TACOMA, Wash – Three people have been charged in a substantial burglary ring in Tacoma. Many of the people burglarized didn't know they were victims.
Police say the group is responsible for hundreds of apartment and condominium burglaries and vehicle prowls in the Old Town and Stadium districts.
Quincy Douglas, Molly Murray and Kelly Kirgin have been charged by Pierce County prosecutors with several crimes including burglary, identity theft, criminal impersonation and possession of stolen mail.
Police say the suspects broke into apartment and condo offices to steal rent checks and master key rings. They allegedly used the keys to access residents' homes and mailboxes.
Stolen items included personal documents, tax returns, credit cards, checks, driver's licenses and bank statements.
Police say the suspects modified stolen checks by using other victims' identities and used the stolen credit cards to purchase items.
The trio of suspects is suspected of breaking into the Court 17 Apartments earlier this year. The building is full of UW Tacoma college students like roommates Cory Ladd and Oliver Taylor, whose rent checks were stolen during the break in.
"I was pretty bummed they got my check and I had to re-open my checking account," said Taylor.
Detectives say they have identified over 50 victims and recovered hundreds of stolen personal items and documents.