POLICE BLOTTER | July 15, 2015

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


Holiday weekend

On July 5 at 2:05 p.m., police were called to a home in the 1700 block of Dexter Avenue North in response to a reported burglary.

The residents told police they’d left at 2:30 p.m. on July 2 and locked the front door when they left. When they returned at 2 p.m. on July 5, they found the front door unlocked and drawers and closets opened and rummaged through.

Responding police found pry marks on the front door near the deadbolt but noted that the damage didn’t seem like enough to have forced the door. The deadbolt was still functioning.

They said nobody was staying at their home while they were away, and nobody else has keys other than management.

The victims said they’d left the patio door open slightly, and their balcony is close enough to neighbors for a possible access point.

They also said the building maintenance staff had been doing work on the balconies recently; however, they thought they were done. They said they would check with management to see if workers were on their balcony while they were away.

They said the building’s lobby might have surveillance video.

Officers found fingerprints on a closet handle.

The victims gave police a partial list of stolen items, which were worth $1,750 so far.


Bye-bye, Jordans

On July 3 at 12:35 p.m., police responded to a home in the 3200 block of 15th Avenue West in response to a reported burglary that happened between 6 p.m. on June 30 and 3 a.m. on July 2.

The victim reported that someone entered his home by climbing through a partially open bedroom window. Once inside, the burglar took 25 pairs of basketball shoes, an empty 200-pound safe and a video game console.

Responding police found fingerprints near the window and on some shoeboxes.


Bad buddies

On June 30 at 5:30 p.m., police responded to a store in the 2300 block of Queen Anne Avenue North in response to a reported shoplift in which two serial shoplifters struck yet again.

This time, the thieves had been spotted by store security sitting at a bus stop on the corner of Crocket Street and Queen Anne Avenue, allegedly planning another shoplift, when one suspect pulled reusable bags out of his backpack and handed them to the other.

The second suspect walked across the parking lot and put his bags into a shopping cart before entering the store and proceeding to load the bags with groceries. He exited the store without paying for any of the groceries.

Store security brought him back to the office, while the friend remained outside.

Store security called police on the friend, as well. He had been arrested and trespassed from the store on many occasions.

When police arrived, the friend became very agitated and took off his backpack and jacket, preparing to fight police. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail.

The one who shoplifted on this day was also arrested. He had also been arrested and trespassed from this store for shoplifting on multiple occasions.


Stolen keys, car

At 4:55 p.m. on July 8, police responded to a home in the 3200 block of 15th Avenue West to investigate a reported burglary.

The victim told police that someone had taken her car keys off her coffee table and then took the car sometime between 4 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. that day.

She said she was sleeping between the listed hours, and when she woke, the keys and car were both gone.

Responding police found no signs of forced entry and no other evidence.