North Seattle

Police: Teen steals wheelchair-bound woman's iPad twice

SEATTLE -- A wheelchair-bound woman in North Seattle had her iPad stolen twice in the span of 10 days but what she believes is the same teen, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the Katherine Simpson was sitting in her wheelchair outside her apartment building at North 130th Street and Linden Avenue North around 8 p.m. Oct. 13 when a teen ran up, grabbed the iPad out of her hands and ran off.

The woman told police she was again sitting outside the building around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 23 when the same teen ran up, grabbed her new iPad from her hands and ran off.

"The first time I was so shocked I didn't say anything and it took me a few minutes to call the police," Simpson said. "This time I had a profanity that came out of my mouth and I said in addition to that, 'Don't you take that.'"

Simpson said she's going to get a third iPad, but she said she'll secure the new one better.

"I don't feel like i can let him win if he can do it twice I don't feel like i can let him win a third time," she said.

The twin iPad thefts aren't the only crimes recently tied to the Bitter Lake apartment building.

Around 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18, a woman was at a bus stop near North 135th Street and Linden Avenue North when a teen grabbed the iPhone out of her hands and ran off, according to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident. The victim was able to trace the stolen phone to the apartment building at 130th and Linden.

Two days before that, a man was driving by the apartment building when someone threw an egg from a balcony, hitting him in the face, according to the police report for that incident.