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


National ‘Night Out’ against crime is Tuesday

August 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The annual Night Out is coming up this Tuesday and thousands of neighbors in Seattle are planning to close off their streets to traffic so they can play and get to know each other better.

Last year, more than 1,400 events registered with Seattle Police Department.

Registration to close off your street ends at 5 p.m. Monday. You can add your event to SPD’s official Night Out map, and even request that police, fire or elected officials drop by (there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to). The Night Out website also has event flyers and street closure signs that you can print off.

Send us photos from your block party and we’ll post them the next day.


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Empty Amazon boxes found in alley

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Sharon tells us she found two empty Amazon Prime boxes in the alley behind her home. She assumes someone stole the boxes from porches, took the contents, then threw the boxes away.

One box’s address is 720 N. 95th St., Apt. C; the other’s is 6230 4th Ave. NW.

UPDATE: The owner of the box for 6230 4th Ave NW has been located.

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Burglar takes window completely out of frame but doesn’t steal anything

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

Karleen tells us her neighbor near North 49th Street and Greenwood Avenue was robbed on Monday, July 6, between 12-1 p.m. The burglar managed to take a closed and locked metal window completely out of the frame to enter the bottom level of the house. However, it doesn’t appear the burglar took anything.

She says police had reports of a prowler along Greenwood Avenue between North 46th and 51st streets that day, and were hoping someone had video footage of possible suspects.

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Vandals damage Greenwood Hardware installation truck, steal items

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

Vandals did some serious damage to one of Greenwood Hardware’s installation trucks early on Sunday, July 12, cutting all the fuel lines, removing the battery and siphoning the gas tank. They also stole several items from the yard.

Security cameras caught at least two individuals at two times: around 12:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 a.m. They also tried to damage the security camera.

Here are two snippets of security video.

If you recognize the men or have any information, please call Seattle Police. Greenwood Hardware’s case number is 15-227147. The case number for Zot Lasers, the glass-cutting business inside the hardware store, is 15-242219.

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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


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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