One of our readers wrote in with a report of a robbery that took place on Monday, January 24 at approximately 9:20 p.m. in a Lower Queen Anne apartment building, on W Olympic Place and 1st Ave W. Josh and his wife came home that night to find that someone had broken into their car, which was parked in a secure garage in their apartment complex. The couple acted fast, calling police, and together were able to apprehend the robber. Josh wrote:
We pulled up with our other car right next to it and noticed someone sitting in our driver’s seat in the car. We just ran upstairs (he didn’t know we owned that car as well) and called the police. They showed up and we took them to the garage and he was no longer in the car but we noticed him coming down the stairs and into the elevator (this area requires more security access) while the police were searching around our vehicle. We gestured to the police and told them he was going up the elevator and we (my wife, myself and the police) ran up the stairs to meet him in the lobby but he already booked it out of the building and was nowhere to be seen. A girl standing outside the elevator said she saw someone leave the building so the police split up in different directions. My wife and I stayed in the lobby and I thought I saw him walking down the curve on Queen Anne Way from the lobby window and I ran outside and told the police and they headed in that direction where they caught him right outside the Piece of Mind smoke shop.
According to Josh, police found the couple’s Pioneer car stereo on the suspect, who he says spend the night in jail. The incident report outlined two felony offenses: residential burglary and possession of stolen property, both of which the suspect completed before being caught.
“The police did a great job of getting to our apartment really quick (like in 2-4 minutes after I phoned 911) and helping us get that guy. They were super helpful and friendly,” Josh wrote. “He also stole another car stereo (not sure if it was from our building)…he probably broke into our car because our rear passenger side window doesn’t close all the way.”
Car prowls are not uncommon in Queen Anne, especially at the foot of the hill, which is closer to downtown and generally has more commuter traffic going through the neighborhood. A look at the Seattle Police Department interactive crime map shows 13 car prowls in the neighborhood in the last week alone. This incident serves as a reminder to keep on the lookout for suspicious activity.