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


Mazda Miata stolen last night in Greenwood

April 1st, 2014 by Doree

Chris tells us his red 1991 Mazda Miata was stolen from in front of his house in the 900 block of North 89th Street Monday night.

The license plate is 702-YYY. If you see it or have any information, please call Seattle Police or Chris at 206-660-7237.

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Phinney car stolen, recovered, owner looking for creative ideas to fill hole left by stolen stereo

October 14th, 2013 by Doree

Cliff tells us his car was stolen last Wednesday night, then recovered the following day, minus the bike rack, head rests and stereo. He’s trying to put a positive spin on the whole situation, asking for creative ideas to “replace” the stolen stereo. In his own words…

At 10 o’clock Wednesday night, I looked out my front window and did not see my car. A courteous policeman came at 11:30, took the particulars, and noted that Seattle has a high recovery rate. “We aren’t like Detroit, where cars go directly to the chop shop.” They called again Thursday morning to let me know that had been found on 66th between Fremont and Dayton.

When I collected the car, I noted that they had punched the lock on the driver’s side. They left our kids library book, but pulled the bike rack off the back, pulled out the radio, they even stole the head rests. I can understand ripping out the radio, but what would they do with head rests?

Well, I would like to ask Phinneywood readers for suggestions for a little shrine to put in the hole left by the left of the stereo, perhaps in the style of some Pakistani or Indian buses.

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Ford escort stolen from Greenwood Saturday night/early Sunday

September 30th, 2013 by Doree

Heather tells us her red Ford Escort was stolen from North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The license plate is 543ZUY. If you’ve seen it, please email Heather at heatherguzha@gmail.com.

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Subaru wagon stolen from 70th and 2nd, Nissan Pathfinder apparently dumped at same spot

September 5th, 2013 by Doree

Greg tells us that a white Subaru station wagon with a big yellow “D” sticker on the back was stolen from near the corner of NW 70th Street and 2nd Avenue NW.  He said a green Nissan Pathfinder that appears to have been stolen was left in the same area.

If you have any information about the Subaru or the Nissan, please put a note in Comments or email us and we’ll put you in touch with Greg.

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More cars stolen in the neighborhood

April 15th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood and Phinney Ridge seem to be hotbeds of car break-ins, and recently we’ve heard of numerous cars being stolen.

Gretchen tells us her Nissan Sentra was stolen from in front of her home on North 74th Street, between Fremont and Linden avenues sometime Friday night/Saturday morning.

And Christine, who recently told us about break-ins to her building’s storage units at 7501 Greenwood Ave. N., tells us someone stole a Toyota Camry from the building’s garage sometime Saturday night/Sunday morning. She says the car was locked and had an alarm, but there was no sign of forced entry.

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Car crime news

April 10th, 2013 by Doree

Update Thursday 3 p.m.: Mia tells us she found her car parked at an Aurora Avenue motel today. She called the police, who arrested a suspect inside the motel on unrelated warrants. She says her car was full of drug paraphernalia, cigarette butts and other items, and was impounded for processing.

Earlier: Mia tells us her blue Volvo XC70 station wagon was stolen from NW 67th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues NW during the night of April 8-9th. The license plate is 575WPS. Please call the police if you see it. A nearby SUV was also broken into at the same time, and another nearby car had its window smashed.

She says a Good Samaritan found one of the toddler car seats in a parking lot at 9030 Greenwood Ave. on Tuesday afternoon and had seen the car, but the thieves took off with it again.

And Meagan says someone smashed in her car’s window on NW 84th Street between 3rd and 6th avenues last Saturday night and stole the car’s emergency kit. She says she spoke with neighbors who told her of at least five other broken car windows on that street that same night.

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Hit and run by Ken’s Market early Monday – did anyone see anything?

March 26th, 2013 by Doree

Patrick tells us his father’s car was hit at 5:30 a.m. on Monday by a white car that left the scene.

The car was travelling East on 73rd Street when it drifted across the street and hit the side of the car. There should be significant damage to the driver’s side, front fender. It is most likely a local car, considering the time of day, and the person was either commuting to work or heading to the airport. Any information would be appreciated.


If you have any information, please email eggers1@yahoo.com.

