The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described. 

Embattled Building

At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 18, police responded to a burglary at an apartment building in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue West.

The building manager said this was just the most recent in a string of burglaries that had taken place over the last few months in this and another building he manages on the same block.

He said this most recent incident took place sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. An unidentified suspect pried open the building’s front door and went to the mailroom, where he pried open several mailboxes, causing about $5,000 in damage to the vintage mailbox doors.

The suspect also went to a storage room in the basement and urinated on the carpet. The building manager estimated it would cost at least $200 to get the carpet cleaned.

Other recent incidents include a broken window, a burglary of the laundry room wherein the coin boxes were damaged and the quarters stolen, and suspicious suspects found trespassing on the property.

As there was no video and no physical evidence left behind, it’s unclear what police will be able to do.

Victimized Airbnb

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, police responded to a burglary at a house in the 800 block of Nickerson Street.

The victims were guests at this home, which was serving as a short-term rental. They stated they’d just arrived at the home earlier that day. They put their stuff in the house and left at about 7:15 p.m. When they returned to the residence at about 10 p.m. they found a window on the east side of the house had been pried open. The window is on the ground level and its screen was found inside the living room.

The victims reported several items stolen including a briefcase, a laptop, a phone charger, a pair of headphones and a suitcase full of clothes including six pairs of shoes.

They estimated the total loss to be just over $2,500.

Coin Theft

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 19, the building manager for an apartment on West Highland Drive called 911 to report a burglary to the building’s laundry room.

Sometime between midnight and 1 p.m., someone attempted to pry open the coin boxes on three laundry machines. They were successful with one machine, but failed with the other two.

The manager said there was a little over $100 in quarters in each machine at the time.

The apartment is a secured-entry building, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Hot Pot

At approximately 10 a.m. on Aug. 19, a group of tourists called 911 to report they’d been robbed in their sleep.

They said they were staying in a short-term rental in the 400 block of West Republican Street, and had gone to sleep at about 1:30 a.m. When they woke up at 7 a.m. a cell phone and $700 worth of marijuana was missing from a table next to an open window.

Meddled Fireplace

Around 7 p.m. on Aug. 19, a homeowner called 911 to report a burglary at her home in the 1400 block of Eighth Avenue West.

She said two days earlier, her attached short-term rental unit was broken into. She went inside the unit and found the double door open and the electric fireplace on.

She could not find the remote for the fireplace and said she believes it was stolen. Nothing else was taken.

Caught Red Handed

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 20, a witness called 911 to report an active burglary at a business in the 500 block of First Avenue North.

An officer who happened to be near the scene spotted the suspect walking with a cardboard box at Queen Anne Avenue North and Mercer Street. The suspect was stopped and 10 bottles of alcohol were recovered from the box and his person. He was bleeding from the back of both hands, and he said he didn’t know how he was cut.

The witness confirmed that this was the suspect he saw breaking into the business. When the suspect was detained his person was searched, and he had credit cards and an ID in his back pocket. The name on the cards matched the victim of a robbery wherein the suspect stated he had a gun, and stole the victim’s wallet containing credit cards and ID.

Police took a look at the burglarized building and found that the bars over a window had been forcefully bent. A wooden board behind the metal bars had been damaged and a there was a hole large enough for a person to fit through. There was blood on the wood.

This was not the first time the suspect has targeted this store. On Aug. 11, he is listed as the suspect in an incident wherein he shoplifted from the store and punched the owner in the head when confronted.

For this incident he was arrested and booked into King County Jail for burglary.