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Wounded Warrior bicycles stolen in Ballard

Posted by Meghan Walker on September 29th, 2015

A local veteran wrote to tell us that he was recently robbed of two bikes he’d been given by the Wounded Warrior Project’s “Outdoors for All” program. Blaire Harrington tells us he served in the US Navy for almost ten years, and had been planning to ride the bikes in an upcoming Wounded Warrior Program event. The bikes were stolen over the weekend in the Canal Station South’s (5440 Leary Ave NW) secured garage.

The serial numbers on the bikes are WTU345C9745H and WTU346C6637H. Below are pictures of the bikes that were stolen.

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“Please keep an eye out, I have filed an incident report with the Seattle Police Department, and hope these bicycles can be returned for future veterans to use,” Harrington tells us.

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22 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 guesty // Sep 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    no waaaaaaay any transients were involved. who wants to bet?

  • 2 prolly // Sep 29, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    The thieves may have been transients, or maybe longtime residents.

    It’s unfortunate that this happened, but I would never leave any bicycle unlocked in a giant apartment garage like that. The SPD has issued very particular warnings about this sort of crime.

  • 3 Happy Hands Hobo // Sep 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I would check around the tracks by sunset hill and near the hill that links Sunset hill to the lower part of the tracks near Anthonys. Multiple bums have been seen in this area with stolen bikes. A poster a couple of weeks back reported calling the police but they only offered an online form since it was a non-violent crime. Perhaps this will serve as a wake call to the community about letting this human trash element in. If we can’t stand up and support our troops and thank those that have given for their country, I feel Ballard will really be lost. If you care about Ballard and our Troops do not vote for Mike Obrian, he feels all the bums in Ballard are great folks down on their luck who would never steal from a vet.

  • 4 On Notice // Sep 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    @Happy Hands Hobo: I’d rather kick out the uncivilized trash like you and your like that blanket hate the homeless.

  • 5 coryclassic // Sep 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

    There has been a sharp increase in bike theft in Ballard recently. Far more than what is being reported as people have stopped reporting them. Police have been very unhelpful. They don’t show up when called they don’t follow up after the crime. I guess it isn’t revenue generating to go after bike thieves.

  • 6 He Hate Me // Sep 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

    The haters can’t wait for the tent city to open. Then they can start blaming every theft and every problem on the tent city residents.

    Wake up people, these thefts are mostly the tweakers living in houses, not the homeless.

  • 7 Taco Truck // Sep 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

    How about a new word to describe the (homeless) drug addict, alcoholic, psychotic, meth heads that have decided Ballard was now their war grounds to steal everything in sight as a job in order to get high for a hobby?

    That way the few down on their luck homeless people in Ballard that live by societies rules and use garbage cans and bathrooms can be left out of these conversations.

    Maybe then our community can all join as one and agree that there is a large group of insane, not afraid to die at any moment, group wreaking havoc on Ballard without that little voice saying…..but….but they aren’t all bad.

    And actually understand that is not who everyone is talking about and stop turning a blind eye to this drastic change in crime and drugs in Ballard.

  • 8 City slicker // Sep 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Y’all realize this is a big city now, right?

    Would you also leave the keys in your unlocked car in a parking garage meant for 80+ vehicles?

    Do they give the wounded warriors those u-locks with each bike? If not, they should.

  • 9 He Hate Me // Sep 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

    “That way the few down on their luck homeless people in Ballard that live by societies rules and use garbage cans and bathrooms can be left out of these conversations. “

    Except these conversations are always started on posts about services for “down on their luck homeless people.”

    Except these conversations always include “down on their luck homeless people.”

    Without a doubt there are deadbeat street people that should be dealt with. But inevitably on every single thread on this site, everyone is lumped together. Always.

  • 10 Taco Truck // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

    “Without a doubt there are deadbeat street people that should be dealt with. But inevitably on every single thread on this site, everyone is lumped together. Always.”

    Well…..except I always state the separation of homeless groups….always. So you are very wrong. So do many others. We aren’t dumb and assume all homeless are trash. We want the homeless criminals dealt with. I’m sure you do too.

