Ballard Crime Watch: Jewelry, hedgers, traveler's checks and a car stolen

Burglar makes off with some nice hedgers

Nov. 12, 8:10 a.m., 3600 Block of Phinney Ave N -- A burglar forced open the front door of an apartment, pried open a ground floor storage room and removed two Echo gas hedgers. There are no known witnesses and no surveillance camera footage.

Burglar nabs jewelry and traveler’s checks

Nov. 12, 8:38 p.m., 1100 Block of NW Elford Dr -- During the time that the victim was gone (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.), his home had been burglarized. His front door was forced open, his wife’s jewelry was missing and $500 in traveler’s checks were missing. Nothing else appeared to be missing. The victim was given followup forms to document what jewelry was missing. The responding police officer could not locate any latent prints.

Two bicycles stolen in shared garage

Nov. 10, 8:32 p.m., 1500 Block of NW 59th St -- When a woman arrived back at her home, she noticed two people she didn’t know riding bicycles from the shared garage of her building. When she entered the garage, she noticed her husband’s bicycle was “missing” -- probably stolen. The garage door was not forced open and the woman said the garage door could have been left open by another resident. Her husband’s bicycle was not secured in any way inside the garage. A second bicycle could have been stolen, the woman said, but the owner of it was not home. The woman could not provide any good description of the possible burglars.

Man gets out of car, burglar drives off with man’s car

Nov. 9, 8:51 p.m., 6000 Block of NW 90th St -- A man pulled up to the front his house to find that his motion sensor lights were on. As he sat and watched, he noticed movement in his backyard. A few minutes later, a male walked out from his neighbor’s yard and continued east on NW 90th St.

The man then got out of his car and went to the back of his house to check things out. When he turned back around, his car, with the burglar presumably in the driver’s seat, was being driven down the alley.

When the police officer showed up, he and the man went through the house. Nothing appeared to be missing, except for four rings that had been taken off the dresser in the bedroom. There were no signs of forced entry. The man said that because he keeps the outer gates locked and has high fences, he sometimes does not lock the back door to his house. The only way to get in would be to climb over the fence.

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