Car full of Christmas gifts stolen on Ballard Ave.

The holidays can be tough to get through. There are presents to buy and family to entertain. For those most affected by the present economy – those who were forced to take cuts in pay and hours, or are out of work entirely – the prospect of the holidays can be a little dim. It’s in these, the worst of times, that friends and communities come together to help others. One of our readers wrote to help a friend whose car was recently stolen in Ballard. Margaret wrote,

Last night (Wednesday) my friend’s car was stolen from outside of Second Ascent, 5209 Ballard Ave. NW. It was locked and unfortunately inside were a pair of borrowed XC skiis (details below), and in the trunk were her family’s Christmas gifts. Compounding the unfairness of this crime is that my friend has not had a job in year. She was laid off from an architecture firm that went bankrupt so she didn’t even receive her last paycheck or get any severance. Obviously this is an awful turn of events for someone already struggling. I’m hoping that your readers can help us find her car, which may have been abandoned in their neighborhoods.

The car is a 1990 white Honda Accord with a Washington license plate. The rear tinted window is peeling and it has a very loud muffler.

She says that the cross country skis are unique. 190cm light blue wood Pendleton skis have a homemade wood block screwed to one ski and the fiberglass is peeling up considerably. A pair of men’s size 9 Rossignol boots. “The police reported that a pawn shop on Aurora Ave was offered similar XC skiis but they did not purchase them,” she writes. There were also 195cm Fischer yellow skis are 195cm in length and have “touring” on them . Black leather boots and bright blue and gray poles have blue plastic nets wide on one side of each base.

If the car or skis are spotted Margaret urges you to call Sgt. Tom Doran with Seattle Police 206-684-8948.

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Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

Do bums ski?

wtc
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wtc

no, that's why they were trying to sell them.

what a 'bummer'! I've heard a few stories about people who had all their x-mas presents in the car which were then stolen.

hopefully, said robber won't be able to open the trunk and desert the car somewhere as they usually do. of course, the robber might also read this blog and realize the booty that awaits him/her!

sdrake1958
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sdrake1958

Another stolen vehicle to add to the huge list on Nickels tenure as mayor. How many is this? Apparently a personal vehicle just isn't as important to the owner as some feel? I spose our leaders will tell us this is “another good reason to ride the bus” too. Hooey!

plumbe
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plumbe

That really hurts but I have to ask; How does a person who has not worked for a year and recieved no severance, afford to ski? Afford presents?

wtc
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wtc

they said she was let go from an architecture firm–perhaps she's the crafty sort who made all her own gifts?

also, x-country skiing is essentially free.

plumbe
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plumbe

Thats possible but Ballard Ave is not Value Village….

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

Maybe some people know how to manage their money?

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Credit of course.

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

Ytoo, I know it hurts that some people are better off than you, but don't let it make you class envious. . I could get laid off tomorrow and live fine for 2 years and not even touch the retirement money. Hurts, doesn't it?

FYI she's driving a 1990 Honda. Something tells me she's not living beyond her means.

wtc
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wtc

why stop there? maybe she's a 'trustafarian.'

Ole Clunker
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Ole Clunker

This is terrible!

wtf
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wtf

Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I don't remember reading anything about buses or politicians.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

You appear amazingly defensive and reactionary for some reason regarding the issue of money. Why is that?

PhinneyNotBallard
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PhinneyNotBallard

that sucks. I believe that some early 90's Honda Accord was the most stolen model in Seattle this or last year. I had my ski boots stolen out of my trunk down by Safeco a few years ago… i kept thinking the same thing. Of all the things to take, why my ski boots? I guess when you've got nothing, thinking you might get $20 at the pawn shop sounds pretty good.

tb
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tb

plumbe, ytoo, et al; Seriously, you're judging a woman whose car was just stolen with some christmas gifts for her family inside? What does a person need to do to receive genuine empathy? Your comments are snide, dismissive, and unfortunate at best.

gurple
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Amen. There's a lot of hate in this thread for someone whose primary known characteristic is that her car was stolen. Lots of judging based on the fact that she was laid off. It's ugly, and I think it speaks to the stress of the holidays and the economic uncertainty of the times.

plumbe
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plumbe

TB…..The writer of that post opted to make her money troubles a central focus.

I think,given that, its a valid question to ask and not a judgement; I could only judge if she answered.

Speaking of judging..you should reread your post for an example.

SPG
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SPG

What is it going to take for the city to address the ridiculous level of property crime around here?
My friend just had her car window smashed out at Ballard Blocks. She was told that “this has been happening at all the gyms around here” and yet nobody is doing anything about it.
Unless the police take more of an effort to catch this scum in the act, and the prosecutors actually press the charges, we're all just going to have to get used to having our windows smashed regularly and our stuff stolen…oh wait, that's exactly what we have now.

I'm sorry to hear that this happened to someone who can least afford it, and I'm even more sorry to read the comments above from our resident Dbags. Attack the victim for not fitting your personal ideal of a victim…nice.

SPG
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SPG

plumbdumb, you are an ass. You attack the victim for not holing up in an unheated unlit room sobbing until she gets a new job, or wait are the unemployed allowed shelter? No exercise for you unemployed person! No walking down the nicer streets until you have a job!
A 1990 Honda and used cross country skis are hardly the signifiers of the elite.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

I just responded to a post. Relax tb. You will live longer.

SnarkHurts
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SnarkHurts

Do you realize that you just attacked someone who agreed with you?

The level of reading comprehension and retention in these forums is dreadful. But the amount of speculation and prejudice based on a tiny sliver of factual information is truly astounding.

You may note that the original post was made by the theft victim's friend. The theft victim herself has NOTHING to do with this discussion…she didn't start it, she hasn't participated in it; with luck she isn't aware of it. Her friend was trying to help her out, but all that's resulted is a frenzy of misplaced anger. This is not people at their best.

Could this just stop, please? It's not helping ANYTHING.

SnarkHurts
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SnarkHurts

SPG, have you ever lived in a city East of the Mississippi River? Ballard does not by any means have a “ridiculous level of property crime”.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

It's going to take a great many more police meaning a large increase in taxes. I recommend you get a petition going for that today. No doubt your neighbors will be lining up to sign.

There is not a terrible increase is property crime. We just have three times the information as was avaiable before and too many have too much time on their hands and sit and read this sort of stuff on the nternet.

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

“reactionary”

Is that what they taught you at Evergreen College to call people who make you jealous?

Bjorn Toobywild
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Bjorn Toobywild

This happens every week. It even happens to police officers parked on the streets of Seattle. There are some desperate folks roaming the area.