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Speaking of stolen or prowled cars….

November 15th, 2014 by Mike

Two, no, three things since the prowled car news earlier this month.

Subaru owners beware!

“If you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic or Subaru Legacy—or a car that was made before 2002—there is a greater chance that auto thieves may target your car,” according to a somewhat confusing release this week from the Seattle Police Department.

There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.

According to our crime data, 77 percent of cars stolen in Seattle are model year 2001 or older. The top three cars stolen in Seattle year to date are Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.

If your car was made in 2001 or older – or you drive an Accord, Civic or Legacy – please consider purchasing a steering wheel lock anti-theft device at a reduced price from the Seattle Neighborhood Group. Follow this link for details.

Second, after another embarrassing incident, police  say they will  find a way to track stolen devices, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

“On Friday, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced creation of a position to help patrol officers track down stolen phones and other GPS-enabled electronic devices.”

And this morning police announced they caught thieves leaving a stolen car in the Haller Lake neighborhood (North Northgate Way and Aurora Avenue North).

Seattle police captured two suspects hiding in a cemetery after the suspects jumped from a moving, stolen car late Friday night.

Officers, while on an Anti-Violence Emphasis patrol, were keeping their eyes open for a stolen SUV believed to be connected with a number of recent incidents throughout North Seattle.

The officers spotted the stolen vehicle, now sporting stolen license plates, at Aurora Ave North and North Northgate Way around 11 p.m. Meanwhile the suspects, realizing they had been spotted, drove a short distance before jumping out of the moving SUV….

The officers were able to stop the run-away car before they gave chase to the two suspect who ran into a cemetery. Additional officers streamed into the area and quickly surrounded the cemetery, forcing the suspects to hide.

Overhead the King County Sheriffs Guardian-1 helicopter helped vector officers to the hiding suspects and both were arrested.

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Crow attacks and other neighborhood news of the past week

July 1st, 2014 by Mike

We’ve got crime and stolen packages, feral cats and a found iPod – but first, the crows!

Anyone trekking to the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park will notice.

A pair of crows with a nest at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street are ardently defending their young – to the point of dive-bombing passers by.

Our crows are actually a little late – most chicks have fledged by mid-June.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has mapped more than 50 such crow attacks in the area and created a map. That coverage is here.

In other news:

Art emails over the weekend:

This morning, in broad daylight, at about 8 a.m. (Saturday morning) someone tried to steal our car.

They easily got into the locked car and managed pick the lock on “the club” (the old one with a double-sided key)

They were unable to get the car started but took a few bags of stuff out of the trunk.

This was on Northeast 100th Street near 15th Avenue Northeast.

We reported it to the police.

The officer said the club was a good deterrent but not 100% effective.

I just wanted to let the neighborhood folks know to keep their eyes open especially since it was in broad daylight.

And Greg emailed last week:

On my way home today I saw an individual removing packages from a neighbors house on Northeast 82nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast. I followed them and got their license plate.

I decided to loop back to the home to see if the neighbor was home-the individuals had returned and were clearly interested in whether I was observing them.  Upon reporting it to SPD they informed me that (particular) car has a high number of “hits” when it comes to reports of suspicious activity in this and surrounding areas. But they have yet to apprehend them.

He described the car as a black Saturn VUE SUV, and the occupants as two Hispanic males and a white male with a shaved head “SPD says these crimes along with home invasions spike in the good weather so folks should keep a look out.”

Meanwhile, Jessie reports a found iPod on Saturday. “We found a black iPod in front of our house on Northeast 96th Street between Eighth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast. It belongs to someone named Nicholas but it is locked. We would like to find the owner; can you please post something on the blog and if they can unlock it they can have it back.”

Finally, we have a neighbor, Sharon, with a plea for the Friends of Campus Cats Jumble Sale. [Read more →]

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Maple Leaf crime update since late April

June 21st, 2014 by Mike

Late last week Michael emailed:

Hey, just a heads-up that our house on 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 97th Street was broken into via a kicked-in basement window on Tuesday the 17th of June.

Small LED TV, jewelry, purses (thankfully emptied of their contents), a NOOK and a small amount of cash were stolen.

Seattle PD responded and cleared the house and filed a report. One of the responding officers said August tends to be the worst month.

Please be attentive and don’t be afraid to call 911 if you see suspicious people/vehicle(s).

The map at right is of property crimes in the neighborhood since our last report in late April. Specifically, it shows home and commercial burglaries and car thefts/car prowls. (And possibly stolen bicycles, because we forgot to uncheck that box on the police crime map.)

The map also emphasizes a point another neighbor emailed about earlier in the month.

“So you’ll know, the northwest portion of Maple Leaf is quite prone to crime and is probably the base from which many car prowlers and burglars originate.”

