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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-436-2960.
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.
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.