Letters to the Editor

Good police work brought stolen car back

An open letter to Federal Way Police chief Anne Kirkpatrick:

My wife pulled out of our garage in the early morning of Feb. 10 and discovered that my car had been stolen from the driveway some time during the night. Frankly, I never expected to see it again. Thanks to officer J. Otto’s solid police work, I was happily wrong.

I called the police station to report the theft that morning, and an officer was dispatched to make a report. I assumed that would be my last contact with the Police Department. Five days later, shortly after 1 in the morning, the department called to say my car had been found and asked if I could meet the officer at the site.

I hurriedly dressed and drove to where officer Otto was waiting with his headlights shining on my car. He and I spent only a few minutes examining the vehicle and making sure it would start. We could hear police sirens and saw cruisers speed west on South 320th, so he handed me some paperwork and took off to join the pursuit. Caught off-guard from the late-night events, I didn’t get a chance to thank him.

I’m confident that officer Otto likely found my car while he was doing routine, solid police work, and the kind that usually goes unnoticed by most of us. While I was sleeping, he was running car tags of cars parked in a lot behind a church about a mile from our home. His diligence and attention to detail is the reason I was able to retrieve my car. Only the dealer I began talking to about a new car was unhappy about the recovery.

Please pass on my appreciation to officer Otto and commend him for doing an outstanding job and returning my car to me. You and your department deserve our thanks for having such dedicated public servants working to make our community safe.

JOE GANEM

Federal Way

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