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SPD busts ringleader of prolific burglary ring, has photos of hundreds of stolen items to return to owners

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Last week Seattle Police arrested the suspected ringleader of a prolific North Seattle burglary ring and his girlfriend at a motel near University Village. SPD believes the crew broke into homes during the day and businesses at night, as well as storage units.

You can read more on the SPD Blotter.

Detectives have already arrested two other suspects in the case, but are still seeking three others.

Police found hundreds of suspected stolen items in the suspects’ truck and storage unit. They’ve posted pictures online of the stolen items. If you believe any of the items are yours, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at SPD5002@seattle.gov.

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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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Vehicles broken into, empty Amazon Fresh bags found

June 8th, 2015 by Doree

Geoff says someone left three Amazon Fresh cooler bags, with their cold packs inside, in front of his house on 84th Street near Greenwood Avenue sometime Saturday morning. There were no groceries inside. He assumes someone stole them from a nearby porch.

Matthew tells us someone stole two guitars from his guests’ car, which was parked in the alley between 80th and 81st streets just west of Greenwood Avenue, early last Wednesday morning.

The car windows were smashed and the guitars stolen were a sunburst Yamaha SG2000, an electric guitar and his acoustic guitar is a Takamine EN10C, both were in guitar cases. Any help or reports of suspicious activity would be greatly appreciated.

Katy says a truck had its window broken last Wednesday near Linden Avenue and North 87th Street, the same spot where another car had been broken into in April. She also saw a car with a broken window near Dayton Avenue North and North 87th Street on May 31.

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Neighborhood crime roundup

June 3rd, 2015 by Doree

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Ellen tells us someone broke into her apartment at 81st and Greenwood and stole a men’s yellow Cannondale bicycle (photo at right). She says it looks like someone just pried open the door and grabbed it. If you have any information, put a note in Comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com.

Gail says her street has had three similar break-ins in just a few days. Two houses were broken into near the corner of NW 76th Street and 1st Avenue Northwest last Tuesday.

The break-ins happened in the middle of the day, bright daylight, and for each house broken into, neighbors were home at the time. Window casements were broken…this wasn’t a case of a window or door left open or a lock jimmied. For both houses, the windows broken were on the back side of the house, not visible from the street. Jewelry and electronics were taken.

And a third house on NW 76th Street closer to 3rd Avenue NW was then broken into on Friday.

Same pattern…middle of the day, broke open the glass French doors in the back. Neighbors were home at time.

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13-year-old boy mugged by West Woodland Park Playground Tuesday night

June 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Teo tells us his 13-year-old son was mugged by a group of young men near West Woodland Park Playground on Tuesday evening.

This happened to my son.

While walking home from his baseball playoff game just before 8:00 on Tuesday night a 13 year old was accosted by a group of 5 (or more) young men. Walking on the outskirts of the West Woodland Park Playground he was overtaken by the group and asked if he had a phone. When he said ‘no’ the men insisted on his backpack. When he said ‘no’ again they hit him and took it. They then ran to a car that was parked just east of the traffic circle at the intersection of 59th and Dayton and took off.

The incident was witnessed by two St. Johns students and was reported to the police.

Taken was a red North Face backpack containing a two-toned Rawlings Baseball glove and a blue baseball hat with a red ‘M’ insignia. If anybody finds them please make every effort to return it as the next playoff game is on Saturday and it is difficult to play without one’s mitt.

If anyone has any information about this incident or the suspects, please put a note below in Comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll pass it along to Teo.

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SPD: Man argues with others at Bleacher’s Pub, then returns with a machete to hack at trees

June 2nd, 2015 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Police believe a dispute at a Greenwood bar early Saturday led a man to arm himself with a machete and hack several trees limb from limb.

Officers responded to the 8100 block of Greenwood Avenue North around 1:30 AM Saturday after receiving reports a man was swinging a machete on the street outside Bleacher’s Pub.

Police arrested the 31-year-old man and seized his weapon, and soon found someone had hacked off the top of a tree in front of a business down the block.

Several witnesses told officers the machete-wielding suspect had gotten into an argument with two other men at the bar earlier that night. After the argument—reportedly a dispute over a woman—the 31-year-old man left the bar, went home, and later returned to Bleacher’s with a machete. Upon his return, he found the men he’d argued with earlier in the evening had already left.

At some point during the night, police believe the man hacked the top off a tree belonging to a nearby lighting store, and may have also lopped branches off several other trees in the area.

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for unlawful use of weapons.

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Thief steals two flowerpots from outside Salon Mercury

May 8th, 2015 by Doree

Sean Bates, owner of Salon Mercury at 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., tells us a man stole two filled flowerpots from outside the salon — on Earth Day. Surveillance cameras from Sip ‘n Ship next door show the man carrying a pot to his dark-colored car parked at the curb.

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If you have any information, please call the salon at 206-782-5201 or email info@salonmercury.com.

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SPD seeking suspect in sandwich store and coffee stand robberies

May 7th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police are searching for leads on an armed robber who has been targeting coffee stands and sandwich shops in several North Seattle neighborhoods, including the Subway at 10406 Greenwood Ave. N. on April 20.

From the SPD Blotter:

Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months.

The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5’8 and 6’0.

Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty dark green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

Here’s video of the suspect robbing the Greenwood Subway:

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Seattle Police Department instituting ‘micro community policing plans’

April 27th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department has announced it is instituting “micro community policing plans” to help it focus on the types of crimes most prevalent in each neighborhood. You can see the Micro Community Policing Summary for Phinney Ridge here, which lists the community’s priorities as burglaries, car prowls, graffiti, speeding vehicles and poor lighting. The Micro Community Policing Summary for Greenwood lists priorities as burglaries, car prowls, drugs in parks, car camping and prostitution.

No two neighborhoods are alike, nor are their safety priorities and concerns about crime. Recognizing this, the Micro Community Policing Plans are designed to put the department’s energy and resources into addressing the public safety issues that concern each community in Seattle.

As crime trends and patterns are identified, police precincts will continue to engage Seattle residents to develop solutions and refine enforcement strategies. Enhanced collaboration between the community and police will foster both trust and partnership to manage crime and quality of life issues together.

“These Micro Community Policing Plans recognize the uniqueness of Seattle’s neighborhoods and that our communities need more than a one-size-fits-all approach to public safety,” said Mayor Ed Murray.

“The Micro Community Policing Plans were created from the bottom up, with input from cops on the beat and people living and working in Seattle neighborhoods,” said Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “We’re always going to focus on serious crimes citywide. These plans address low level crime and quality of life issues unique to each neighborhood, giving the community a voice in the development of our policing strategy.”

Seattle University will conduct a process evaluation of the Micro Community Policing Plans. The plans will be evaluated on their impact on the nature and extent of crime, resident perceptions of crime, police-community interactions, and the overall implementation of the Micro Community Policing Initiative.

You can read the full announcement on the SPD Blotter.

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