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


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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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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Burglars break into Couth Buzzard Books, steal $950

November 2nd, 2015 by Doree

Burglars broke into Couth Buzzard Books at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday night and 5:45 a.m. this morning. Owner Theo Dzielak says they broke the front door’s window to get in and stole about $950 in cash. No books were stolen.

Dzielak says the theft is very hard for his small, independent business.

If anyone saw or heard anything, or has any information, please contact Dzielak at theo@buonobuzzard.com or 206-436-2960.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Dark green truck stolen overnight from Phinney and 90th

June 12th, 2014 by Doree

Update: All says his truck was found on Sunday just off Aurora Avenue, without any damage.

Earlier: Al tells us his truck was stolen overnight from near the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 90th Street. It’s a 1993 dark green king cab Nissan four-wheel-drive, with a matching dark green canopy. The license plate number is B71963W. It was reported to the police. If you see it, call 911. If you have any information about the theft, please email Al.

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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.


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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