POLICE BLOTTER | Dec. 13, 2017

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

Slim Jim Bandits

At approximately 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 1, police responded to a convenience store in the 3300 block of West McGraw Street after someone called to report the front door to the business was open and its glass was shattered.

When officers arrived they contacted the store’s owner to respond to the scene, and checked inside, finding merchandise scattered all over the counter and floor but no one inside. This was the second time in a month that the store was burglarized.

When the owner arrived, he reviewed the store’s security camera video, which showed a black car pull up in front of the store a little before 2 a.m.

Two suspects got out of the car and threw a rock through the front door. After breaking the glass the suspects entered the store and grabbed cigarettes, chewing tobacco, lottery tickets and Slim Jims.

Stolen Bike

Just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 2, the owners of a home in the 2300 block of Magnolia Boulevard West called 911 to report a bike theft that occurred the night before.

The victims said the theft happened sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. The first victim arrived home from work and parked in the garage, and left the garage door open as her husband was going to be home soon.

When the second victim got home and parked in the garage he noticed the bike was missing from its hook in the garage. He said the bike was red and white, about three years old and was worth around $700.

Weed Eater Theft

A little after 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 3, police responded to a building in the 2400 block of 15th Avenue West for a reported theft.

The complainant told police the theft happened sometime between 11 p.m. the night before and 10 a.m. that morning.

Someone broke into a storage room and cut four brass padlocks off of storage units. The only thing taken was a weed eater, which was later found on site. It was recovered and secured.

Package Theft

Just before 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, a woman living in the 100 block of Taylor Avenue North called 911 to report a mail theft, which she said occurred between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day.

She said she’d ordered nearly $350 worth of merchandise from a store and it had been delivered that day. She realized her package had been stolen when she got an email from the store informing her more than $100 in goods from her purchase had been returned.

She went to the store and spoke with an employee who stated a male suspect came into the store and returned the merchandise for store credit.

Store Robbery

A little after 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, police responded to a store in the 3200 block of West McGraw Street for a robbery.

A teller reported she’d been robbed, and the suspect had gotten $200 from her.

Confused Resident

Shortly after 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 4, police responded to an assault at an apartment building in the 300 block of First Avenue North.

A security guard that works in the building told responding officers he’d found the suspect standing in front of the elevator in the lobby staring at it. The suspect appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol.

When the security guard asked the suspect for proof that he lived in the building, he was unable to provide it. The security guard told the suspect to leave. Later he found the suspect sitting on the couch in the lobby.

Some time later, the suspect approached the guard and grabbed his right arm. After making several threats, the suspect punched the guard in the face before tackling him to the ground and punching him a couple more times. The suspect then stood up and left the building.

The security guard had a swollen cheek and lip, and he said he’d been spitting blood before police arrived. Responding police found the suspect walking down the sidewalk a few blocks from the building. He told police he’d been trying to get into his apartment but the security guard wouldn’t let him. He admitted to punching the security guard, but said that he’d tried to strangle him. The suspect didn’t have any marks on his neck, but his hands and shoes were covered in blood.

He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for assault.