POLICE BLOTTER | May 31, 2017

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

Unfruitful Burglary

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on May 7, the manager of an apartment building in the 600 block of West Olympic Place called 911 to report a burglary that took place between 9 p.m. the previous night and 8 a.m. that morning.

The burglar jammed a dead bolt, gaining entry to the building’s laundry room and a storage room inside the laundry room. Aside from some apartment keys, the burglar didn’t take anything.

The building manager stated that the keys to the laundry machines were moved, and one of the washing machine coin trays may have been opened. However, the machines take plastic coins of no value. The suspect also removed dirty rags from a small-wheeled bin and rolled it out of the storage room over to the laundry machines.

Responding police found fingerprints on the door that was forced open.


Missing Purse

Just before 5 p.m. on May 8, police responded to a house in the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue North after a report of a burglary.

The home’s resident stated that sometime between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. on May 6, someone came in through the unlocked patio door and took his girlfriend’s purse off the counter.

He said at first they didn't notice because nothing was misplaced and all the doors were shut. When his girlfriend couldn't find her purse, she thought at first that she had forgotten where she put it. She later checked her accounts and saw that someone was using her cards.

She reported that the stolen purse was a Coach purse containing her wallet, debit cards, credit cards and some gift cards inside the wallet. Another wallet that was sitting on the counter was taken as well.


Open Invitation

Just before noon on May 10, a woman living in an apartment in the 700 block of Fourth Avenue North called 911 to report her phone had just been stolen from her apartment.

She stated she’d been in the shower at about 11:15 a.m. and she’d left the front door ajar.

She saw a woman looking in her front windows via the bathroom mirror. She then heard the sound of her front door opening. When she got out of the shower she went to the front door and noticed it was now standing fully open and her phone was missing. It had been charging near the front door.

The victim said she thinks the woman she saw looking in the window likely stole the phone.


Overnight Burglary

Just after 1 p.m. on May 3, police responded to a burglary that occurred overnight at a house in the 3000 block of 29th Avenue West.

The residents of the house reported they’d been asleep between 11 p.m. the previous night and 8 a.m. that morning and when they woke up and went downstairs they discovered muddy footprints in a hallway and the kitchen.

A wallet was taken from the kitchen. Upon investigation the residents discovered a bathroom window was open and its latch was broken. In the back yard, the suspect had moved some lawn furniture and a flower pot underneath the bathroom window to reach it. The fence in the back yard leading from the alley to the north was broken.

The stolen wallet was found behind a large flower pot by the front door. The credit cards were still in the wallet; all that was missing was $40 in cash.