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


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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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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Bag found in Phinney Ridge with random items likely from a car prowl

November 26th, 2015 by Doree

Ginny tells us she found an Ann Taylor Loft shopping bag on her driveway this morning.

It was full of items that most of us would carry in our cars…phone cables, sunglasses, CDs and an owner’s manual for a 2007 Mazda3. There are a few other items in it as well. It has probably been there for a few days, although the items were not damp. I suspect it was a grab and dash from a car prowl…I live between 3rd and 8th on 73rd.

If you think the items might be yours, email Ginny at grollett@hotmail.com.

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

December 3rd, 2012 by Doree

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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Neighborhood mischief, crime

November 26th, 2012 by Doree

Alina tells us her Subaru’s passenger windows were completely smashed sometime between 11 last night and 7 this morning. Nothing was taken from the car, which was parked on the corner of North 59th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Michelle says she saw a man get out of his silver Volvo and knock over both of her neighbor’s garbage cans, around midnight last night, near the corner of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 76th Street. She says as she went inside, she heard another loud thunk, and assumed it was the same man knocking over more cans down the street.

Did anyone see or hear anything related to these two incidents?

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Greenwood resident helps police catch four suspected car prowlers

October 19th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Police say a Greenwood resident helped them arrest four suspected car prowlers early this morning. From the SPD Blotter:

An alert resident saw two suspicious men in the secure parking garage of his apartment complex in Greenwood early this morning and called 911. The caller reported that he was watching them just before 5:00 am as they looked into cars and entered at least one near N. 105th St. and Greenwood Avenue North. The caller remained on the line with 911 and stated that one of the men left the garage and went to a car parked out on the street. Officers arrived quickly and located the two suspects, along with two female passengers that were in the car. The caller verified that officers were talking to the correct suspects. The car the suspects had arrived in was missing both license plates and it was determined to have been reported stolen out of Marysville. The car contained numerous backpacks and electronic items, presumably stolen. The car was impounded to the processing room. The car inside the garage that the suspects had entered had significant damage to the ignition and a screwdriver was recovered. The suspects also had numerous car keys in their possession.

The two male suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft and Burglary. The two female suspects were booked into jail for their outstanding warrants. Burglary and Auto Theft detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

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