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Category: Car theft


Man tries to steal Lakewood police car after carjacking woman’s vehicle

The elderly woman managed to grab her cane before the man shoved her out of the car and drove away, dragging the woman’s friend behind him as he pulled out of the convenience store parking lot in Lakewood.

The women watched, stunned, as the 23-year-old driver crashed into a parked car as he fled the 7/11 store in the 15400 block of Union Avenue Wednesday.

While police listened to the victims’ story of what happened, two officers spotted the stolen Kia run a red light and speed through town. They flipped on their lights and sirens and followed the car

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

Brandy 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

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More charges filed against suspected auto thief ringleaders

Charges are piling up for two of the men accused of operating an automobile theft ring busted this week by an undercover operation based in Tacoma.

Pierce County prosecutors added more charges against Samnang Reuy, 28, and Harrie Oh Chan, 21. They were arraigned on new charges Thursday.

Reuy has pleaded not guilty to four counts of trafficking in stolen property, three counts of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, one count of second-degree theft, one count of second-degree identity theft and one count of residential burglary.

Chan has pleaded not guilty to one count of residential burglary, one count

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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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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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Moving truck stolen from Bonney Lake driveway recovered

Bonney Lake police said they have recovered a moving truck stolen out of a driveway two weeks ago.

It’s unknown whether the stolen goods – antique furniture, Mary Kay cosmetics, jewelry and electronics – were still inside the 26-foot Penske moving truck when it was discovered in Puyallup over the weekend.

The thieves took the truck from a driveway in the 20700 block of 61st Street East either late Jan. 31 or early Feb. 1. The homeowner had just moved from Spokane and hadn’t yet unpacked her belongings.

No arrest has been made.


Tacoma police dog helps track auto theft suspect

The suspected car thief gave a Tacoma police officer the slip in an alley.

The officer spotted the stolen car Sunday night and tried to pull him over in the 4800 block of Portland Avenue but the driver turned into an alley before the officer caught up to him and fled on foot, leaving his passenger inside the vehicle.

Police used a dog to track him and arrested the man a few blocks away.

Lt. David O’Dea said the man is a registered sex offender who was recently convicted of taking a motor vehicle without permission. He was booked into

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Man charged with shooting that ended in South Hill school bus crash

Pierce County prosecutors this morning charged a 32-year-old man with multiple felonies connected to a drive-by shooting that eventually resulted in a collision with a school bus in the South Hill area of Pierce County.

Sopheap Chith is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on charges of drive-by shooting, assault, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless driving, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license.

Prosecutors contend Chith fired two shots from inside a stolen Honda Civic on Tuesday while driving south on Meridian Avenue. A witness began to follow the Honda

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