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Category: Burglary


More arrests expected in car theft investigation in Pierce, Thurston counties

Police hope a large takedown like the automobile theft investigation that ended this week with 21 people behind bars will deter other car thieves.

“If we create fear among these burglars that they’re selling to the cops, we’re hoping there will be less car thefts,” Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said. “Car thefts affect everyday people and it’s frustrating.”

The six-month undercover operation called “Shiny Penny” spanned Pierce and Thurston counties with warrants served at five houses and multiple vehicles.

More arrests are anticipated.

Some of the top players charged in the case are Reuy Samnang, 28; Harrie Oh Chan,

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Six arrested after burglary at Lakewood elementary school

Five men and a teenage boy were arrested early this morning after breaking into a Lakewood elementary school, police said.

An alarm summoned officers about 3:15 a.m. to Oakwood Elementary School, 3230 South 85th Street. Police immediately spotted three of the alleged burglars running and took them into custody. The thieves dropped stolen laptops, cell phones and a video camera while trying to flee.

A K-9 team was called to track the other suspects, who were eventually arrested. Their ages range from 16 to 25, Lt. Chris Lawler said.

One of the alleged burglars told police the group had been

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Sting involving Pierce County nets 21 suspected thieves, 26 stolen cars

Pierce County arraignments started today after a six-month undercover investigation that ended Tuesday with 21 people in custody and 26 stolen cars recovered, including one owned by a soldier who was deployed.

Detectives from several agencies bought stolen property from suspects as part of the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force, an operation they called “Shiny Penny,” according to Lakewood police.

The investigation involved auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud across Washington state, including Pierce County, police said.

Officers identified 26 suspects during the investigation and recovered 16 firearms, among other stolen property.

SWAT teams served warrants Tuesday at

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Man wanted for stealing 600 pounds of metal from Tacoma recycling yard arrested

A man wanted for nearly two years for stealing 600 pounds of metal from a Tacoma recycling yard has been arrested.

Stephen Passmore, 49, was taken into custody Friday while leaving a Spanaway home. On Monday, he pleaded not guilty to first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Bail was set at $15,000.

A warrant was issued for him in September 2011.

Passmore has been featured on Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers’ website and Washington’s Most Wanted.

According to charging papers:

The burglary happened April 27, 2011.

Passmore rented a U-Haul and parked it outside Tacoma Metals, 1754 Thorne Rd. He and an

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Juveniles arrested after Metro Parks reports break-ins at Vassault Park

Officers arrested three juveniles suspected of breaking into a structure at Vassault Park overnight, according to Tacoma police.

Metro Parks Tacoma officials reported to police that a couple of people had been repeatedly breaking into one of the structures at the park, in the 6100 block of North 37th Street, Lt. David O’Dea said.

O’Dea said officers conducted surveillance, watched three people break into the structure overnight, detained them without further incident, and booked them into Remann Hall for investigation of second-degree burglary.


Milton woman surprises two burglars inside her house

Two suspected burglars were arrested today after a woman came home and found them inside her house in the 1300 block of Taylor Street.

Police were called to the house about 11:15 a.m. after the woman called 911 and told dispatchers she and her granddaughter spotted a man running out of their house.

Edgewood police officers were called in to help search for the suspects and a Pierce County sheriff’s dog was used to track the alleged burglars.

Both men were found in the area and quickly taken into custody.

Milton police said they are trying to determine whether the

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Man who allegedly burgled Day Island home and attempted getaway by rowboat pleads not guilty

A 44-year-old Roy man pleaded not guilty today to charges he allegedly burgled a Day Island home, assaulted two people who tried to stop him then attempted to get away in a rowboat.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Scott Derek Reeder with residential burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an injury collision and second-degree theft.

Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Reeder jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail, saying she was “concerned for community safety” should he be released.

University Place police arrested Reeder on Monday after receiving calls from Day

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Police say man fled in rowboat after trying to burglarize University Place home

A man accused of trying to burglarize a University Place house and row away from the scene Monday made it to shore, and was greeted by police when he did.

The 44-year-old Roy man, who was on bail on another burglary charge, was in jail again Monday night after he allegedly tried to burglarize a home in the 2400 block of Day Island Boulevard and then use a rowboat to flee.

A neighbor called the homeowner about 1:30 p.m. to ask whether the person he saw in her house was supposed to be there, said Police Chief

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