POLICE BLOTTER | Jan. 3, 2018

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

Marina Burglary

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 12, police responded to a marina in the 300 block of West Ewing Street for a burglary call.

The marina manager said the burglary occurred sometime between 6:15 p.m. the previous night and 7 a.m. that morning. A bike storage cage and a storage shed had been broken into.

The burglar gained entry to the marina by cutting a hole in a chain link fence and reaching through to unlock a gate. The chain link bike cage was cut open and the manager estimated approximately five bikes were stolen, along with a from a storage stand next to the bike cage.

A pair of bolt cutters and a nail remover were left behind.



Just after 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, police responded to a store in the 600 block of First Avenue North after a shoplifter assaulted two employees.

The employees told officers the suspect is a known shoplifter who has been criminally trespassed from the store on numerous occasions, and is aggressive with employees.

That day, when the suspect was asked to leave the store, he sprayed the employees with shampoo and conditioner and shoved an employee in the chest several times. Employees stated that the suspect has previously made threats and has been physically aggressive to other employees when asked to leave.


Stolen Tools

Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 14, police responded to a burglary at a home in the 1500 block of Magnolia Way West.

The victim is a construction worker doing work on the house. He said sometime overnight — between 4:40 p.m. and 8 a.m. that morning — someone broke into the house and took a bunch of his tools.

He said a rear window had been pried open and the deadbolt on the front door had been removed.

The victim said he suspects a former employee who was fired may have perpetrated the burglary, as a similar theft took place a few months prior right after he fired that employee.


Prolific Shoplifter

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 18, police responded to a 911 call from a store in the 600 block of First Avenue North for a shoplifter that was fighting with security.

The shoplifter was gone when officers arrived, but employees gave them a description and said he was a regular shoplifter at this store.

Police later spotted the suspect entering another store at the corner of Mercer Street and Queen Anne Avenue North and arrested him inside that store. Employees from the original store positively identified him as the shoplifter and stated that he’d walked out of the store with the following unpaid for merchandise concealed inside his bag: three lanterns, an energy drink, and a Batman-branded fidget spinner. The stolen merchandise added up to about $75. When stopped at the doors the suspect refused to give the merchandise back and pushed and shoved employees eventually pushing past them.

The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for robbery and for an outstanding warrant for theft.


Bad Music

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 17, police responded to the 3200 block of 20th Avenue West for a weapons call.

The victim told police he’d been sitting in his parked car — listening to his music pretty loud — when the suspect approached him and told him he needed to listen to better music.

The victim said he told the suspect his opinion doesn’t matter and that he should leave, so the suspect pulled a gun out and pointed it at his head.

The suspect said, “You should know who you’re talking to.”

He then got into a black Nissan and headed southbound on 20th Avenue West.