Here’s a random assortment of crime updates, replete with photographic evidence:
First, breaking (breaking!) right now, lots of folks have been asking about the huge police presence at the corner of 45th and Stone Way, complete with helicopters. According to Gwydion on Facebook: “I just spoke with an officer. Someone just robbed Verity Credit Union. White male, 30s, wearing all black, red shoes. On foot, may still be in the area.”
Then, over on 4th Ave NE by I-5, Brandi reports:
“Bike theft! This guy stole my sons bike from inside our fully fenced, gated yard early yesterday evening. This picture is from our neighbors security camera so he was obviously going through multiple yards. He also tried to get in to my husbands truck. If by chance you see a kids black and red schwinn lying around, please let me know.”
That’s a pretty high fidelity security cam picture. I’m memorizing his face. I do wonder what he’s doing on the phone, though…
“Hey, what’s up? Oh nothing, you know, stealing some bikes. How about you? … Uh-huh … uh-huh … No, don’t tell me, I haven’t seen that episode yet, hate spoilers. … OK … Well, look, I gotta go crush some kids’ unsullied vista of the human spirit to feed my meth habit, so can I call you back? OK, cool, later man!”
“Friends! Does anyone recognize either of the two men in this video? West of Lenin was robbed on Tuesday afternoon, May 10 . Approx 2PM. They got the laptop that we use for front of house and ticket sales. It’s a 2008 Macbook Air (1st gen)- I don’t have the serial #, but it has a distinctive UK keyboard instead of the US one. The video here shows the two men casing the building, and walking into our gallery, where one stuffs the laptop down his pants and walks out. I will update this post with the case# once the SPD gets that info to us.”
The video is pretty impressive, just over five minutes of these two guys going through the building, room by room, trying doors, opening drawers, etc.
Heading back to Wallingford, Geoffrey writes:
Last night (May 9/10) our old rope hammock was stolen off of our front porch in the 4200 block of Burke N. I would guess it happened around 2AM. There is a lot of foot traffic headed south about that time (when the bars close) but I was not in a position to observe the porch at that hour. Reported to SPD this morning. Any leads would be appreciated.
Seriously, people? A rope hammock? What is that even going to get you at the pawn shop?
If it feels like it’s getting worse around here, that’s because it is. According to the Seattle Police Department’s Crime Dashboard (powered by Fremont headquartered Tableau Software), overall crime reports in Wallingford are up pretty consistently over the past 6 months, compared to the same times last year:
Sorry, it’s bit hard to read, but if you compare the olive line (January – March 2016) to the purple line below it (Jan – March 2015), you’ll see we more than doubled the reported incidents in January, and had close to a similar rise in February and March. Likewise, comparing the purple line (2015) line to the red line (2014) from September to December, you’ll see it’s been that way for about half a year.
Nothing like June of 2014, though. Woah.