I saw some HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS behavior from this man today. White male, brown hair, tall and skinny, probably in his 20s, wearing jeans and brown boots with a black hoodie and a navy jacket over the hoodie. He was carrying a large, dark green sack that had items in it.
I saw him coming down from a porch on N. 38th Street, then followed him about 10 blocks. He was stopping at every corner, looking up and down the street and then walking partway down a block if he could hear a truck running. He was cagey and nervous acting, and went into Durn Good when I tried to snap his picture. Followed him along 38th from Bagley to Wallingford, up to 40th and then along 40th to Sunnyside. He headed north on Sunnyside.
A little while later I saw a Fedex driver and told him what I had seen. The driver asked, “Green sack?” And when I said yes, he told me that he had seen that guy around. He is going to try to get a better picture. I called the police non-emergency line and couldn’t get through. I tweeted a picture and description to SPD. Would love ideas for what else to do.
Then, Molly posted to the Wallingford / Fremont Community page on Facebook:
If you live on the 4000 block of Bagley Ave N. and you are missing a package today it is possible but not conclusive this might be what happened. I was driving and saw a woman come from one of the houses , not sure which one, carrying a package. She began taking off packaging and dumped it in two different garbage bins within two blocks. She was wearing a leopard print coat has dyed blond hair with dark roots, sturdy build. she kept changing direction and finally hid behind something.
The item she unpackaged was something in a white box with pink and black on it. She was also carrying kids books that looked like maybe coloring books.
If this is a picture of you and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation, then just know you have a neighbor that cares.
Now, I know there’s bound to be some very reasonable “hey, aren’t you condemning people without a trial here”, but I think Molly perfectly captures the right response: we’re open to new information to understand the situation, but we can’t have that conversation unless we share what we know.
Elsewhere, folks are fighting back in creative ways. In Las Vegas, for example, a homeowner left a decoy package filled with dog poop on his doorstep, then enjoyed the resulting security camera footage of the theft. A whole community in Utah has taken up a similar tactic, with hundreds of people pledging to place fake packages filled with oddments and trash on their porch to, at a minimum, waste the thieves time.
Wallyhood would like to go on record as wholeheartedly encouraging this behavior.
(Thanks Helen, Glen and Kimberly for the tips)