Crime

Owner retrieves stolen car by having company track, remotely disable it

A pair accused of stealing a vehicle were stopped in their tracks and arrested in Graham when the owner had the company trace and remotely disable the car, according to charging papers.

A woman reported to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Thursday that someone had stolen her purse, keys, vehicle and a motorcycle from her property on Waller Road, prosecutors said.

When she contacted the vehicle company, they stopped the car remotely, and helped her track it, which allowed deputies to find the car and two suspects at 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East, according to court records.

One suspect said he didn’t want to talk to investigators without a lawyer, but changed his mind and told them he wanted to tell his side of the story “off the record,” because his friend was “ratting” on him, charging papers state.

The men, ages 22 and 20, were charged with residential burglary and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle. The 20-year-old, allegedly found with the victim’s financial cards, was also charged with second-degree identity theft.

Both pleaded not guilty Friday and were held pending $10,000 bail.

A 29-year-old deputies said was connected to the theft of the motorcycle was also charged with residential burglary and two counts of motor vehicle theft, and held in lieu of $20,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty Friday.

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