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


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.


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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SPD arrest Greenwood-Broadview woman on suspicion of heroin/meth dealing

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

Last week, Seattle Police arrested a Greenwood-Broadview woman on suspicion of dealing heroin and meth after numerous neighbors complained of possible criminal activity.

From the SPD Blotter:

Neighbors’ concerns that a Greenwood apartment had become a hub for crime led Seattle police to arrest a suspected heroin and meth dealer and seize a police-grade ballistic vest Wednesday night.

SPD Narcotics detectives began investigating the 49-year-old woman earlier this year after receiving complaints about people constantly coming and going from her apartment in the 11700 block of Greenwood Ave North. Neighbors told police they believed the woman was involved in drug dealing and trafficking stolen property, and detectives soon learned she has also been the cause of numerous 911 calls and police responses in the Greenwood area.

Detectives were able to buy methamphetamine and heroin from the woman on separate occasions and, on April 15th, obtained a warrant to search her home for other signs of drug dealing.

North Precinct officers served a warrant at the home around 10:30 PM and arrested the 49-year-old woman. Officers found a bulletproof vest and 4.6 grams of heroin inside the residence, along with three digital scales, a crack pipe, and baggies. Officers also found it suspicious that the woman was keeping several disassembled bicycles in the balcony of her small, cluttered apartment, and informed the woman they would be checking the bike’s serial numbers to see if they were stolen.

Officers booked the woman into the King County Jail for delivery of narcotics and possession with intent to deliver.

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Kindle found after car prowl

April 17th, 2015 by Doree

Thaedra tells us her car was broken into several months ago on North 84th Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues. The car was rifled through but nothing was taken other than some change. She returned to the glove box what she thought was the car’s owner’s manual in a leather case. But recently her husband pulled it out and realized it was actually a Kindle. They think it was left behind by the car prowler, and that maybe it was stolen from someone else. The Kindle’s battery is dead and she doesn’t have a charger to turn it on to see if there’s any identifying information.

If you’ve lost a Kindle and think it might be yours, email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with her.

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Neighborhood crime roundup

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

Kris tells us someone stole a UPS package from her front porch just moments after it was dropped off this morning near North 65th Street and Phinney Avenue. The box was placed under the mat inside the screen door. She suspects someone may be following the UPS truck on its rounds.

Steve says someone stole the jogging stroller right off their front porch at NW 73rd Street and 7th Avenue in the afternoon. His wife ran after them but they threw it into a car and drove off.

Christy says someone broke into their car at North 83rd Street and Fremont Avenue last week and took sunglasses, an IPhone car charger and an iPhone stereo cable. She says they rifled through every inch of the car but laid out a small stack of baby pictures around the car.

John says someone broke into his car at NW 85th Street and Dibble Avenue this morning, but the alarm did not go off. He said some irreplaceable personal items were found several blocks south in a yard and returned.


Flying Bike Brewery and Munch Café burglarized

April 16th, 2015 by Doree

One of the founders of the soon-to-open Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., says burglars broke into the business around 5:30 a.m. last Saturday and stole some petty cash. Someone returned two hours later to use an access point between the brewery and neighboring Munch Café, at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N., to break into the café. Flying Bike’s organizers aren’t sure if it was the same people each time.


Flying Bike is on the right; Munch Cafe is on the left in background.

Here’s a screen shot of one of the burglars from Flying Bike’s surveillance system.


We’ve emailed Munch Cafe to find out more about what happened to their business. We’ll update the post when we know more.

Update Friday: Dean from Munch Cafe tells us the burglars stole their point-of-sale system, printers, iPhone, laptop, tools and a lot of cash. Anyone with any information is urged to call the police.

Update April 20: Here’s a surveillance picture of the two burglars. Anyone recognize them?


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SPD: Pot shop burglar caught after neighborhood chase

April 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police say they caught a man trying to burglarize a Greenwood marijuana shop just after midnight Wednesday.

From the SPD Blotter:

After failing to break in to a Crown Hill marijuana shop this morning, a 19-year-old burglar ditched his shirt and led police on a lengthy chase through the neighborhood.

A group of neighbors called police around 12:30 AM after they heard a repetitive hammering sound coming from the pot shop at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW.

The hammering sound turned out to be a masked man, who was trying to pry out the window of the store with a crowbar. When he noticed neighbors watching him, he took off running.

Police arrived and began searching for the man, and Officer Enoch Lee quickly spotted the suspect—now unmasked—standing near a van on 87th and 17th NW. When the suspect saw Officer Lee, he took off running into the neighborhood.

Over the next 90 minutes, the man hopped fences and hid in yards as police—joined by K9s Ziva and Jaeger, and their handlers Officers Mark Wong and Rory Smith—pursued him.

Finally, the suspect—now shirtless—emerged near NW 83rd Street and 12th Avenue NW, where he was arrested by Officer Brandon Craig.

Police booked the 19-year-old man into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, and seized his van, which had tow hitch, and rope attached, which he may have used to rip down the pot shop’s back gate.

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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.