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Stolen cars and suspicious strangers in Maple Leaf

Posted by Mike on July 15th, 2014

Update 3:45 p.m.

We had packages stolen from our front porch on Eighth Avenue Northeast between Northeast 85th and 86th streets on Sunday.

Neighbors told us they saw two boxes on our front porch around 3 p.m. and by 7:30 p.m. when we returned home they were gone. We think it was a children’s desk we ordered that required assembly. The boxes would have been quite heavy so it may have required two people. Just unbelievable that someone would have stolen such large boxes in the middle of a sunny Sunday afternoon!

If anyone saw anything suspicious we would love to hear about it so we can add it to the police report. Thx

Update 3 p.m. This just arrived: “I returned to my home on Northeast 75th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast at 5 p.m. 7-14-14 to find our front door smashed in. They took laptops iPads, jewelry and my 6 yo’s piggy bank. Please alert neighbors to stay alert! Thanks.”


A neighbor emails this morning:

“Just wanted to give a heads-up to the neighborhood. We live on 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street and just had a prowler in our backyard attempting to move our window air conditioning unit and looking in our back windows.

“I was able to scare him off and he ran into a waiting car that went south on 15th.  The Seattle Police came and were great about getting information and having a patrol car out in the neighborhood although I am sure he is long gone.”

He is described as a skinny, short, white male in his 40s with a scruffy gray beard and backwards baseball hat with a green brim.

A different email from the morning, this one  from Lisa:

I wonder if you could put this on the blog. We need our car back!

Our car was stolen a couple of weeks ago, out of the Thornton Place garage. I’ve gone up and down the streets in Maple Leaf looking for it, but could use more eyes on the ground. If anyone sees a two-door black Honda Civic with license plates 885YNL, please add a note here with the location, or call the Seattle Police.

Appreciate it – most stolen cars are found apparently, but we haven’t found ours yet, and neither have the police.

The map at right shows stolen or prowled cars,  plus burglaries, since our last report in mid-June.  (The * ones are burglaries.)

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23 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 John P // Jul 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    My car was stolen in late December and it took almost two months for it to be found. Don’t loose hope!

  • 2 Lisa M // Jul 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks, John. Do you know where it was found?

  • 3 MapleLeafBob // Jul 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Maybe a gust of wind blew his bus pass out of his hand and into one of your windows!

    Sorry – I just had to do it.

    On a serious note, thanks for the heads up and description of the prowler. And I will be keeping a look out for Lisa’s car.

  • 4 Jesse // Jul 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Mmm…classism at its finest.

  • 5 An Observer // Jul 15, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    What year Honda? What body style? Plates may be changed. Will keep an eye out, will check NE 106th at 8th NE, by the swamp. Bad actors hang there (a gamut of illegal activity has occurred over the years).

    Can somebody get a pick of a perp? We all have phones with cameras.

    We could use a bike cop program here, the crooks are getting too familiar.

    Still no response from CSO concerning panhandlers on Northgate Way, will try again.

  • 6 Tim // Jul 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    1994 Civic DX

  • 7 Lisa M // Jul 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thanks, Tim (you must have read the SPD tweets!) I agree, this area is getting pretty rife with crime and the spate of warm weather is not helping at all. Yes, it’s a Civic.

  • 8 Lisa M // Jul 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Also, I’ve checked by the swamp a couple of times. I went down Roosevelt yesterday (between 103rd and Northgate Way) because I’ve seen cars there, and I checked that little 9th Ave NE off 106th. Doesn’t mean someone still can’t drop it off any of those places, of course.

  • 9 Leilani // Jul 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Also had a package stolen close by, Roosevelt & 86th, on July 7th. I bet they were super excited to get a nice new lumbar pillow. Makes me nervous to have anything shipped here anymore.

  • 10 Dan // Jul 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    There is a what appears to be a stolen black civic (current license plate number AFD3400 but it may be switched, the front license plate was removed) on the north end of the 7500 block of 14th Ave NE (just before NE 77th Street) on the east side of the street.

  • 11 Tim // Jul 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    AFD3400 is a 1994 HONDA CIVIC EX.

    Dan: Report an Abandoned Vehicle. If it’s stolen, the cops will deal with it. If not, the car will probably get a 72 hour sticker.

  • 12 Lisa M // Jul 17, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I’ll be near there after work so I’ll take a look.

  • 13 John H // Jul 17, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I google the plate an found that the vehicle was reported stolen July 12 (SPD has a twitter feed of vehicles reported stolen). I called 911 and reported the found vehicle. SPD will send someone out.

  • 14 Sue // Jul 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    FYI if the police impound your car you will need to bail it out. It doesn’t matter if it was stolen, you will pay. That happen to me is how I know. After they found it they said I had something like an hour to get it where they found it or else…

  • 15 MapleLeafBob // Jul 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

    @Sue: Isn’t that crazy!

    My Dad had a motorcycle stolen 3 years ago. It was a junker that had not been licensed in 10 years. 3 months ago some guy was being chased by police and dumped the bike and ran. The bike was impounded and they contacted my Dad based on the license plate and registered owner. My Dad was out of town. When he got back about 5 days later, he was told that we had to pay a huge impound and storage fee from the towing company to get it released. He said what if I don’t want it, they said they would follow the std. process and file an unpaid claim against it that would effect his credit and then they would assume title and auction it off. My Dad stormed to the police station and asked the cop straight up, do think it’s fair that my bike was stolen and crashed and now I have to pay over $1000 to get it out of impound. The cop shrugged his shoulders and said I don’t agree, but its the policy. So stupid!! Luckily my Dad is in a position to afford it, even though he disagreed based on principal. I couldn’t imagine some person tight on money being in this situation and getting screwed for something they had zero control over. It’s a joke!

  • 16 Lisa M // Jul 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Hmm, sounds like a call to the mayor’s office is in order once our car turns up. I agree, it’s ridiculous to have to pay onerous costs to be the victim of a crime.

  • 17 Tim // Jul 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Or check with your insurance and see if they’ll cover it.

  • 18 An Observer // Jul 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    When my Honda was recovered, the police gave me the option of having it towed to a yard, or they would wait until I got there and I signed a form to get it back. I chose the latter, cost me zip. Towing seemed like the high cost option.

    Time for a bait car here in Maple Leaf.

  • 19 Mtk // Jul 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Check near Aurora in the neighborhood around Home Depot. Found ours there. SPD will not wait, choice is to be towed or pick it up yourself. No limit I know off for the latter, but it’s at your own risk.

  • 20 Juli // Jul 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    A year or so ago we had 2 stolen vehicles abandoned in front of our house. I called the north precinct and the officers contacted the owners to retrieve. They were not towed.

  • 21 Lisa M // Jul 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Still no luck finding out car, BTW, so thanks for anyone who keeps looking! Though it’s now been almost a month, so I don’t have much hope. 885YNL.

  • 22 marjorie // Aug 2, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Stolen cars

    Friday Aug 1, 14 a neighbor at 86th & 17th had her car stolen but the criminal(s) could only drive it a few feet and abandoned it. She was away from home only an hour and is moving out of the neighborhood tomorrow (was just renting here). The police informed her that a green car parked at this very same location last week was also a stolen one.

    Two stolen cars at the same intersection is not just a coincidence according to police. Be on the look out!

  • 23 Lisa M // Aug 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Our car was found in Everett this morning, well over a month after it went missing. It was missing the radio and license plates – so clearly they are doing switches on the license plates.