Our neighborhood is generally one of the safest in the city, but we do have our share of criminal activity. In the past month, we’ve seen a few concerning signs that Queen Anne crime may need some more focus in management, particularly with repeat offenses.
- SPD Searches for Prolific Burglaries. Early last month, SPD reached out to the community for help locating a prolific burglar in the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. A 24-year-old man, Joshua Meadow-Mittenen has been connected to a Magnolia home break-in over New Year’s Eve, as well as several other burglaries throughout North Seattle and Queen Anne in recent weeks. SPD attempted to arrest him outside Northgate Mall on January 7th at about 1 p.m. After he sped away and eluded them, SPD spread the news on their search. If you have any information about Meadow-Mittenen, please call SPD at 206-786-2746 or call 9-1-1.
- Medical Marijuana Dispensary Repeatedly Burglarized. We reported a few weeks ago on the repeated break-ins at Green Anne, a medical marijuana dispensary on West Republican Street in lower Queen Anne. In the past month, there have been two incidents of burglary, where the suspects brazenly broke in despite blaring alarms and stole thousands of dollars worth of pot.
- Four Injured in Construction Accident. Four construction workers were harmed in an accident on February 12th at about 1:30 p.m. The wall inside an elevator shaft on a lower Queen Anne construction site broke, dropping the workers inside the elevator about 25 feet down a hole. Three were able to crawl out without assistance, but one worker was stuck in the hole with a fractured arm. Seattle Fire Department officers hiked a half-mile to reach the victim, who was stranded inside the pit at the north end of the tunnel construction site at SR-99. They had to carry the man by hand to the top of the tunnel ramp, before they were able to transport him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. As of that evening, the 23-year-old man was in serious, but stable condition in the ICU. The other three workers were treated for minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises and neck/back pain.
- Burglars Target Upper Queen Anne Apartment Building. A couple of days after Christmas last year, a woman broke into an apartment building on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and West Highland Drive. She stole a package and attempted to break into a closet before leaving, as surveillance footage showed. It seemed like an isolated event until Sunday, February 15th. In the second incident, surveillance video shows a man walking into the building, breaking into a storage closet, stealing tools, going through a resident’s laundry, and using someone’s towel on his face before leaving. Based on marks and damage to the external door, it is suspected that he pried open the door to gain access to the building. What is strange is that these two incidents in the space of less than two months are the first that anyone can remember at this building in more than 20 years. With such a believed security in the upper Queen Anne neighborhood, the burglaries have concerned the building’s management as well as neighbors.
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