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Honda Accord stolen from Phinney Ridge

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

David tells us someone stole his green 1995 Honda Accord four-door sedan from the 6200 block of 5th Avenue NW. It has a bike rack on the trunk and some white tape on the driver’s side headlight. The license plate is 164 ZVX.

If anyone sees it, please call the police (report #14-244695) and then call David at 206-551-4564.

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Honda Passport stolen from Greenwood apartment garage last weekend

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

Gabriel tells us his car was stolen from his apartment complex’s parking garage sometime last weekend. It’s a 1998 Honda Passport, license AME7065. It was taken from the Guinevere Apartments on North 85th Street near Dayton Avenue North.

The vehicle does not have a front plate, has a broken driver’s side rock shield, a rear-mounted spare tire with no cover, and a large “X” that was recently keyed in the middle of the passenger side front door.

If you’ve seen it, call the police and please call Gabriel at 206-297-3737.

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13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake park Friday afternoon

July 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake on Friday afternoon.

From the SPD Blotter:

As the girl was listening to music at the park, a man called out her name. The girl thought she knew the man and walked up to him.

The suspect then grabbed the girl and dragged her to a secluded area near the water and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to escape and fled to the Bitter Lake Community Center. The suspect was last seen leaving the park along Bitter Pl. North.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 years old with a heavy build.

Sexual Assault Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or contact detectives at (206) 684-5575.

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Honda Civic stolen Monday night from Phinney Ridge

July 2nd, 2014 by Doree

George tells me his 1997 blue Honda Civic 4-door was stolen sometime Monday night from North 73rd Street, between Dayton and Fremont avenues. The license plate is AFL0139. If you’ve seen it, please call George at 206-667-7102.

Here’s a picture of  a similar car.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Another stolen car, this time a Honda Civic

June 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car was found in Kenmore.

Earlier: We’ve had numerous reports of stolen vehicles in the neighborhood lately. Megan tells us her 1998 black, 4-door Honda Civic (with a regular trunk, not a hatchback), with plates ABV8733 was stolen on Thursday or Friday night, from NW 95th Street and 4th Ave NW. Please call 414-350-6093 if you see it.

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Subaru Outback stolen from Phinney Ridge

June 21st, 2014 by Doree

Update: The car has been found.

Earlier: Jamie tells us his niece’s Silver 1999 Subaru Outback Impreza was stolen last Tuesday from 1st Avenue NW and North 60th Street. The license is ANV9195. If you’ve seen it, please email Jamie.

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Stolen bike found at corner of 72nd and 3rd with cut cable lock

June 20th, 2014 by Doree

Marie found a bike leaning against a telephone pole at the corner of NW 72nd Street and 3rd Avenue NW today. The cable lock was cut and still on the bike. She’s moved it to her house for safekeeping. Email her if it’s yours.

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Thief breaks into Phinney garage, steals bike

June 16th, 2014 by Doree

Matt tells us he found his garage door open on Sunday morning and one of his family’s bikes missing. The garage opens on to the alley between NW 73rd and 74th streets and 1st and 3rd avenues NW in Phinney Ridge. It’s a women’s Specialized road bike, very small frame, with purple paint.

If you have any information, please leave a note in comments below or email us and we’ll let him know.

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Woman catches package thief in the act, gets her package back

June 13th, 2014 by Doree

We hear about mail and package theft all the time around here, but this story has a happier ending. Lisa tells us she caught a woman stealing a package off her front porch at NW 86th Street and 8th Avenue NW, confronted her and got her package back.

Around 1 pm, a woman tried to steal a package from our front door step. I stopped her and took my package back. She claimed that she was given the wrong address by her friend, “Caroline” or something like that, and was pretending to be confused.

She was in her late 40′s – 50′s, white, about 5’6″ with long brown hair tied in a ponytail. She also had heavy eye makeup. She had a purple sleeveless top, black pants, and a black sweater tied around her waist. She had a black backpack into which she had put my package. She also had a push cart, sort of a cross between a baby stroller and pet stroller – it was difficult to tell because she left it at the end of the driveway.

I called the police right after she left and gave them her description. They opened a case number and said that they would let me know if they find anything. I had also noticed a man walking up the street just before this happened but it was too far way for an accurate description. From what I could see, he had on a beige shirt, black pants, and a black backpack.

