POLICE BLOTTER | August 24, 2016

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

Welcome Home

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, police responded to a burglary at a home in the 2800 block of 34th Avenue West. The homeowners reported they had been away between July 22nd until 6:30 p.m. that evening. When they got home, they found a glass back door of was broken, after a rock had been thrown through it. Several drawers and closets had been rifled through, and about $1,000 worth of jewelry was missing. Nothing else was taken during the burglary. The homeowner told police he had security cameras on the outside of the house, but they’d been pushed away from the doors, likely by the burglar.

Missing Jewelry Box

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, a woman called 911 to report someone had broken into her house in the 3800 block of 24th Avenue West. She said she’d been away from home from 2:20 p.m. until 5 p.m. that day, and she’d locked the front door when she left. When she came home, she found the front door open and a small jewelry box was missing from the living room table. The homeowner and police officers couldn’t figure out how the burglar had entered the home.  

Alarm Trip

Just before 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, police responded to an alarm call at a house in the 4300 block of 30th Avenue West. When officers arrived, they found a neighbor waiting on the front porch who said they had a key to the house and could let police in. Officers first checked the exterior of the house and found the kitchen window pried open, with a chair propped up underneath the window and fresh pry marks on the wooden frame. After calling for backup, police checked the inside of the house for the burglar, but no one was found. The officers couldn’t tell if anything was missing from the house, and the homeowner was out of town and unable to assist. Officers locked the house up and reset the alarm.

Shattered Window

Just after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, police responded to a burglary at a house in the 1600 block of Magnolia Boulevard West. The victim said she’d been out of town since Aug. 5, and returned home that day. She said her housekeeper discovered the burglary at 11 a.m. that morning. A window in the master bedroom had been shattered. The drawers in her closet were open and some of her jewelry was missing. The bedroom was the only room in the house the burglar had targeted. Most of the dresser drawers and closet doors were open and their contents rifled through. She said about $25,000 worth of jewelry was taken during the burglary.

Unsuccessful Burglar

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, the owner of a home in the 2000 block of 26th Avenue West called 911 to report somebody had tried to break into his garage while he was at the dentist. He said he’d been gone for about three hours and when he came home he found the screen of a window on his garage popped off. It looked like someone and tried to force the garage window open, but was unsuccessful.

Stranger In The House

Just after 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, the owner of a house in the 5100 block of West Comstock Street called 911 after she saw a stranger run past her in her house. When officers responded, they found a broken window next to the front door. There were also several unlocked doors throughout the house. There were several drawers and closets open upstairs. The victim’s feet were bleeding from walking through the broken glass. Medics from Seattle Fire responded to treat her injuries and fix the broken window.

Stolen Sports Car

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on Aug. 10, police responded to a 911 call reporting a stolen car from a house in the 3400 block of West Blaine Street. A neighbor said he heard the car start and knew it was his neighbor’s car because it is very distinct: a 2016 Maserati Ghibli. The neighbor told police he’d already contacted his neighbor, who was out of town on vacation, and confirmed that nobody was given permission to take the car. Police went to the house and found the burglar had opened an unlocked window next to the back door. It looked like the burglar had taken some silverware and jewelry before finding the car keys and stealing the car from the detached garage. Police found several fingerprints throughout the house but were unable to locate the car while checking the neighborhood for it.

Workplace Violence

At approximately 4 p.m. on Aug. 11, police responded to an assault call from a restaurant in the 200 block of West Thomas Street. The restaurant owner and manager told police they’d approached an employee to talk with him about his performance when he became angry, asking if he was getting fired. They said no, but the employee stormed outside. The manager asked the employee for his keys and he refused, walking away and then turning back and head butting the manager. The employee began punching and choking the manager until the owner pulled him off. At first, the employee went back into the restaurant, but after the restaurant owner called 911 he called an Uber and left the scene. He turned in his keys before he left.