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

Routine Shoplift

Shortly after 3 a.m. on April 20, an employee at a store in the 500 block of Queen Anne Avenue North called 911 to report a shoplifting incident that just occured.

The employee said he’d spotted the suspect, who he recognized from nearly a dozen previous cases of shoplifting the suspect has conducted at the store so far this year, as he was approaching the body wash aisle.

The suspect selected several bottles of body wash and concealed them in his jacket before walking out of the store without paying.

The employee gave the suspect’s name to responding officers and told them the suspect had been arrested and criminally trespassed from the store just five days prior.

Armed Robbery

Just after 4:30 a.m. on April 9, police responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store in the 3200 block of 20th Avenue West.

The cashier told police he was ringing up a customer when a masked suspect entered the store and produced a pistol from his waistband. He pointed the gun at the customer and forced him behind the counter before telling him to hand over his money and threatening his life.

The customer handed over $155 and his debit card. He then pulled a brown paper bag from under his sweatshirt and told the cashier to empty out the register, which held about $200.

The cashier said while he was emptying the register, the suspect perused the cigarettes and candy, possibly taking a couple cartons of cigarettes. Before leaving the store he took a six pack of beer and then left westbound on West Dravus Street.

Responding police noted that a very similar robbery occurred at this store in December of last year.

Determined Shoplifter

Just after 1 a.m. on April 17, police responded to a 911 call from a store in the 500 block of First Avenue West reporting a shoplifting incident.

Employees reported that the suspect had broken the store’s front door in an attempt to flee after being confronted by security.

The employees spotted the suspect in the store and immediately recognized him as a frequent shoplifter. He was seen selecting items off shelves and placing them into a shopping basket. He then took the items out of the shopping basket and put them into his reusable tote bag before attempting to get onto an elevator to exit the store.

The security employees blocked the suspect’s path to the elevator, and although he pushed them they didn’t move out of his way. He then walked past the check out stands and approached the automatic doors, which were closed with the automatic function turned off.

He grabbed a set of keys from a check out stand and threw them at the window above the two center doors, breaking the window. Then he approached the doors and forced them open, bending the frame.

Responding police located the suspect a few blocks away. He no longer had the stolen merchandise. They also found him in possession of a stolen credit card.

He was arrested and booked into King County Jail for burglary, possession of a stolen credit card and malicious destruction of property.

Belligerent Drunk

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. on April 14, police responded to the 500 block of West Olympic Place after receiving a 911 call reporting a man pinning someone down with his hands around his neck.

Upon arrival police spoke with the witness, who said he arrived home when he found the suspect laying face down on the sidewalk in front of his building.

Two of his friends were helping the suspect up when he suddenly became irate and started attacking the good samaritans. He wrapped his hands around one of their necks and held tight until the witness wrapped the suspect up in a bear hug, and held him down to keep him from attacking anyone.

The suspect was belligerent and appeared intoxicated. He said he didn't know what happened, and that he woke up on the ground with the witness on top of him. The witness and two victims told police they did not want to press charges. No one involved in the incident had any visible injuries, but police called the Seattle Fire Department to have the victim who was choked out evaluated.

Not A Cat On That Roof

A little before 4 a.m. on April 19, a woman living in the 1200 block of Second Avenue West called 911 to report she heard someone on her roof.

When police arrived, they realized the house was under construction, and it had scaffolding surrounding part of the house and a scaffolding ladder that led to the roof. The door to the ladder was ajar and the chain securing it had been cut.

Police checked the roof and found no one there. The victim then told police she thought she heard someone in the backyard, but it was found to be empty as well.

However, a power tool was found sitting on the back sidewalk. Police moved it back inside the yard and locked it up.

The victim said she felt uncomfortable staying in the house because she thought the suspect might return, so she went to stay at a hotel.

Storage Unit Break In

Just before 8 a.m. on April 27, police responded to an apartment building in the 3800 block of 13th Avenue West.

The victim said that sometime between April 13 and 26, his storage unit was broken into. The storage unit in the building’s basement had it’s lock cut off.

The victim reported several cases of tools including drills, sanders and a circular saw were taken along with some camping equipment including a tent, a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad.