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Blotter | Bike theft warning (+advice), Boylston home burgled while couple watches movie upstairs

Here is the latest from the mean streets of the East Precinct. Know about a crime we missed? Let us know.

  • Brought to you by U-bolt locks: A bulletin issued by Seattle University provides a warning about a reported increase in bike thefts in the area — and an important observation about the best way to secure your ride:

This message to members of the Seattle University community is being sent via SU e-mail in the interest of public safety and crime reduction. Since the start of summer bike theft reports have increased to approximately two reported thefts each week, over the past six weeks. Bikes secured with cable type locks are being cut, and bikes secured with harden steel U-bolt locks are not being reported stolen. Public Safety recommends all bicycles be secured to an available bicycle rack with a high quality U-bolt lock or case hardened chain with a quality lock.


By the way, this is a map (source: SPD) of the bike thefts reported to police since June 1st. Also by the way, here’s what happened when CHS left the CHS-cycle locked in Pike/Pine all weekend (long story).

  • Hennessy bandit: A man told police he left his 15th Ave E residence for all of 40 minutes last Wednesday afternoon to take his wife to work only to return home to find he had been burglarized. According to the SPD report on the burglary, a thief made off with around $400 in rolled coins, a MacBook, jewelry and a bottle of Hennessy in the afternoon heist.
  • Tequila bandits: Store customers came to the aid of two Safeway employees reportedly assaulted by a duo attempting to rip-off a $46 bottle of booze last Thursday afternoon. Here’s a portion of the report on the 22nd/Madison Safeway robbery:
  • Passersby reportedly break-up attempted armed robbery:A driver targeted in an armed hold-up attempt near 12th and E Remington Ct apparently has the actions of two concerned passersby to thank for escaping the situation mostly unharmed. Here’s part of the SPD report from the Sunday evening incident:

The women in the car who intervened told police they were driving through the area when they saw the struggle and stopped to see if anybody needed help. When the suspect with the gun turned his attention to the women, the driver sped away and the suspect fled. SPD’s search for the suspect was not successful. 

  • Crowded Broadway burglary: This burglary of a residence in the 900 block of Broadway E last Friday morning involved several people in one relatively small space:
  • While couple watched movie upstairs, thief worked below: A burglar struck this Boylston Ave E couple as they sat upstairs watching a move late last Thursday night. No details on what the thief pilfered.
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iknowsnow
10 years ago

Anyone locking up their bikes with a cable lock is a dumba$$. Using cable locks to lock up your bike in a city environment has been a stupid idea for over 20 years! U-locks were standard equipment for urban dwellers even back in the early 90s.

jseattle
jseattle
10 years ago

Knowledge fades, information decays, assholes erode the truth, etc.

JimS.
10 years ago

Mid 90’s? Ha…longer than that. I was in college in the late 70’s, and even then we knew cable locks were useless. U-locks have been around since the mid-70’s, and anybody with any sense has had one since then. If they want to keep their bike, that is.

David
David
10 years ago

yup, i’m one of those dumbasses, I used a cable lock to “secure” my Giant Defy for over two years, and then the inevitable happened two years to the day that I bought my bike: a quick stop at the Broadway Market QFC, and within moments the cable was cut and my luvly bike gone for good. And this was on a crowded street, within feet of the annoying bald guy always selling Real Change. I’m not sure about the accuracy of that SPD map; i reported the theft right away, but there’s no little bike symbol where it happened.

vivienne
10 years ago

Just as an aside – I just a little dumbfounded that someone would keep that much in rolled coins at their home: “According to the SPD report on the burglary, a thief made off with around $400 in rolled coins…” . I bartended for years and never had that much coinage around – plus that can’t be that easy for a thief to carry off?