Crime notes: Smash-and-grabs and a bank robbery

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V - Vehicle break-ins, B - Burglaries, R - Robberies, S - Shots fired
Rosie Kirby writes, hoping someone might have seen something of interest today near her home that was burgled today:

We live on the corner of 13th and Hill St. in North Beacon Hill. Our house was broken into with what looks like possibly some sort of crowbar or having kicked in the door somewhere between 7:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today, 2/22/10. Our neighbor (these are town homes) reports that she heard the door open and shutting around 1:00 p.m. but did not think to look and see if anything was going on. Luckily, not too much was stolen; however, we would appreciate any information or if anyone saw any suspicious activity. The burglar may have left with the laptops, money, and miscellaneous in a brown QFC paper bag. We had one hanging in the kitchen for recycling and they dumped the contents onto the couch.

If you may have any information that could help track down the thieves or recovery their stolen property, please call Rosie at 701-610-4555 or Seth at 206-914-0557 or email

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Recent selected BHNW-logged scanner activity:

  • 2/15 7:15pm near 29th and Hudson — Gunshots
  • 2/16 3:45pm near Beacon and McClellan — Bank robbery*
  • 2/17 6:15pm near 21st and Columbia Drive — Burglary/casing
  • 2/17 8:30pm near Beacon and Monroe — iPod robbery**
  • 2/18 1:30pm near Spokane and Columbian Way — Burglary
  • 2/18 8:00pm near 28th and Columbian Way — Gunshots

* Oddly, there are no additional details currently to be found about this bank robbery than what’s in the scanner logs at and CDNews.

** The time doesn’t quite match up, but the location and crime description sounds like “Robbery On Metro Bus on Beacon Hill Last Night” at

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April Jahns reported a Saturday-night smash-and-grab on the mailing list and followed up with video:

Some punk smashed the passenger side window of our minivan last night. We got it on video – it’s pretty grainy, though. When Ryan is done converting and snipping and whatever else he has to do to the footage I’ll post it on youtube and send a link to the listserv. The person had to rifle around for a minute before finding a grocery bag (hid well out of sight) to find my stash of Valentine’s Day candy conversation hearts. Maybe he’ll get a cavity as his punishment.

We did call the police and since we have the video an officer came out and he dusted the van for prints and will pick up a copy of the video tomorrow. He couldn’t stress enough how important it is for us to call when we see someone suspicious walking around – it enables the officers to talk to fishy looking people. He said the report allows them to pull suspicious looking people over to talk to them. Of course, this happened at 5:10 am – if I had seen him walking by my house I would have seen him breaking into my car. A
car around the corner from us was broken into as well. The officer said there have been lots of prowls in this area (I’m at 16th & Bayview) and they have been patrolling but the commission of the crime is so fast that its hard to catch them in the act.

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Mike Rosen wrote about another smash-and-grab Sunday night on the BAN list:

We live on the 1300 block of 13th Avenue South, close to Atlantic. Around 2 am the car alarm on our Honda went off. (I am sure some of you heard it.) One of us went down to check. No signs of break in. This morning I left for work and noticed the Eclipse that was parked behind the Honda had had its driver’s window shattered. I called 911 to report it, and they said that the owner must call it in. I left a note for the car’s owner. My older Subaru had not been broken into.

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Update: While preparing this entry, there was a report of a man shot near the Mount Baker light rail station. From the SPD Blotter:

On February 22nd at approximately 7:11 p.m. officers on patrol heard shots fired near the light rail tracks at MLK Way South and South Winthrop Street. Officers searched further and discovered an adult male victim (possibly in his 30’s) who had sustained a through and through gunshot wound to the arm. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Officers are currently interviewing additional persons who were in the area at the time of the shooting. A possible suspect vehicle was seen fleeing the area. That vehicle is described as a green Chevy Impala with shiny chrome rims. There is no suspect description available at this time. Officers continue to actively investigate this incident. Gang Unit detectives have been notified and will be conducting the follow up investigation. has been updating with additional information.

3 thoughts on “Crime notes: Smash-and-grabs and a bank robbery”

  1. You are not the only one, Rosie & fam. I feel your pain. We were robbed today (2/22/10) too! I live on the NW corner of 20th & McClellan and some time between 12pm-6:15pm when no one was home was when the burglary occurred. SPD officer believes a crowbar was used on our backyard door before they shouldered theire way in. The door in our fence was ajar when my mother came home.

    A Dell laptop was stolen along with a Nikon L15 digital camera, some sentimental jewelry received as Xmas/College Graduation gifts, watch. Essentially 3 years worth of gifts from a specific group of cousins, ALL GONE! Argh… Items were removed from premises in a Nordstrom bag.

    (How do I know this? Because I’d recently purchased our bridal party’s bridesmaid’s shoes from Nordy’s and the shoes were all on the floor and the bag was gone!)

  2. That is unfortunate about the burglary timing. When I got home from work at about 5:30 there were a couple squad cars on McClellan at about 21st dealing with what seemed to be a major accident that had happened a while before. The car was being loaded onto a tow truck and debris was being cleaned up. I can’t imagine burglarizing a house while a couple active cops are working a half block away. You could probably see it from your front porch. Thanks for the note. I’m in pretty close to the same location, except on 19th.

    I just read about another, and far more serious, crime of a drive-by shooting at the Mt Baker light rail station. ( Not sure if it was a train passenger or not, but someone was hit on the ground floor. ’90s era green Impala with chrome rims.

  3. Wow! That sounds eerily similar! Keep us informed if something turns up. Luckily the burglars did not see or didn’t have time to snatch my small jewelry box but they tried looking through the box that my recent engagement ring came in. They did find my cheap jewelry but it doesn’t look like they took any. We are also in the process of saving for a wedding and this could not have come at a worse time! I’m so sorry it happened to someelse! What is going on Beacon Hill!!!! This was supposed to be a relatively low crime area (for the city at least) when we bought our house a little over a year ago!

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