400 block on California Ave SW has contacted the local Post office here in West Seattle.

From Eric:

Thought you might like to know, we had an Amazon box stolen from in front of our house (55th Ave SW and SW Genesee St.) on Monday. The Postal Service delivered the box containing a photo printer at approximately 2:15 pm on Monday, December 15, 2014, according to Amazon and USPS tracking information. The package was gone by the time we arrived home at approximately 2:30 pm that same day. We filed an online police report with SPD. Amazon was kind enough to send a replacement (this time to my office!)

This report was posted as a comment on an earlier unrelated Crime Watch story:

Just need to add my address on 38th Ave SW and Stevens to the list of people losing packages to thieves. My wife received the delivery notification that the present was delivered at 3:29 and left at the front door this afternoon. No package when I got home at 4:10.

And finally, the shoplifting report – Sarah saw “2 persons driving a big nice SUV lic APD—- grab a basket of items at Trader Joe’s and run at the door. Shocker: they were stealing alcohol.” (We heard police dispatched to this while we were out checking on something a couple hours ago. Sarah didn’t mention the SUV’s color but we have a followup question out and will update if we hear.)

West Seattle Crime Watch: Toy-theft suspects sought; stolen car to watch for

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Two items in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning:

POLICE SEEK TOY-THEFT SUSPECTS: Just published on SPD Blotter – a theft case police hope you can help them solve:

Police are looking for two men and a woman who stole toys from a Delridge drug store and attacked an employee when he tried to stop them Monday night.

The suspects walked into the store, in the 9400 block of 16th Avenue Southwest, around 7 PM. One man filled a shopping basket with toys and left out without paying. When a store employee confronted him outside and tried to photograph his license plate with a cell phone, a woman grabbed the phone away.

She couldn’t unlock the phone to delete the photograph, so the man who stole the toys warned the employee to delete the image or he’d return for him. The third suspect started up a car and all three fled, throwing the employees cell phone into the street as they left.

If you know where police can find these three suspects, please contact robbery detectives at (206) 684-5535.

The SPD Blotter post has the suspects’ names and photos, which we’ll add here as soon as we can.

STOLEN CAR: Eric‘s red 1997 Honda Accord was stolen sometime Monday near California/Holly in south Morgan Junction. Inside were two booster seats for his kids. Washington plates AQJ7944 – call 911 if you see it.

Police Searching for Toy Thieves

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Police are looking for two men and a woman who stole toys from a Delridge drug store and attacked an employee when he tried to stop them Monday night.

The suspects walked into the store, in the 9400 block of 16th Avenue Southwest, around 7 PM. One man filled a shopping basket with toys and left out without paying.  When a store employee confronted him outside and tried to photograph his license plate with a cell phone, a woman grabbed the phone away.

She couldn’t unlock the phone to delete the photograph, so the man who stole the toys warned the employee to delete the image or he’d return for him. The third suspect started up a car and all three fled, throwing the employees cell phone into the street as they left.

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If you know where police can find these three suspects, please contact robbery detectives at (206) 684-5535.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Newest ‘SeaStat’ crime-trend info

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SPD is just out with its newest SeaStat slide deck – an every-two-week briefing given to department leadership, highlighting crime trends and hotspots. Above is the precinct-by-precinct breakdown of car prowls over the four-week period from November 16th to December 13th (last Saturday). The car prowl total for the Southwest Precinct – West Seattle and South Park – number fewer than half the next-lowest precinct. See the full deck here. It also includes a look at SW Precinct numbers for all major-crime categories in the past month; the most-common type is “larceny/theft,” totaling 136 of the total 249 “major crimes” in West Seattle/South Park over the four-week period examined.

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