News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


More car crimes here and nearby

July 29th, 2011 by Mike

Update July 30: Angie emailed overnight: “Just wanted to let you know there was another car break-in to our neighbor’s car last night – near the corner of Brooklyn and 80th.”


Don emails us: “Tuesday night of this week I had my catalytic converter sawed off of my Toyota truck on 16th Ave. N.E. just south of Maple Leaf.

“Please spread the word for folks to keep their eyes open for these punks.  It cost me several hundred dollars to replace it.”

In fact, since our last report 10 days ago that thieves were stealing or breaking into more than a car a day in the neighborhood, the police map indicates nine more vehicles were pillaged. Not including Don’s.

I suppose that’s a slight reduction.

Speaking of that last report, we picked up a comment on it:

C // Jul 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Do you know what pillage means mike?

And replied:

Yes, Mike actually looked it up before using it.
–verb (used with object)
to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder: The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
to take as booty.

–verb (used without object)
to rob with open violence; take booty: Soldiers roamed the countryside, pillaging and killing.

the act of plundering, especially in war.
booty or spoil.
1350–1400; Middle English pilage ( see pill3 , -age), modeled on Middle French pillage (derivative of piller to pillage, orig., to abuse, mistreat, tear, of uncertain origin)

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