“Nice Kid” Takes 136 Cars; Seattle Prosecutor Cites Lax Law


Liam Moynihan, 23 is Seattle’s most prolific car thief ever, says the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In six months, he did it at least 136 times–five times a week. Police said the likable young man has a girlfriend and a meth habit, lacks a job, and a car — and really likes to drive. King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng is seeking a 10-year prison term for Moynihan. Maleng said the case highlights serious flaws in state law that let repeated car thieves off too easy. “We have long believed that when it comes to car thieves that a small number of criminals are responsible for a large percentage of crimes,” he said. “This defendant is proof of that theory.”

Police found it mind-boggling that the man had such an encyclopedic memory of each time and place he stole a car. The detective called him an “extremely intelligent individual” and “a nice kid — very forthright.” Maleng launched an initiative last year to crack down on auto thefts, a crime he said has only skyrocketed as the rates of other crimes decline. He said car thefts in Seattle have dropped 30 percent in the past year, and prosecutions have risen 28 percent.

Link: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/287776_cartheft06.html

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