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Car stolen last week in Greenwood

January 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Josh tells us his green Subaru was stolen from Fremont Avenue North and North 80th Street in Greenwood last Wednesday night. He’s hoping the thieves abandoned it somewhere nearby.

It’s a green 1996 Subaru Legacy L Wagon, with a bunch of bumper stickers on it, including: Ben & Jerry’s, “If it’s not fun why do it?”; “Nurses for Obama”; American Flag, “think: it’s patriotic”; Wyoming cowboy on a horse (yellow & black); UMass School of Nursing; Mount Holyoke; College of the Atlantic; and Atlantic School of Veterinary Medicine.


If you’ve seen it, please email Josh at joshuamarvel@gmail.com.

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Multiple car prowls on one Phinney Ridge street Wednesday night

January 18th, 2013 by Doree

Several neighbors on North 60th Street and 1st Avenue NW have reported multiple car prowls on Wednesday night or early Thursday.

One neighbor tells us he saw at least five cars with broken windows and car alarms going off. Another neighbor said it could be as many as 10.

Did anyone nearby also have car prowl problems?

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Smash and grab, attempted car prowl, house broken into in Phinney-Greenwood last night

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

It was a busy night for crime in our neighborhod last night. Sarah emailed to tell us about a car break-in she witnessed last night.

The car break-in happened on 1st in front of St. John the Evangelist in the evening after dark. I was walking my dog across the street when a car pulled up in front of the church, I heard a thump, and the car sped off. I asked the woman who was on that side of the street if something had happened and she wasn’t sure, but thought so. Then we saw the back window of the SUV had been broken out. This all took place in less than 40 seconds. I didn’t pay close attention because I thought it was someone running late to pick up their kid. The other woman also assumed it was someone running late.

So, my take-away from this, is pay attention to any odd behavior. And no matter how quick you think you’ll be, never leave stuff in your car and always lock your car. This happened really fast.

The guy only got reusable grocery bags it looks like. He was driving an older station wagon type car that was white or light grey. The police were called and were coming to take a report.

Coincidentally, last night we witnessed an attempted car prowl by a man in a white station wagon near the corner of 7th Avenue NW and NW 73rd Street. The man sped around the corner, stopped his car in the middle of the street, and quickly looked inside the windows of two parked cars with a bright flashlight. I yelled at him to stop and he jumped in his car and sped away. I called the police and made a report over the phone.

Sarah also tells us her neighbor’s house was broken into sometime yesterday.

I came home to find out our neighbors’ house had been broken into and burgled. This is at 83rd and 3rd. It happened during the day. It looks like they might have broken through a place in the back fence where a board was already missing. More boards had been broken out. They forced open a basement window (the type of window that slides side-to-side) and stole a bunch of stuff, including x-mas presents. The police were called and took a report. The police were there quite a while.

My take-away from this crime is try to limit access to your backyard—put locks on your gates, keep valuables and presents away from view of windows, adopt a dog, communicate with your neighbors. (We had noticed the broken fence earlier in the day and left a note. Our neighbor hadn’t seen the note yet and also didn’t know about the fence until we told them after the police were called.) Also very important, do automatic, off-site back up of your files, photos, etc. You can’t stress this enough.

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Thief steals car engine parts

December 4th, 2012 by Doree

Charlie tells us someone stole a bunch of engine parts from his 1994 Honda Accord, sometime between Nov. 19-20.

(T)hey cut out the radiator and fan assembly, and stole the ignition wire set, and wiper blades. In the process of getting the parts they damaged many more components. The car was parked under a street lamp in the 9700 block of Phinney Ave.

We’ve heard of plenty of car prowls in the area, but usually for items inside the car, not car parts. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

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Neighborhood mischief, crime

November 26th, 2012 by Doree

Alina tells us her Subaru’s passenger windows were completely smashed sometime between 11 last night and 7 this morning. Nothing was taken from the car, which was parked on the corner of North 59th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Michelle says she saw a man get out of his silver Volvo and knock over both of her neighbor’s garbage cans, around midnight last night, near the corner of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 76th Street. She says as she went inside, she heard another loud thunk, and assumed it was the same man knocking over more cans down the street.

Did anyone see or hear anything related to these two incidents?

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