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