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9 homes burglarized this month in Magnolia

December 23rd, 2009 · 38 Comments

Here is information about the recent break ins in the Magnolia area from Terrie Johnston at the Seattle Police Department.  She says that extra patrols have been sent to the Magnolia area in hopes of finding these thieves.

There were two residential burglaries recently in Magnolia that are worth sharing with you and your neighbors. Both of the burglaries occurred through open and unlocked doors. The burglary on 29 Ave. W. occurred early in the day through the side door that had been left unlocked for the nanny. The house was ransacked and the suspects used a stolen gym bag and white garbage bags to carry away the stolen items which included a dozen Christmas gifts. A neighbor driving by saw the suspects carrying the sacks and gym bag, but did not call 911 to report anything suspicious.

The other burglary occurred on 32 Ave. W. during late night/early morning hours while the residents most likely were sleeping. The suspect(s) entered through an unlocked side door and took wallets, keys, phone, and Christmas gifts.

A review of the reported December residential burglaries showed nine in Magnolia.  All but three of the burglaries occurred during daytime hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) About half of the burglaries were forced entries and the other half were through open or unlocked doors, and no force was used. In several of the burglaries, the home had been ransacked by the intruders.  Side windows and basement windows were the most common points of entry, many smashed with a rock.

In a handful of the crimes, neighbors saw suspicious people or vehicles in neighbors’ driveways; back yards or alleyways nearby, but failed to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity. Please feel free to make a 9-1-1 call to report something suspicious. It is okay if you are wrong, simply trust your gut instincts. One of the purposes of Block Watch and knowing your neighbors is to gain a sense of what is normal for your street so you can be alerted when something out of the ordinary occurs.

The police department recommends that if your house is going to be empty during the day, keep your curtains or blinds closed in rooms where electronics or other valuables can be seen from the street. Many burglars report targeting homes where they’ve seen what they wanted from the street beforehand.   You can contact Johnston to schedule a Block Watch meeting, or to schedule a free home security survey.  Her office number at the West Precinct is 684-4741.

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  • kitty kat

    Any word on a description of the suspects?

    • Magnolia PD

      Not trying to be racist here. But they are all believed to be white housewives.

      A couple reports claimed the suspects we're complaining about the airplane noise as they filled their Honda Odyssey's with stolen organic oatmeal.

      • chiizus

        This could explain why some people failed to report them… you see a woman who looks like a housewife carrying stuff out of someone's home and even if you know the people who live there, you may think “Oh, she must be a maid or something.”

        Report *anything* suspicious, people. That's what the cops are here for.

  • SPG

    Get a dog.

    • chiizus

      Funny you should say this since really the biggest concern for me about getting broken into would be a burglar either hurting one of my pets or leaving a door or window open allowing our dogs or cats to escape. It would suck to have lots of *stuff* stolen, but *stuff* can be replaced. So burglars, if you read this, if you break into my house, take my stuff and enjoy it, but please shut the door behind you.

  • jM

    Wow, this is terrible.

  • Lady on Lynn

    While it's disturbing these robberies happened, it's also disturbing that “In a handful of the crimes, neighbors saw suspicious people or vehicles in neighbors’ driveways; back yards or alleyways nearby, but failed to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.”

    A handful out of 9? That's as many as half! Come on, magnolia, you can do better!

    Know your neighbors by name. Invite one over for coffee. Look out for them, and they will do the same for you. Folks should never hesitate to call the police if they witness crime

  • ArchieOtto

    Most burglars pick their targets before actually breaking in. They look after expensive cars parked in front of the house or even take a peek on the window to see if there are any valuables for grabs. This is why, if you own an expensive car, you should park it in your garage, keep the window blinds shut and insure that you house is well illuminated on the outside, especially behind it. There are lights with motion sensors and burglars are usually put off by a lot of light.

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