Seattle Police Department Summertime Newsletter

The Seattle Police Department has released their newsletter with very helpful tips on how to stay safe during this hot weather and how to report graffiti.

It also includes a reminder that Seattle Night Out is on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. If you’re neighborhood is hosting a Seattle Night Out party, you’re encouraged to register it with the SPD here.

You can read the SPD’s newsletter by clicking here.

I’ll bet THEIR mellow was harshed!

As many of us were standing at the base of Mee-Kwa-Mooks park last night wondering why a dozen or so fire & rescue units (and more converging within a dog’s howl) were blocking Beach Drive SW, a group of kids were sitting around an illegal fire set 150 yards up the hill in the tinder dry forest.

IMG_4209This freshly created pit wasn’t here during the day yesterday

Can you imagine the scene?? Just sitting around the fire cracking a beer talking about a new carbon fiber hood or up-coming protests when… “are those sirens coming this way?”. Then justified paranoia sets in as the first responder slams on their brakes at the bottom of the hill with another dozen screaming on the way! I can picture the precious PBR’s being sacrificed to the fire in effort to calm the smoke not to mention the already drank ones puddling at their feet.

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Last night’s onlookers watching responders searching the waters for false alarm parachuter

I’m pretty certain the kids were mingling with the crowd of on-lookers by this point and relieved that they weren’t “the incident”. There’s only a few really good stories friends get to share together. I’ll bet this is one counts.

All kidding aside though, the fire up in the park appears to have burnt all the way out. One spark the wrong way and we would’ve had a real situation. There was a pretty decent northerly blowing and several houses (friends) bordering the park in harms way.

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The old illegal pit circled by the old Schmitz mansion’s concrete retaining wall blocks appears to have been put out of service by purposely fallen trees (what could possibly go wrong with that method?). The dead bush in the foreground is drier than an old Christmas tree in June.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Car Vandalized this morning on 3800 Block of Beach Drive… and more crime…

This just in from a neighbor:

“This morning at 4:45 am on the 3800 block of Beach Drive SW, our car windows (rear and side) were smashed and a very important work suitcase was stolen. The alarm went off & we saw a white car take off driving.”

1:52 PM Update – I just read this on West Seattle Blog:

CARDS STOLEN FROM CAR IN 5600 BLOCK BEACH DRIVE: And used fraudulently, quickly, after the theft in mid-February, over the span of four hours, at a supermarket and three gas stations. The victim hadn’t even had the time to cancel the cards yet.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CAR: At Beach Drive and Canada, a bag containing baseball equipment was taken

License Plates Stolen last week

This is from the West Seattle Blog:

I live down on Beach Drive around Mee Kwa Mooks Park and I had my plates stolen and replaced last week. Through strange twists and turns, my plates were recovered by the Tukwila Police Department and the plates that were nicely put on my car were also stolen from a silver 2002 Honda from West Seattle. The really nice SPD officer who (responded) said they have seen more and more of these types of theft. He said when the thieves switch plates it buys them time since most people don’t check their plates very often (sometimes only once a year to change their tabs).

So just a heads up to your readers to check their plates! The Seattle PD has been investigating more and more of these and say if you discover your plates are incorrect to stop driving and immediately call the non-emergency line for help.

Tires Stolen off Car at 6000 Beach Drive

This just in from one of our neighbors:

tireSometime in the early hours of Friday, December 5, one or more jerks stole three wheels from our car. (They were in the process of taking the fourth, but for whatever reason they didn’t finish the job). The crime occurred in the 6000 block of Beach Drive SW, and a police report has been filed. I know this is highly unlikely, but if you see or hear of 3 wheels for sale, please let me know. The tires are 235/45ZR17 on 17-inch wheels. I have attached a picture of our car after the event, and the one remaining wheel.

We completely understand how our neighbor feels. A few years ago, we had three tires stolen off of our Honda Fit. The creeps, I mean crooks, left our car laying on it’s suspension with just the one tire remaining. I assume somebody drove by causing them to leave the scene.

Please keep your eyes out for these wheels!

 

Emma Schmitz Seawall to get temporary fix

West Seattle Blog reports that the seawall that was damaged by the punks who sent a stolen vehicle into the Sound at Emma Schmitz Park will get a temporary fix. Read West Seattle Blog’s coverage here.

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Follow up to Last Night’s Vehicle in Puget Sound off Emma Schmitz View Point

Here are a few more photos from this morning showing where the vehicle (appears to be an SUV or mini-van) to follow up from last night’s post.

The event took place this morning around 2:30 am at the southern point of the rock retaining wall of Emma Schmitz View Point where a vehicle was purposely sent into Puget Sound. No passengers were found. Inside the vehicle, on the passenger side, a concrete block was found. The vehicle landed upside down.

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While the vehicle was being removed from the Sound, it was turned back on it’s wheels. We don’t know if this photo is from when the vehicle went in or was removed from the Sound.

It appears that parts of the sea-wall have been damaged.

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A floor mat, side mirror and garbage from the vehicle remain at the scene.
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UPDATE JANUARY 23: From the West Seattle Blog – the vehicle was stolen from Queen Anne.

Vehicle in Puget Sound off Emma Schmitz View Point

Horns are sounding from a vehicle that appears to have drove off Beach Drive at Emma Shcmitz View Point right now. We have called 9-1-1 and the SPD and Harbor Patrol on their way.  The vehicle’s lights are still blinking.

We will update this post when we have more information.

2:58 am UPDATE: Scupper was first on the scene, immediately followed by the SFD. SPD and Harbor Patrol. It appears that the vehicle left Beach Drive without a driver.

A concrete block landed on the passenger side of the vehicle that may have been placed on the gas pedal.

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Currently the tide is on the way out.

There is no sign of passengers in or around the vehicle.

Possible car prowl last night

A neighbor notified us that around midnight, they saw a young man appear to be going through a car on the 4700 block of Beach Drive. When the neighbors approached the vehicle, which he had opened the car doors of, he ran across the street to his silver min-van and sped off. The police were about this incident.

If for nothing else, this can serve as a reminder to lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight (or better yet, out of  your cars) to deter criminals.

Bike Stolen from Secure Condo on Beach Drive

This is from  the West Seattle Blog:

My beautiful blue/black carbon Lemond Zurich T- 04 woman’s road bike was stolen from a secure condo garage along Beach Drive, where it hung bolted and locked on a concrete wall. Serial #WL3149448, registered with the police on 1/14/2005. Blue Bontrager tires, Terry gel saddle, lights, bag, pump, U lock, etc. I rode hundreds of miles in events like Cycle Oregon and loved this bike. It fit me like a glove. Please watch out for it and tell your friends to do the same. Thanks!

Please keep you eyes out for Sue’s bike which was stolen 3 weeks ago.