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Thief makes off with Amazon delivery van in Capitol Hill carjacking — UPDATE

UPDATE 9/10/18: New information in the SPD report on the carjacking clarifies the location of where it went down and reveals that the ripoff appears to have been a targeted heist.

According to the report, the suspect wore a green motorcycle helmet to cover his face as he attacked the driver from behind, smashing him in the back of the head before leaping into the van and speeding away.

According to the report, Amazon valued the loss at $30,386 but it’s not clear if that included any packages stolen with the van.

As of last week, the vehicle had yet to be recovered, according to Seattle Police.

Original report: Amazon did not become a one trillion dollar company by losing packages but the retail giant is down a full delivery van in a carjacking Wednesday afternoon that began at E Roy and Harvard in the 200 block of 10th Ave E on Capitol Hill and had SPD and Washington State Patrol searching I-5 and area streets.

Police were called to the area just off Broadway around 1 PM to a report of an Amazon delivery driver who said his van had just been stolen from him. The van suffered damage to the driver side as the thief smashed into a vehicle or two as he fled the scene.

Police quickly spotted the vehicle off the Hill on Minor but the driver of the stolen white Ford Transit van marked #53 in the fleet didn’t stop for police and disappeared into Seattle’s crowded streets.

The vehicle was reportedly spotted again on I-5 around 1:20 PM headed south, according to SPD radio updates, but apparently the suspect driver was able to pull off or slip by before encountering waiting patrol units.

Police continue to search for the vehicle and are investigating the theft as a carjacking as the suspect reportedly forced his way past the driver into the vehicle. The suspect was described only as a black male with facial hair, possibly wearing a Mariners hat at the time of the ripoff. An early report via East Precinct radio said he also had a green bike helmet.

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