News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Home burglary reported on N.E. 88th St.

October 27th, 2015 by Mike

A neighbor has posted to Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf that burglars hit a home on Northeast 88th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast:

10/24, while at dinner our home was burglarized between 6 and  9 p.m..

How: The thieves disabled our motion-detector flood light and forced open the back window.

Police suggestions: We will be installing round dowels in all our window tracks. Also looking for anyone willing to share extra “home alarm” stickers we can stick to our windows. Might look into a video camera–or a fake one to scare people off.

What was taken: a phone, collector coins and heirloom quality jewelry. Nothing of value left behind.

Stay safe and watch out for each other.

So far this month police have reported about a half-dozen burglaries in Maple Leaf proper, including this one. Below is the map for October.

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Is this your (stolen) stuff, detectives ask

June 25th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have sent news of this arrest by Seattle Police:

Detectives have been chasing the 30-year-old man, his 22-year-old girlfriend, and at least five other suspects for the last two months, after the ring of thieves committed dozens of burglaries in North Seattle.

Police believe the crew of serial burglars broke into homes during the day and targeted businesses at night. Detectives also say the ring of suspects was involved in a break-in at 22 storage units in the University Village area.

The full police release is here. It contains photos hundreds of stolen items.

“If you believe any of the items pictured below are yours, you will need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at SPD5002@seattle.gov.”

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Home burglaries and car crimes here

May 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Christina emails:

On Tuesday, May 19th, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. thieves broke into a house on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets.

They smashed a door window in the back to let themselves in and ransacked several rooms stealing cameras, tablets, cash, and jewelry. This was particularly brazen as it occurred in the middle of the day across the street from a church and school (St. Catherine).

No one claims to have seen anything or anyone suspicious on that block, but one neighbor said a man was seen that day on Northeast 88th Street falsely claiming to be a meter reader.

The Seattle Police crime map above shows six home burglaries so far this month in Maple Leaf. Most of them follow the pattern Christina described. (The gray circles are business burglaries, not homes.)

Another burglary report was emailed on May 12th: “Just emailing you to let you know of a break-in on the 2000 block of Northeast 97th Street on Monday 5/11 around 4:30 p.m.

“Back door kicked in, house ransacked, TV, empty purse and some family heirloom jewelry stolen. A neighbor identified the car as an older model large white sedan, possibly a town car or similar, with dark tinted windows”

Car Crimes

On Twitter, Gabi asks of both us and police: “I heard from a neighbor there have been car break-ins, but have not heard anything from @SPD. Can anyone confirm this?”

She mentions Northeast 80th and 85th streets and around the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

A different neighbor emailed this story of a car prowl May 14th on Northeast 97th Street.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought perhaps I’d forgotten to lock the door to my new car (now that I have to press a fancy button instead of just hand-locking the door!!!).

Sure enough, when I woke up my car had been ransacked. Lucky for me, it’s new so I have nothing in it.

I saw my neighbor and told her what happened, she laughed that she never locks her doors, and lo and behold, her car also had been ransacked.

They stole some of her change and a nice pair of sunglasses, and my old-ass iPod. Hardly worth the work. So annoying. We both filed reports 🙂

The map at right shows car prowls and stolen cars in Maple Leaf so far this month.

In response to Gabi, Seattle Police tweeted: “Appears #SeaStat data for Maple Leaf/Roosevelt/Ravenna area shows 19% drop in prowls for 1st 5.5 mos of the year.”

However, that number would not include the Northgate Transit Center and mall, as SPD says they are in the Northgate section of SeaStat.

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Seattle Police detail plans for Maples Leaf (sic)

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

The graphic, above, pretty much says it all.

Although publicity of the Seattle Police Department’s current enforcement push has focused mainly on its 9 1/2 Block downtown strategy, it also earlier this week announced plans on a neighborhood level. Called Micro Community Policing Plans. (Update: Related Danny Westneat column here.)

This is what they say about us.

* “Maples Leaf”  is, for policing purposes, considered part of the Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood. As are Wedgwood and Green Lake. Here is the pdf.

Enforcement priorities are:

* Burglaries.

* Drug use in Cowen Park (which IS in Roosevelt/Ravenna, near Whole Foods).

