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Suspected car thief sought in connection with Tacoma-based undercover operation

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 5, 2013 at 9:05 am |
March 5, 2013 9:05 am

Brandy McGregorBrandy McGregor sold at least three stolen cars to undercover detectives working out of a Tacoma storefront to stem auto theft in Pierce County.

She couldn’t be found last week when the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force served warrants across two counties and arrested 21 people. Now, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is featuring her in the “fugitive” area of its website, hoping someone will lead police to her whereabouts.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged McGregor with two counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and two counts of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

Court records show she sold a stolen Dodge Avenger, Honda and Pontiac Grand Am to undercover detectives during the six-month undercover operation called “Shiny Penny.”

The Pontiac Grand Am belonged to a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, police said. The car was reported stolen in October and was then repossessed after it was recovered. McGregor and her associates are believed to have stolen the vehicle after it was repossessed.

The operation netted 21 arrests, 26 stolen cars, 16 guns and a plethora of other stolen property, including electronics.

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