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Reminder about increase in package thefts

December 10th, 2013 by Doree

Thieves seem to come out in force during the holiday season, stealing just-delivered packages off porches. Autumn tells us someone stole a package of baby shower gifts from her Greenwood home two weeks ago.

Surveillance footage showed a white woman with brown hair, approximately 160 pounds driving a 1992 white Lincoln Continental back up the driveway where our apartment complex is located and go from door to door loading packages into her car. The same thief returned on 11/27 to steal a package from the same neighbor but she was spotted and drove away in a hurry. Anyone seeing this car following a UPS truck or circling the neighborhood should immediately call the police.

We’ve received plenty of other emails from folks who’ve had packages stolen, and I witnessed a man steal a package off my neighbor’s porch last week. (I got his license plate but it was a stolen car.)

Experts suggest having packages sent to your work (if your employer will allow this) or to a P.O. box. Sip & Ship at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. will accept packages if you’re already in their computer system. They’ll call you when it arrives and you pay a small fee, starting at $5 for a small box and going up depending on the size.

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Locked up bike stolen from in front of Greenwood Fred Meyer

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.

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White and red bike stolen night before Christmas Eve

December 28th, 2012 by Doree

Kristen says her white and red bike was stolen the night before Christmas Eve. She says her block of NW 86th Street, between 6th and 8th avenues NW.

It’s a Redline cyclocross bike, smallish bright white frame, fire engine red handlebar tape, pedals with cages, gear rack mounted over the back tire, etc. Scratches on the right handlebar from an accident.

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If you’ve seen it or have any information, please contact Kristen at 206-290-3919.

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Smash and grab, attempted car prowl, house broken into in Phinney-Greenwood last night

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

It was a busy night for crime in our neighborhod last night. Sarah emailed to tell us about a car break-in she witnessed last night.

The car break-in happened on 1st in front of St. John the Evangelist in the evening after dark. I was walking my dog across the street when a car pulled up in front of the church, I heard a thump, and the car sped off. I asked the woman who was on that side of the street if something had happened and she wasn’t sure, but thought so. Then we saw the back window of the SUV had been broken out. This all took place in less than 40 seconds. I didn’t pay close attention because I thought it was someone running late to pick up their kid. The other woman also assumed it was someone running late.

So, my take-away from this, is pay attention to any odd behavior. And no matter how quick you think you’ll be, never leave stuff in your car and always lock your car. This happened really fast.

The guy only got reusable grocery bags it looks like. He was driving an older station wagon type car that was white or light grey. The police were called and were coming to take a report.

Coincidentally, last night we witnessed an attempted car prowl by a man in a white station wagon near the corner of 7th Avenue NW and NW 73rd Street. The man sped around the corner, stopped his car in the middle of the street, and quickly looked inside the windows of two parked cars with a bright flashlight. I yelled at him to stop and he jumped in his car and sped away. I called the police and made a report over the phone.

Sarah also tells us her neighbor’s house was broken into sometime yesterday.

I came home to find out our neighbors’ house had been broken into and burgled. This is at 83rd and 3rd. It happened during the day. It looks like they might have broken through a place in the back fence where a board was already missing. More boards had been broken out. They forced open a basement window (the type of window that slides side-to-side) and stole a bunch of stuff, including x-mas presents. The police were called and took a report. The police were there quite a while.

My take-away from this crime is try to limit access to your backyard—put locks on your gates, keep valuables and presents away from view of windows, adopt a dog, communicate with your neighbors. (We had noticed the broken fence earlier in the day and left a note. Our neighbor hadn’t seen the note yet and also didn’t know about the fence until we told them after the police were called.) Also very important, do automatic, off-site back up of your files, photos, etc. You can’t stress this enough.

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Package theft – with a twist

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

Kate tells us that the contents of a package were stolen from her front porch in Greenwood yesterday:

Just wanted to alert neighbors to some unChristmas-like activity in the neighborhood. I live a block off of Greenwood on 83rd Street, and I came home today to find a package that I was expecting on my front porch. Once I took the package inside, I quickly realized that it had been cut open, and the contents had been removed. Some time between 9am and 3pm, someone entered the fenced yard, opened the package, and made of with my Christmas gift from my mother.

This isn’t the first incident of the sort that I have heard about. Be sure to keep an eye out for your neighbors- especially those of us that are at work during the day.

Has anyone else had a similar experience where the package was cut open and the contents removed, but the package left behind?

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Smash-and-grab theft right in front of Fresh Flours coffeeshop

December 14th, 2012 by Doree

Susan tells us someone smashed the window on her car, which was parked at the corner of North 61st Street and Greenwood Avenue North, next to Fresh Flours coffeeshop, in the afternoon when it was still light out.

