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Car prowler steals climbing gear out of car near crowded restaurant Saturday night

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments

Jessica tells us someone broke into a car near the Barking Dog restaurant on Saturday night, breaking two windows and stealing climbing equipment.

There was a smash and grab on Saturday night on the corner of 70th & 7th. Two men were eating at the Barking Dog when two of their car windows were smashed and a backpack and climbing gear stolen out of the back. A neighbor noticed the vandalized car and went to the Barking Dog, where the staff were good enough to notify the patrons and find the owner. It happened between 5:45 and 6:30 PM. What’s scary is that this was a fairly busy corner, just a hundred feet from the entrance of the restaurant.

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  1. Thomas P. says:

    Tweakers, as usual. If we’re lucky they’ll try and use the gear.

  2. Greenwood Resident says:

    They will probably use the gear to try to gain entry via upper floor balconies.

  3. blard says:

    They will sell the hundreds of dollars of equipment for $5.
    The Seattle Police do not treat car prowls as a serious crime. This is a big part of why we have so many of them. If the SPD did more to catch these shits, the rate of car prowls would be easily cut in half. Every other city has already done it, but Seattle is unwilling to even try.

  4. nicole says:

    Thanks for helping get the word out. I actually had a backpack of climbing gear stolen out of the back of my car two weeks ago in Ballard, also near a busy street on Friday night. We stopped in for some food after the gym and were gone less than an hour, but came back to a smashed rear window and backpack gone. Definitely a reminder on why you should never leave things in your car!

  5. bushwood beaver says:

    I found all that stuff ditched in the upper parking lot of the PNA Sunday morning. Don’t know if it’s still there. Sorry!

  6. Lee Harper says:

    Stop by the Phinney Center to see if what we have is yours. Just ask at the front desk. There was a backpack along with a garbage back of stuff. looked like mostly shoes but it was wet and I didn’t dig around too much. It got moved around in the Winter Festival clean up but it’s there now!

    or call 783-2244 to ask about it.