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


Counterfeit $20 bills showing up in the neighborhood

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

Home Street Bank in Phinney Ridge has recently discovered four counterfeit $20 bills, all from different business deposits. Branch Manager Dustin Foss says it’s rare to find that many in such a short time span, and he suspects there are more counterfeit bills circulating in the neighborhood.

Here’s what Foss said was wrong with the bills:

  • They had an “odd feel”
  • Colors were slightly brighter than normal
  • Missing the security strip that is visible when held up to a light
  • What should be a copper-colored “20” on the front bottom right corner was more of a flat yellow
  • Eagle watermark on the left side had poor resolution
Graphic courtesy of HomeStreet Bank.

Graphic courtesy of HomeStreet Bank.

He said the first counterfeit bills his branch encountered seemed to have a better production level than the most recent bills, but he said all were fairly obviously fake after a brief inspection.

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Truck stolen from Greenwood/Aurora by men with tow truck

September 6th, 2016 by Doree

Matt tells us his truck was stolen by two men with a tow truck from Aurora Avenue North and North 97th Street early on Aug. 31. He says surveillance video and cameras show one person was driving a silver Mustang.


He was unable to read the writing on the side of the tow truck. But he’s positive it was stolen and not taken legally by a tow truck operator.

Did anyone see this or have any information about the tow truck?

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Burglar breaks into Phinney Ridge home by removing portable air conditioner from window

September 2nd, 2016 by Doree

David tells us someone broke into his home near NW 73rd Street and 3rd Avenue NW on Thursday afternoon by removing a portable air conditioner from a window, even though that window is about six feet off the ground.

He says the burglar didn’t take much, but made quite a mess looking for valuables.

So, just a reminder that windows with portable air conditioners will not necessarily keep burglars out.

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KOMO: Burglar steals $20,000 from Baranof’s safe

August 30th, 2016 by Doree

KOMO 4 reports that Baranof Bar & Grill at 8549 Greenwood Ave. N. was burglarized on Aug. 14 by a man who broke into the office, pried open the safe and stole $20,000 while the restaurant was open.

Read the full story here, and see surveillance pictures of the thief, who they are trying to identify.

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Two kids’ bikes stolen from Greenwood back yard

August 29th, 2016 by Doree

Val says her sons’ two bikes were stolen out of their back yard at NW 84th Street and 6th Avenue NW a few days ago. One is a blue Specialized mountain bike for an 8-year old.

Specialized Bike-resized

The other is a black BMX bike for a 14-year-old. They were locked together, but not to the fence post.

BMX side view-resized

If you see either of them, please contact Val at talaveras@msn.com or 206-297-8272.

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Top Ten Toys targeted by LEGO thieves

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Top Ten Toys, at 120 N. 85th St., has been hit recently by at least two shoplifters who have stolen high-end LEGO sets. Staffing Manager Aries J. Galindo said two men visited the store separately last week, and another man and woman appeared to be casing the store previous to that.

Security camera footage shows the man in the image below went straight to the back of the store, placed his large backpack on the floor, picked up several small LEGO sets, then walked out with one of the large LEGO Mindstorms sets worth more than $300.


Later in the week, the man in the white shirt pictured below entered the store carrying an empty gift bag. About 10 minutes later as he was leaving the store, a staff member approached him because she saw that he had a LEGO Mindstorms set in the bag. The man said he had just purchased it at Fred Meyer. Galindo said that man had a number of tattoos on both arms and a tattoo behind his left ear.


Galindo said the store is missing at least four of these expensive LEGO sets. Because of the thefts, Top Ten Toys has instituted a bag check when customers enter the store. Customers who refuse a staff member’s request to look in their bag will be asked to put their bag in their vehicle or come back later without the bag.

The store also will not accept any returns for LEGO Mindstorms sets without a receipt. “We maintain the right to retain the item until said receipt is presented and the sales database is cross referenced,” he told me by email. “There will not be any refunds and/or store credits for LEGO sets that are clearly showing as ‘no sale’ in our system.”

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Bike found in Phinney Ridge

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Nancy found a blue bike on her property near North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. If you think it’s yours, call her at 206-604-2570 to identify it.

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UPDATE: SUSPECT ARRESTED — SPD looking for shooting suspect who crashed car near Green Lake

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Update: SPD arrested the suspect Friday afternoon.

Earlier: If you heard the helicopters overhead this afternoon, Seattle Police are searching for a shooting suspect.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue NE and NE Northgate Way. Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of NE 80th, so he took off running.
Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here (picture removed, the man is in custody) may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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Greenwood and Phinney business owners should be on lookout for possible book selling scam

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

Dr. Jason Hooyman from Hooyman Chiropractic at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW says a man came to his office on Wednesday, claiming to be selling books to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and was fairly aggressive in his sales pitch, although he didn’t have any books with him.

The man said he was an Iraq war veteran and that he was blind in one eye. He was about 6 feet tall with brown hair, and slightly overweight. He was dressed in shorts and a polo shirt.

KOMO had a story on Wednesday about Queen Anne businesses that were approached by a man with a similar description and the same sales pitch. Those business owners believed it to be a scam.

Did anyone else encounter this man?

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