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SEATTLE — Car prowlers targeted Kate Jiggins’ Mount Baker neighborhood but she isn’t just angry with the criminals, she is mad at police.

Jiggins said Tuesday that Seattle police were slow to respond and don’t seem to care despite key evidence that could help solve the case.

From start to finish, surveillance video shows two men breaking into a car.

“Their faces are clear, the vehicle is clear, their license is on it,” Jiggins said.

The men ran off with $1,200 in cash from her nanny's car last week, but Jiggins felt confident the evidence would help the Seattle Police Department track down the thieves.

“We gift-wrapped this case for them and handed it to them and they still haven’t done anything,” Jiggins said.

Jiggins added that an officer promised they would be back for the surveillance video once it was put on a disc.

“That evening, our nanny’s son called the police, said, 'Hey, we have the video and some other information.' They said, 'We will pick it up tomorrow', and we never saw them again,” Jiggins said.

She understands police are busy with more urgent cases, which is why she is one of many Mount Baker residents who have hired a private security guard to monitor their neighborhood.

“We want to curb crime in whatever way we can, but it seems like when crime does happen, it would be nice to get a little backup from police."

Frustrated, Jiggins wrote a detailed email to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

On Tuesday, a representative of the department told Q13 FOX News that communication could have been better in this case.

“I understand that she is frustrated,” spokesman Sean Whitcomb said.

Whitcomb emphasized that property crime is a priority for the force.

“The investigation has been going on for days,” Whitcomb said.

Police say detectives did not have the surveillance video but had the still images since the day of the crime.

“It’s absolutely invaluable we have crystal-clear images,” Whitcomb said, adding that detectives have leads and hope to make an arrest.

But Jiggins said she won’t believe it until it happens.

“It’s very, very frustrating. What do we have to do to get an arrest in this case?'

Police say car prowls are actually down in the Mount Baker area this year compared to last year, in part because of the emphasis they put on property crime.

SPD followed up with Jiggins and promised to pick up the disc with the surveillance footage later on Tuesday.

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9 comments

  • Wallus

    I know this is a popular subject in the media but about two months ago I looked out my window to see a man breaking into a car across the alley behind another building. I called SPD, who arrived and arrested that car prowler. A crime in progress does indeed receive response. This happened in the North precinct.

  • Dallas Covington

    Well maybe if the purse/money was not left in the CAR this would have been avoided. No sympathy here.

  • tootietuttle

    who carries $1200 in cash and leaves it in an unattended car?? Only drug dealers and idiots.

    You voted for the people who allow these criminals freedoms and lax sentencing so live with it.

    • Kate Jiggins

      Or possibly someone who is too trusting and who wasn’t thinking clearly because her brother was dying. You have no idea who I voted for, so you should stop casting aspersions from your desk chair. You are a mean-spirited person and I hope you have the same visited upon you tenfold.

  • dg54321

    No difference than in Tacoma or any other urban police department. They don’t have to care, and don’t. Property has lost all meaning in this country, and the theives know they have carte blanche to do whatever they please. Defend your property, and you’ll be the one going to jail.

    Messed up world we live in.

  • Kate Jiggins

    First, if you pay attention, it’s not my car. It was our nanny’s car. She lives in West Seattle and got into the habit of leaving her purse in her car. She has never had a problem before, and made the error of leaving her bag in her car in our “nice” neighborhood, partly out of habit, and partly because she was stressed and distracted because her broher was dying. Did she make a mistake? Yes. Calling her names? Rude and uncalled for. That’s called victim blaming. Leaving your purse or anything else in your car does not entitle thieves to break in, the same as wearing a short skirt and drinking does not entitle a man to rape you. Shameful.

    Second, perhaps demanding action from the police is a fruitless effort, but you know what wasn’t? Going to the media. We have a detective assigned to the case and thanks to someone calling my house after seeing the news story now know the name and address of the criminal.

    Finally, I am aware that there are more serious and important crimes – at no point do I suggest this car prowl should be at the top of the police’s list. But with property crimes in Washington at NUMBER ONE IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, I do think they should be investigated and prosecuted. Instead of bitching and moaning in a comment on a news story, get out there and work for change – that’s what I plan to do.

    Keep demanding justice. Sitting back and complaining in a comment on a news story will get you nothing but bitter.

    Thank you to those of you who posted sympathetic and/or understanding remarks. The rest of you should find a hobby.

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