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Eleven cars stolen here over last two weeks

Posted by Mike on December 31st, 2013

John emails: “JUST when I was feeling so good about our street being a bare spot on the crime map:

My beloved/beat up Subaru Legacy station wagon was swiped from in front of my house (on Northeast  89th Street, just east of 15th Avenue Northeast) late Sunday or early Monday a.m.

His 1990 wagon is one of 11 cars on the police crime map at right stolen since our last report a couple of weeks ago.

It is a blue 4-door wagon with black luggage rack, WA Plates 467-YNK – it has the distinctive feature of the right front head light being held on by a set of external metal brackets.

A word to the wise: keep your car locked and think about a car alarm if it is of sufficient value.

In a later email John added the police told him “it was probably used either for a joyride or to carry out illegal ‘business’ and, in all likelihood, it will appear somewhere in the metro area – and my key will work, since they use blanks to steal cars these days – they don’t jam screwdrivers and pull wiring like ‘back in the day.’”

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7 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Bill // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Went for a walk the other night and a guy in a hoodie was looking in car windows. Didnt call the cops because they dont come anyway. Its not a priority to them, and I dont know frankly what is a priority to them. A friend was assaulted and brutally beaten on Lake City Way and it wasnt a priority either. Looks like either dont call or take it into your own hands here in the Leaf. Too many dopers sitting on teh sidewalk getting high or buying and selling drugs, again not a priority for them getting high and driving around.

  • 2 Tim // Dec 31, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    What is a priority depends on what other active incidents are occurring and how many officers are available.
    If you don’t give them the opportunity to respond they never will. Do your neighbors a favor and at least call it in. The worst that could happen is everything stays the same.

  • 3 Wanker // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Make that 12, one was stolen New Year’s eve/ New Year’s morning on 77th and 17th. The car was recovered, but the thief left a large dildo under the seat….sadly, I am not joking.

  • 4 PJ // Jan 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

    4 runner stolen 3am New Years morning on 81st and Roosevelt

  • 5 Rick Doolittle // Jan 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    @Tim. Priorities are in the University District we were told by one responding officer. I’d really really hate to have to depend on them in a life or death situation here I’m maple leaf like a home invasion burglary type incident.

  • 6 Thomas Paine // Jan 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I think we’re largely on our own – we all need to get the Club for our cars, and lights and locks and dogs (and possibly guns) for our homes.

  • 7 An Observer // Jan 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    The Club works if you don’t allow your keys to be stolen. We have a secure lock box for the extra keys, and don’t leave the primary keys laying around in the open.

    Burglars get yours keys, they got your car.