From time to time, many of us have suffered the minor transgression of having our garbage cans stuffed by somebody else. As if we don’t have enough of our own garbage! I live on what, for many people, is their direct line to Gas Works Park, so my can probably gets stuffed more often than most. It’s not the end of the world, of course, but I have such a really small can …
Richard writes to report of an unusual twist on this “garbage stuffing”:
I’m writing to report an unusual, likely crime, incident, but not sure whether to put this in the “Crime” forum or somewhere else.
Yesterday [Sunday] about 5, a man was driving a car with Oregon plates South through the alley between Keystone and Kirkwood, from 54th to 52nd, stopping at garbage cans, rummaging through them, taking selected things, but also stuffing them with items from the car, many of which were under the car seats. 2 bags were left near one set of garbage cans, containing clothes from what appears to be an adolescent girl, and empty laptop case, as well as an empty mini-pad case, some drawings, some baby toys, and a flash drive, containing only a video about Old Navy planning stores in China. No ID.
?Stolen car? Nobody thought to get the license plate or call police.
Dunno if the owner of the stuff could learn of it through the Wallyhood website….
Although it’s not obvious to me if a crime has been committed in this case, it at least serves as a chance to remind everyone that reports of crimes can be filed online with SPD. This is a handy way to report minor infractions that might not warrant the callout of an officer, but which nonetheless should be noted by the cops.
And this just in from Richard:
Further info on the incident:
I found, in the clothing and other items, a receipt for tickets to a show at the Langston Hughes Center for an evening performance 4/9 (the date the bags were found in our alley). On this was the email address of the purchaser, with a Portland address. I emailed her, and send a photo of the clothes, and she called half an hour later to say they indeed belonged to her 11-year old daughter. Her story was that they (husband, wife and daughter) were in Seattle to visit friends, and see the performance. They went with the friends to Green Lake, parking in a populous area, spent time at the park, and came back to find their rear window smashed, and the items in the back seat gone. They were devastated, especially the 11-year old, who had an electronic game, Pokemon, which she’d been working on for 2 years, plus a full size iPad and an iPad mini. She said they would be filling a police report electronically. They were so devastated by the crime that they cancelled their hotel reservation, did not go to the show for which they had tickets, and drove back to Portland. After getting their address, I took their stuff to UPS and sent it to them, to arrive today, at my expense.