Last month, a new car was stolen out of a secure garage at Bellevue Towers North, a luxury condo building. The owner called the police at 12:30 pm. Via MyNorthwest.com,
“Within minutes, the victim was able to use the OnStar app on his smartphone to track his car to Seattle. When a Bellevue police detective arrived just before 1 p.m., he was able to do what was a pretty routine investigation: search the parking garage, review surveillance tape, and use the same OnStar GPS tracking system to pinpoint the Corvette’s location to the Pacific Place Shopping Center garage in downtown Seattle.
“By 3 p.m., the car was entered into the database as stolen. At 3:11 p.m., Pacific Place security was alerted and started looking around the garage.
“At 3:18 p.m., security called 911 dispatchers back, who coordinate with Bellevue police, to say they had found the car and that they would stay with it until officers arrived.”
Bellevue police then turned the felony auto theft case over to Seattle police as it was now under the city’s jurisdiction and its responsibility to respond.
Only, Seattle police didn’t respond. At around 7:15 pm, the car thieves came back for the car. The security officers called 911 in an attempt to speed up the process. In turn, dispatcher called Seattle police to remind them of the case.
Bellevue police called a Seattle dispatcher three times. Finally, nearly six hours later, an officer arrived on the scene around 9 pm.
Why is this case and others like it so important?
It exposes what happens when utter incompetency and severely misplaced priorities rule a city unchecked and uninhibited for decades.
Despite knowing that the police force faces severe shortages that render it incapable of protecting the public and property, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and city councilmembers have failed to prioritize the problem. Rather, in gross disrespect for the primary responsibility of government to protect its people, they prefer to spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars on failed “green” experiments like a bike-share company.
Murray also leaps at the first opportunity to get his name in the media and announce (mostly symbolic) city actions when other governments do something he disapproved of (such as North Carolina and Mississippi), but he conveniently ignores the blaring, pressing problem of a failing police force in his own city.
Perhaps if Murray spent a little less time worrying about fulfilling some flawed “green” ideology and or getting national attention for symbolic actions, the public wouldn’t have to wait for six hours for Seattle police to respond to a car theft.
If there were any justice in this world, Murray would be impeached.
Justice for Murray would be being hung from the Ballard Bridge, after a trial with a jury from Western Washington, we hate your politicians.
The police were busy making sure no one was violating tranny’s rights to the womens bathrooms.
How can the car owner fight this? Can he sue? What is frustrating is this guy who owns the car pays taxes for the police and people like Murray think he is privileged and deserves to have his car stolen because he has money and a job to pay for it.
“How can the car owner fight this? Can he sue?”
Sure. The people who sold him on the condo’ complex having a ‘secure garage’ could well be liable for it actually being so very insecure, even really really stupid thieves penetrated the ‘security’ rather easily.
“What is frustrating is this guy who owns the car pays taxes for the police ….”
The guy resides in Bellevue. He may never have paid a dime in taxes for the Seattle police.
Welcome to Ameritopia.
Too bad the car owner wasn’t a transgender who had to take a pee, Special Ed would have been all over it.
Since the owner knew of the car’s location due to OnStar, why didn’t he just go get it himself? Better yet, he could have stopped by Krispy Kreme and picked up a couple dozen doughnuts and spread them around the car…would have been swamped with Seattle Cops within minutes!
The lack of police resources is not news here in Seattle. Our city’s explosive economic growth has raised our population above that of Boston for the first time ever, and we’re straining to keep up the pace. Tavern owners on Capitol Hill have been asking for more visible police presence, especially on weekend evenings, even though the East Precint station is right in the middle of the bars.
Of course, the only reason Shift or MyNorthwest would care is if this slightly inconvenienced some rich guy from the Eastside:
Last month, a new car was stolen out of a secure garage at Bellevue Towers North, a luxury condo building.
How embarrassing for Bellevue, Bellevue’s police, and especially for the owners of the overpriced condo complex. Sounds like their “secure garage” needs some work.
Since the thieves, although smart enough to run rings around folks in Bellevue, were too stupid to avoid leaving the car where it could be easily impounded (!), this case pretty much solved itself. Either the owner could now retrieve the car, or the mall security could turn it over to the police, who sensibly prioritized the (already-solved!) theft of some rich guy’s toy car below the health and safety of Seattle’s residents.
If you want to blame the Mayor for Seattle’s not hiring enough police, you can blame the one who was wasting our time, trying to stop the SR-99 tunnel we clearly want, while our population rose dramatically. That would be Mike McGinn, our accidental, one-term wonder of a failed mayor, whom Shift is still praising for his perspicacity.
I remember when my car was stolen and ended up in Seattle. I ended up having to pay over $100 to get my own car back.
no republycon says
Amazing how Ed has changed the face of Seattle in such a short time. Homeless junkies are everywhere pitching tents in every park and sidewalk. So lets build some more bike lanes and build cracker box style apartments for amazon workers and be sure that no parking is provided. Then have all of these ride share companies park on the street so the public has no place to park a personal vehicle. We can only hope his honor steps on a syringe needle during one of his neighborhood photo ops maybe then he would start to clean the filth out of Seattle.