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


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.

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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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Anyone recognize this woman stealing a package from a Greenwood porch?

February 9th, 2015 by Doree

Joe sent a link to a video showing a woman stealing a package from his neighbors’ porch last week. It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the 700 block of North 81st Street.

At the end of the video you can see her drive away in a red car, which Joe thinks is a Subaru Legacy wagon, with an unusual roof rack.

Does anyone recognize her or her car?


Seattle Neighborhood Group offering free crime prevention presentations

February 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Group is offering free crime prevention presentations throughout the city. SNG hopes to prevent crime and build community through partnerships with residents, businesses, law enforcement and other organizations.

These presentations are informative and hands-on. They vary in length, from thirty minutes to an hour, depending on the need. We have brochures in many different languages and can assist with interpretation if requested. A very brief Crime Prevention site assessment can be provided if requested. After the presentation, a follow up crime prevention memo will be distributed. We are pleased to present at community meetings, events, multi-family buildings, neighborhoods, etc., anyone who is interested!

Topics that can be covered include:

  • Personal Safety: How to protect yourself from crime (preventing theft, what thieves look for, transportation safety, Safety on the street)
  • Calling 9-1-1 (when to call, tips when calling, interpreter services, methods to report)
  • Vehicle Security: How to protect your car from crime (if your car is stolen or vandalized, if your car is stolen and recovered, theft from your vehicle, what attracts a car thief)
  • Suspicious Activities: How to recognize and report suspicious activities (how do you know what to report to the police, calling the non-emergency number, behaviors that indicate criminal activity)
  • Identity Theft & Fraud (increase awareness of identity theft and fraud, prevent identity theft and fraud, common ways identity theft happens, what can you do if you become a victim)

For more information, email Seattle Neighborhood Group at info@sngi.org or call 206-323-9666.

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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Greenwood

January 12th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police are notifying neighbors that a Level 3 registered sex offender has moved into the 700 block of North 95th Street in Greenwood. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Crime Watch website, Donald Combs (click on his name for more information and a photo) is under Department of Corrections supervision for a 2011 conviction for indecent liberties for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman he didn’t know.

From SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

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Seattle police and fire departments investigating after Molotov cocktail thrown at Greenwood Safeway last night

January 6th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department says someone threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at the Greenwood Safeway on Monday night.

Here are the details from SFD’s Fire Line:

January 5—Seattle Fire Investigators recovered the evidence of a “Molotov Cocktail” type device thrown at a Greenwood grocery store.

At 7:03 p.m. a witness saw a person throw the burning bottle against the brick side of a national chain grocery store located in the 8700 block of Greenwood Avenue North. The bottle broke on the sidewalk and rolled into bushes. A witness grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

There was not any damage to the store.

Seattle Police Department responded and collected witness statements. The evidence and the case have been turned over to the Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad for further investigation.

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