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Maple Leaf crime update since Turkey Day

December 18th, 2012 by Mike

Josh emailed over the weekend: “Just wanted to pass along that, sometime this past week, we had the catalytic converter cut from our Toyota Tacoma parked in front of our house on 96th. Thieves apparently used a power saw and were probably done in less than a minute or two.”

He notes that catalytic converters contain precious metals and they’re easier to get to in trucks and SUVs.

His email caused us to wonder what the Seattle Police property crime map might show as we head into Christmas week. It’s shown above, from Thanksgiving through today.

It shows:

  • 10 stolen cars (many from the Northgate area)
  • 8 car prowls
  • 1 stolen bike
  • and 7 burglaries

Six of the burglaries were of homes:

  • 9400 block of 12th Avenue Northeast
  • 9700 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast
  • 9700 block of 15th Avenue Northeast
  • Two homes in the 10800 block of 12th Avenue Northeast
  • 10700 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast

The seventh burglary was of a business in the 9200 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Neighbor reports a similar burglary at N.E. 80th and 4th N.E.

October 21st, 2011 by Mike

We heard overnight from J-P, who wrote:

Unfortunately, the rash of burglaries continues. Today, burglars have hit Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue  Northeast between noon and 3 p.m. They’ve followed a similar modus operandi to that your article describes and pillaged all my friend’s electronics, silverware, and jewelry.

J-P says that the victim noticed two black males across the street apparently working under a car hood. “That caught the victim’s attention because they had never been seen in the neighborhood before.” Our previous post stated neighbors believed the suspects could be two black men taking jewelry and electronics.

This new burglary has not yet shown up on the police crime map. “Tip of the hat to the police for arriving at the victim’s place in a record three minutes following the call to 911,” J-P writes.

“Feel free to relay that information so as to raise awareness in the neighborhood and get burglars locked up and their ‘booty’ returned to their owners.”

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