Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Woman warns others after purse stolen during Mariners game

Lee Keller's SUV's back window was smashed in and her purse was stolen from under the seat.
A woman says she and others had their cars broken into during a Mariners game Sunday afternoon.

Lee Keller says she and her husband paid $30 for a parking spot in a Diamond lot just south of Safeco Field.

“There's glass everywhere,” said Keller, who spoke to KIRO 7 about what happened.
Her SUV back window was smashed in and her purse was stolen from under the seat.

"Horrible. I feel horrible," said her husband Mike Rusch.

Lee Keller says she feels violated, though she knows she shouldn’t have left her purse in the vehicle.

"The police officer helping us said, you know, this happens after every single Mariners game,” said Keller. 

Police couldn't confirm that, though they are investigating what happened.

We looked at SPD crime stats for the area after the last five home games and didn't find any car prowls.

But in the last two months, we found 12 car prowls within a block of the incident, according to SPD crime maps data.

Keller says she knows of at least three cars that were broken into in the same parking lot during the game.

On Sunday night, a Good Samaritan called Keller and told her that he’d found her purse in the Central District with its contents strewn about. Not long after, she got her purse back, though the wallet was gone.

Keller had about $50 cash in her wallet. Worse, she says, is all of her credit cards that were stolen because she says she’s getting alerts from her credit card company that her cards are being used.

We at, Helped Keller out by replacing her windows by donating them with free race tickets. We are a family owned company and we wanted to give back to the community. 

We take pride in our community and with this sad instance of a bad taste in her mouth about how the police and the way they handle it .

 We wanted to reach out and help her by doing this to show her that there are people whom care.

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