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June crime on Queen Anne: 29 burglaries, 46 car prowls, 36 car thefts, and more

July 7th, 2014 by Laura

We’ve had a lot of emails, Facebook messages, and tweets about crime on Queen Anne in June. The reader tips ranged from bold daytime home burglaries to small items stolen off porches and from yards. The weather’s been warm and it seems like criminals are taking advantage of it.

Provided below are June 2014 crime maps from Seattle Police Department (SPD), based on crimes reported to SPD. We’ve broken them out by the most popular crimes: burglaries, car prowls and car thefts – and included counts for June 2013 for comparison. This year, we’ve had more burglaries and car thefts, but fewer car prowls.

We also had one strong arm daytime robbery on Queen Anne, not shown on the maps below.

Reminder: report all crimes large and small to SPD. Something taken off your front porch? Car prowl? SPD has made it easy to report these small crimes online.

If you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

Burglaries: 29 in June 2014 compared to 18 in June 2013

Burglaries June 2014

In early June, two daytime robberies were reported to SPD with similar circumstances – 5 black males in their teens to early twenties, with backpacks. We do not have confirmation from SPD that these burglaries are related, but the circumstances are very similar. Plus, there was a third burglary two days later with a similar suspect description.

Below are June burglaries that have detailed SPD reports. Not all SPD reports include narrative descriptions, so the map will fill in the gaps on other reported instances.

June 4: 1800 block of 4th Ave N – this is the burglary we posted about on June 4. According to the SPD report, at 11:55am a neighbor reported seeing 5 young black males wearing backpacks on the porch of the house, then one inside the house throwing items down to the others. One suspect was also seen photographing a neighbor’s garage. The first floor of the house was locked when SPD arrived, but a second-story front window was wide open, where the suspects gained access. The victim reported to SPD that she left the window open only a few inches. The suspects fled the scene before SPD arrived.

June 4: 200 block of W Garfield – the same day as the 4th N burglary above. At 2:05pm a friend called 911 to report that the home had been ransacked and burglarized. Per the SPD report, she was arriving at the house with two children who live in the house. One of the children stated that “he was walking southbound down the alleyway from W Blaine St when he exited the alley and saw 5 black/hispanic males laughing and walking eastbound from the corner of W Garfield St and 1 Ave [He] recognized one of the male subjects.” He was able to identify the suspect from a school yearbook. SPD talked to the next-door neighbor, who stated that at 1pm she “noticed a group of four black males standing on the porch of residence… she thought they were friends because they entered the house through the front door – turns out that access was gained via breaking a basement window (not in the SPD report, but likely then opening the front door to let others in).

June 6: x block of W Raye St – victim called SPD to report that he heard someone knocking at the front door and the door bell ringing repeatedly. He did not immediately answer the door, but when he did, he saw “a black male with a backpack walking [northbound] along side the east of their house which is an alley then he turned [westbound] onto W. Raye Street.” Shortly afterward, the victim noticed that his laptop was missing and several dresser/cabinet doors were open. A kitchen window was unsecured and open.  According to the SPD report, an officer contacted the victim earlier in the day about “a suspicious/prowler 911 call of several black males with backpacks at the front door of the victim’s residence.”

June 8: 1800 block of 1st Ave N – victim called SPD when she returned home at 3am from a party next door to find her garage open and bike stolen. The victim’s unlocked car was parked in the driveway and the suspect used the garage  door opener to access the garage. Per the SPD report, a neighbor said she saw a man walk up the driveway and leave on a bike shortly afterward. She was unable to provide a description.

June 14: 2400 block of 4th Ave N – victim heard a loud noise at 11pm, turned on lights, but did not hear anything else. The next morning she noticed her kitchen window was partially open and called SPD. According to the SPD report, “the suspect had used a blunt device to pry the window in an upward position from the bottom wood frame… The suspect was able to move the window up but did not make entry.”

