Poulsbo resident Ken Parker emailed me over the weekend about a horrifying tale concerning his tailgate.
“I am getting ready to ship out to Hawaii and between 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 1 p.m. on Thursday, someone stole my tailgate to my 2003 Dodge Ram 2500,” he wrote.
Parker, who lives near Front Street, said he reported the incident to Poulsbo police. But he’s concerned that such prowlers are getting away with more crimes.
“Vehicle prowls are on the rise and these punks need to get caught,” he wrote.
He is likely right, though official crime stats won’t be out until next year. Looking at the raw numbers from Silverdale, however, car prowls are indeed going through the roof. Remember to lock your car and take all the valuables out of it that you can.
UPDATE: Here’s another horrifying tale of prowlers, by way of Seabeck resident Rodney Perryman. Perryman lives off Stavis Bay Road.
He was headed to work at the end of May and found his stereo gone out of his 2007 Ford F-150.
“After further investigation, they had stolen my blackberry phone, ipod, and my bluetooth headset. They did me a favor and left my $400 pair of Oakley sunglasses that were in plain sight,” he wrote me in an email.
The sheriff’s office told him to file his case online rather than have a deputy come out.
“I was pretty disappointed with those actions, but I guess with the rise of robberies and prowlers in the area they were pretty busy,” he wrote. “Our little neighborhood is very quiet and this is the first time anything like this has happened to us out here.”
Perryman’s lived in the area four years.
Here’s an additional scary aspect of his theft:
“The interesting thing about this is that they did no damage to my truck and the stereo was ‘expertly’ removed with no damage to the dash,” he wrote.
The good news is that his insurance covered the stereo and he’s since installed some security systems and measures to ensure it’s harder for thieves to take his stuff, “if there is a next time,” he wrote.
Anyone with information about these thefts and others is urged to call 911.