Today, the Auto Crimes Enforcement (ACE) auto theft task force of Pierce County concluded a mission called "Operation Cancel Christmas." Their task was to identify the region's most prolific auto thieves and arrest them for outstanding bench warrants in order to preclude them from committing their crimes over the holiday season. ACE detectives arrested 7 of the targeted 17 suspects, and today arrested a male subject in Tacoma. With the Tacoma Police SWAT team serving 2 warrants in the City of Tacoma, the male subject, who was considered the "ACE of Spade" suspect for the warrant sweep, was finally apprehended. He was wanted for 2 felony warrants for eluding area police in stolen vehicles, a recent car jacking in Tacoma, and a home-invasion robbery.
The task force believes his arrest will be measurable because the male subject admits
to stealing up to 7 cars per week, and claims to have stolen a minimum of 700
cars in the past 10 years.
He was booked into the Pierce County Jail.
The ACE Task Force is staffed by detectives from Fife Police (parent agency),
Puyallup Police, Tacoma Police, Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Washington
State Patrol, real-time crime analysts from South Sound 911/LARIAT, and a
deputy prosecutor from the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.
Sgt. Nestor Bautista
Washington State Patrol
Criminal Investigation Division