Police: Persistent thief targets Seattle hiker

SEATTLE -- A thief stole a number of belongings from a Wallingford resident's car while he was in the middle of loading it for a hiking trip then returned to do it again while the victim was out looking for him, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victim was moving hiking gear from his porch to his car in the 2300 block of North 42nd Street around 6:30 a.m. July 5.

According to the police report for the incident, when the victim went into his house to grab something he came out to find a man putting his hiking gear into a black Subaru with another person behind the wheel.

The victim struggled with the thief, but the thief hopped into the passenger side of the Subaru, and the car drove off, according to the report.

The victim got his keys and drove around the neighborhood looking for the Subaru but was unable to find it.

While he was gone, the thief returned to his house to steal more stuff but was interrupted by the victim's wife, according to the report.

This incident took place only four blocks away from where a woman had her car stolen while she was packing it for a move three days earlier.