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

 

Do you recognize this Greenwood package thief?

August 11th, 2017 by Doree

Rebecca tells us this man stole three packages early this morning from inside her locked apartment building’s lobby at 8745 Greenwood Ave. N.

The man was able to open the security panel at the outside entrance and then buzz himself into the building. Security cameras also caught the man inside with an armful of packages.

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Attempted theft of an ATM in Ballard early this morning, stolen forklift found at scene

December 30th, 2016 by Doree

For the second time in less than a week, someone used a forklift to try to steal an ATM near our neighborhood, according to Seattle Police.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to an alarm at a free standing ATM in the 900 block of NW 45th Street early Friday morning. A large forklift was still at the scene, and the ATM had been knocked over and damaged.

Just before 5:00 am, officers responded to the alarm call and located the damaged machine and housing structure. A forklift was used to knock over and damage the outer structure of the ATM safe. No suspects were located. The forklift had been reported stolen from a secure construction site nearby. The forklift was recovered by the construction company. Representatives from the bank responded and stated that they did not believe any money was accessed, however, there was extensive damage to the ATM. The representatives took possession of the ATM. This incident is very similar to one that happened early Christmas morning on Aurora Avenue North. Detectives will conduct the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this morning’s incident is asked to contact Seattle Police.

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Homeowner foils package thief by yelling at him through her video/audio doorbell

December 16th, 2016 by Doree

Update Dec. 23: The King County Sheriff’s Office called me to say they have identified the man. Stay tuned for more details.

Earlier: Lesley tells us she chased off a package thief Thursday afternoon by yelling at him through her Ring doorbell that has video and audio capabilities.

It happened on North 79th Street between Linden and Fremont avenues.

The man spent quite a bit of time trying to fit a large package into a cloth bag he brought with him. As he walked down the steps, she yelled at him through the doorbell, and he left the package on the porch and walked away.

The man was pushing a shopping cart and wearing a medical boot on one foot.

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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!!!

*IF YOUR VEHICLE IS BROKEN INTO*

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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Do you recognize this suspected package thief?

October 26th, 2016 by Doree

Tim tells us his security camera caught this man stealing a package from his steps on North 85th Street between Fremont and Linden avenues.

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The man was carrying what looks like a tool tray from a toolbox, perhaps to make it look like he was a repairman. The man grabbed a small box from the steps and walked back towards the street.

Anyone recognize him?

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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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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.

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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.

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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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