Suspicious man seen going through garbage cans on 17th

My Ballard reader Michael emailed in to report a man who was seen going through garbage cans on 17th Ave NW between NW 56th and 59th streets on Monday.

Check out Michael’s full report below:

A male, about 5 ½ to 6 feet tall, black knit cap, green army jacket, light gray or khaki backpack and blue jeans, has been going thru garbage cans and recycling bins in this area looking for personal information.

He went through our garbage can at 1722 NW 58th on Monday at around 4 p.m. At the time I also noticed that other garbage cans had been gone through.

Later on Monday, around 8:30 p.m., I noticed him near the corner of NW 17th and NW 56th. He was holding a stack of mail and was going through it and separating it out. I was walking my dog so I did get close enough to see what it was but did not confront him as I was alone with no real way to defend myself had he become violent.

Again yesterday he was lurking around the townhomes right next door to us at 1724 NW 58th St around 4:30 p.m. He walked past each door and then noticed me watching him, so he then hurriedly went out to the street and headed in the other direction to the west.

I know there is only so much that can be done, but hopefully we can get this information out there so that people can keep an eye out.

Did you see this man in the neighborhood? If so email us with your report at

Remember to call 911 if you are ever feel threatened or in case of an emergency.

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