SPD warns of increase in street robberies

 We just received a newsletter warning of increases street robberies around the south precinct. 

We have noted an increase in strong armed robberies in the South Precinct area in the past several weeks. These robberies have been in the form of necklaces being grabbed from around the victims’ neck, purse snatches, and cell phones being snatched out of victims’ hands.
In most incidents, the crime victims describe a lone male suspect, however we have incidents involving two or more male suspects and another involving one male and one female as the robbers. Based on the witness and victim descriptions, there may be several different suspects committing these robberies. The robberies have occurred most often in the afternoon-evening hours. In most cases, the robbery victim was alone or had appeared to be alone.
The victims of these crimes have noted that the suspects had either been following them or had been observing them for a short time before committing the robbery. One victim noted a suspect following her in and out of several stores. She got nervous and left one store, which is when the robber struck. Other witnesses have noted that the suspects appeared to be waiting and watching for potential victims.

You can read the Seattle Police Department community newsletter here, which includes safety tips.


  1. Thanks for raising awareness about this -very scary stuff – but, as far as I know, these strong-arm robberies aren’t occuring in here in West Seattle. This newsletter from Mark Solomon covers both the South and the Southwest police precincts, as he is the Crime Prevention Coordinator for both areas.

  2. Hi Karen,
    I try to post all of the newsletters that Mark provides to us – even if it’s not directly along in Beach Drive or West Seattle – the information is sometimes useful. Thanks, Rhonda

  3. Karol Kinney says

    My car was hit this week on Beach Drive by car prowlers. Just a reminder to check your locks and not leave things out on the seats!!

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