The Afternoon Fuzz

September 6, 2011

We've got some hot Fuzz this afternoon. We've got the scoop on two prolific pickpockets, a Bumbershooting, a pair of possibly connected robberies near UW and Greenlake, and some park shooting myth-busting.

1) Watch out for your wallets! Police tell PubliCola they're looking for two men suspected in at least a half-dozen pickpocket cases in Downtown Seattle in recent weeks. Police say the prolific pickpockets have been working all over downtown, and believe some thefts may have gone unreported.

2) Despite reports of a gunman on the loose in Powell Barnet Park in the Central District during an anti-violence rally Saturday afternoon, police say they weren't able to find a gunman, shell casings or victims following the shooting. Police believe the sound of gunfire actually came from several blocks away at 28th and Jackson.

Still, never great when an anti-violence rally gets broken up by gunfire.

3) Police did, however, confirm a post-Bumbershoot shooting near the Seattle Center early Monday morning. Just after 3:00 a.m., officers on patrol near 5th Ave and Harrison St on the east side of the Seattle Center heard gunfire, and found several shell casings at the scene.

Officers weren't able to find any victims.

4) SPD is looking at a possible connection between two robberies in the University District and Greenlake last week.

Around 9:00 p.m. on September 1st, a woman was standing near 43rd NE and University Way using her phone, when two men ran up to her, grabbed her phone and ran off down 43rd.

The victim's chased the men down an alley, where the suspects jumped into a white 90's model 4-door American sedan with tinted windows and a loud muffler, and sped off on Brooklyn Ave.

A police report for the incident says about 30 minutes earlier, two suspects in a similar vehicle robbed another man on Weedin Place NE near Greenlake.

Earlier this year, robbery detectives were searching for a group of men and women suspected of pepper spraying and robbing a number of people—mostly young women—for their purses and cell phones near the University of Washington campus. No one was ever charged, but the pattern robberies seemed to stop after one suspect in several cases was jailed for another crime. We'll let you know if police tell us there's any link between the previous cases and these latest robberies.

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