June 13-15: 1800 block of 4th Ave W – victims called 911 when they returned from out of town and discovered that someone had burglarized the house, after gaining entry from a 17” x 15” dog door.

June 17: 700 block of Crockett St – victim called 911 after waking to a noise at 4:30am and finding a female suspect through the window. Victim described her as white, 25 years old (+/- 5 years), brown hair. He yelled at her to get out and she responded “Oh I’m sorry I thought this was my [house] I was just trying to check on [redacted].” Per the SPD report, “There were observable signs of attempted entry to the bedroom window which included an opened security gate, a removed window screen, pry marks, and fingerprint smearing. The suspect(s) used a ladder to gain entry onto the balcony and attempted to gain entry through two other windows. The crank window had been damaged and left partially open. The sliding window had also been partially opened but stopped by the wooden dowel in place. No entry was made.”

June 17: 2400 block of 4th Ave N – victim called 911 to report that her bike had been stolen from her open garage during the day while she was working in her front yard.

Key findings:

  • Do not leave windows open, even a few inches, when you are not home
  • Do not leave garage door openers in unlocked/accessible cars
  • Burglars can fit through dog doors
  • Burglars will enter open garages even when you are home
  • If you store a ladder outside, burglars will use it
  • Be a vigilant neighbor and call 911 if you see suspicious activity

Car Prowls: 46 in June 2014 compared to 60+ in June 2013

Car Prowls June 2014

Car Thefts: 36 in June 2014 compared to 14 in June 2013

Car Thefts June 2014

Other property crime:

Reported property crime included multiple license plate thefts, and this list of reports to Queen Anne View:

June 5: Porch Items Theft – a reader just east of Queen Anne Ave N reported that between 10am and 2pm a large basket (18″ x 24″ x 16″) with garden shoes and umbrellas was stolen.

June 6: Garden Theft – a reader in the 2000 block of 1st Ave W reported that “someone came into our gated yard and clipped our day lilies. And helped themselves to our garden gloves too after coming onto our porch and looking through our shoe collection located in a rack close to our front door.”

June 6: Shoe Theft – neighbor of the reader above (garden theft) had 3 pairs of shoes stolen off their front porch in the 2000 block of 1st Ave W.

June 6-8: Package Theft – reader had 2 UPS boxes stolen from their porch near 1st Ave N and Lynn St. Packages contained 3 soap dispensers, reader found the open boxes, but not the soap dispensers.  SPD report filed.

June 21 (estimated): Bike Theft – reader had a bike stolen from their garage near 4th Ave W and Blaine St. Bike lock cable was cut, bike stolen.

June 25 (estimated): Burglary – 4th Ave N and Newton St (note: no SPD report available). Reader reported that his neighbors were burglarized midday on a weekday. The thieves entered the house by pushing a window unit air-conditioner though the window. The burglary took place after the nanny left to take the baby to the park.

June 26: LFL Vandalism – Little Free Library at 2nd Ave W and Boston St was vandalized and the bird-bath planter near it was knocked over.

July 1: Paintball Vandalism – reader reported that her car and others near 3rd Ave W and Crockett St were vandalized with paintball guns.

If you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

From our 2013 meeting with SPD, here are tips directly from SPD officers:

If you see something that is suspicious or are a victim of a crime, call 911 or the non-emergency number (206.625.5011). Here are some tips from the officers, to give you their perspective:

  • SPD officers gravitate to hot spots of activity – for example, repeated reports about suspicious activity at a park raises SPD’s awareness. A particular location can become a hot spot for proactive patrols.
  • Response time – with the limited number of SPD officers, you may not get instant gratification from a call for something like suspicious activity – but if you call for every incident, the tracking data will show there’s an ongoing issue, and SPD can target it proactively
  • Call a lot – to echo point #2, don’t stop calling just because the first call didn’t yield results. Tracking data is key, and calling repeatedly on criminal or suspicious activity does not make you a nuisance. Calls feed into the tracking database, which is key for identifying trends or hot-spots
  • When to call – the officers emphasized that residents need to call for both large and small issues. Don’t let smaller crimes go unreported: Did your car get broken into but nothing taken? Report it. Did a strange person walk through your backyard? Report it.

