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North Precinct detectives seek to return items found in storage locker burglaries

November 10th, 2016 by Mike

A very small sampling of what police recovered.

This just in from the Seattle Police Department’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

North Precinct burglary detectives have recovered hundreds of stolen items from a suspected burglar’s storage locker and are now looking to return them to their rightful owners.

Over the past year, police have been investigating a series of break-ins targeting storage units in Lake City, Fremont and Downtown Seattle. After a great deal of sleuthing, detectives were able to identify the suspect and served a warrant on the man’s own storage unit downtown. Inside the 15 x 8 room, police found more than a thousand items, believed to have been stolen from other storage units around Seattle.

Detectives have already returned some of the recovered items–including military discharge papers, a watch and even a banjo–but believe many of the items found in the locker have not been reported to police.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a storage unit break-in this year, detectives ask that you review the gallery of photos below and contact police to claim your items. If you believe one of the items  is yours, please have your case number ready and call (206) 684-5735.

Detectives have identified the suspect and are still working to arrest him.

To see many, many more pictures of items, go the the police blotter here.

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North Precinct might just be too short-staffed to respond

September 24th, 2014 by master

For those of you who have been wondering where the police are when allegedly stolen safes show up or when other nonviolent crimes take place in Maple Leaf, a memo leaked to KOMONews.com explains what could be to blame.

According to the confidential memo, the detectives at the North Precinct are simply too short-staffed to investigate most burglaries:

A police source said that unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved. …

The memo says at one point, 14 detectives worked burglary, theft and juvenile cases for the north precinct. Today it’s down to two detectives and an on-loan patrol officer, even though the memo says cases have climbed to 1,500 a month. The memo concludes, “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

But don’t worry, the Seattle Police Department doesn’t want us to think this is an invitation for burglars and other petty criminals to come prowling in Maple Leaf. According to MyNorthwest.com:

The Seattle Police Department insists it’s not turning a blind eye to burglaries in the north end, despite reports the north precinct is too short staffed to investigate most incidents.

And a spokesperson also has said that burglary cases also are investigated by the major crimes task force.

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Neighbors invited to Seattle Police North Precinct Picnic on Saturday

July 10th, 2013 by Mike

(This post courtesy our sister site PhinneyWood.com)

Everyone is invited to Seattle Police Department’s Picnic at the North Precinct from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, at 10049 College Way N.

They’ll have food and music, and you can meet officers and find out more about how they do their jobs. You’ll also be able to meet many of SPD’s specialty units, like K-9, mounted patrol, bomb squad and SWAT.

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Picnic at the North Precinct is today!

August 11th, 2012 by master

If you need a break from the Maple Leaf Garage Sale later today, you can get a free bite to eat along with entertainment at the annual Picnic at the North Precinct.

Dancers at the 2011 South Precinct Picnic.

Once a year, each of the Seattle Police Department five precints invite the public to meet the police offers who serve their area and learn more about crime prevention.

Picnic at the North Precinct (and at the other precincts) is from 1-4 p.m. today at 10049 College Way N. (view all of the picnics on this map). Here’s what else you can expect, from the SPD:

In addition to talking shop with your neighborhood cops, you can watch local bands and performers, play around in a bouncy house, participate in a raffle for items donated by local businesses, meet the four-legged officers from the K-9 and mounted units, tour the precincts, and check out the cool gadgets used by special units like SWAT.

“The picnics are a good opportunity for people to get to meet the officers working in their community,” says East Precinct A/Sergeant Chris Kelley, who works in the Community Police Team, “It humanizes us and it is nice to interact with the community on a personal level, not solely as law enforcement.”

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Hat, sock drive under way to help Northgate families

November 7th, 2011 by master

Want to do your part for those in need who live in the neighborhood?

Northgate Community Center, with help from the North Precinct, is in the midst of a hat and sock drive to benefit homeless and low-income men, women and children in the Northgate area.

New socks or hats can be dropped off at the center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., by Dec. 7. For more information, call the center at 206-386-4283.

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Get to know area police at the North Precinct Picnic

July 6th, 2011 by master

You’re invited to get to know your area police officers this weekend at the annual Picnic at the North Precinct at 10049 College Way N.

The free event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, offers food, children’s activities and dancing, plus the opportunity to take a tour of the North Precinct (pdf), whose boundaries include Maple Leaf and all of Seattle north of the ship canal and Montlake Cut. For more information, read the precinct’s blog or subscribe to its RSS feed.

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Home burglaries, in perspective. (Lock your doors and windows!)

June 28th, 2011 by Mike

Update June 29: A reader writes: “I wanted to add to your post from yesterday, our house was burglarized yesterday, June 28th. We are on the 500 block of Northeast 104th Street. A basement window was pryed open as the form of entry.

“Thanks for reporting these, hopefully it encourages neighbors to keep a watchful eye out.”

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During the month of June approximately 85 home burglaries were reported in Seattle north of the ship canal, police announced today.

Of those, it appears only four occurred in Maple Leaf.

  • Burglars forced their way into a home in the 10700 block of 14th Avenue Northeast on Friday, June 24.
  • Between June 21 and June 24 burglars smashed in the rear basement door of a home in the 1200 block of Northeast 107th Street. The house was ransacked and, according to the police report, a neighbor saw a known burglar in the area.
  • A home was burglarized on Sunday evening, June 12, in the 800 block of Northeast 106th Street. (We previously reported this one.)
  • Drugs were taken on June 2 from a home in the 800 block of Northeast 82nd Street. It doesn’t look like burglars had to force their way in there.

That’s common, said Terrie Johnston, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, who made today’s announcement. Of the 85 residential burglaries:

Forty-five of the burglaries were non-forced entry, which means that the thief was able to enter the home either through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key.  As burglaries tend to increase during warm summer months, I wanted to send out this quick reminder.

Let’s take away some lessons which come from June’s burglaries:  Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking.   Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows.

Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware.   Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards.  The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs.  Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes

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