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The “locksmith scammer” is still making his rounds in the Green Lake neighborhood

What do you think? (6 Comments) May 25, 2011 at 5:04PM

The “locksmith scammer,” whom we have reported on twice before (in September and December 2010), continues to knock on Green Lake doors.

The man known as the “locksmith scammer” is described as being between 5’6″ and 6′ tall, of slight build, African American, and balding.

The man typically claims to be a janitor working at a nearby school and he sometimes says that his partner works at Microsoft. He’s new to the neighborhood, he says, and is locked out of his house. However, he claims, he is a few dollars short of the money he needs to pay a locksmith.

Since our last two stories on this topic ran late last year, several Green Lake residents have contacted us to report that a man meeting the description of the locksmith scammer has asked them for money.

In the last two months alone, we have received tips about this scam from five different Green Lake households, and on April 4, Roosiehood reported on the locksmith scammer’s appearance in Roosevelt.

Most recently, a tip came in on Monday night (May 22, 2011). According to the west Green Lake resident who wrote to us, there is a new twist to the familiar story: the locksmith scammer is now claiming to work at the Green Lake Community Center.

Update, 8:30 p.m., WednesdayKailea Ball, who manages an apartment building just west of Green Lake, reports that the locksmith scammer recently knocked on the door of one of her tenants. “I guess he got REALLY pushy until he realized her [boyfriend] was there,” Kailea tweeted earlier this evening. “Wouldn’t leave. Kept asking to come in, saying ‘Let me in. I’m gay – I’m not going to hurt you.’ When they gave him $ he demanded more.”

Update, 11:50 a.m., Thursday – Similar stories have been reported in Laurelhurst, Maple Leaf and Ballard.


Have you encountered the locksmith scammer?  Please share your story in the comments below.

You can contact Sgt. Dianne Newsom, head of the North Precinct Community Police Team, at (206) 684-0794 or dianne.newsom [at]

6 Responses to “The “locksmith scammer” is still making his rounds in the Green Lake neighborhood”

  1. guest says:

    He woke us up at 4 am claiming to be our neighbor who worked nights as a janitor.  I don’t mind so much if he does it in the daytime, but I don’t like being woken up in the middle of the night.   

  2. Nate says:

    He stopped by my house near the big hole a few months ago.  I didn’t know he was a regular so I didn’t bother to call the police.  I’m male, and thus he didn’t try to push his way in.

  3. Shannon says:

    This guy knocked n my door on NEMaple Leaf PL, the evening of Monday May 16th. I have a large dog, so he didn’t push to much, but wasn’t thrilled wI sent him away.  

  4. Ricci34 says:

    This just happened to me at 11:30pm. It was creepy. I’m in the west greenlake neighborhood.

  5. Maristo says:

    I have met him twice. I pulled into a lot near the Ave and Pacifc at UW on a Sunday several months ago and he approached me saying he was a) a janitor at the U, b) locked out of his truck, c) gay, ‘so don’t be scared’. Same story – needed money for a locksmith. Then just a few months ago, there was a knock at my door at 11pm. My husband answered and I heard the same story – except he (ERic? Paul?) just moved in and is locked out of his apartment. We are on the 2300 block of 44th. I called UW police the next day, they said they have heard this, and then called SPD who weren’t too interested, but if we see him, call at that time. I would say he is above average height, scruffy facial hair, graying and late 40s (at least). My husband says ‘strung out – pretty hoppy’. 

  6. Berg633 says:

    He is now in the Queen Anne area. Same description and story as the other people who encountered him. I would add that he has really bad teeth. My husband was home at the time. I would have felt very uneasy if I was alone when it happened.