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More theft/crime in Maple Leaf – report it!

December 18th, 2016 by Mike

Amy emails:

Hi Mike & neighbors~

I’m writing to let everyone know that lots of thefts are happening in our neighborhood right now… Can you please remind our neighbors that it is ever-so-crucial to file a police report for even the most benign theft? It’s very easy to do online, and you can even include pictures.

In a recent crime prevention meeting we learned that Officer Kennedy (the Maple Leaf community officer) was not even aware of our growing problems of mail theft, package theft (including home-delivered groceries), car prowls, etc. If a police report is not filed, the police department is not aware of the growing issue and the need to justify more patrolling (& hiring).

Crime – car prowls, mail theft, burglaries – have been a constant theme since Maple Leaf Life launched six-ish years ago.  We have never managed to demonstrate we are more victimized then the rest of the city – and we’ve tried. (Map shows police reports here since the beginning of November.)

Many neighbors appreciate news of crime occurring here. Some don’t. We’ve had people complain that the bank robbery we posted really occurred – not here! -but in some other neighborhood  (i.e., literally across the street in Northgate), that we are conflating Maple Leaf with the dreaded Pinehurst, that reporting crime news lowers their property value.

A good summation of our response(s) from five years ago is here (note the comments):

Roundup of neighborhood crimes – and why we write about them.

“We do operate on the basic assumption that it’s better to know than to not know.”

Amy continues:

In the past week alone, I’ve found…

*  several piles of stolen (& opened) mail around 12th Ave NE, 15th Ave NE, Ne 98th, NE 97th, & NE 96th.

* 2 stolen bags of home delivered groceries scattered on the sidewalk.

* an increase of empty beer bottles on the streets & in round-abouts on 12th Ave NE.

And since early November I’ve heard of several home burglaries and car prowls, and have also been the victim of similar crimes myself in the past two months.

A Twitter feed of our Neighborhood’s Police Beat (L2, aka Lincoln 2), can be found here:

Please, let’s be extra alert for one another and report suspicious activity and signs of theft, even if not of your own property.

PS: Some reporting info from SPD, so that you have it handy to relay….

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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 end burglaries featured in The Seattle Times

October 7th, 2016 by Mike

“Personal property theft is a serious problem in Seattle, and we’re not sure how to stop it.”

That’s the headline in The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine this weekend.

The lead story? A burglary in Maple Leaf.

And so it began for the couple that rainy February morning: a slow dawning that while they slept upstairs, someone crept through their house, sliding open drawers, picking through closets, stealing whatever he wanted.

They didn’t know it at the time, but their unsettling experience put them in one of the least exclusive clubs in the city: people whose homes have been burglarized, many by the same suspects. Thousands are victimized each year, coming home or waking up to discover that memories and heirlooms have been snatched, along with their sense of security.

Police say burglaries are particularly bad in the North End, the story says. The map shows Maple Leaf burglary reports so far this year.

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Crime updates from neighbors – UPDATE

September 15th, 2016 by Mike

Since our last crime report at the end of August:

* Neighbors at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf reported a 4 a.m. prowler in their back yard on Wednesday. Police arrived within five minutes and took the man into custody. This occurred at Northeast 90th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

UPDATE Friday morning: Overnight the homeowners posted that they were burglarized Thursday, every room ransacked and numerous items stolen. This would have occurred during the day between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* Another neighbor at Northeast 89th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast reported a burglary in process – of a bicycle – at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

* Zack emailed on Tuesday:

My vehicle on Northeast 98th Street between 15th and 12th avenues northeast was “broken” into last night. They went through glove box, trunk, etc and threw everything around. Nothing was actually broken…I may have left it unlocked as I sometimes do with no valuables…keeps them from breaking locks/windows I guess.

I don’t keep anything in there…but worth noting I guess.

Probably the 4th time in 5 years.\

Also, several people have reported hearing a gun shot today at around 2:18 a.m. near Northeast 91st Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. There is nothing on the Seattle crime maps, though.

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Car hit and run, burglary reported in Maple Leaf

November 28th, 2015 by Mike

From Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hit and runs (on multiple sideswiped cars) last night in the south end of Maple Leaf.

We had a hit and run driver sideswipe some cars on Fourth Avenue Northeast last night around 11:30 p.m. We got the truck’s license and called the cops, but they have not responded yet (say they’ve been very busy with many issues last night and this morning). At least three different neighbors have called them….

He left a two-block long scrape in Fourth Avenue where his axle gouged the road as he tried to flee the scene.

Earlier in the week, also from Nextdoor:

Burglary Tuesday morning in Maple Leaf.

Neighbors on Northeast 92nd Street between 5th and 8th avenues northeast were burglarized yesterday morning with numerous items stolen. The house was also ransacked. The perpetrators may have been in an older tan or cream colored van.

The map shows locations of burglaries here reported to police so far in November.

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Bad news (car prowl). Good news ($5K for tool library AND a bake sale)

October 13th, 2015 by Mike

Posted today at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

“Our car was broken into on Northeast 89th street between 2nd and 3rd avenues northeast last night. They just rifled through things and generally made the car smell bad (do you really need to stop and have a cigarette in my car)?

“I don’t keep anything of interest in the car although I am a little worried that they may have grabbed some personal information out of the glove box. Anyway just posting in case folks are keeping track of these sorts of things.”

Car prowls are the most common crime in Seattle. The map shows prowls reported to police here in the last month.

The good news – this press release today from the Seattle mayor’s office and the Department of Neighborhoods:

– Following the recent burglary of the NE Seattle Tool Library in Wedgwood, the City of Seattle has pledged $5,000 to help the organization rebuild its inventory. It is estimated that $10,000 in power tools was stolen sometime this past weekend.

