Olympia and Tacoma police have arrested two men and a woman on charges of trafficking in stolen goods. Police believe the suspects — all from the Tacoma area — have been operating an organized crime ring that has been active along the I-5 corridor, from Cowlitz County to King County.
The two men and the woman were booked into the Pierce County Jail on Thursday after stolen goods were found in two residences in Tacoma.
Olympia police detectives became aware of the suspects as they were investigating the burglary of a coin shop, Pinnacle Securities, on July 25, although nothing appeared to have been stolen from the shop.
The investigation led them to Tacoma, where they joined with Tacoma Police, who were also investigating a string of commercial burglaries.
Search warrants from both jurisdictions were executed by the Tacoma SWAT team on Thursday, and detectives found property related to commercial burglaries in Pierce and Thurston counties, including guns, coins, high-end bicycles, power tools and various other articles. Narcotics were also seized.
All told, more than 100 pieces of stolen property were confiscated by Olympia police, who estimate that the arrests will resolve more than a dozen outstanding commercial burglary investigations. Tacoma Police also seized property related to numerous outstanding crimes there.