Auto thefts up 88% in Tacoma between 2021 and 2022, data shows

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — It’s the last thing a car owner needs to deal with: getting their car stolen. 

Data from law enforcement agencies in Washington show car thefts are up significantly in more recent years than in previous ones.

“If you think that they’re doing it just for the joyride, that’s false,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. Darren Moss said.

The concern is car thefts are usually linked to other crimes, sometimes violent ones, according to Moss.

A social media post made by a joint auto theft task force group detailed a long list of auto thefts in Pierce County during the July 4th weekend, which showed

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