Police Blotter Week of 5-23-11
Poor burglar-sense, solid doors and watchful neighbors
On May 16 a woman returned home on 27th Ave s.w. after being gone for four days to an unsettling discovery: her front and back doors were wide open. The entire house showed signs of rummaging but only a black lock box containing “personal papers but nothing of value” was missing. Burglar-sense failure on display.
Testament to a burly door with a good lock, two suspects described by a witness as “East Africans in their late teens … wearing baggy jeans and dark t-shirts” tried to kick down a front door in broad daylight (shortly after 3 p.m.) on 21st Ave s.w. on May 16. The neighbor/witness woke from a nap and saw the suspects kicking away, grabbed his dog and headed over to intervene. The suspects apparently gave up and jumped into a 90’s Acura sedan driven by a white male, also in his teens. Police report the door showed signs of being repeatedly kicked, but the lock held steady.
Last week King County Sheriff’s arrested a female suspect after she tried to cash a check that didn’t belong to her at a White Center bank. The bank contacted the fraud victim to ask if she had given the woman permission to cash her check. She said she had not given checks to anyone and they should have been in safe keeping at her house. The bank called 911, stalled a bit and police stopped by to make the arrest. A Southwest Precinct officer went to the victim’s house and discovered it heavily damaged from a fire a week before. The victim had been staying elsewhere and upon investigation found the checks missing along with several items including a large screen TV. The responding officer asked her to compile a list of missing items and drop it off at the precinct.
On May 15 officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary call on Highland Park Way s.w. around 2:30 a.m. The caller was delivering Seattle Times newspapers to a bin when he looked up and saw a broken window. Dissecting the scene, police found a small window “large enough for a small person to squeeze in.” Several Bic lighters were strewn about the sidewalk and a blood smear was located next to the broken window. Attempts to contact the business owner were unsuccessful, so police (unable to get inside through the small opening) collected a DNA sample and left an incident report for the owner.
Robberies by block: 7700 16th Ave SW, 4000 SW Alaska St, 9200 16th Ave SW, 7500 35th Ave SW, corner of 15th Ave SW/SW Henderson St
Burglaries by block: 8100 27th Ave SW, 5300 21st Ave SW, 10200 37th Ave SW (2), 10200 31st Ave SW, 8100 Delridge Way SW, 2800 SW Adams St, 4400 55th Ave SW, 10200 36th Ave SW, 8800 5th Ave S, 3200 California Ave SW, 4100 W Marginal Way SW
Car prowls by block: 5600 37th Ave SW, 3100 SW Avalon Way, 4400 37th Ave SW, 5000 SW Dawson St, 7300 Delridge Way SW, 3800 California Ave SW
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