  • 11 He Hate Me // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    “We aren’t dumb and assume all homeless are trash. ” Um, no.

    guesty // Sep 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm no waaaaaaay any transients were involved. who wants to bet?
    Happy Hands Hobo // Sep 30, 2015 at 7:34 am
    If you care about Ballard and our Troops do not vote for Mike Obrian, he feels all the bums in Ballard are great folks down on their luck who would never steal from a vet.

  • 12 Ralphie // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    It’s really funny how whenever there’s any remote conversation involving the homeless, people will bring up how O’Brien and Murray are ruining the city.

    Most of us have much bigger issues we vote on than trash in the park or car prowls.

    Probably why both those incumbents will win in landslides.

  • 13 KB // Sep 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Coryclassis
    I too had 2 bikes stolen from my shed recently, but would disagree with your statements regarding the police. The officer who came to my home was most professional and asked some good questions as well as offered some good suggestions how not to let this happen again (better locks). I also received a followup call from an investigator. Sadly my boys bikes were not recovered, but I really don’t blame the police on this. Having said that, I do agree there is a dramatically large influx of homeless in Ballard, many of which have piles of bikes (fully painted including the tires!) at their sites.

  • 14 SS // Sep 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    To have bikes stolen out of a secured parking garage would leave me to believe that the stealing was an inside job… however, this isn’t to say the bikes haven’t ended up elsewhere.

    There are a huge amount of homeless transients living in Ballard, with large tent camps set up along the old train tracks at the corner of 24th ave NW and Shilshole, among other sites. I have noticed that several campers, both at this location and closer to Fred Meyers, have shiny new looking bikes. I’ve seen like-new mountain bikes in their possession, but none unlike like these.

    While having a confrontation with these folks is not recommended, it may be very well worth while to walk or drive past these encampments to see if the bikes are with them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are!

  • 15 Ebra // Sep 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Parking garages aren’t very secure places. Anywhere. Over in East Queen Anne, a friend’s bike was stolen from their building’s garage, and it was locked to a metal railing.

  • 16 Ebra // Sep 30, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Oh, and if you talked to some of these homeless folks you’d find that a lot of them are vets. . .

  • 17 Fat SUV Driver // Sep 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    How dare someone steal from a veteran! They should have stolen from someone much less deserving of a bicycle.. someone who has never kept freedom free from the freedom haters!

  • 18 cc // Sep 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, it is very sad to blame the homeless for the lose of those bikes but why do I keep seeing some of the homeless riding very expensive bikes?

    Did someone leave the garage door open or was it one of your neighbors?

    O’Brien can’t take the blame on this one but he has none nothing to help Ballard or
    Freemont which have turned into a parking lots for campers! Oh, and don’t forget he is in the pocket of developers! His upzone plan on his blog will take over parts of Old Ballard and the parts of Freemont that we all love!

  • 19 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:50 am

    The hopeless people are only looking for free handouts and don’t care about the community. Did you see how they trashed the former Seattle Times building on Fairview Ave? Boozers and losers aren’t needed in Ballard. How long before the first violent incident at the new urban restroom?

  • 20 Profile photo of donarb donarb // Oct 4, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Here’s a link to the story on KOMO news with surveillance footage of the thief. Doesn’t look homeless to me.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Thief-puts-brakes-on-Navy-veterans-cycling-He-took-everything-330189351.html?tab=video&c=y

  • 21 Todd Boyle // Oct 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The number of comments about bike theft exceed the number of bikes reported stolen by ten to one. This is evidence that it’s not really the bikes. Its cultural clash and underlying resentment by the people who “own” property against the people who don’t have $500,000 to “own” property in Seattle, or $2000/month rent. Pure and simple. It’s the selfish versus the poor. Let me guess, the complainers don’t donate to soup kitchens or homeless shelters. Let me guess they haven’t ridden a bike in 50 years either.

  • 22 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Oct 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    @21 you have everything upside down. It’s about a common property crime that most responsible people find very annoying – not a class war.

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