POLICE BLOTTER | March 29, 2017

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

Turf War

Just after 11:30 a.m. on March 14, the victim of an assault that occurred near Fifth Avenue North and Broad Street called 911. She reported that she and her husband had been walking down the block with a panhandler she knew threw rocks at her twice and hit her in the head. She said she has had altercations with the suspect before, because she and her husband used to panhandle on this block and a “turf war” broke out between them and the suspect. Responding police spoke with the suspect who denied any interaction with the victims on that day.

Pried Door

At approximately 10:15 p.m. on March 20, police responded to a burglary in the 1800 block of Taylor Avenue North. The victim told police somebody had attempted to pry her front door open, but the suspect wasn’t successful. She’d already replaced the lock, at a cost of nearly $150. Police observed pry marks and damage on the door and its frame. The victim told police her neighbor’s apartment had been broken into as well, but they had already filed their own police report. The victim lived in a secured-entry building. Police weren’t sure how the burglar got inside.

Storage Burglary

Just after 10:30 p.m. on March 18, police responded to a burglary at an apartment building in the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue North. The victim showed police to the basement area storage units. The burglar broke the window on the locked door to the storage area, then reached in and unlocked the door. Once inside he pried the latches off of eleven storage units. Items from the storage units were strewn about the whole room. One item left behind was a silver tea pot with visible fingerprints on the surface. Police collected the tea pot to bring back to the precinct for a fingerprint analysis.

Simple Burglary

Just after 12:30 a.m. on March 18, police responded to a house in the 2600 block of Ninth Avenue West after receiving reports of a burglary. The homeowner told officers that sometime between 6:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. that night, somebody climbed in through an unlocked bathroom window and rummaged through the house. The burglar only took two bags of change from a desk drawer in the victim’s home office.

Stolen Wine

Just after 1:30 p.m. on March 19, the owners of a house in the 2500 block of Ninth Avenue West called 911 to report a burglary. They reported the burglary actually occurred two days prior, they noticed the side entry door to the house was cracked on the 18th but didn’t notice anything was missing. The next day they realized a bowl of change had been emptied and a bottle of wine was missing. The side entry door was kicked in, damaging the door lock and frame. The victims estimated it would cost around $1,000 to fix the damaged door.

Stolen Laptop

At 4 p.m. on March 11, police responded to a burglary at an apartment in the 900 block of Dexter Avenue North. The victim reported that sometime between 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on March 9, his apartment was broken into. He said his wife returned to the apartment and noticed his laptop was no longer on the coffee table where he had left it. They didn’t find anything else missing at the time. After looking around for the laptop they noticed the sliding backdoor to their unit was unlocked, but closed.