Here are the key items of information that help SPD when you call 911:

  • Good description of the person
  • Location – street name, number or hundred block, or address
  • Direction of travel
  • Identifying features and/or items: race, gender, height, weight, age, clothing, and any distinguishing features. Are they carrying a backpack? What color is it?

Let’s hope that July will be a better month for Queen Anne residents. Keep an eye out for your neighbors, especially during the height of vacation season and warm weather.

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Interrupted burglary at Queen Anne Square building

February 28th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne SquareEarly this morning, a custodial crew found a commercial burglary suspect in the Queen Anne Square building at 200 W Mercer St.

Queen Anne Square is a set of two 5-story commercial buildings at the corner of  W Mercer and 2nd Ave W. Suspect is at large, custodians are safe, and investigation remains open. See the SPD Blotter report below for full details:

Building Custodians Interrupt Burglary In Progress
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on 

A burglar remains at large this morning after a cleaning crew found him inside their building in Queen Anne Square.

At approximately 1:18 a.m. officers responded to a 911 report of an occupied commercial burglary in the 200 block of West Mercer Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect broke out a window to make entry into the building. A custodial crew subsequently found the suspect inside their building at which point the suspect fled from them.

Prior to the arrival of responding officers, who made it to the scene in under four minutes, the suspect broke out another window and fled the area on foot. It is unknown at this time if anything was stolen from the building.

Canine units responded to the scene however, their track was unsuccessful and the suspect remains at large.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30′s, 5’9″ tall, 220 pounds, last seen wearing a mask or hoodie over his face, a black jacket and black baggy jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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Burglar caught after jumping out of Queen Anne window

September 10th, 2013 by Laura

From the SPD Blotter, this happened on Sunday. No description of the accomplice is available.

SPDQuick Responding Officers Catch Burglar Fleeing House in Queen Anne
Written by Detective Jeff Kappel on 

Officers caught a daytime Queen Anne burglar after she jumped from an upstairs window.  On September 8th at approximately 1:12 p.m. officers responded to a 911 complaint of two suspicious persons in an alley in the 100 block of West McGraw Street.  At 1:14 p.m. a witness called 911 to report a female suspect breaking the window glass on the back of a residence in the 100 block of West McGraw Street.  A short time later the homeowner arrived home to find his front door ajar and the female suspect upstairs.  When the suspect saw the homeowner she jumped out the upstairs window and was promptly arrested by a uniformed patrol officer who had arrived moments earlier.  Additional officers searched the exterior and interior of the house to include the surrounding neighborhood but were unable to located the suspect’s accomplice.

The 36-year-old female suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Burglary.

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Targy’s Tavern broken into Sunday morning

June 16th, 2013 by Laura

TargysThis morning, the owners of Targy’s Tavern at 600 Crockett St, were notified by their alarm company of a break-in at 7:15am – just 15 minutes after the owner left the building.

According to witnesses, 2 men in a green 2 door car are the key suspects, and may have been seen at Kerry Park earlier. One suspect broke a window with a brick, entered the building and opened the front door. The two suspects then began to load liquor into the car, even breaking some bottles on the street in their haste.

Before they left the scene, the burglars turned on one of the beer taps, which could have done much more damage if the alarm company hadn’t been so quick with its notification.

Targy’s owner Dave says the mess is now cleaned up, and to put a fun spin on a nearly-ruined Father’s Day, Targy’s has placed the brick in its trophy case and will be serving the “Brick Toss” – a mix of vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice.

Stop by Targy’s today or anytime this week to give the Brick Toss a try and check out the trophy brick mememto!

And remember: call 911 if you see suspicious activity or persons.

