Bloody fracas           

Two Seattle Police officers were waved over in the 600 block of First Avenue North for a theft in progress at 2:32 a.m. Thursday, April 11. The suspect was immediately identified and stopped.

Several employees and witnesses gave the same account: the suspect exited the store with a basket of merchandise without paying.

When stopped outside, at the top of the escalators to the sidewalk, the suspect struggled with security and threw some of the merchandise over the railing onto the sidewalk below. The struggle continued down the escalator and onto the sidewalk.

The suspect punched the security guard and beat him with an umbrella. At some point during the incident the suspect started bleeding on his arms and wiped it on the security officer’s shirt and face saying, “I’m the one that’s bleeding!”

The suspect was attempting to steal about $127 in merchandise, including detergent, dryer sheets, seltzer water, meat, cheese and wine.

He was booked into King County Jail for robbery after medics from Seattle Fire assessed his injuries.

Pinched pennies           

Police responded at 1:10 p.m. Friday, April 5, to a house in the 1900 block of Sixth Avenue West for a burglary. The homeowner told officers the house is currently unoccupied and undergoing renovations. Someone broke in through the front door and stole a five-gallon jar full of about $500 in pennies sometime after 10:45 a.m. the previous day. The suspect left behind a knife.


Police responded at 6:08 p.m. Friday, April 5, to a burglary at a house in the 3000 block of 23rd Avenue West.

The victim said she’d just returned from work and noticed a living room chair was turned upside down and left just inside the front door. There were three pry marks on the back door and the deadbolt was broken.

The victim said it was clear that the burglar had rummaged through the house. Some financial paperwork was taken from a safe inside the bedroom closet along with five watches.


The resident of a house in the 4500 block of 33rd Avenue West called 911 at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, April 11, to report an overnight burglary.

She said her garage was broken into and one of her bikes was stolen two months ago. She’s since installed an alarm system. Last night the alarm was tripped, and she found the door open when she went out to check on the garage. Her bikes in the garage are now locked up, and nothing was taken during this incident.

Caught on camera           

Police responded at 3:45 a.m. Friday, April 12, to a store in the 100 block of Nickerson Street for a burglary. The store manager said she received a call about an alarm trip at 2:49 a.m. She found the store’s front door standing open.

Responding officers checked the inside of the store and found it clear of suspects. The store manager checked the security cameras and found footage of two suspects pulling up to the front of the store in a van at about 2:50 a.m. After breaking into the front doors, they’re seen exiting the store a few minutes later carrying a few boxes. The store manager reported the suspects stole a camera battery pack and some tools.

 Snatched phone         

Police responded  at 4:43 p.m. Friday, April 5,to a business on West Dravus Street for a reported theft.

The suspect was first seen loitering around the receptionist desk, where he tried to grab a laptop from the receptionist. When she pulled the laptop away from the suspect, the receptionist dropped her cellphone. The suspect grabbed the phone and ran out of the building.

 He ran into an adjacent building where he attempted to steal some tools but was thwarted by a facility worker. He was last spotted waiting at a nearby bus stop, but officers were unable to locate him.