Last week, the Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force (PSATTF) led a multi-agency operation to recover stolen vehicles and arrest vehicle theft suspects in the SeaTac area of King County. In total, seven vehicles were recovered, and two arrests were made.
The following vehicles were recovered during the operation:
Toyota RAV4 (unoccupied)
Stolen from the Port of Seattle. Located in the Angle Lake Parking Garage.
Audi A4 (unoccupied)
Stolen from unincorporated King County. Located at the Tukwila International Blvd Station.
Dodge Challenger (unoccupied)
Stolen from the Fife area. Located at a motel parking lot in the 16700 block of International Blvd.
Kia Forte (unoccupied)
Stolen from the Seattle area. Located in the 3300 block of S 173rd St.
Kia Forte (occupied)
Stolen from the Des Moines area. Located in a grocery store parking lot at S 216th St and International Blvd. An adult male was arrested and booked into jail for possession of a stolen vehicle. Three other suspects fled from the vehicle.
Kia Rio (occupied)
Stolen from unincorporated King County. Located at an apartment complex in the 3100 block of S 216th St. An adult female was arrested and booked into jail for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Kia Optima (unoccupied)
Stolen from unincorporated King County. Located in the 3000 block of S 208th St.
During the operation, an unlicensed BMW 7 Series fled from detectives and could not be pursued.
We want to thank the SeaTac Police Department, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol for participating in the operation.
“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
The Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force (PSATT) is dedicated to investigating prolific auto theft offenders through multi-agency cooperation in King & Pierce Counties. The PSATT is funded through a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority (WATPA).