It’s not every day we get a crime report from the East Precinct commander but this one comes right from the mouth of Capt. Jim Dermody during his briefing Thursday night at the precinct’s July community crime meeting.
According to Dermody, a woman visiting Seattle from Los Angeles was robbed of her purse Thursday morning near Pine and Boylston. Dermody said the woman told police she was walking to the hospital and not paying attention when a man grabbed her purse from behind ran off. According to Dermody, the man was caught a short time later after witnesses reported seeing him run into a building on Boylston near where the purse snatch occurred. Dermody said the man had a warrant and had left a mandatory rehab program. The man said he was addicted to heroin and stole the purse for money to get a fix, Dermody said.
- Police might have made a dent in the flow of stolen goods from burglars and shoplifters on Capitol Hill and around the city. SeattleCrime.com is reporting that police believe they have busted a ring of cab drivers operating what authorities call a major “open air market” for stolen goods in downtown.
Police say a cab stand and pay parking lot at the corner of 6th and Stewart—across the street from the Westin Hotel, and about three blocks from the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct—has become a hot spot for thieves to fence–or resell–stolen perfume, iPods and handbags taken in shoplifts, car prowls, and burglaries of homes and businesses in downtown Seattle.
CHS has learned that SPD found that more than one thief busted on Capitol Hill was aware of the downtown cabbie market and used it to move stolen goods. Capt. Dermody said that, at this time, he’s not aware of any similar complaints about cab drivers on Capitol Hill at popular taxi standing spots like the Shell Station at Pine and Broadway.
- The East Precinct is ready for the challenge of patrolling a third day of the already tricky to police Capitol Hill Block Party, Lt. Sean O’Donnell said at Thursday night’s meeting. O’Donnell said there will be more officers on the Hill to help manage the event including two officers from the downtown safety patrols but the music fest means long, hot days for the officers.