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Plenty of property crimes here (and everywhere)

December 31st, 2016 by Mike

Nate emails this week:

We created a police report this morning related to a miter saw theft from our garage last night, but wanted to follow up with a notification to neighbors.

Our garage door sensor tripped after we had left the garage last night causing the door to go back up and leave the garage wide open without us being aware. Sometime between 5.30 p.m. last night and 8.00 a.m. this morning our Dewalt DW715 miter saw and miter saw stand were stolen. It does not appear that anything else was stolen from the garage.

We appreciate your help recovering this stolen item, or preventing similar events in the future through neighborhood awareness. Thanks.

Property crimes are frequent in Maple Leaf – and throughout the city. The map above shows police reports for those crimes – bike theft, burglaries, car prowls, mail theft – during 2016.

Can’t see the neighborhood boundaries for the crime reports? Right.

Another neighbor emails:

Hello – Overnight Dec. 29 – 30, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., our locked garage was broken into (literally the garage door was broken and forced open). The thieves stole a high-end Mercier bicycle and potentially some tools. The bike is extra small (sized for a 5-foot-2 inch person), with aero handlebars, carbon fiber stem, and a butterfly seat. It is by far the nicest bicycle I have ever owned and I want it back!

Contact me through Maple Leaf Life.

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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:

https://twitter.com/seattlepdl2?lang=en

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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Car into tree near Northgate Mall this morning, driver dies

November 11th, 2016 by Mike

From our news partners at The Seattle Times:

Seattle police are investigating a fatal single-car crash near Northgate Mall.

A car apparently struck a tree around 9:30 a.m. Friday at Northeast Northgate Way and Third Avenue Northeast, killing the driver.

The gender and age of the driver were not immediately released.

KOMO adds:

Images from Air4 show the front-end of the classic car completely smashed.

Traffic was rerouted in the area, and a tow truck was brought in to remove the car after the scene was processed.

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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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August crime in and around Maple Leaf

August 28th, 2016 by Mike

A round-up of some burglaries, vehicle thefts and prowls, and mail theft as August comes to an end. (Shown in map at right.)

But first, from Seattle Police this week.

“After stealing $800 worth of cologne and pulling a knife on Northgate Mall security Tuesday, a 49-year-old man claimed he had swallowed heroin in an apparent—and ultimately unsuccessful—effort to get out of going to jail.

“Police were called to the mall around 8 p.m. after the suspect dashed out of a store with 10 bottles of cologne, valued at over $830, and tussled with security guards. He then brandished a knife and fled, but was arrested a short time later by SPD officers.”

Brad emails on Wednesday.

“Last night a friend and I came back from vacation. Her car was parked at my house (by Sacajawea) and she put her suitcase in between her car and another. She came inside for less than two minutes. Went back to her car and it was gone!

“There was nothing of real value to anybody (clothes, make up, gifts etc) but costly to replace. Hoping whoever stole it dumped it somewhere close. If anybody sees it can can they report it. Thanks.”

(Comments here STILL aren’t working, but you can report on our Facebook page.)

On Monday Damien emailed:

Before our family left for a week-long vacation, a brand new, dark grey 4 Runner was parked at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and Northeast 82nd Street. When we got back, we noticed it had been hit by another vehicle. There is quite a lot of glass left behind from the offending vehicle’s headlight and blinker, and the 4 Runner has a damaged rear bumper.

Wondering if anyone is or knows the owner of the 4 Runner, it doesn’t look like it has moved in almost 2 weeks.

Over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf are reports of:

* An attempted break-in at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street.

* An actual break-in at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 96th Street.

* Luggage theft at 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street.

* Stolen Subaru from Northgate.

* Mail theft along Eighth Avenue Northeast near Northeast 96th Street.

* An entire bank of mailboxes prowled on 12th Avenue Northeast between Northeast 102nd and 103rd streets.

* A hit-and-run damaging two cars along Eighth Avenue Northeast.
* Mail theft along Northeast 91st Street between 15th and 20th avenue northeast.

* Stolen mail found along Northeast 96th Street between 15th and 17th avenues northeast.

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Armed robbery on N.E. 89th Street this afternoon?

August 2nd, 2016 by Mike

Update Aug. 3: There is now a partial police report for ROBBERY-STREET-GUN.

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Neighbors report a young woman was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on Northeast 89th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.

Several police cruisers responded, although there’s nothing yet on the Seattle Police incident response map.

According to neighbors, the young woman was walking on N.E. 89 when a foreign car, possibly a BMW, with tinted windows and red rims pulled up.

Two woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the young woman, and took her purse, they said. The car sped off north on 12th Avenue Northeast.

Police were said to be interested in anyone with surveillance cameras on 12th N.E. that might have recorded the car.

We have a call into Seattle Police.

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Active search for man who fired shots near Northgate

July 15th, 2016 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers arrested the suspect in today’s shots fired call at Woodlawn Ave. Northeast & Second Ave. Northeast. Medics took the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during today’s incident. Detectives continue to investigate this case and will provide updates when available.

Update: KOMO reports the man has been arrested.

The Seattle Police Department headline, within the hour (3:33 p.m.) reads: “Man Crashes Green Volvo Near Greenlake After Firing Shots Near Northgate.”

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of Northeast 80th Street, so he took off running.

Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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Police seek witness to attempted child luring

July 14th, 2016 by Mike

This afternoon Seattle Police issued a press release with the title: “Man in Distinct Orange Car Arrested After Trying to Lure 12-Year-Old Girl.”

The incident occurred just north of Maple Leaf on Wednesday.

A 50-year-old man is in custody for child luring following an incident that occurred in North Seattle yesterday afternoon.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a luring incident near Northeast 125th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. Officers located the victim seeking refuge in a business. The victim, a 12-year-old girl, told officers that a man driving an orange, older model Ford Crown Victoria made contact with her and offered her a ride, which she refused. The suspect then became more aggressive and demanded that the she get into the car. A witness saw this interaction and yelled for the girl to run to safety. The girl ran to a nearby business until police arrived.

Officers began an exhaustive search for the orange car and the man driving it. Officers found both at a nearby parking lot. When officers approached, they saw the man with his erect penis sticking out of his pants, an open bottle of whisky at his side and a fixed blade knife within easy reach. The victim recognized both the car and the suspect. Officers arrested him and impounded his orange car.

The suspect is in King County Jail and a Sexual Assault detective has been assigned to investigate.

The adult witness was no longer on scene when officers arrived. Detectives would like to speak to her or any other person who saw this crime, or is aware of any other involving the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Assault Unit at 206 684-5575.

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Fireworks damage in Maple Leaf?

July 5th, 2016 by Mike

On the morning after, James emails:

My car was parked on the west-side of Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast near my home. I saw this morning that there were two impacts on the top of my windshield. One was above the windshield on the car itself causing some dents, and another on the windshield itself which hit the glass with force.

The windshield is damaged beyond repair since a portion is crushed and cracked on the drivers passenger side. I collected a bit of dust from the car dent, and it looks like firework powder (could also be finely crushed rock).

After work today I will make a non-emergency report with the SPD, and I should be insured, however I feel pretty jilted at the thought of people being careless with fireworks. Someone suggested it was probably someone tossing it out of their car, which is also a possibility.

Has anyone else reported similar incidents from the 4th?

We haven’t heard of any, although if readers have you can leave comments on our Facebook page.

Our last report on neighborhood car prowls is here.

The Seattle Times has a report on fireworks injuries here.

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