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Plaza Garibaldi Burglarized Early Saturday Morning

January 26th, 2013 by Laura

SPD has reported that Plaza Garibaldi, 129 1st Ave N, was burglarized early this morning. Around the same time the alarm went off, a witness reported seeing two men breaking into the restaurant. SPD officers responded at around 4:20am, but could not locate the suspects in an area-sweep. The SPD report cites a witness description of the suspects: both were male, of unknown race, and wearing dark clothing. One was wearing a knit hat, the other a baseball cap.

According to SPD, it appears that the suspects were trying to steal alcohol from the restaurant’s bar, and they caused damage to Plaza Garibaldi’s door windows for their entry/exit. More information is available on the SPD Blotter.

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SPD arrests suspected neighborhood car prowler

August 18th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Police Department’s west precinct crime prevention coordinator Francisco Tello sent the following update on local crime activity to neighborhood block watch captains Wednesday:

More good news! Alert neighbors are reporting suspicious activity, excellent work is being done by responding officers and West detectives have been stellar. Let’s continue with being observant and reporting suspicious behavior. Do not let your guard down.

On Thursday, August 4, 2011 at approximately 7:27 a.m. officers responded to a report by a citizen of a suspicious white male walking up to two separate residences and trying the door knobs on West Highland Drive. The suspicious male was described as wearing a black hat, black clothing and carrying a red backpack.

Responding officer stopped a person matching that description on the 1200 block of Queen Anne Ave N between Comstock Street and Highland Drive. The officer advised the suspect that he was contacted because he matched a description given of a possible burglar. While waiting for arrival of a backup officer, the suspect was instructed to sit. The officer asked the suspect why he was walking around residences. Suspect stated that he was thirsty and was just looking for water. The officer asked the suspect why he did not ask a local business for a  glass of water or use the water fountain up the street at the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer. The suspect was unable to provide an answer. Further investigation by the officer revealed that the suspect was in possession of a large amount of U. S. paper currency and coins. The backup officer arrived and continued with the investigation. Checking the status of the identification of the suspect revealed that the suspect had previously been arrested for burglary. Other contents of the backpack included smaller electronics. The suspect was taken into custody and brought to the West Precinct where detectives continued the investigation, and discovered that the electronics were taken from a reported car prowl nearby. West Precinct detectives are requesting theft charges on the case.

If you suspect that your property was among the items found through this arrest, contact Officer Tello at (206) 684-4730.

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SPD catches wanted burglar in the act

April 27th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) arrested a wanted burglar who was caught in the midst of another crime Tuesday night, according to the SPD Blotter.

At approximately 11:42 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, West Precinct patrol officers responded to a call from a silent burglar alarm at a furniture store in the 3000 block of 1st Avenue. Officers saw movement inside the business, but searched for over and hour before locating the suspect due to the size of the building. The suspect was finally found in a crawlspace between the drywall and insulation of the building where he had been hiding, according to SPD. From the Blotter:

The officers immediately recognized the suspect from a bulletin that had been passed around at roll call earlier that night.  This suspect had a felony warrant for a burglary at a school in the International District.  He is also suspected of committing many more burglaries in the West and South Precincts.  The follow-up unit detectives who issued the bulletin were notified by voicemail of his capture.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and booked into King County Jail on Investigation of Burglary and the felony warrant.

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Queen Anne block watch assists in burglar arrest

March 23rd, 2011 by Thea

One of the block watch groups here in Queen Anne, alongside a number of neighbors, aided police in the arrest of a burglar on Tuesday morning. From Seattle Police Department crime prevention officer Terrie Johnston:

This Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m. a woman on W. Comstock heard the sound of breaking glass nearby. She then saw a white male, in his 40’s running towards her. She attempted to talk w/the man, but he assured her all was fine and he got into a van and drove off. The witness was able to get a license plate and 9-1-1 was called. Many patrol units responded to the area.  About 20 mins. later a West Precinct supervisor found the abandoned van on 4th Ave. N. on the northern slope of Queen Anne hill. He ordered the van impounded. Astute block watchers on 4th Ave. N. called in suspicious activity and reported to 9-1-1 that the suspect got into an orange cab. West Precinct Burglary Theft Detectives monitoring the police radio recognized the description of this prolific criminal. They called the cab company and learned the suspect had been dropped in Belltown. Det. Owing and Det. Gaedcke found and arrested the burglar in Belltown shortly thereafter.

