This list of crimes was compiled from censored police reports and written by Lydia Sprague.

Busted front door

On Jan. 3, police responded to a burglary call at a home in the 2800 block of 29th Avenue West. 

They talked to the homeowner, who said he received a call around 3:40 p.m. from a friend who saw that his front door had been forced open.

Police found that the front doorframe was damaged. The front door was wide open, and it appeared to have been kicked in or shoved with great force, but there were no marks or signs of damage to the door itself. 

Officers checked the house but did not find anyone inside. The victim then looked around inside but didn’t believe that anything had been taken.

Snatched phones

On Jan. 1 at 12:32 a.m., a Seattle bicycle officer was flagged down in the intersection of Denny Way and Broad Street by a robbery victim. 

The victim said that she was taking pictures of the Space Needle fireworks with her phone when a girl wearing a black beanie and camouflage pants walked up and snatched her cell phone out of her hands. 

The victim said that she grabbed the girl to prevent her from leaving with her cell phone. Then about five men came out of nowhere and started punching her, she said. She was struck in the face and on her head. 

When she let go of the girl, she ran off westbound on Broad Street. 

The victim had a swollen lip and right eye. 

When the bicycle officer returned to the West Precinct, he spoke with another officer who said he found the victim’s phone. 

The phone was placed into evidence and then returned to the victim.

In a similar incident, police working in the area of Third Avenue and Denny Way were flagged down in their patrol car at 12:11 a.m. on Jan. 1 by a woman saying her phone was stolen while she was watching the fireworks. 

The victim said she’d been standing on the north sidewalk of Denny Way watching the firework show. She was holding a cell phone and purse in her hands. 

A female matching the description of the suspect in the previous incident approached her and said, “Give me your cell phone, b—.” She then grabbed the phone out of the victim’s hands. 

The victim dropped her purse, and in the commotion that followed, someone else picked it up and walked away with it. 

Police searched the area for the suspect but weren’t able to find her. 

Missing camera

On Jan. 7, police were dispatched to a call of a possible burglary at a home in the 500 block of Third Avenue West. 

The victim said that her camera was stolen, and her building manager advised her to file a police report.

The victim said she last saw her camera sometime in July, when she used it. When she went to look for it in December, the camera wasn’t in its case. She believes it had been stolen. 

She said there was no forced entry to her apartment. 

She did tell police that, a few days before, she arrived home to find the deadbolt locked, when she’d only locked the doorknob when she left.

She told police she knew someone had been inside her apartment but couldn’t prove it. 


At 11:41 p.m. on Jan. 3, police responded to a reported robbery in progress at a store in the 4200 block of Gilman Avenue West. 

They had received a 911 call from a witness who reported seeing what appeared to be a man standing in front of the store clerk and the clerk holding his hands up. 

Multiple units responded and set up containment in the area. 

A canine unit also responded and attempted to locate the suspect, who had since left the store. The canine track was unsuccessful, and the suspect was not located.

The night clerk told police he was sitting near the register when a man walked in and pointed a small handgun at him. He said the man was wearing a ski mask and gloves. 

He said the suspect told him to lie on the floor and count to 1,000 before getting up.

The clerk said the suspect demanded money and cigarettes and then took the store phone handset. 

He said the suspect took money from the register, about $316 based on cash receipts. He estimated the suspect also took about 80 boxes of cigarettes.

Construction burglary

On Jan. 2, police were dispatched to investigate a burglary at a construction site in the 1500 block of West Garfield Street. 

Workers at the site said that somebody cut the wire on the temporary fencing around the construction site to gain entry. The suspect then cut a lock off of a container inside the site and took wiring of various gauges.