New task force arrests 18 people during raids in South Sound



OLYMPIA, Wash. -  A new task force is going after burglars and thieves in the South Sound, arresting seven people during raids on Thursday.


 Officers from Thurston County, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and the state Department of Corrections converged at an Olympia home.


   They are members of the new Regional Investigative Team targeting criminals involved in property crimes such as burglary, car theft and vehicle break-ins.


“We’re going to go out, we’re going to find them and we’re going to solve cases and put them in jail,” said one task force member.


Police said one man was arrested for being in possession of a stolen Honda found in the driveway, and a search of the car turned up a methamphetamine pipe, drug needle and a bag filled with full-face ski masks.


“They are either going to go skiing or burglarize something would be my guess,” said another task force member.


    A second stolen car was located in a nearby parking lot.


Four people at the house were arrested on outstanding warrants.


Though the suspects didn’t have kind words for the task force, car theft victim Harrison Basch was thankful the task force recovered his stolen car.


“It’s pretty splendid. I didn’t think I’d get it back, honestly,” said Basch.


Angela Antohi, who came to pick up her stolen Honda that she never thought she'd see again, was also thankful.


“I want to say thank you very much for their help and I’m glad that my car is OK,” said Antohi.



The Regional Investigative Team was formed at the beginning of the month.  So far, the task force has made 18 arrests.