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UPDATE: Stolen cars, including a Northgate carjacking

March 8th, 2016 by Mike

Update March 9: Kevin emails this morning to report two hit-and-run sideswipes.

Last night around 1:30 a.m., near the intersection of 20th Avenue Northeast @ Northeast 88th Street, a vehicle ( possibly a black Honda Civic) side swiped both my wife’s and my cars , leaving extensive damage. A police report has been filed.

My neighbor mentioned he heard the incident, but got to the window too late to see the car involved. He did mention however, that a woman walking her dog was in the middle of the street and may have witnessed the collisions.

Wondering if you could reach out to your readers to see if any one else on 20th Avenue was hit and/or if we can locate this woman and get her to come forward with any detail she may be able to provide.


A neighbor emails today that a stolen car was abandoned in a carport in the 9800 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast.

A fellow tenant had left a note on the car’s windshield, asking the owner to move it. This Honda had no license plates and looked as if it had been hit on the driver’s side; the exterior rear-view mirror on that side was hanging down and the doors were unlocked.

Police determined the car had been stolen a month previously.

The map below shows stolen cars in the Maple Leaf area so far this year, according to police reports. There are several dozen of them.

In addition, more information is now available on a carjacker who was arrested last week after stealing a Lexus from Northgate Mall at the end of February. From police:

Detectives believe the 18-year-old suspect approached the woman around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29th, as she was getting out of her car in the Northgate parking lot.

The teen demanded the woman’s keys and told her he had a gun. He then climbed into the woman’s car, joined by a second male suspect, and sped off.

Two days later, on March 1st, police received a report of a hit-and-run at Aurora Avenue North and North 50th Street,  after the same silver Lexus smashed into two other cars and drove off.

A witness followed the Lexus to North 63rd Street and West Greenlake Way North, where the 18-year-old driver and his female passenger bailed out of the car and took off running.

Officers found the suspect and his passenger–his 17-year-old girlfriend–at North 61st Street and Linden Avenue North.

Police found the Lexus’s key in the 18-year-old’s pocket and booked him into the King County Jail for robbery, auto theft and a felony warrant. Officers also booked his girlfriend into the Youth Service Center for auto theft.

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Speaking of stolen or prowled cars….

November 15th, 2014 by Mike

Two, no, three things since the prowled car news earlier this month.

Subaru owners beware!

“If you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic or Subaru Legacy—or a car that was made before 2002—there is a greater chance that auto thieves may target your car,” according to a somewhat confusing release this week from the Seattle Police Department.

There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.

According to our crime data, 77 percent of cars stolen in Seattle are model year 2001 or older. The top three cars stolen in Seattle year to date are Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.

If your car was made in 2001 or older – or you drive an Accord, Civic or Legacy – please consider purchasing a steering wheel lock anti-theft device at a reduced price from the Seattle Neighborhood Group. Follow this link for details.

Second, after another embarrassing incident, police  say they will  find a way to track stolen devices, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

“On Friday, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced creation of a position to help patrol officers track down stolen phones and other GPS-enabled electronic devices.”

And this morning police announced they caught thieves leaving a stolen car in the Haller Lake neighborhood (North Northgate Way and Aurora Avenue North).

Seattle police captured two suspects hiding in a cemetery after the suspects jumped from a moving, stolen car late Friday night.

Officers, while on an Anti-Violence Emphasis patrol, were keeping their eyes open for a stolen SUV believed to be connected with a number of recent incidents throughout North Seattle.

The officers spotted the stolen vehicle, now sporting stolen license plates, at Aurora Ave North and North Northgate Way around 11 p.m. Meanwhile the suspects, realizing they had been spotted, drove a short distance before jumping out of the moving SUV….

The officers were able to stop the run-away car before they gave chase to the two suspect who ran into a cemetery. Additional officers streamed into the area and quickly surrounded the cemetery, forcing the suspects to hide.

Overhead the King County Sheriffs Guardian-1 helicopter helped vector officers to the hiding suspects and both were arrested.

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Two cars crashed – one naked man – early Saturday

July 27th, 2014 by Mike

Deborah emails overnight:

Awoke this (Saturday) morning at 5 a.m. to a loud crash and went to the window to see a car crashed into the back of my SUV at Northeast 97th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

The driver was already outside the vehicle and by the time I came back to the window after calling 911 he had taken off, apparently last seen running north on 12th. The police said the car had been stolen yesterday in Pinehurst, just north of Maple Leaf.

