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

Failed break-in

At 10:04 a.m. on Feb. 5, a homeowner in the 2500 block of Warren Avenue North called 911 after receiving a notification from his alarm company that an alarm had been tripped while he was away. 

He responded to the home and met with police. They found a shoe mark on the back door, indicating someone had attempted to kick the door in. They had apparently kicked it hard enough to activate the audible alarm, which scared the person off. 

The homeowner told police this same thing happened about a year ago, in March 2015. 

This may be a common occurrence because the house’s backyard abuts a public park, with no fence in between the yard and the park.



At 8 a.m. on Feb. 5, a man in the 2000 block of 13th Avenue West called 911 after he saw two people walk by him on the sidewalk carrying his backpacks. 

He said he was standing at the bus stop two blocks from his home on 15th Avenue West when he saw the suspects, a man and a woman, walk by with two backpacks he recognized as his own. 

He said he was certain one of the backpacks was his because of a rolled-up item sticking out of one of the backpack pockets. 

He quickly went back to home and checked his storage unit, which had been broken into. Two other units had also been broken into; all the locks had been pried off. 

Police found several fingerprints inside and around the burglarized storage units. 

The victim told police that before he left the bus stop, he saw the suspects enter a store. Police checked the store, and while the suspects were not inside, they were able to get images of them from the store’s video surveillance cameras. 

Police dispatchers got a 911 call from the same neighborhood at 3:14 a.m. that morning reporting that two suspects were seen prowling the neighborhood. 

While police were responding to the storage unit break-in, another officer responded to the same neighborhood for a bike theft. Police believe all of these incidents were related to the same suspects.


Bad thief, worse driver

At 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 25, several witnesses called 911 when a vehicle flipped in the road at the 200 block of Dexter Avenue North near the Seattle Center. 

The driver crawled out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. However, members of a nearby construction crew stopped the man and detained him until police arrived. 

Police determined the vehicle was stolen. When they searched the driver’s backpack, police also found tools commonly used in car thefts, including pry tools and shaved keys. 

The vehicle had license plates that had been reported stolen off another vehicle from the same manufacturer. 

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for medical treatment before being booked into King County Jail, for possession of stolen property, hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.