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


4 cars vandalized overnight at 72nd and Palatine

December 5th, 2016 by Doree

Heather tells us that this morning she saw four cars parked at North 72nd Street and Palatine Avenue in Phinney Ridge were vandalized. She says it looks like they were damaged with a bat or some other tool, and not sideswiped by another car.


One door handle was almost pried off but she didn’t see any tool scratch marks around it, so she wondered if someone would be able to do that with their bare hands.


She called 911 to report it, but the police said only registered owners can make a report. She tried knocking on doors this morning but no one answered.


If you own one of these cars, please call Seattle Police to make a report.

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SPD provides tips to prevent car prowls while holiday shopping

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg provided the following tips to help prevent car prowls while shopping during the holidays.

In past years we have seen a rise in car prowls during the holiday season at the Northgate Mall. Seattle Police Department is dedicated to helping people stay safe during this time of year and will be increasing patrol and visibility in the Northgate Mall area. Please take the below precautions when parking at the mall.

Car prowls are crimes of opportunity that happen within seconds. Thieves are targeting all types of vehicles looking for recently purchased gifts, GPS devices, cell phones, purses, cash, laptops, cameras, luggage, and garage remotes. There are many things you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

  • Carry your purchases with you while you shop. If that is impractical, place them in the trunk and move your car to another location in case a car prowler is observing the parking lot.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle every time you park, roll up windows, and lock your car.
  • Do not leave cords and charging devices in plain view, a prowler may see these and take the chance that you have a valuable electric inside and enter your car.
  • If valuables must be left behind, hide them out of sight or place them in the trunk before parking at your destination.
  • Disable internal trunk release per your owner’s manual instructions.
  • Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas if possible.
  • Audible alarms or other theft deterrent devices can be effective.
  • Remote controls for garages should never be left inside parked vehicles.

Most importantly BE OBSERVANT and report all crimes and suspicious activity to 911 immediately!!!


You can file a report by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011, or file one online at: http://www.seattle.gov/police/report/default.htm

When filing a report on-line or over the phone you do not need to remain at the scene. If you choose to call the non-emergency line, simply ask to report a crime and, if it meets the criteria, the call-taker will forward you to an officer who will take your report over the phone. The officer will still provide you with a case number. If the crime is still in progress or it is an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.


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Car prowl victims looking for backpack and laptop

July 5th, 2016 by Doree

Kate tells us a man rode his bike by their friend’s car on Dayton Avenue and North 72nd Street on July 4, around 7 p.m., and smashed the car window, stealing a green backpack and a laptop, among other items.

If anyone sees a large, green Sealine brand rolltop backpack or an old white Mac laptop, please email Kate at theveatchfam@gmail.com.

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SPD arrests suspected car thief in Lower Phinney/Ballard

June 15th, 2016 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Police found a car thief asleep at the wheel Monday night after tracking a stolen Honda from Queen Anne to the West Woodland neighborhood.

A Queen Anne resident called SPD around 9 PM Monday from the 3200 block of Conkling Place West and reported someone had stolen his Honda Prelude in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, his car was equipped with a GPS system, which showed the vehicle was parked in the 6500 block of 5th Avenue Northwest.

Officers quickly found the car and discovered there was a 21-year-old man asleep in the driver’s seat. After arresting the man, police found he was carrying a collection of filed-down keys—a tool commonly used by prolific car thieves—along with a tool for breaking windows, a can of lubricant spray, and two passports belonging to other people. Police also recovered a backpack, a briefcase, a box of wrenches, car and stereo parts from the car, none of which belonged the the car’s owner.

Officers booked the 21-year-old–who has previous convictions for auto theft property crimes—into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and returned the car to its owner.

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Work badge and key card stolen from car on North 79th overnight

January 25th, 2016 by Doree

Lena tells us someone broke into her car on North 79th Street overnight and stole her security badge from Evergreen Hospice. It has her name and picture on it.

I can’t imagine anyone has any use for it, so it’ll probably be tossed somewhere in the neighborhood. Let me know if someone has seen it! Also missing a white key card with the word “waterside” on it.

If anyone finds it, please put a note in Comments below or email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with Lena.

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News roundup: Greenwood author publishes 3rd book, preschool and gym open houses, car smash and grab

January 20th, 2016 by Doree

Whole Life Yoga owner Tracy Weber has released her third book in the “Downward Dog” series about yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her dog Bella, “Karma’s a Killer.”

