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


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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UPDATE: FOUND — Honda Accord stolen from Phinney Ridge

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Aug. 6: David tells us his car was recovered in Shoreline and three suspects were arrested after police found it full of stolen goods. He says the thieves also apparently tried to forge a bill of sale but spelled his name wrong.

Earlier: David tells us someone stole his green 1995 Honda Accord four-door sedan from the 6200 block of 5th Avenue NW. It has a bike rack on the trunk and some white tape on the driver’s side headlight. The license plate is 164 ZVX.

If anyone sees it, please call the police (report #14-244695) and then call David at 206-551-4564.

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Honda Passport stolen from Greenwood apartment garage last weekend

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

Gabriel tells us his car was stolen from his apartment complex’s parking garage sometime last weekend. It’s a 1998 Honda Passport, license AME7065. It was taken from the Guinevere Apartments on North 85th Street near Dayton Avenue North.

The vehicle does not have a front plate, has a broken driver’s side rock shield, a rear-mounted spare tire with no cover, and a large “X” that was recently keyed in the middle of the passenger side front door.

If you’ve seen it, call the police and please call Gabriel at 206-297-3737.


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UPDATE: FOUND — Another stolen car, this time a Honda Civic

June 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car was found in Kenmore.

Earlier: We’ve had numerous reports of stolen vehicles in the neighborhood lately. Megan tells us her 1998 black, 4-door Honda Civic (with a regular trunk, not a hatchback), with plates ABV8733 was stolen on Thursday or Friday night, from NW 95th Street and 4th Ave NW. Please call 414-350-6093 if you see it.

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Subaru Outback stolen from Phinney Ridge

June 21st, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car has been found.

Earlier: Jamie tells us his niece’s Silver 1999 Subaru Outback Impreza was stolen last Tuesday from 1st Avenue NW and North 60th Street. The license is ANV9195. If you’ve seen it, please email Jamie.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Dark green truck stolen overnight from Phinney and 90th

June 12th, 2014 by Doree

Update: All says his truck was found on Sunday just off Aurora Avenue, without any damage.

Earlier: Al tells us his truck was stolen overnight from near the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 90th Street. It’s a 1993 dark green king cab Nissan four-wheel-drive, with a matching dark green canopy. The license plate number is B71963W. It was reported to the police. If you see it, call 911. If you have any information about the theft, please email Al.

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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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