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Burglary reported on 12th Ave. N.E.

November 13th, 2014 by Mike

Lynda emails to report a burglary Wednesday – a stolen laptop in the 8900 block of  12th Avenue Northeast.

The police crime map doesn’t list that burglary yet,  but it does show four others in Maple Leaf since Halloween.

For those wondering, here’s how we stack up against other city neighborhoods in burglary occurrence. The darker the shade, the more crimes per square mile. (Statistics are from 2012.)

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More than a dozen new home burglaries reported in Maple Leaf

June 6th, 2013 by Mike

Paul emails this afternoon:

I was wondering if you could do a quick post on the recent string of burglaries in Maple Leaf. My house was broken into in the last week in the area between 15th Avenue Northeast and Lake City Way. I’m starting to guess that it was during the day, but I was gone for 24 hours, so I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve been following the SPD blotter and it seems like there have been daily (as in, every day, during the day) burglaries working their way south from Northgate Way, down to 75th, and now working their way east towards Wedgwood since last Saturday.

In roughly a month since we last wrote about home burglaries, there have been right at 13 residential break-ins reported in Maple Leaf, according to the police crime map.

In one that occurred on May 16 in the 500 block of Northeast 86th Street, the resident arrived home mid-afternoon to find a woman holding open his screen door.

He yelled at her and she ran to a compact vehicle in his driveway, joined by a man from inside the house, according to the police report. The resident stood in front of the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, but it lurched around him, the report states, and the burglars drove “recklessly” east on N.E. 86th.

On the afternoon of May 10, in the 800 of Northeast 80th Street, the resident came out of an upstairs shower to discover a burglar had taken computers and electronic games, a TV, a digital camera and a backpack.

According to the police report the resident “stated  that the suspect climbed through the kitchen doggy door with his very large Rottweiler wandering around inside the house.”

The doggy door was slight bent. The dog never barked, according to the report.

Paul continues:

I don’t know if home alarms or any security devices will help (they seemed to move very quickly through my house due to the lack of items stolen), but fellow neighbors being aware of suspicious individuals, potentially ones going door to door looking for unoccupied houses, will surely help.

Before this happened, I would keep an eye on the blotter every now and then and I feel like this area between 15th, Lake City Way, and Thornton Creek is very safe and crime free. I’d hate to see this change, especially at the beginning of what might be a beautiful Seattle summer in a great neighborhood.

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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

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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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"Those are your shoes?" Burglar to Maple Leaf neighbor

March 24th, 2013 by Mike

A week ago Terry looked outside his apartment on Northeast 98th Street and saw a burglar – wearing Terry’s shoes.

Here’s what happened. I woke up at around four a.m. on March 16th, and saw two guys outside, down on 5th Avenue NE, both on bicycles. One of them ran up onto the stairwell for the north entrance/exit, just outside my bedroom window. I don’t believe he saw me.

When I went out to the north door, to see if he was still lurking there, I noticed that a pair of white tennis shoes had been left by that door, inside the building! That led me to go check on some of the shoes I had routinely been leaving outside the door of my apartment (so as not to track dirt into the apartment). I noticed that one pair of black Rockports was missing; that’s when I figured he’d swapped his old shoes for mine.

I then went back into my apartment, which is when I saw the guy outside the window, but by the stairwell. I was angry and opened the window and asked that he return my shoes. He replied, “Those are your shoes?” I replied in the affirmative.

It probably wasn’t a good idea, but I went back to that door and saw the guy there. He then opened the door and took my shoes off and started to put his tennis shoes back on. I grabbed my shoes as fast as I could and prepared to run, if need be; but he didn’t advance.

Terry called 911, but the police didn’t find the two culprits.

“I am afraid that the burglars will be back, since they have correctly identified this building as vulnerable,” he emails. “I would greatly appreciate it if you could post something about this incident, as it would help me and the other people in the building. It’s my hunch that the burglars will also be looking for other opportunities.”

Since early in the month when we last reported on burglaries here, the police crime map shows only four other residential burglaries in Maple Leaf.

They occurred in the 9700, 10000 and 10200 blocks of 15th Avenue Northeast, the 800 block of Northeast 100th Street and the 9800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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“Those are your shoes?” Burglar to Maple Leaf neighbor

March 24th, 2013 by Mike

A week ago Terry looked outside his apartment on Northeast 98th Street and saw a burglar – wearing Terry’s shoes.

Here’s what happened. I woke up at around four a.m. on March 16th, and saw two guys outside, down on 5th Avenue NE, both on bicycles. One of them ran up onto the stairwell for the north entrance/exit, just outside my bedroom window. I don’t believe he saw me.

When I went out to the north door, to see if he was still lurking there, I noticed that a pair of white tennis shoes had been left by that door, inside the building! That led me to go check on some of the shoes I had routinely been leaving outside the door of my apartment (so as not to track dirt into the apartment). I noticed that one pair of black Rockports was missing; that’s when I figured he’d swapped his old shoes for mine.

I then went back into my apartment, which is when I saw the guy outside the window, but by the stairwell. I was angry and opened the window and asked that he return my shoes. He replied, “Those are your shoes?” I replied in the affirmative.

It probably wasn’t a good idea, but I went back to that door and saw the guy there. He then opened the door and took my shoes off and started to put his tennis shoes back on. I grabbed my shoes as fast as I could and prepared to run, if need be; but he didn’t advance.

Terry called 911, but the police didn’t find the two culprits.

“I am afraid that the burglars will be back, since they have correctly identified this building as vulnerable,” he emails. “I would greatly appreciate it if you could post something about this incident, as it would help me and the other people in the building. It’s my hunch that the burglars will also be looking for other opportunities.”

Since early in the month when we last reported on burglaries here, the police crime map shows only four other residential burglaries in Maple Leaf.

They occurred in the 9700, 10000 and 10200 blocks of 15th Avenue Northeast, the 800 block of Northeast 100th Street and the 9800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Home burglary suspects arrested at N.E. 80th St. and 17th Ave. N.E. as neighbors watch

October 27th, 2011 by Mike

Late Wednesday morning Nicholas Tweeted this photo and said: “5 cops at the corner of 16th and 80th.” (You might have seen it on our Twitter stream.)

By the time we got to the scene there were no cops, but today Per at the Wedgwood Community Council forwarded us a thread, saying “FYI. There have been more burglaries reported in the area you shared last week. According to the NE Seattle Moms listserve, the police caught a few suspects yesterday.”

A previous poster had referred to burglaries in an area he described as “north Ravenna/south Maple Leaf/west Wedgwood.”

According to the Mom’s thread:

About 11 a.m. my husband and I were coming home, turning at the 4-way stop of 80th, north onto 20th when one of the young men described below ran across the crosswalk, north on 20th. We were slowing to turn into our driveway and he changed direction, doubling back to 80th. He took off his coat and turned west on 80th. We called 911 and turned the car around to follow. Another car pulled over and the driver (who turns out to be A WITNESS to the runner climbing out the window of his neighbor’s house at 80th and 20th) chased the man and eventually took him to the ground at 80th and 17th where he held him until the police arrived. The man was arrested. The police said they were in the area for a burglary which happened 20 minutes prior.

The thread goes on to say a women in her 20s, accompanied by another man, was also arrested at a nearby bus stop. The men and the woman were black, and possibly similar to descriptions of burglars in the earlier posts.

“A shout out to the police (and so many of them) for responding so fast,” the thread goes on.

“And I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email descriptions of suspicious activity. It has helped put the radar up for all of us and let us know IT’S OK TO CALL 911 whenever we see something not quite right.”

We’ve asked the Seattle Police for more details. Updated here.

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