Air Force Master Sgt. Steven Turner’s spoiled Christmas generated a ton of goodwill from News Tribune readers in late December when we wrote about a burglar swiping presents he bought his son and stealing a special collection of rare records from his Graham home during his last deployment to Afghanistan.
Readers wanted to replace Turner’s record collection at a minimum; some contributors to our web site were ready to lock up the burglar who targeted a deployed airman.
It turns out Rep. Troy Kelley, D-Tacoma, also was moved by Turner’s misfortune. He wrote a bill that would allow prosecutors to enhance punishment for crooks who rip off service members during their deployments.
Kelley in a hearing yesterday said he has heard from other Puget Sound veterans who believe burglars gather information about deployments from social networking web sites and target out-of-town service members. The House has not scheduled another hearing for the bill.