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


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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Neighborhood crime roundup

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

Kris tells us someone stole a UPS package from her front porch just moments after it was dropped off this morning near North 65th Street and Phinney Avenue. The box was placed under the mat inside the screen door. She suspects someone may be following the UPS truck on its rounds.

Steve says someone stole the jogging stroller right off their front porch at NW 73rd Street and 7th Avenue in the afternoon. His wife ran after them but they threw it into a car and drove off.

Christy says someone broke into their car at North 83rd Street and Fremont Avenue last week and took sunglasses, an IPhone car charger and an iPhone stereo cable. She says they rifled through every inch of the car but laid out a small stack of baby pictures around the car.

John says someone broke into his car at NW 85th Street and Dibble Avenue this morning, but the alarm did not go off. He said some irreplaceable personal items were found several blocks south in a yard and returned.

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Flying Bike Brewery and Munch Café burglarized

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

One of the founders of the soon-to-open Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., says burglars broke into the business around 5:30 a.m. last Saturday and stole some petty cash. Someone returned two hours later to use an access point between the brewery and neighboring Munch Café, at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N., to break into the café. Flying Bike’s organizers aren’t sure if it was the same people each time.


Flying Bike is on the right; Munch Cafe is on the left in background.

Here’s a screen shot of one of the burglars from Flying Bike’s surveillance system.


We’ve emailed Munch Cafe to find out more about what happened to their business. We’ll update the post when we know more.

Update Friday: Dean from Munch Cafe tells us the burglars stole their point-of-sale system, printers, iPhone, laptop, tools and a lot of cash. Anyone with any information is urged to call the police.

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SPD: Pot shop burglar caught after neighborhood chase

April 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say they caught a man trying to burglarize a Greenwood marijuana shop just after midnight Wednesday.

From the SPD Blotter:

After failing to break in to a Crown Hill marijuana shop this morning, a 19-year-old burglar ditched his shirt and led police on a lengthy chase through the neighborhood.

A group of neighbors called police around 12:30 AM after they heard a repetitive hammering sound coming from the pot shop at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.

The hammering sound turned out to be a masked man, who was trying to pry out the window of the store with a crowbar. When he noticed neighbors watching him, he took off running.

Police arrived and began searching for the man, and Officer Enoch Lee quickly spotted the suspect—now unmasked—standing near a van on 87th and 17th NW. When the suspect saw Officer Lee, he took off running into the neighborhood.

Over the next 90 minutes, the man hopped fences and hid in yards as police—joined by K9s Ziva and Jaeger, and their handlers Officers Mark Wong and Rory Smith—pursued him.

Finally, the suspect—now shirtless—emerged near NW 83rd Street and 12th Avenue NW, where he was arrested by Officer Brandon Craig.

Police booked the 19-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, and seized his van, which had tow hitch, and rope attached, which he may have used to rip down the pot shop’s back gate.

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Two reports of package theft from front porches

March 19th, 2015 by Doree

Kate tells us someone tried to steal a package from her front porch at North 83rd Street and Dayton Avenue North on Monday just before 5 p.m.

After arriving home from work, I heard someone walking up the front steps of our house. Once I opened the front door, a man (probably mid-30s, Hispanic) grabbed a package off the front porch and quickly ran down the front sidewalk. Once I yelled after him, he acted confused and insisted he was picking up a clothing donation and must have the wrong house. He handed the package back to me and took off down the street. My neighbors and I watched him get into a black 4 door Cadillac sedan (a woman was driving) and drive off.

The police were notified. Please reach out to them if you witness suspicious behavior, and be sure to keep an eye out for your neighbors as well!

And Laurel says her neighbor witnessed a woman stealing a package off her porch between 10:45-11 a.m. on Wednesday.

My neighbor saw a young woman on bike climbing the 52d Hill between 2d and Greenwood, and she stopped in front of my house. A few minutes later, the neighbor noticed the woman was in Sunset Park (the small pocket park) putting things in her pack—-as it turns out, she was putting things she had stolen from our porch in her pack: an orange REI rain jacket, and some new running shoes.


Strollers stolen from cars and porches around 74th & Linden area

March 11th, 2015 by Doree

Chris tells us several cars were broken into around the area of North 74th to 76th streets and Linden, Fremont and Dayton avenues overnight last Friday.

They got my stroller from the hatchback area on my car (broke out rear window), and from what I hear from the neighbors – they stole several strollers from cars and porches, and other goods in other cars. Police reports were filed.

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Phinney Ridge residents trick package thief with box of rocks

March 9th, 2015 by Doree

A Phinney Ridge resident tells us her home surveillance camera caught a woman stealing a package off her porch in broad daylight on Feb. 26. The homeowners decided to fill a decoy box with rocks and set it out on the porch. And, yes, they caught another thief on camera, swiping the package in the middle of the night.

KOMO has a story and the surveillance videos.

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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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