A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Car broken into on North 100th Street near Evanston Avenue last night

September 17th, 2015 by Doree

Sean tells us someone broke into his car on North 100th Street between Evanston and Dayton avenues last night. They jimmied the lock and emptied the contents of the glove compartment and center console onto the seats and floor, and stole a backpack out of the trunk.

Did anyone see or hear anything, or have a similar experience?

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Phinney car prowl caught on video

June 16th, 2015 by Doree

Dorothy sent us a video of a man prowling her car last Sunday at 2:53 a.m.

If anybody recognizes him, please put a note below in comments.

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Kindle found after car prowl

April 17th, 2015 by Doree

Thaedra tells us her car was broken into several months ago on North 84th Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues. The car was rifled through but nothing was taken other than some change. She returned to the glove box what she thought was the car’s owner’s manual in a leather case. But recently her husband pulled it out and realized it was actually a Kindle. They think it was left behind by the car prowler, and that maybe it was stolen from someone else. The Kindle’s battery is dead and she doesn’t have a charger to turn it on to see if there’s any identifying information.

If you’ve lost a Kindle and think it might be yours, email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with her.

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Vehicle Stolen Friday, March 6

March 16th, 2015 by Robin Donovan

Update: The car was found abandoned in Wallingford in May.

Earlier: A red 1995 Toyota Camry was stolen from the corner of NW 79th Street and 6th Avenue on Friday, March 6th. The vehicle has paint chipping off the trunk with license plate #: AGR1251. Please notify the police if you see this vehicle.

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Red Toyota Camry stolen from Greenwood overnight

March 6th, 2015 by Doree

Nic tells us his sister’s red 1995 Toyota Camry (licence plate AGR1251) was stolen from the corner of NW 79th Street and 6th Avenue NW some time between 10 p.m. last night and 7:30 a.m. this morning. It has paint chipping from the trunk. If anyone sees it, please call the police.

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Green Honda CR-V stolen from Greenwood overnight

February 25th, 2015 by Doree

Keren tells us her green 1999 Green Honda CR-V was stolen overnight from North 81st Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues. She said it has a bunch of children’s stuff inside and a Thule bike rack on the back. She filed a police report.

Anyone see or hear anything?

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UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Nissan Altima with ‘club’ on steering wheel stolen from Greenwood overnight

September 27th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Deborah tells us her car was recovered near Aurora Avenue and North 145th, with mostly cosmetic damage. “The driver side door had been pried open, the club was gone, and there were no signs of hot wiring — the police thought a stripped-down Nissan key had been used. Unfortunately, the people who stole it were meth heads and left their stuff in the car. They also left some receipts, which I’ve turned over to the police as evidence.”

Earlier: Deborah tells us her purple 1995 four-door Nissan Altima was stolen from in front of her house in Greenwood last night, even though it had an anti-theft “club” on the steering wheel.

It has a balding patch of paint near the sun roof, and is smooshed in the front near the passenger side. It was last seen around 6:30 p.m. last night (Friday 9/26). There may still be a green Tickles the Tapeworm air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. If you see the car, please let me know. Deborah at 206-579-1216. Thanks for keeping your eyes peeled.

If you’ve seen it, please call the police and reference incident report number 14-323418.

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Seattle Police: Suspected car thief drowns after stealing car from Phinney Ridge and driving into Ship Canal

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a suspected car thief drowned late last night or early this morning after driving a car stolen from Phinney Ridge into the Ship Canal.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident.


Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed drowned after he drove into the Ship Canal late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30 PM, police received reports that a Nissan Sentra had driven off a pier near the 1000 block of West Ewing Street.
Officers and rescue teams from the Seattle Fire Department arrived at the Nickerson Street Marina and spotted a man in the water, calling for help.

Officers in SPD’s Harbor Unit attempted to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab the rope and pushed away from an officer, who tried to grab him out of the water. The man then went under the water.

Officers and Seattle Fire Department divers searched the canal for more than an hour, but were unable to find the man.

Police believe the man was driving a stolen car—reportedly taken from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Monday afternoon—when he drove through a gate and off of a dock on the canal.

SPD is still investigating this incident and we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.

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UPDATE: CAR FOUND — Black Subaru Legacy stolen from Broadview

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car has been found and returned to its owner.

Earlier: Mike tells us his black 1998 Subaru Legacy was stolen sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning from the corner of North 117th Street and Phinney Avenue North, next to Christ the King Church.

The car’s license plate is ABE3563. He filed a police report. If you’ve seen it, please call the police.

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