She left my house walking south on 8th Ave NW.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Dark green truck stolen overnight from Phinney and 90th

June 12th, 2014 by Doree

Update: All says his truck was found on Sunday just off Aurora Avenue, without any damage.

Earlier: Al tells us his truck was stolen overnight from near the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 90th Street. It’s a 1993 dark green king cab Nissan four-wheel-drive, with a matching dark green canopy. The license plate number is B71963W. It was reported to the police. If you see it, call 911. If you have any information about the theft, please email Al.

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Neighborhood crime roundup

June 6th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various recent crimes we’ve heard about in the neighborhood.

Matthew tells us his 2005 VW Jetta wagon was stolen from his locked parking garage at 727 N. 85th St. late on May 24 or early on the 25th. There was no sign of forced entry. He says the car was found three nights later in Lake City, with most of his personal belongings still inside, plus a stolen computer and gas can.

Philippe tells us his house at NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW was broken into in the early afternoon of May 16. The burglar forced their way through a back window and took a laptop, jewelry and wallet, then exited through the front door.

Andrew posted on our Facebook page that a man tried to rob him at Greenwood Avenue and North 72nd Street on May 28. He believes he broke the man’s nose and jaw while defending himself. He says the man is Black/Hispanic, about 5’10”, with a scar on the left side of his face.

Over the last two weeks, Sally on NW 77th Street and 6th Avenue NW has had a number of items stolen from her yard overnight, including a large stone elephant and her bird bath.

Please know the crows were very miffed. This is the only source of water always available to soften hard bagels. They tried to take a huge rock but failed. I am sure they are coming back for it.

Here’s a picture of that rock:

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Hazel Salon owner Tara Berg says two bikes were delivered to a discreet area behind the salon at 5817 Phinney Ave. N. on Tuesday, and one of them was stolen within an hour. Here’s what the bike looks like.

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Rick says a woman walking her dog by his house near 58th and Greenwood saw a suspicious man coming out of his garage shed on Memorial Day. She told a neighbor, who together with another neighbor approached a man lurking at the back of the house. He claimed to be a landscaper who left a card at the front door (which was never found).

Apparently he specializes in “large bush removal”. The guy managed to skulk away – I do not know his race but my neighbors described him as between 25 and 30 with “bites” all over him. I think these are picking scabs or wounds, the guy was probably a meth-head looking for something to make a quick smash and grab. The window screen on our front window had been taken off.

Elaine says someone stole her Little Free Library from the 9500 Block of Evanston Avenue overnight on June 5. She’s offering a $50 reward for its safe return. Email evanstonlibary@gmail.com if you have any information.

Here’s what it looked like:

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Does our neighborhood have a graffiti problem?

May 7th, 2014 by Dale

We get a fair number of emails and messages complaining about it and one reader recently asked if anyone in the neighborhood is interested in tackling the problem.

One place that’s been a perennial favorite of taggers for years (as the commenters on this 2013 post attest), is the long-vacant building at 7706 and 7708 Greenwood Avenue. Here’s a picture from earlier this evening that shows a snippet of the graffiti again covering the building:

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The owners, Scott Walker and Rene Vaughan, were called before the city Hearing Examiner last June after being cited for failing to clean up the graffiti-covered building in a timely manner.

Walker and Vaughan could have been fined up to $5,000, but the Hearing Examiner waived any fines.

Why? The Hearing Examiner noted in part that it appeared this was the first time they’d been cited for not cleaning up the graffiti:

Mr. Walker did not respond to the removal letter and the second notice sent by SPU. However, at hearing, Mr. Walker was cooperative, acknowledged his responsibilities under the law, and had begun the abatement process, which he completed soon after the hearing. This also appears to be the first Notice of Civil Violation issued to him. In light of these factors, no monetary penalty will be assessed.

If you’re concerned about graffiti, some recommendations from the city for graffiti prevention and removal:

  • If you see someone tagging property, call 911. Graffiti vandals must be caught in action to be prosecuted.
  • You can report graffiti on public or private property through an online form link found on this page, or call the city at (206) 684-7587.
  • If it’s your private property that’s tagged, you can make a police report by calling (206) 625-5011.
  • If your property has been hit, take a picture for insurance purposes, then immediately remove or paint over the graffiti.
  • Another option can be to volunteer to clean up graffiti. Seattle Public Utilities offers free supplies and has a waiver property owners can sign that allows SPU to remove graffiti for the owners at least once a month.

So, is there a problem? And if so, what should be done?

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