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Tacoma lawmaker wants to throw the book at crooks who target deployed soldiers

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2012 at 11:34 am |
January 25, 2012 11:34 am

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.

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