Remember to lock your cars.

Also at 5 a.m. Saturday a naked driver flipped a stolen car on Interstate 5 near Northgate.

From The Seattle Times story:

It appears the whole thing may have begun with a burglary in Lynnwood. Lynnwood Police think the naked man could be the same man who broke into several Lynnwood businesses in the 18900 block of Highway 99 around 4:30 a.m. Police say the man, in his 20s, apparently found keys to one of the businesses’ vehicles, loaded up the car with stolen merchandise and drove off before this morning’s crash.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. It is not known why he was naked.

Prowled and stolen cars are the most common crimes in Maple Leaf, and in the city.

Washington State Patrol

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Stolen cars and suspicious strangers in Maple Leaf

July 15th, 2014 by Mike

Update 3:45 p.m.

We had packages stolen from our front porch on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets on Sunday.

Neighbors told us they saw two boxes on our front porch around 3 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m. when we returned home they were gone. We think it was a children’s desk we ordered that required assembly. The boxes would have been quite heavy so it may have required two people. Just unbelievable that someone would have stolen such large boxes in the middle of a sunny Sunday afternoon!

If anyone saw anything suspicious we would love to hear about it so we can add it to the police report. Thx

Update 3 p.m. This just arrived: “I returned to my home on Northeast 75th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast at 5 p.m. 7-14-14 to find our front door smashed in. They took laptops iPads, jewelry and my 6 yo’s piggy bank. Please alert neighbors to stay alert! Thanks.”


A neighbor emails this morning:

“Just wanted to give a heads-up to the neighborhood. We live on 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street and just had a prowler in our backyard attempting to move our window air conditioning unit and looking in our back windows.

“I was able to scare him off and he ran into a waiting car that went south on 15th.  The Seattle Police came and were great about getting information and having a patrol car out in the neighborhood although I am sure he is long gone.”

He is described as a skinny, short, white male in his 40s with a scruffy gray beard and backwards baseball hat with a green brim.

A different email from the morning, this one  from Lisa:

I wonder if you could put this on the blog. We need our car back!

Our car was stolen a couple of weeks ago, out of the Thornton Place garage. I’ve gone up and down the streets in Maple Leaf looking for it, but could use more eyes on the ground. If anyone sees a two-door black Honda Civic with license plates 885YNL, please add a note here with the location, or call the Seattle Police.

Appreciate it – most stolen cars are found apparently, but we haven’t found ours yet, and neither have the police.

The map at right shows stolen or prowled cars,  plus burglaries, since our last report in mid-June.  (The * ones are burglaries.)

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Car flips on N.E. 104th St., teens inside flee

May 26th, 2014 by Mike

A neighbor sends this photo of a car – possibly stolen – that flipped near Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

It was traveling westbound on 104th from Roosevelt Way Northeast, the neighbor said.

Four teens were in the car, got out and ran away after the flip.

The teens were described as one male African American, one male, Latino, one female Latino and African American mixed and one other female.

The kids must’ve been driving really fast, they were only half a block down when they struck a parked BMW and somehow flipped. A neighbor came out to help them when the two boys fled the scene. They left the girls in the car, who after being helped out fled themselves.

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Car crimes continue to top crime list here

February 13th, 2014 by Mike

Alison emails overnight:

Just wanted to let the neighborhood know that my window was smashed in and things stolen while eating dinner at the Roosevelt Ale House tonight. I let the restaurant know and they weren’t surprised. Was parked close to the entrance and  in for less than an hour. Had a nice bag on the font seat with clothing in it which was stolen, along with the contents of my center console.

Was definitely just a smash and grab as I had things in the back which were overlooked. It’s trivia night and the place is packed so whoever did it is especially bold.

Would love to remind people not to leave anything in view!

The map shows stolen or prowled cars here beginning New Year’s day. Our last reports are here and here.

Car crimes are by far the most common crimes in Maple Leaf and in Seattle generally.

