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 …