So many thanks to the witnesses who provided us w/suspect & vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, and the information on the taxi cab. This was a great team effort between the community, patrol and the outstanding detectives!

As it turns out, Det. Owing is investigating some commercial burglaries that may now be solved with this arrest.

PS:  The breaking glass mentioned above was from the suspect’s attempt to break out a 4’ x4’ double-paned, aluminum-framed basement window. Because there was so much glass involved, it most likely deterred this burglar from entering the home. Call me to schedule a free home security assessment of your home, or to start/re-kindle your Block Watch. I can make recommendations on window treatments and security films that can make your glass stronger.

This is good work!!

For more information on other measures you can take to protect your home against residential burglaries, take a look at these tips from SPD.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint in Uptown apartment

February 6th, 2011 by Thea

A woman and her friend were robbed at gunpoint in a Lower Queen Anne apartment building at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, February 4, according to a Seattle Police Department report. From the SPD Blotter:

On February 4th, at approximately 9:00 PM, the victim and her friend were inside her apartment in the 500 Block of 1st Avenue North when they heard what they described as a “friendly knock” at the door.  The victim opened the door and saw a heavy set white female standing there.  Suddenly, a large Samoan male pushed the female out of the way, shoved a gun in the victim’s face, then he and the female forced their way into the apartment. Once inside, the suspects began rummaging through the victim’s things in search for items of value.  The suspects took several electronic items.  As the suspects were leaving the building, a witness who apparently recognized at least one of the suspects as a suspect from another robbery that had previously occurred in the building, called 911 to report it.  The witness also observed the suspects get into a car and drive away.  They were last seen heading east on Mercer Street.

SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects’ vehicle, but were unable to locate it. The SPD Robbery Unit was notified and responded to process the scene. No one was injured in this incident.

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Lower Queen Anne couple help catch robber

January 26th, 2011 by Thea

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.

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QA burglary suspect arrested, property returned

October 14th, 2010 by Thea

From the SPD Blotter:

On October 14th, at approximately 3:45 AM, a West Precinct officer was contacted by a witness in the 2300 Block of 8th Avenue.  The witness told the officer that a man had attempted to sell him cameras the man claimed to have stolen from a camera shop near Queen Anne.  The witness gave the officer a physical description of the suspect.  That information was broadcast to other officers in the area.  At approximately 4:30 AM, another West Precinct officer contacted a possible suspect downtown at 6th Avenue and Pine Street.  The suspect had several outstanding warrants for his arrest. The warrants were verified and he was arrested.  The suspect had a large amount of camera equipment in duffel bags he had with him.  The equipment had receipts and tags for a shop in the 500 Block of Dexter Avenue North.  Officers responded to that location and discovered a broken front glass door.  The suspect later admitted to breaking into the shop and stealing the equipment.  The value of the stolen camera equipment was estimated at between $17,000-$19,000.  The property was returned to the shop owner.  The 22 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail on Investigation of Burglary and his outstanding warrants.

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Passports stolen in west Queen Anne burglary

June 9th, 2010 by Thea

One of our readers wrote it reporting a daytime burglary today, Wednesday, June 9 on the west side of Queen Anne. Karen and her husband returned to their home, located on the 3200 block of 13th Ave W, this evening to find that their house had been broken into while they were at work, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Although only a few items were taken, both of their passports were among them.

My husband just asked around with the neighbors and they didn’t see anything unfortunately. The back door to the deck was unlocked when we got home, but the dog door also looked suspiciously messed up… so not sure which one of those they came in.

Karen and her husband called SPD and plan to file a police report tonight. If anyone saw any suspicious activity around 13th Ave W today, please comment below.

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