Ballard Crime Watch: Business owner attacked with skateboard, three residents fall victim to bicycle thief, burglaries around town
Business owner hit with skateboard by Ballard Bridge
Oct. 10, 5:11 p.m., 15th Ave NW and NW Leary Way -- A business owner near the Ballard Bridge was attacked when he was on his way to his car.
The victim said he had a few run-ins with the man, who had been aggressively panhandling at the bridge. When the victim first called police, the man had raised his skateboard in a threatening manner toward the victim. Later, when the victim was walking toward his car, the man “got in his face” and then hit the victim in the face with his skateboard.
The victim was not seriously injured and the suspect left before police arrived. Several people near where the suspect was panhandling stated that the suspect had been panhandling aggressively and left shortly before the police arrived. The suspect was also seen with another male.
Three apartment complex residents have bicycles stolen in same night
Oct. 10, 10:39 p.m., 2600 Block of NW 58th St -- Three people in the same apartment complex had bicycles stolen from the community garage.
Victim No. 1: A woman’s Cannondale mountain bike was stolen overnight. She had noticed it in the garage the night before at 9:30 p.m. When she left for work in the morning at 6 a.m. She said she didn’t have any suspect or witness information but did say someone had taken a realtor key lock box containing keys to the building.
Victim No. 2: A man also had his bicycle stolen and suspects it was the same person who stole his neighbor’s. He did not have any further information or a timeline for when he last saw his bicycle.
Victim No. 3: The last victim had two bicycles stolen from the garage and had a similar timeline for the theft as the first victim. He also did not have any suspect or witness information.
The police officer gave all three victims a business card with a case number.
A bad day gets worse
Oct. 11, 4:09 p.m., 7300 Block of 15th Ave NW -- In a matter of minutes, a woman’s stress magnified tenfold.
Her day started off being stressed out by deadlines and not feeling well. She took a nap in the back of her business but left the front door unlocked. When she woke up, she went back to the front desk, picked up her phone and called her friend. She put the phone back down and went out back to take care of some things.
When she came back, her phone and her purse, which was sitting on the floor behind her desk, were both gone. In her purse she had a wallet with $60 cash, credit and debit cards, her driver’s license and keys.
She checked garbage cans outside to see if the purse had been thrown out but found nothing.
The only evidence of a possible suspect was gray hoodie. Police took it into evidence.
A family trip in Tacoma gets interrupted
Oct. 13, 4:13 p.m., 6700 Block of Dibble Ave NW -- During a family visit to Tacoma with her son, a woman became the victim of a burglary. She drove home and called police after a neighbor informed her that her house was broken into. The suspect pried open the backdoor and stole name-brand jewelry, $100-plus in change and miscellaneous prescription drugs. The burglar even emptied the victim’s son’s piggy bank and left a pill bottle in the middle of his crib.
$1,400-worth of jewelry stolen
Oct. 13, 10:29 p.m., 7700 Block of 10th Ave NW -- A woman had $1,400-worth of jewelry stolen when a burglar pried open a locked window and rifled through drawers in the upstairs bedroom. The responding police officer took photos of the pry marks. The victim opted to give a detailed list after the time of this report.
Intoxicated man robbed by drinking buddies
Oct. 13, 6:04 p.m., 1400 Block of NW Market St -- In the Ballard Safeway, a police officer found a man passed out in front of the cash registers. The officer woke him up and asked if he would like to go outside the store and see the Seattle Fire Department medics. The man slowly stood up and stumbled his way out of the front entrance.
Once outside, it was quickly apparent that he was too intoxicated to tell SFD what his injuries were, if any. He mumbled incoherently and yelled random words at the medics, before finally telling them to “fuck off.”
The officer tried to interview the victim to find out what happened. He was still unable to give a coherent message. He was eventually able to say that two or three of his “friends” or “drinking buddies” robbed him of $20.
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