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One stolen Subaru (plus 9 other stolen or prowled cars) – BUT a found bike

May 16th, 2013 by Mike

Catherine emails this morning:

Last night between the hrs of 12:30-8 a.m. our family and business car was stolen from right out front of our house.

This is a travesty for us as we own & operate a small family pickling business and it is our only vehicle to make deliveries of our product to our restaurant accounts throughout the city. Tomorrow is our delivery day so we are pretty upset about what has happened as you can imagine.

To make matters worse we had just purchased $300 worth of pickling jars and put $50 worth of gas in it.

They live at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 100th Street. The license plate is ALC7551.

The car is a 1999 Black Subaru Outback, Limited edition with 2 sunroofs but a few little dings on the right front panel. I have attached the best pic I have of it.

There is a bright red bumper sticker on the back that say’s “Cape Flattery” in white letters that makes it very distinguishable and as I mentioned, the back was completely full of cases of pickling jars as of last night.

Of course the police have been notified and it is not in any impound so it could be anywhere at this point though the police just told me that they are finding many of them near the Children’s Hospital area.

It did not have an alarm or tracking system in it.

Thank you for your help in advance.

According to the police crime map, nine other vehicles have been stolen or prowled in the neighborhood since we last wrote about these crimes.

A bit of good news: Patricia emailed earlier this week to say a stolen adult bike was dumped in her yard and she’d like to get it back to the owner .

Found at 114th and Roosevelt:

Some shady dude ditched a sweet blue Italian bike in our flower bed. We called SPD but they wouldn’t take it because it hadn’t been reported. It has a word lock that is still wrapped around the frame and a tire kit. If you think it’s yours just send me the word. Sure hope we can reunite this beauty with its owner.

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Police report robbery at gunpoint in Maple Leaf

January 17th, 2013 by Mike

Seattle Police report that earlier this month a woman was robbed at gunpoint at Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 104th Street.

The robbery occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 10. Details are now available through the city’s crime map.

According to the police report, the woman was walking on 104th street when a man pointed a semi-automatic handgun at her and demanded, “give me your phone.”

She gave him the phone, worth about $40, according to the report. The man ran off.

So far this year, the map also shows five home burglaries in Maple Leaf, and six stolen or prowled cars.

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Neighbors report more Maple Leaf home burglaries

September 12th, 2012 by Mike

Update: Kim emails this afternoon to report a burglary at her house.

Wanted to let the neighborhood know that we had a break-in at 91st and Roosevelt on Monday afternoon. We came home at about 2 p.m. to find someone in our home. We interrupted the robbery so they only left with minimal items. However, they came back at night and stole our car. It has been reportedly seen as the get-away vehicle for another robbery near Aurora. It is a black Subaru wagon.


Bill emails about a home burglary that occurred at 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 88th Street around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

Neighborhood witnesses described the burglar as a white woman with dark, thick, shoulder-length hair. She was driving a van described as large and boxy, bright red on the lower 3/4 and white on the top 1/4 with little windows near the top.

The witnesses said the burglar entered through a window in the back of the house. Bill writes that she took items including credit cards, which she attempted to use within hours.

“Please contact Seattle Police with any information at (206) 684-5735.”

This reported burglary doesn’t yet appear on the Seattle Police crime map for September to date.

The map does show a daytime home burglary on Sept. 4th in the 2300 block of Northeast 107th Street. There, the burglar apparently pushed open an unlocked bathroom window, but nothing was stolen, according to the police report.

The map for Maple Leaf also shows the the burglary of a business in the 9800 block of Lake City Way Northeast, five stolen cars, one car prowl and two cases of property damage to businesses.

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Neighbors report new home burglary, car prowl

June 2nd, 2012 by Mike

We’ve heard from two neighbors this week about local crimes.

Emily reports a home burglary on Friday, June 1, at Northeast 102nd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.

“We just wanted the neighborhood to know,” she emails. “The backpack burglars are back.”

Eric reports possible car prowlers at 4 a.m. Friday.

“I let my dog out and as I did so a car stopped in front of my house at Northeast 91 Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. I yelled at them and they took off. I called for a patrol car.

“Reminder, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean the crime will stop.”

When we ran the Seattle Police crime map for the month of May, we found a half-dozen burglaries (stars on the map) and about 14 vehicles either stolen or prowled in Maple Leaf.

Our last crime report was in early May.

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