Crime

He’s linked to nearly 30 car break-ins. Plea deal puts him in prison for 1 year

Brandon Starks, who prowled dozens of cars parked at Lakewood Towne Center in January, will serve a year in prison after pleading guilty to the offenses earlier this month.
Brandon Starks, who prowled dozens of cars parked at Lakewood Towne Center in January, will serve a year in prison after pleading guilty to the offenses earlier this month. Staff file, 2005

The Tacoma man who was charged in connection with nearly 30 car break-ins at the Lakewood Towne Center in January will serve a year in prison.

Brandon Starks, 28, pleaded guilty last week in Pierce County Superior Court to second-degree possession of stolen property, forgery and second-degree rendering criminal assistance.

In exchange for Starks’ plea, charges of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and motor vehicle theft were dismissed, and a charge of second-degree identity theft was reduced to the possession of stolen property charge.

Starks is not expected to pay restitution to his victims, but does face $800 in legal fees related to his conviction.

Starks was arrested after the occupants of a stolen car said they got it from him.

Police searched his Fife motel room and found several items Starks admitted were stolen, and his girlfriend told police he’d been dealing methamphetamine from there, too.

Lakewood police said up to 60 people were victims of Starks’ thefts.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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