“The Tool Library is a true asset to Seattle – a community resource, a place to learn new skills and a venue to connect with neighbors,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I encourage residents and businesses to match the City’s commitment to get this organization back on its feet.”

For more information, and to donate, click here .

Also from Nextdoor:

Brownie Troop 44405 will be having a bake sale in front of NE Tool Library (2415 N.E. 80th St.) to raise funds for the library that was robbed burglarized of many of its tools on Friday night. The girls will be selling baked goods on Sunday 10/18, 2-5 p.m..

Please mark your calendars to come by to purchase some delicious goods and/or bring tools to donate!

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$10,000 burglary at NE Seattle Tool Library

October 11th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have emailed to make sure we’re aware of the burglars who cleaned out the most expensive tools from the Northeast Seattle Tool Library.

The library, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. in the Wedgwood neighborhood, is asking people to keep an eye out for tools marked NESTL.

We just filed our police report and we are estimating about $10,000 worth of tools were stolen. These items include: our laptops, pressure washers, table saws, miter saws, sawzaws, circular saws, jig saws, routers, bolt cutters, air compressors, nail guns, staple guns…the list goes on.

All of these tools should have “NESTL” and numbers written on them.

The burglary occurred overnight Friday. The Seattle Times has a story here. Several people have suggested a Kickstarter campaign to replace the tools.

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Neighbors report daylight attempted burglary

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

Sarah emails this afternoon:

“Just wanted to let fellow Maple Leafers know that someone attempted to break into our across-the-street neighbors’ house on Friday at about 6:30 p.m., using a crowbar on a ground floor window.

And on Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf Sari wrote:

“Just wanted to let everyone know that at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 89th Street,an alert neighbor surprised an attempted break-in yesterday at his next door neighbor’s home (dark and empty looking). It was only about 6:30, so still light out. The would-be burglar had a crowbar and was attempting to get in through a window.

“When the neighbor yelled at the guy he took off–no luck finding him. Good fortune and some chutzpah–much appreciated. The policeman we spoke to later on, who was able to come by an hour later to conduct the report, said that neighbors keeping an eye on things for one another is the best first line of defense.”

The map shows about 20 home and commercial burglaries reported to Seattle Police here since the beginning of August.

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A dozen burglaries here during June

July 1st, 2015 by Mike

Evan emails overnight:

“Our house at (Northeast 89th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast) was broken into this afternoon in broad daylight during a brief period where nobody was at home, despite an ADT alarm system (with obvious signs and stickers around the house exterior) and rather attentive neighbors.

“The burglar broke down our front door, removed the lock, searched for low-hanging fruit, left out the back door, and ransacked our garage. It looks to have been a very quick operation.

“One of our neighbors actually saw the burglar in the garage right before he left — apparently he was a Caucasian male. There was also an unknown black car on our block at the time that may have been related.”

The burglar stole some i Pads, computers, cameras, jewelry, watches, and several bottles of wine. “He also stole all identity-related documents he could find.”

This was one of 12 burglaries in Maple Leaf during June, according to the police crime map. Ten of those were homes. (The two at top left are businesses.)

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Two neighbors report break-ins this week – plus police are taking a crime survey

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

Update Thursday p.m. On the police survey, it’s now possible to take it online at SurveyMonkey.

Sgt. Newsom emails:

Wow, I want to thank the almost 200 people who filled out the survey in less than 24 hours. You are all awesome. After my email blew up I listened to all your great advice. I am attaching a link to survey monkey. This way you can answer the survey out and not have to print, fill out and respond.


Two neighbors email to report break-ins – one of a car, the other a home.

James this morning said:

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.

My driver’s side front window was broken tonight at around 9:30 p.m. (I’m guessing), looked like someone hit it with the end of a hard blunt object. Small entry hole, near the top of the window. Didn’t look like they tried to steal anything as it was so high away from the handle/lock button. I was parked on the street.

Nothing was stolen, just vandalized. Pretty crappy thing to do.

James lives at Northeast 96th Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

And this email was sent both to us and to NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hello neighbors – We were the unfortunate victims of an attempted break-in at our home today. We have an ADT security system and have signs posted at the end of our long driveway and all over the house; this was not a deterrent.

I got home around 11:30 a.m., disarmed the alarm, then took my dog out for a walk for 15 minutes around the block. At 11:45 a.m., I noticed a TAN JEEP CHEROKEE with TWO MALES – they were sitting, engine running – in front of my house.

I took a close look because they looked suspicious, then when I peered harder, they drove off slowly, didn’t stop, and kept going… my suspicions were confirmed when my husband came home later and we attempted to set the alarm when we were heading out for another walk. The alarm would not set….

My husband then went downstairs and saw that our basement bathroom window had been pushed open, likely with a crowbar, and the sensor for the security system had been knocked off. The prowlers knocked this in while I was away for those 15 minutes!

This occurred on First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 90th Street.

Meanwhile, the police North Precinct, which covers Seattle north of the ship canal, sent a survey to the NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf group.

Sgt. Dianne Newsom says: “We would really like to hear from as many Neighbors as possible. The policing plans are to assist us in giving you the best service we can with the resources we have available. Could you fill out the surveys at your convenience and return them?”

Here is a .pdf of the survey. Here it is as a Word .docs. You can return it to dianne.newsom(at)

Its top two questions:

1.) What are the top three public safety issues that make you feel unsafe in your neighborhood?
2.) Tell us what you want to see from the North precinct to address the three concerns you identified above.

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