My son and I went to Fresh Flours Coffeeshop after I picked him up from school. We were inside for about 20 minutes and when we returned to our car parked on the corner of 61st St and Greenwood Ave, the passenger front window had been smashed. My son’s backpack was stolen and its contents which was a lunchbox, a jacket, gloves and his notebook. The thief got nothing of value since he stole a kindergartener’s backpack but caused a great deal of heartache for a 5 year old who struggled to understand why this happened to him. The cost of repair for my window is $500 but the lesson for my son (that there are bad people in his neighborhood) is way more costly. I hope you catch this jerk! At the least, folks in the neighborhood should not leave anything in the front seat and be extra aware.

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Thief cuts down 10-foot tree in front of Phinney home

December 12th, 2012 by Doree

Elizabeth and John tell us that someone cut down one of their front yard trees sometime during the night.

Today, December 12, we walked outside our home and discovered that our highly prized, beautiful and unique Mt Hood hemlock has been cut down and removed, probably for someone’s Christmas tree.

We live just off Greenwood Ave N and planted the tree some 10 years ago where it grew to over 10 feet high while still retaining a snow shedding width of probably not more than a few feet. It was planted just back from our retaining wall next to the sidewalk and was apparently within easy reach for someone standing on the sidewalk below with a saw to cut it down.

Despite being at home during the hours of darkness when this happened and having our bedroom almost directly above, we did not hear anything to alarm us.

This is, therefore, a heads up that, besides those types who will steal your Christmas packages off your porch, there are even crueler more heartless “people” (I use the term “people” loosely) who will cut down and steal a tree off your property; one that you have loved, nourished, and treasured for many years to help celebrate their twisted idea of the Christmas/Hanukah/Holiday season.

Any tips on the criminals involved in this will be appreciated.

Here’s what the tree looked like.

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Several packages stolen from lobby of Phinney Ridge condo building

December 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Roxy tells us that someone stole several packages from her her condo building’s lobby today.

I live in a condo building on 60th and Phinney and came back from a walk today to find an empty, torn-open box outside on the sidewalk, the front door lock kept open with a crumpled piece of plastic, and about five packages gone from the lobby. The theft happened between 3:30 and 5 pm (and I’m sure it was theft, as one package was mine and is gone). No idea yet on how they got in the building, but I’m sure they’re on the prowl around the neighborhood, so heads-up. Maybe it’s worth the pain in the butt to go for signature-required delivery?

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Man steals wallet from A-1 Pianos, runs to catch bus to get away

November 9th, 2012 by Doree

Marie at A-1 Pianos tells us that a man walked into the store at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. around 11:45 Friday morning, went into the office and stole a wallet, then ran across the street to catch the #5 bus downtown.

She says they have surveillance video of the man, who was African-American, about six feet tall, 180-200 pounds, wearing a leather jacket and cap. She says they recognized the man, because he has periodically stopped by the store asking for a job.

In the meantime, if anyone finds a wallet, I.D. and credit cards, please contact A-1 Pianos at 206-783-7055 or info@a-1pianos.com.

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Thieves steal bikes from condo’s secured garage – again

July 17th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Robin found one of his bikes on Craigslist, and police are investigating.

Earlier: In April, Robin told us that someone stole three bikes out of her his condo’s secured parking garage near Woodland Park Zoo. Now, someone has stolen two bikes she he bought to replace them. It happened around 2 a.m. Monday.

I filed a police report first thing Monday morning. And heard from a neighbor they saw two teenagers riding away on the bikes leaving behind…cable cutters.

This time the bike thieves jumped the fence, broke in through the locked garage door, then they cut the cable lock which my two bikes were locked up to inside the garage

I am beginning to suspect they are watching my place and waiting for me to replace the bikes only to steal them again.

Here are pictures of the bikes. If you see them or have any information, please put a note in comments, or email PhinneyWood, and we’ll put you in touch with Robin.

2012 Transition TR250 Silver Large.

2011 Specialized Pitch Pro.

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Another reminder not to leave anything valuable in your vehicle

February 2nd, 2012 by Doree

Dennis sent along yet another reminder to not leave anything valuable in your car, even if you’re only gone for a minute.

The prowl occurred approximately 10:30 Saturday the 28th in the evening as a musician who had just completed a show at the Phinney Center Community Hall was loading his gear into his vehicle. The passenger side window was broken, and a MacBook, iPad, other personal possessions were stolen, as well as the proceeds of his merchandise sale. The theft was reported to the SPD. Please take care not to leave a vehicle unattended even for a minute with valuables inside.

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Missing a blow-up snowman?

December 29th, 2011 by Doree

Cathy tells us that someone left a blow-up snowman in front of her house on 65th Street early this morning. She’d like to reunite the snowman with his family.

I awoke to noises last night to look out my window about 3am to see a car speed off and a blowup snowman on my walk.

They had plugged him into my christmas lights. Im sure he is missing his real home, and his real family is missing him.

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