Crime in the Northgate area is something we’ve reported on often. For example, “Home intruder reported, plus an amazing 38 crime incidents near Northgate,” or “And the best place in town for a kid to get arrested is … the mall!

On the map, the circles in that area show 2, 6 and 18 individual reports, almost all of stolen cars or car prowls.

That’s one sort of crime this neighbor is concerned about.

“Last Thursday, June 12th, I saw a tenant at the Olympic View apartments (9800 Fifth Ave. N.E.) working on his late-model Toyota Tundra pickup, parked in the carport area of the building. We talked a bit and he said that the system for sound and navigation (telematics) had been stolen out of his truck, at around 3 to 3:30 p.m.

“I would encourage you to mention this occurrence in the Maple Leaf Life blog, as there have been similar incidents at this address.”

His concerns run more deeply, though.

“In September of 2008, several – three or four – young guys tried to steal the sound system out of a truck, south of where I live. The owner of the truck, who himself was just 19 years old, came out and could see this occurring from the balcony of his apartment, so he grabbed a rifle.

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Crime items from Maple Leaf neighbors ….

April 28th, 2014 by Mike

Two- no, three -crime  things that today have come across what would once have been our transom.

* August emails this afternoon:
A common theme in Maple Leaf, but I mistakenly left my garage door open last night and in the morning, I noticed my car door and hood ajar in my garage. Someone stole the few items that were in the car, but I had nothing of real value other than a really old GPS unit that doesn’t really work well. It seemed like a grab and go, since items in my garage and trunk were not taken. However, it was quite brazen, since I live in a small 4 townhouse group on Northeast 94th Sgtreet  and you have to walk into a driveway area that only goes to our 4 garages. A reminder to always keep everything locked.
Hannah emails:
I just wanted to let you know that there was a theft that occurred between April 11-27 on the corner of Northeast 85th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast. I can’t tell you exactly when the theft occurred because I was on vacation when it happened. The contents inside my car’s glove box and other storage units within the vehicle were strewn about the passenger seat and floor, but only a GPS device was stolen from the car. The peculiar thing about all of this was that the car windows were not damaged. I’m not sure how the suspect broke into the car without breaking the windows or damaging the door locks. This is the 2nd theft that has occurred in the last year and a half since I moved to Maple Leaf and I know that there have been numerous other crimes occurring in the area. I hope that reporting these events will help increase awareness and boost police presence.
And Jesse emails:

Hey guys,

We had a nicer fold up ladder stolen last night/this morning. It was our only access to our small roof garden.

We don’t know the brand or enough details to make a police report, but wanted to get the word out in case the community could help locate it.

Stolen from near Northeast 98th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

I hope someone has seen it!

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Car crimes continue to top crime list here

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

Alison emails overnight:

Just wanted to let the neighborhood know that my window was smashed in and things stolen while eating dinner at the Roosevelt Ale House tonight. I let the restaurant know and they weren’t surprised. Was parked close to the entrance and  in for less than an hour. Had a nice bag on the font seat with clothing in it which was stolen, along with the contents of my center console.

Was definitely just a smash and grab as I had things in the back which were overlooked. It’s trivia night and the place is packed so whoever did it is especially bold.

Would love to remind people not to leave anything in view!

The map shows stolen or prowled cars here beginning New Year’s day. Our last reports are here and here.

Car crimes are by far the most common crimes in Maple Leaf and in Seattle generally.

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Shots heard overnight? And other reports from the neighborhood

April 9th, 2013 by Mike

Update April 10: A different neighbor emails :

Thought I’d let the blog folks know our home on 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 97th Street was burglarized during the daytime hours on Tuesday, 4/9.  The usual mode was used – the thieves kicked out a back entrance door window.  They ransacked the house and stole jewelry and electronics.

Thank you to the SPD officers who responded and made the report


Early this morning a neighbor emailed:

Any idea what the gun shots were about, at 5:22 this morning? Three rang out, sounding like they were near the bridge on 15th. We called it in, as did others, according to 911. Thanks.

We don’t exactly know what that was, and neither does the Seattle Police Department.

The police incident map shows a “noise disturbance” at 5:41 a.m. at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street, near the area in question, which would be 15th Avenue Northeast at about Northeast 104th Street.

A police spokesman said that report did come in as “shots fired,” but that officers were unable to pinpoint the source.

The incident map also shows a “trespass” at 5:40 a.m. at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way and an accident investigation at Roosevelt and Northeast 112th Street at 3:50 a.m.

There was also a DUI arrest made overnight at 15th and Northeast 91st Street. It involved a collision between two cars about 9:10 p.m. No one was injured, the spokesman said, but the driver of one car was taken into custody on suspicion of intoxication.

We also heard, on Friday, from another neighbor that a package had been stolen, and a neighbor’s car apparently broken into but nothing stolen, at Roosevelt and Northeast 102nd Street.