* Bar noise, traffic safety and

* Urinating in public.

Not entirely familiar? We could be in the Northgate neighborhood (including Haller Lake, Pinehurst and North College Park).

There the priorities are:

* Prostitution (along Aurora Avenue North).

* Graffiti.

* Burglaries.

* Traffic safety and lack of lighting.

We’ll be happy to funnel any comments to the North Precinct.

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News about Mr. Grumbles, another cat – and crime

August 26th, 2014 by Mike

News from around the neighborhood in the past few days:

Mr. Grumbles (Do you know this cat hanging on 12th N.E.), the neighborhood cat who walks by himself and visits many homes, apparently has quite a few fans.

He may soon have his own Facebook page, his owner speculates. He was originally found living behind a dumpster, she says.

We may actually start a Facebook page (ridiculous) for him, to explain his story and advise people to not feed him/ let him inside, as he loves variety and free choice of where he stays… he just doesn’t know any better.

Meanwhile, Hallie emails: “I am part of the neighborhood … I have a cat that needs a home and I was hoping that you might be able to help.”

Rio is a male tabby with a bull’s eye design on his sides. He’s an outdoor cat and about 9 years old. Email Hallie at halliem61@gmail.com

Finally, since our last crime report in mid-July, it appears there have been right at 17 burglaries in Maple Leaf, according to the police crime map.

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Could any of these items recovered from burglaries be yours?

February 20th, 2014 by Mike

Is any of this stuff yours?

Since we’ve had a few comments about crime recently, we’re letting people know that the King County Sheriff’s Office  has recovered dozens (and dozens) of items stolen in burglaries over 18 months.

The items were stolen between January 2012 and July 2013, according to a news story by our partners The Seattle Times.

Two people were arrested in connection with the burglaries, which stretched from Mill Creek to Tigard, Ore.

You can see photos (13 pages worth) of the recovered items here. The password is SammamishPD and is case sensitive.

If you think some of these items are yours, call the sheriff’s office at 804-885-5276.

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Reader reports of crime in the neighborhood

December 15th, 2011 by Mike

Over the past few weeks, while we’re been swamped with the Maple Leaf Life reservoir tour, several readers have checked in about suspicious activity on their street.

On Tuesday, Karen reported that two packages were tampered with on her porch on Dec. 8.

“I came home that day to find two packages, one opened with the label ripped off and nothing inside (and no identifying marks on the box to help with finding out what had been inside); the other box intact.

“Anyone else having these issues? I’ve never had this as a problem before and am a bit perplexed….”

Our most recent report on mail thefts and car prowls is here.

Earlier in the month another reader emailed, “there was broken glass all over the front entry at (Cafe) Piccolo’s at 7:00 this morning and the police were on the scene.” There was still plywood over the door, at 9400 Roosevelt Way N.E.,  the last time we drove by; the police report says the burglary occurred on Dec. 5 around 11 p.m.

Speaking of restaurants, the Hudson New American Public House tweeted last month: “Public walk in broken into last night! Cut the lock and made off with a box of pork bones, pail of shucked oysters, and bag of clams.”

That police report says the restaurant, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., was broken into on Nov. 12.

That’s a map, on the right, of home and commercial burglaries in the area since our last such report. We count over two dozen burglaries (some of the icons represent two or even four separate break-ins).

Toward the end of November Terrie Johnston, police crime prevention coordinator, emailed to say daytime home burglaries are again on the upswing.

Residential burglaries are occurring with more frequency in the Lincoln Sector of the North Precinct (Pinehurst; Lake City Way; Maple Leaf; View Ridge; Wedgwood; Ravenna/Bryant, et al.) The precinct commanders are aware, and are staffing accordingly.

Most of the burglaries are occurring during daytime hours (from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.). If you are home, and someone knocks on your door, please answer the door, don’t open it. There is a difference. Since many criminals are looking for houses w/no one home, it is important to let them know someone is there!

If you have a home office, or a room with big screen TVs and computers that can be seen from the street, close the curtains/blinds in those areas when you are gone. Electronics, jewelry, and small portable items are popular.

Lock up your ladders; or store them in a garage. Use motion-sensitive lighting when appropriate.

