The Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force recently recovered this stolen BMW X4 in Kent in the 23600 block of 105th Place SE. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force

The Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force recently recovered this stolen BMW X4 in Kent in the 23600 block of 105th Place SE. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force

Task force recovers 5 stolen vehicles in Kent; makes 3 arrests

Vehicles found on East Hill and in the Kent Valley

The Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force recovered five stolen vehicles and arrested three people during a recent emphasis in Kent.

The multi-agency operation included the Kent Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office, which provided air support from its helicopter Guardian 1.

“We are happy to be a part of this task force and are looking forward to more recoveries and arrests in the future,” according to a May 9 Kent Police Facebook post.

The following vehicles were recovered during the operation:

• Dodge Durango (occupied)

Stolen from the Seattle area. Located in the 25600 block of 104th Avenue SE. The vehicle initially fled from officers. The driver was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding. He also had a DUI warrant out of Pierce County.

• BMW X4 (unoccupied)

Stolen from the Tukwila area. Located in the 23600 block of 105th Place SE.

• Kia Optima (occupied)

Stolen from the Seattle area. Located in a motel parking lot in the 22300 block of 84th Avenue South. A female suspect was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

• Kia Optima (unoccupied)

Stolen from the Kent area. Located at an apartment complex in the 11300 block of SE Kent-Kangley Road.

• Nissan Rogue (occupied)

Stolen from the Seattle area. Located near State Route 167 and Central Avenue. The driver was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm (he’s a convicted felon).

“Auto thefts are a regional issue,” said Sgt. Jeff Carroll of the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force. “We have detectives from multiple agencies within King and Pierce Counties working together to aggressively investigate prolific thieves and get people their stolen vehicles back.”

Tips to protect your vehicle

• Remove or hide all valuables

• Lock your car

• Don’t leave keys or fobs inside

• Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended

• Use anti-theft devices (alarm, kill switch, steering wheel lock

• Park in well-lit areas


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