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is about to discover that when it comes to murder, there’s no place like om. When she agrees to teach doga—yoga for dogs—at a fundraiser for Dogma, a local animal rescue, Kate believes the only real damage will be to her reputation. But when an animal rights protest at the event leads to a suspicious fire and a drowning, a few downward-facing dogs will be the least of Kate’s problems…

The police arrest Dharma, a woman claiming to be Kate’s estranged mother, and charge her with murder. To prove Dharma’s innocence, Kate, her boyfriend Michael, and her German shepherd sidekick Bella dive deeply into the worlds of animal activism, organizational politics, and the dangerous obsessions that drive them.

Revel Athletics at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101, is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Revel opened on Nov. 30, offering barre and yoga classes. It is a sister gym to CrossFit Phinney Ridge right next door. The open house will have a free yoga class from 10-11 a.m., then mimosas and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Strokes Paint & Sip Studio at 8503 Greenwood Ave. N. appears to have closed. The space is for lease and the website has expired. An email message has not been returned.

Glenn tells us someone smashed in the rear window of a car parked right under street lights on North 72nd Street between Fremont and Linden Avenues last Saturday night. Several items were taken out of the back.

North Seattle Fives Cooperative School is hosting an open house from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday at 5515 Phinney Ave., N. across from the zoo. Prospective families wishing to enroll must first observe a class, then submit a registration form by Feb. 13.

North Seattle Fives is a pre-K program designed to meet the needs of children who are too young for kindergarten or who would benefit from another year before starting kindergarten. Class meets M, T, Th, F from 9:30 – 1:30. Monthly tuition is approx. $280 per child and parents participate in the classroom one day per week.

The gender-balanced classroom, across the street from Woodland Park Zoo, provides a stimulating and emotionally supportive environment for the children. Teacher Aaron, easy-going and inventive, brings a ukulele to circle time. Meet him and parents of the current class at the open house to learn more.

Admission is determined by a lottery in February. Priority registration is given to children turning 5 before December 31, 2016, but children turning 5 before March 31, 2017 are encouraged to apply.

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UPDATED — Crime update: two car prowls, one attempted house break-in

December 14th, 2015 by Doree

We’re receiving quite a few crime reports these days, especially car and house prowls. Here are the latest.

Paul says he had left his house at North 92nd Street and 2nd Avenue NW for just a few hours on Saturday, and when he returned he found two window screens had been cut as someone tried to break in to his house. They didn’t get in. He always keeps his three yard gates closed; someone had left them open.

Gail tells us that on Sunday she saw a car with every window broken except the windshield on North 75th Street near Greenwood Avenue.

Andrew says someone broke into his car on North 74th Street at Dayton Avenue North Sunday night and took a shoe box with size 14 Rockports. If you’ve seen the shoes lying around, please put a note below in comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with Andrew.

Updates since our initial post this morning:

Burglars broke into Violet Sweet Shoppe at 6410 Phinney Ave. N. by breaking the window with bricks and severely damaging the front door sometime between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. today. The thieves stole two computers, a small amount of cash, and candy. Please call the store if have any info: 206-297-4441.

Peter says someone stole his wife’s bike out of their carport at NW 97th Street and 2nd Avenue NW Saturday night by cutting a 5/8-inch steel cable. It’s an orange and white retro-looking 2014 Jamis Coda Sport commuter bike.

Pete says another car was broken into on NW 83rd Street between 3rd and 6th avenues NW this weekend.

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Lace-making pillow stolen during car prowl – anyone seen it?

December 7th, 2015 by Doree

A PhinneyWood reader tells us someone broke into her car near 2nd Avenue NW and NW 54th Street recently and stole her lake-making pillow. She’s sure they wouldn’t know what to do with it and would probably just toss it somewhere.



If you’ve seen it, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with her.

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Keys taken during car prowl at 1st & 78th – has anyone seen them?

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

Mark tells us his car was prowled late Saturday or early Sunday at 1st Avenue NW and NW 78th Street.

A few small items were taken, including a key ring with about 10 keys on it. The keychain has a city of Seattle Built Smart vinyl oval key ring. If anyone happens to find the key ring laying around the neighborhood I really need them back.

If you have any information, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with Mark.

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