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Prosecutors charge another person allegedly tied to auto theft ring

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm with No Comments »
March 26, 2013 1:04 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged another person in connection with an undercover operation that took down nearly two dozen alleged car thieves.

Kassandra Chambers, 21, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit motor vehicle theft and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. She has not been arrested of arraigned.

Chambers and two others are accused of stealing a Ford Explorer, Kia Sorrento and Chevy Trail Blazer from an automobile repair shop in Tacoma Jan. 22. The owner was in his office, glanced at surveillance cameras and saw three people drive away in customer vehicles.

Later that day, authorities say the trio made arrangements to sell the stolen cars to undercover detectives.

The six-month undercover operation, dubbed Shiny Penny, came to an end in February. The Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force served warrants in Pierce and Thurston counties, arresting 21 people and recovering 26 stolen cars and 16 guns. As the investigation continues, prosecutors continue to file charges.

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