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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 with 8 Comments »
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.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. gonesailin06 says:

    And why can’t we throw the book at the suspect who robs my house. I am an American. I pay my taxes. WTF

  2. Copper2Steel says:

    Agreed, gonesailin06!

    People, in general, need to refrain from blabbing so much about their whereabouts/plans/vacations on social media sites… Yes, it’s within their free speech “rights,” but it is also their responsibilty to take reasonable precautions to ensure their safety and the security of their possessions.

  3. interWOLFone says:

    I’m in agreement here. Every crime should be punished equally…regardless of who the victim is.

  4. elmerfudpucker says:

    WA hug-a-thug mentality will not let it pass. Personally I think the lug-a-slug fatality would work well.

  5. BlaineCGarver says:

    A thief is a thief is a thief, and a victim is a victim. This is just like the “hate” crime title: Only Whites against minorities receive it.

  6. Commandtiger says:

    Keep the news of deployments out of the social networking,, Kind of dumb to announce that you will be away for a while but the thief will get you one way or another. Just think about what you put on your face book and the other whatevers… Keep it to yourselves.

  7. Commandtiger says:

    You don notice that the state government does’t have a schedule for this but can make gay marriage more important than the troops and the budget!!!!

  8. dankuykendall says:

    Another feel good, do nothing bill by a rep that cannot find anything to do to get his name in the paper doing his job so spouts about something that is already covered in current law.
    Hmmm? Maybe unemployed will work better for him?

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