Finally, Nancy emails to say: “My neighbors car was broken into last night (Dec. 5).  The passenger side window was broken. There were notebooks and writing utensils on the seat but nothing was taken.  I did not find any other break-ins to vehicles on our block.  Notified neighbors on our block watch list with working phone numbers.”

That occurred in the vicinity of the 8200 block of Second Avenue Northeast. Our last report on neighborhood car crimes is here.

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A dozen recent burglaries in the neighborhood

August 7th, 2011 by Mike

In commenting on a post Saturday about what the overnight police activity was about, Diy Seattle wrote on our Facebook page: “All they said was they were chasing a burglary suspect. Seems it is getting more common in our neighborhood.”

Actually, we are having fewer burglaries now than, say, a year ago.

That said, since our last burglary update at the end of June, it appears there have been a dozen home burglaries and six non-residential burglaries in the neighborhood. (That last category includes a break-in at a medical marijuana shop on Lake City Way that we reported on earlier; these home burglaries don’t include the one from early Saturday.)

The residential burglaries:

  • Rear ground-floor windows were broken out of a home in the 2300 block of Northeast 102 Street during the day on Tuesday, Aug. 2. According to the police report: “The suspects locked the family dog in a bedroom and proceeded to ransack the residence. The suspects removed a large flat-screen TV, a watch case with multiple watches, and a laptop computer … the next-door residence was also found to have been burglarized in the same time period.” Next door officers found that entry had likely also been made by breaking a ground-floor window.
  • Also on Tuesday, Aug. 2, burglars hit a home in the 9200 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.
  • During the day on July 25 burglars broke the lock on a back door of a home in the 1000 block of Northeast 96th Street and stole a laptop, prescription medication and cash.
  • The resident of a house in the 8100 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast came home the afternoon of July 21 and found her dog outside and the kitchen window broken. It was unknown what might have been taken.
  • On July 20 a north-side window of a house in the 10300 block of 20th Avenue Northeast was pried open. A television and cash box were missing, but the reporting officer stated: “When I arrived I looked out the window the suspect(s) had pried open and located the victim’s Samsung television and his metal lock-box outside on the ground. The lock-box had been pried open and the money was gone. It is possible the victim interrupted the burglar.”
  • On July 18th burglars hit a trailer home in the 2200 block of Northeast 88th Street.
  • Burglars hit a home the night of July 14 in the 2000 block of Northeast 90th Street.
  • Burglars broke the rear door window of a house in the 100 block of Northeast 98 Street on July 13 and stole electronic items.
  • Sometime between June 30 and July 4 burglars ransacked a home in the 800 block of Northeast 89th Street and stole multiple items.
  • On June 30th in the 10700 block of 20th Avenue Northeast a $1,300 bicycle was stolen out of a garage.
  • On June 28 in the 500 block of Northeast 104th Street a basement window was removed from its frame and computers, computer games and jewelry stolen.

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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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Roundup of neighborhood crimes – and why we write about them

February 10th, 2011 by Mike

We’ve been feeling guilty. It’s been weeks since we’ve sat down and really wrestled with the police crime map to round up neighborhood crimes.

But earlier today we picked up a comment from New In Maple Leaf that  questions whether we SHOULD track crime here:

It seems as if ALL this blog discusses is robberies and car thefts. It seems rare that it reports on other happenings of the neighborhood. Is it right to assume that we have moved to a high crime area? It is great to be informed…but interesting that none of the other seattle neighborhood blogs report on this type of stuff as often…any thoughts?

We’re willing to let readers figure out if all we write about is crime. (And chickens.) And we honestly don’t know how other hyper-local sites approach crime reports.

But we do operate on the basic assumption that it’s better to know than to not know. About what’s happening next door and across the street. At neighborhood businesses and parks. Why ARE there 10 police cars parked down the street?

Is Maple Leaf a high crime area? Not so far as we can tell. We’ve discussed it here. Also here, here, and probably a few other places, including our inaugural post -yes, Maple Leaf Life is a year old!

So (deep breath) here’s a crime update since our last roundup nearly a month ago. Incidentally, we don’t report on all crimes – no shopliftings, for example – just ones we think neighbors should know about.

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