Police warn of ‘smash and grab’ car prowler driving Chevy Trailblazer


Tacoma Police are on the lookout for a Black Chevy Trailblazer being driven by a “smash and grab” thief. Detectives say that on Feb. 2 around 10 a.m., he parked next to Kelly Lane’s SUV in the 3500 block of South 15th Street then busted out her passenger side window. Lane’s husband had stopped to pick her up to take to the airport. The thief stole her luggage.

“Luckily my passport was in my purse, but they got copies of my airplane tickets. They got $2,800 worth of gift certificates to Fairmont hotels. They got StubHub tickets to a soccer game out of the country. They got all my jewelry for the trip,” said Lane.  Officers say it’s a crime of opportunity.

“The car alarm went off and it alerted the individual, but they were so fast. These folks have these crimes down to seconds and if you actually give them a minute, they’re going to probably take off with your car too. But, in this situation the car alarm did go off. It alerted the owners and they’re able to go outside and just see the aftermath of their car being broken into and their luggage gone,” said Officer Shelbie Boyd with Tacoma Police.

“The video wasn’t great. You can tell the make of the car, the model of the car, but you can’t tell the license plate. You really can’t see the individual. You can tell the car has some things about it that stand out. It’s a dark-colored Chevy Trailblazer and the rims don’t match and there’s maybe some damage on it and a luggage rack,” said Officer Boyd.

Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and charges of the car prowl suspect who is believed to have targeted other victims.

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