- Relatively safe and sane on the Hill: From the 911 logs, it appears Capitol Hill came through the 4th of July mostly unscathed. There was one fire callout Wednesday night to an address near 12th and John but that incident was quickly cleared. A significant response to an apartment near 13th and Madison was for a male reportedly suffering from a serious drug overdose. Other than the streets and alleys echoing through the night with (illegal) personal fireworks, we haven’t heard about any other major incidents — though SPD’s dispatch system was on the fritz through much of the night meaning some incidents might not currently show up in city records.
- A sad 4th holiday tale of thievery from Jen at Bellevue and John
Desperate & figured this is worth a shot….. My dad rode his Harley out to Seattle from Cleveland, OH to visit me & his 2 week old grandson. He left last Thursday & arrived yesterday afternoon. It was a trying trip that included a speeding ticket, a near death experience, running out of gas, etc. He made it safe & sound yesterday only to wake up this morning to his Harley stolen! :(. It was parked & locked on the corner of Bellevue & John, directly across the street from my apartment building. I am beside myself!
I’ve parked on the street with no problem for going on 2 years! Anything you can do to bring awareness or see if anyone saw anything or knows anything would be greatly appreciated. We filed a police report as soon as we discovered it was gone. I also posted this on Craigslist: http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcy/3119128259.html.
It was a 2001 Black & Chrome Harley Davidson Springer Soft tail. Ohio license plates JBP4.
Congrats on the new baby. Sorry about the bike. While we’re hoping against hope, this Ibanez “exotic wood” acoustic guitar was stolen somewhere on the Hill earlier this week.
- from SPD: A suspected car thief was busted near Broadway and James Monday afternoon after people reported an apparent drive-by shooting that turned out to be the wanted man and his buddy playing with a BB gun. The incident in the 500 block of Broadway landed the suspected thief in jail. Details
Yesterday at 5:20 pm East Precinct officers responded to a report of a man shooting a gun out of the side of a maroon Dodge Intrepid. A witness reported that they saw the suspect park the car in a parking lot in the 500 Block of Broadway. Officers arrived and found the car in question, unoccupied. The officers checked the license plate and it came back as a stolen car out of Lynnwood. The witness had provided a description of the occupants of the car and officers saw a man matching the description of one of them. He was stopped and questioned by the officers. He identified himself, and after his name was checked, it was revealed that he was a suspect in the theft of the Dodge.
Prior to that information, the suspect told officers that he was driving the car and that his friend was sitting in the passenger seat. He stated that his friend had leaned out of the car and fired an “Airsoft” BB gun twice. The suspect told officers that his friend had put the BB gun under the passenger seat, and that they had both walked away from the car when they saw the police car coming. The 36 year old suspect was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft. The car was impounded.
- CHS world HQ was burglarized over the weekend in an irritating theft that is a little hard not to chuckle at given how many of these reports we’ve written up over the years. An enterprising neighborhood burglar busted some glass and pried open a few windows of the unoccupied building near 19th and Aloha where much of CHS’s daily news is crafted sometime Friday or Saturday night and made off with two laptops, an external harddrive, twelve wadded $1 bills and a police scanner that we hope drives the thief as batty as it drives us sometimes.
o Close your blinds and curtains at night and when you go away
o Make sure your windows are actually latched
o Hide stuff you leave behind. Stick your iPad somewhere sneaky.
o Record serial numbers
o Have redundant back-ups of your photographs and any other digital material you treasure
o Burglars: Flush the toilet when you’re done