Police Blotter Week of 9-3-12
Scissors don’t crack safes
A private security guard left town for a weeklong vacation earlier in August. He returned to find his Fauntleroy Way S.W. home ransacked. His 32 inch TV, surround sound speakers and two large canisters of pepper spray and a baton from his work belt were missing. The victim kept his guns and ammunition in a large double-door gun safe in the kitchen and police said it appeared the unknown suspect(s) tried to use a pair of kitchen shears to cut or pry the doors open. While the scissors likely excel in cutting open packages of bacon, they were no match for the industrial safe and were left jammed between the two doors.
Failsafe, Part 2
Someone broke into a Junction area hardware store around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 and, using tools found inside the store, tried to crack two different safes. While the suspect cut wires to cameras and placed paper over others to obscure evidentiary video, he unknowingly triggered a silent alarm upon entry. When a security guard showed up the unknown suspect fled southbound, failing in his attempt.
Newest burglary scouting ruse
Burglars are always attempting new fronts that allow them to scout homes worth breaking into. On August 18 a woman saw two men peaking into house windows on the 3800 block of 50th Ave S.W. The men wore “Seattle Times” badges and when the neighborhood watch captain asked what they were doing, they said they were “scouting out new sales areas.” She called the Seattle Times and was told they did not have anyone working in the neighborhood.
Near midnight on August 21, Seattle police were dispatched to a train yard on the 3200 block of Harbor Ave S.W. for a burglary in progress. They went to the office and watched a live feed video with the security guard of two people walking around the rail yard with flashlights. Two officers entered the yard and started searching for their suspects. They came across several garbage bags full of scrap metal parts, making the intended loot apparent, and soon came across a “shadowy figure” placing unknown objects into another bag. They crouched down and watched as the suspect finished filling his bag and started walking directly toward them. They stood and shouted, “Seattle Police, get on the ground!” The man followed their direction and was arrested for investigation of burglary. His co-conspirator managed to escape.
It only takes a moment
On August 25 a man living on the 5000 block of S.W. Prince St. left his house shortly after 10 p.m. for a short walk around the neighborhood. His daughter was inside the house, so he decided to leave the garage door open. As he walked back to his home he saw a dark colored Subaru Legacy station wagon idling in his driveway with an unknown male sitting in the driver’s seat. Suddenly, two more men ran out of his garage and threw boxes into the car before fleeing. The victim was able to get a partial license plate number that matched a similar car registered in Federal Way. A mountain bike and power tools were stolen.
Robberies by block: 2600 SW Brandon St
Burglaries by block: 7700 15th Ave SW, 2800 Alki Ave SW, 4800 Fauntleroy Way SW, 4800 21st Ave SW. 5200 37th Ave SW
Car prowls by block: 9400 25th Ave SW, 10000 44th Ave SW, 9200 17th Ave SW, 3200 63rd Ave SW, 3200 Harbor Ave SW
Vehicle thefts by block: 4500 38th Ave SW, 6000 41st Ave SW, 3000 62nd Ave SW, 9000 9th Ave SW (2), 4100 SW Frontenac, 9200 36th Ave SW, 9400 27th Ave SW, corner of SW Admiral Way/34th Ave SW, 4800 42nd Ave SW, 9200 18th Ave SW