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, …