December 2nd, 2013 by Doree
Amanda tells us someone broke into her house on North 67th Street between Dayton and Fremont avenues between 4 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday, but didn’t appear to take anything. She said the frame of the front door was completely shattered.
Did anyone notice anything strange during that time?
November 13th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police say a dog attacked one of two suspects in an early morning robbery in Greenwood, where the suspects pepper sprayed one victim twice and pointed a gun at another.
From the SPD Blotter:
Robbery Detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery in North Seattle this morning. On 11-13-13, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Victim-1 called 911 to report a home invasion robbery at her house in the 9700 block of 3rd Av NW. The victim stated that she heard a noise outside of her room and went to see what was going on.
When she pulled back the curtain that separated her room from the rest of the house she was immediately confronted by Suspect-1. Before the victim could ask who was there, she was pepper sprayed in the face. The victim fell backward into the kitchen and knocked over her dog’s water dish. The suspect then pepper sprayed the victim again, as she lay on the floor screaming.
The victim’s dog then attacked Suspect-1. The suspect kicked and pepper sprayed the dog. Victim-1 then saw Suspect-2 in the hallway carrying a safe that was in her brother’s bedroom.
Victim-1 yelled for her father (Victim-2) who was in a back bedroom. He came out of his bedroom and was immediately confronted by suspect-1 who pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at him.
The suspect asked Victim-2 where the “STUFF” was. Victim-2 told the suspect that there was no money in the house. The suspect then demanded Victim-1’s phone. She handed the phone to her dad, who gave it to the suspect. Victim-1 had attempted to call 911 from this phone just before the suspect demanded it. The suspects fled and both victims retreated to the back bedroom where Victim-3 was hiding.
Once in the bedroom they were able to re-dial 911 using a different phone. Officers responded within seconds of the call being broadcast. Officers arrived and conducted an area search for the suspects with negative results. Robbery Detectives also responded and processed the scene.
Seattle Fire responded and treated the victims for pepper spray exposure. The dog appeared to be fine.
Suspect 1 is described as unknown race male, 6’00 feet tall, 190 pounds, 18-21 years old, wearing a dark bandana and dark hoody.
Suspect 2 is described as unknown race male, 6’00 feet tall, 190 pounds, 22-29 years old.
The investigation continues.
Tags: crime, robbery
October 14th, 2013 by Doree
Cliff tells us his car was stolen last Wednesday night, then recovered the following day, minus the bike rack, head rests and stereo. He’s trying to put a positive spin on the whole situation, asking for creative ideas to “replace” the stolen stereo. In his own words…
At 10 o’clock Wednesday night, I looked out my front window and did not see my car. A courteous policeman came at 11:30, took the particulars, and noted that Seattle has a high recovery rate. “We aren’t like Detroit, where cars go directly to the chop shop.” They called again Thursday morning to let me know that had been found on 66th between Fremont and Dayton.
When I collected the car, I noted that they had punched the lock on the driver’s side. They left our kids library book, but pulled the bike rack off the back, pulled out the radio, they even stole the head rests. I can understand ripping out the radio, but what would they do with head rests?
Well, I would like to ask Phinneywood readers for suggestions for a little shrine to put in the hole left by the left of the stereo, perhaps in the style of some Pakistani or Indian buses.
Tags: car crime, crime
September 30th, 2013 by Doree
Heather tells us her red Ford Escort was stolen from North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North sometime between 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The license plate is 543ZUY. If you’ve seen it, please email Heather at email@example.com.
Tags: car crime, crime
September 19th, 2013 by Doree
Diann says someone dumped a black men’s bike in her front yard near downtown Greenwood a few days ago. She didn’t want to describe it in detail to make sure only the owner would be able to describe it. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think it’s yours.
Tags: crime, lost and found
September 13th, 2013 by Dale
The city of Seattle recently released an app for Android and iPhone devices that lets you conveniently photograph, map and then report issues such as abandoned vehicles, graffiti and potholes, the moment you see them.
Prior to the app’s release, your options were to make a phone call, show up in person at a city office or use a mobile-unfriendly online service request form.
While a PC-based online service request form is more detailed and has additional reporting options (the app will include an illegal dumping reporting option on an upcoming release), the app trumps that by eliminating the inconvenience of having to go home and plunk yourself down in front of a computer to make a report.
Since the app’s release a month ago, it’s been downloaded more than 2,800 times, but only about 1,80o requests have been made. About 44 percent have been for graffiti, 27 percent for “other,” 15 percent for potholes and the remainder for parking enforcement and abandoned vehicles.
The low number of requests to downloads ratio may be one indicator the app needs some work. Another one is Google Play Store comments and personal experience: Trying to make a graffiti report immediately after installing the app on a Samsung S3 Android phone caused the app to crash. After rebooting the phone, it showed the report had been submitted three times.