A look at the police report map since our last post shows three cars prowled in the neighborhood and six vehicles stolen. It also shows one additional home burglary, on April 2nd in the 900 block of Northeast 92nd Street.

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Police report robbery at gunpoint in Maple Leaf

January 17th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police report that earlier this month a woman was robbed at gunpoint at Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street.

The robbery occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 10. Details are now available through the city’s crime map.

According to the police report, the woman was walking on 104th street when a man pointed a semi-automatic handgun at her and demanded, “give me your phone.”

She gave him the phone, worth about $40, according to the report. The man ran off.

So far this year, the map also shows five home burglaries in Maple Leaf, and six stolen or prowled cars.

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A smashed car window, a missing cat and a roadside shrine

September 26th, 2012 by Mike

The Art Tile showroom on Roosevelt Way Northeast wrote this afternoon:


Between 12 noon and 12:20 p.m. today an Art Tile Co. employee’s car was broken into while parked on the west side of Roosevelt just north of Art Tile between Northeast 85th & 86th streets. They broke out the right-hand window and stole a backpack. Yes this was in the middle of the day. BE ALERT FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY!

A little earlier Shelley wrote:

Hi Maple Leaf Blog. I was wondering if you could post this for me. We haven’t seen our cat Molly for a week and are getting worried. She’s the lighter cat on the bottom of this picture. Unfortunately she won’t keep a collar on so doesn’t have one right now. If anyone has seen her in the last few days, please let me know. Thanks!!!

Shelley lives at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street. She can be reached at 206-351-4938.

Update 7 p.m.: Shelley writes:

I would like to thank the kind person who found Molly after she was hit by a car and rushed her to the vet to try and save her. He posted signs which I finally saw today and he called the vet to check up on her. If it wasn’t for him I would never have known what happened to her.

Finally, Nic emails to ask if we know what authorities have decided to do about the driver of a hit-and-run car that struck a man on 15th Avenue Northeast on Aug. 5.

According to police, witnesses said they saw the 32-year-old man sitting in the road about 2 a.m. According to a press release, the driver was jailed for investigation of vehicular homicide and investigation of hit and run.

Nic said a memorial has been established at the scene, just south of the bridge over Thornton Creek.

Other than your coverage at the time and the follow-up comments I cannot find anything about what happened (at the time and after the driver was charged) in any other news source. This is a block from my house and seven blocks from my office and I walk my dogs by the shrine every day.

No charges have yet been filed, according to the King County Prosecutor’s office, and a police spokesman said complex accidents investigated by the traffic department can often take several months to complete and forward to prosecutors. This investigation is still ongoing, he said.

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Neighbors report more Maple Leaf home burglaries

September 12th, 2012 by Mike

Update: Kim emails this afternoon to report a burglary at her house.

Wanted to let the neighborhood know that we had a break-in at 91st and Roosevelt on Monday afternoon. We came home at about 2 p.m. to find someone in our home. We interrupted the robbery so they only left with minimal items. However, they came back at night and stole our car. It has been reportedly seen as the get-away vehicle for another robbery near Aurora. It is a black Subaru wagon.


Bill emails about a home burglary that occurred at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 88th Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Neighborhood witnesses described the burglar as a white woman with dark, thick, shoulder-length hair. She was driving a van described as large and boxy, bright red on the lower 3/4 and white on the top 1/4 with little windows near the top.

The witnesses said the burglar entered through a window in the back of the house. Bill writes that she took items including credit cards, which she attempted to use within hours.

“Please contact Seattle Police with any information at (206) 684-5735.”

This reported burglary doesn’t yet appear on the Seattle Police crime map for September to date.

The map does show a daytime home burglary on Sept. 4th in the 2300 block of Northeast 107th Street. There, the burglar apparently pushed open an unlocked bathroom window, but nothing was stolen, according to the police report.

The map for Maple Leaf also shows the the burglary of a business in the 9800 block of Lake City Way Northeast, five stolen cars, one car prowl and two cases of property damage to businesses.

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Neighbors report new home burglary, car prowl

June 2nd, 2012 by Mike

We’ve heard from two neighbors this week about local crimes.

Emily reports a home burglary on Friday, June 1, at Northeast 102nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“We just wanted the neighborhood to know,” she emails. “The backpack burglars are back.”

Eric reports possible car prowlers at 4 a.m. Friday.

“I let my dog out and as I did so a car stopped in front of my house at Northeast 91 Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. I yelled at them and they took off. I called for a patrol car.

“Reminder, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean the crime will stop.”

When we ran the Seattle Police crime map for the month of May, we found a half-dozen burglaries (stars on the map) and about 14 vehicles either stolen or prowled in Maple Leaf.

Our last crime report was in early May.

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