The following are selected reports from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct. They represent the officers’ accounts of the events described. 

Garden Thief

Just after 6 a.m. on July 26, police responded to a home in the 1800 block of 30th Avenue West for a burglary that occurred overnight.

The homeowner had security cameras that captured images of the suspect entering the backyard at 2:30 a.m., and breaking into a locked storage shed.

Several pieces of gardening equipment were stolen. After tripping an alarm on the detached garage, the suspect fled the yard.

Stolen Bike

A little after 11:30 a.m. on July 25, a man living in an apartment building in the 200 block of West Harrison Street called 911 to report his bike was stolen.

He said the bike had been locked in his building’s underground parking garage. The theft occurred sometime between 4 and 11:30 a.m. that morning.

Bike Heist

Just after noon on July 26, police responded to a burglary at a home in the 1100 block of Eighth Avenue West.

The homeowner told officers the burglary occurred the night before between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. He said he got a text from his neighbor at about 11:45 p.m. that night, telling him that his garage door was standing open.

He went out to investigate, and found that eight of his bikes had been stolen. He estimated the bikes were worth more than $20,000 combined. There were no signs of forced entry to the garage door.

The victim said a small window on the upper right side of the garage door had been missing for a while. The handle on the garage door opener release cable was missing and the victim said the suspect may have been able to release the lock cable to open the door.

Stolen Coins

At approximately 3:15 p.m. on July 26, police responded to an apartment building on West Lee Street to speak to the building manager about a burglary to the laundry room.

The manager reported the burglary took place at about 3:30 a.m. that morning. He said two male suspects broke into the laundry room without damaging the door or locks.

Once inside the room they pried open the coin boxes for two washing machines and took all the quarters. The manager estimated the loss to be about $400 in coins, with $2,000 in damage to the machines.

He also reported that this was the second burglary to the laundry room in as many months.

Trapped In the Garage

Just before 7:30 a.m. on July 27, residents of an apartment in the 600 block of West Mercer Street called 911 to report a burglary in the building’s parking garage.

Two cars in the garage had their windows shattered overnight. They believed the incident happened between 1:45 and 2:45 a.m. Neither car had anything taken from it, and a flashlight was found smashed on the ground, as if somebody had thrown it in frustration.

A window in the garage had impact points but hadn’t been broken. Responding police had a theory that the suspect had gotten locked in the garage, and was desperate to get out.

They broke the window of the first car looking for a garage door opener, and when they didn't find it they broke into the second car and used its garage door opener to get out.

Caught Red Handed

Shortly before 4:30 a.m. on July 27, police responded to a 911 call from a witness reporting a burglary in progress at a liquor store in the 500 block of First Avenue North.

The witness said he saw the suspect break out the window on the front door and go inside, and that the suspect was still inside.

Responding police found the lower part of the double paned glass front door broken out. Nobody was inside but a cash register was missing, cigarette displays were knocked over and bottles of vodka and packs of cigarettes were strewn across the floor.

A blood stain was spotted on a plastic bag just below the cigarette display area. Police located the suspect in an alley north of the store. He was carrying a metal bucket that contained 70 packs of cigarettes, broken glass fragments that matched the stores’ front door and the missing cash register. He was bleeding from a cut on his leg.

The witness positively identified the suspect as the man who broke into the store. The suspect had three misdemeanor warrants for theft out of Seattle, King County and Redmond.

The suspect was placed under arrest and searched. Police found five small plastic baggies containing crystalline substances, which tested positive for 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. He was booked into King County Jail for burglary, the warrants and possession of a controlled substance.

Coin Theft

A little after 3:30 p.m. on July 27, police responded to an apartment building on West Galer Street for a burglary.

The building manager reported that somebody broke into the laundry room and pried open the coin boxes for three of the four laundry machines, taking all the coins. There were no signs of forced entry, but the manager said the laundry room door tends to not lock if it’s not slammed hard enough.

She said the burglary occurred between 5 and 8 a.m.