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


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.

CommentsTags: , , ,

Car prowler steals climbing gear out of car near crowded restaurant Saturday night

December 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Jessica tells us someone broke into a car near the Barking Dog restaurant on Saturday night, breaking two windows and stealing climbing equipment.

There was a smash and grab on Saturday night on the corner of 70th & 7th. Two men were eating at the Barking Dog when two of their car windows were smashed and a backpack and climbing gear stolen out of the back. A neighbor noticed the vandalized car and went to the Barking Dog, where the staff were good enough to notify the patrons and find the owner. It happened between 5:45 and 6:30 PM. What’s scary is that this was a fairly busy corner, just a hundred feet from the entrance of the restaurant.

CommentsTags: ,

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?

CommentsTags: , ,

Greenwood resident helps police catch four suspected car prowlers

October 19th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Police say a Greenwood resident helped them arrest four suspected car prowlers early this morning. From the SPD Blotter:

An alert resident saw two suspicious men in the secure parking garage of his apartment complex in Greenwood early this morning and called 911. The caller reported that he was watching them just before 5:00 am as they looked into cars and entered at least one near N. 105th St. and Greenwood Avenue North. The caller remained on the line with 911 and stated that one of the men left the garage and went to a car parked out on the street. Officers arrived quickly and located the two suspects, along with two female passengers that were in the car. The caller verified that officers were talking to the correct suspects. The car the suspects had arrived in was missing both license plates and it was determined to have been reported stolen out of Marysville. The car contained numerous backpacks and electronic items, presumably stolen. The car was impounded to the processing room. The car inside the garage that the suspects had entered had significant damage to the ignition and a screwdriver was recovered. The suspects also had numerous car keys in their possession.

The two male suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft and Burglary. The two female suspects were booked into jail for their outstanding warrants. Burglary and Auto Theft detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

CommentsTags: , , ,

Another reminder not to leave anything valuable in your vehicle

February 2nd, 2012 by Doree

Dennis sent along yet another reminder to not leave anything valuable in your car, even if you’re only gone for a minute.

The prowl occurred approximately 10:30 Saturday the 28th in the evening as a musician who had just completed a show at the Phinney Center Community Hall was loading his gear into his vehicle. The passenger side window was broken, and a MacBook, iPad, other personal possessions were stolen, as well as the proceeds of his merchandise sale. The theft was reported to the SPD. Please take care not to leave a vehicle unattended even for a minute with valuables inside.

CommentsTags: , , , ,

Car prowling, peeping Tom

January 2nd, 2012 by Doree

Raine says someone broke into his car while another person peered through his front window near Linden Avenue North and North 89th Street.

Had a gentleman peeking in my front window while another person tossed my car on the 30th.

My car was in the driveway and lit pretty well. Nothing was stolen thankfully as I heard the noise outside and scared the two gentlemen off.

Has this happened to anyone else?

CommentsTags: , ,

Car prowl victim and others hold alleged thief until police arrive

July 25th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Police report that the victim of a car prowl just north of Greenwood this morning, along with a little help from others, fought back and held the alleged thief until police arrived.

From the SPD Blotter:

On July 25th, just before 5:00 AM, North Precinct officers responded to a reported car prowl incident where the car’s owner had confronted and was attempting to hold the suspect. This was in the 10700 Block of Fremont Avenue North. When the victim confronted the suspect, the suspect knocked down the victim and struck him. The fight continued and the victim was assisted by two other people in an attempt to detain the suspect. When officers arrived, the suspect was being held down in the street by two men while a female was standing over him holding a baseball bat.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect had stolen numerous pieces of construction equipment from the victim’s truck. Those items were recovered from inside the suspect’s vehicle, parked a short distance down the street. A knife was also found at the scene, believed to have been dropped by the suspect in the struggle. The 46 year old suspect was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded. Detectives will now handle the follow up investigation.

CommentsTags: , ,