Perhaps the iPhone faithful are having a more bug-free experience…
Then there’s a point of confusion: Submitted requests are marked as “closed” before the reported issue is actually addressed.
For example, a graffiti report entered two weeks ago was marked as closed a few days later, yet the graffiti on some sidewalk ramps still remained as of earlier this evening, well beyond the city’s 10-day timetable for removing graffiti from it’s property in keeping with the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance.
The “closed” indicator just means the report has been successfully handed off to the department that’s responsible for dealing with it, not that it’s actually complete, according to Katherine Schubert-Knapp, communications director for the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
“Several folks have asked about that, so we’re going to change some information on the website,” to explain it, Schubert-Knapp said. She went on to say it’s a limitation of the system the city is using to track the reports. In a follow-up email, she included some additional details:
When checking the status of a service request submitted through Find It, Fix It, the tracking information may show that the status is Closed. Closed indicates that the report has been accepted by the City of Seattle, though the graffiti removal may still be pending.
When graffiti is reported, the report is dispatched to the responsible agency for abatement. Because the various agencies use different systems and processes for managing the abatement of graffiti, we’re unable to give real-time status updates.
You can check on the status of any service request by calling the Customer Service Bureau at 684-2489 (CITY). Please be sure to have the service request number ready to expedite the process. You’ll find it listed at the top of the screen when you view your request on your mobile phone.
One hopes something can eventually be done to make the status of reports more clear on the app as well.
Despite the bumps, the app shows promise for making it easier for people to take simple actions to alert the city to issues that need attention.
Not into using an app? You can make reports in person at City Hall, a Neighborhood Service Center, over the phone at (206) 684-2489, or via that service request form on the City’s website.
For those of you who have tried the app, let’s offer our .02 cents to help the city make it better: What’s your take? What would improve it?
Tags: apps, crime, crime reporting, graffiti, potholes, seattle, technology
September 11th, 2013 by Doree
Update: This story was featured on KOMO Wednesday night.
Earlier: Jamie tells us she encountered a Peeping Tom peering through her window near NW 60th Street and 5th Avenue NW very late last night.
Around 12:30-12:45am I was getting ready for bed when my cat was chirping at the window (which was “closed” by blinds). I saw something moving, and pulled down the blinds to find a guy staring right in my window less than a foot from me. Saw red and chased him two blocks barefoot. I’m trying to get a sketch done of him, but in the meantime here’s the description:
- White guy
- Around early to mid 50′s age. MAYBE late 40′s.
- 180-190 lbs
- Black long sleeve shirt or thin sweater tucked into faded blue jeans (old school jeans from the 90′s maybe)
- Black bandana with normal white pattern, tied on him pirate style covering entire top of his head.
- Thin face, cheek bone structure, and gray beard and mustache.
Please warn people that this guy is out there doing this, and probably casing houses for robberies. People need to keep their doors and windows locked obviously, and REALLY make sure their blinds and curtains are closed.
I made a report, and working with the police.
September 10th, 2013 by Doree
Robin tells us his wife’s bike was stolen from right in front of the Greenwood Fred Meyer on Monday afternoon, even though it was locked up. The theft happened just after 4 p.m.
He says Fred Meyer told him their security cameras don’t cover the bike parking area.
The bike was a new Kona Dew in burnt orange. If you’ve seen it or have any information, please put a note in comments or email us and we’ll put you in touch with Robin.
Tags: crime, theft
September 8th, 2013 by Doree
Catherine tells us someone stole a prayer wheel last night from in front of her home near North 67th Street and Palatine Avenue North.
It was on a post outside my fence NW corner of 67th and Palatine Avenue N. Someone tried to take it about a week ago and made it so it would not turn. We fixed it yesterday and today it was gone.
Here’s what the wheel looked like before someone pried it out of the post.
If you have any information, please put a note in Comments or email us and we’ll put you in touch with Catherine.
September 5th, 2013 by Doree
Greg tells us that a white Subaru station wagon with a big yellow “D” sticker on the back was stolen from near the corner of NW 70th Street and 2nd Avenue NW. He said a green Nissan Pathfinder that appears to have been stolen was left in the same area.
If you have any information about the Subaru or the Nissan, please put a note in Comments or email us and we’ll put you in touch with Greg.
Tags: car crime, crime
September 2nd, 2013 by Doree
Jesse tells us someone left a folded black and green Chicco double stroller outside their house last Thursday morning, along with a Ford of Kirkland license plate frame. They assume both were dumped from a stolen car. If you think it’s your stroller, please email Jesse at email@example.com.
August 14th, 2013 by Doree
Amy tells us she found what looks like an expensive pair of bifocal prescription glasses with magnetic sunglass lenses. She found them in a black case on the corner of 97th and Fremont in the planting strip. She thinks they may have been stolen out of someone’s car and dumped, because her neighborhood has had a rash of car prowls lately.
If they’re yours, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: crime, lost and found