Vehicle theft on the rise in South Seattle

Seattle Police Officer Matt Saul was just a few blocks from the South Precinct Thursday when he hit his brakes.

A Honda station wagon, parked askew in the NewHolly neighborhood. Saul called in the plate and the dispatcher told him – it had been stolen in Tukwila.

It was the 13th stolen car Saul had located in less than two weeks.

Seattle police say its South Precinct, which encompasses the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, Georgetown and other neighborhoods south of downtown and Capitol Hill, has always been a hotspot for stolen and abandoned cars.

“When I got here, like I say, 18 months ago it was a problem and over the past year it got even worse,” said Precinct Capt. Kevin Grossman.