Neighborhood spooked by burglaries, threats

Neighborhood spooked by burglaries, threats
SEATTLE - Residents of one Central District neighborhood are on edge following a rash of brazen burglaries capped by a taunting, hate-filled recording left by the burglar Sunday.

"I'm not from Seattle. I terrorize neighborhoods. Okay? I hate your neighborhood," said the ranting message left on one victim's voice mail. "All you ... whites. Lock your ... door."

   Scott Smith reacts to the burglary and the taunting message left by the burglar.
The burglaries began a few months ago and all have been centered around 27th Avenue and East Pine Street. Since then, several homes have been hit, including two burglaries that happened Sunday in broad daylight.

The burglaries have gotten more brazen over time.

In one of the Sunday burglaries, the burglar or burglars broke into Scott Smith's home and stole his wife's cell phone. An hour later, the taunting message was left on his voice mail from his wife's stolen phone.

His wife noticed her cell phone missing, and knew something was wrong. Then she noticed the desk was open. She grabbed the home phone, ran out to the backyard and called her cell phone to track down the suspects.

She says the burglar told her that he got in through the back door. Then he told the Smiths he would return.

"I'm going to come in and get your big screen tomorrow," he told them. "I am going to come in and steal your truck tonight."

Then the burglar started identifying all the cars and then he started identifying the nanny's car.

Chloe and Peter Brussard, who live nearby, lost $1,000 worth of electronics on Thursday.

They say somebody used a rock to break into the basement window and walked away with an Xbox, digital camera, a movie projector and cash.

"The bed was moved. So I assumed they came in through the window and it moved in the process," says Peter Brussard.

All of this happened while they barricaded the couple's two dogs behind a gate - and fed them to keep them quiet.

"It really felt gross to have someone in the house like that," says Peter Brussard. "And clearly (to) leave some valuables and then take the spare key - and to know they might come back ..."

Seattle police could not be reached for comment Sunday about the rash of burglaries.

But neighbors told KOMO News they're getting frustrated that police aren't taking these break-ins seriously.