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A couple's experience with car thieves: 'You feel very violated'

My husband and I live in Federal Way and had our car stolen off our driveway back on May 31. We actually saw the perpetrators the evening before; they were walking up our street and seemed to be casing the neighborhood, so my husband went out and confronted them. One pretended to look for something on the ground near our driveway and the other was in our neighbor’s yard pretending to look for someone. Their stories were not adding up.

We then saw them go up the hill to the cul-de-sac and come down the hill in a red car. They then saw me in the window and stopped their car and stared at me for a very long time; seemed like they were trying to intimidate me.

Well, needless to say they did come back, sand the Federal Way and King County police rang our bell at about 2:30 a.m. and I knew that something had happened to one of our cars. It seems they used a shaved Porsche key, unlocked our 1988 928, put the key in the i gnition and drove away. They were caught in Auburn becasue they beat up two girls and caused other problems, so luckily we got our car back.

We had to have our car totally re-sprayed due to scratches all over the car.

It makes you feel very violated. All the perps live near us, one only two blocks away. The police tell you you’re lucky to have your car back with minimal damage, but we don’t feel that way at all when thieves come on your property and steal your car.

We now park our Volvo in front of the driveway so the Porsche can’t be stolen again until we have the chance and funds to put kill switches in.

Read your article (Aug. 17, “Car thefts get neighbors revved up”) so thought I would share our experience. We take a deep sigh every time we turn the corner and all of our cars are still at the house.

Rosalie Maxworth

Federal Way

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