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Property Crimes & Animal Cruelty Unit
The Property Crimes and Animal Cruelty Unit prosecutes felony property crimes and animal cruelty cases. Property crimes include residential burglaries, business burglaries, forgeries, employee embezzlements, metal thefts and felony thefts. The unit handles more than 2,000 felony cases per year.

Due to a collaborative effort between the Tacoma Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office, the burglary rate in Tacoma is down 20% in 2015. One way we're tracking down burglars is by testing DNA collected from some burglary scenes. In the past, DNA testing was expensive and reserved for violent crimes such as murder and rape. Decreased costs, combined with a federal grant, now make this possible for some property crimes.

The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to fund a Sheriff’s Department Proactive Property Crimes Unit in 2016. The Prosecutor’s Office also received funds for prosecuting the additional cases that will arise. Our office is collaborating with this new unit to lower the number of burglaries and increase the percentage of reports that are investigated.

High-priority offender charged in burglary, vehicle theft
2 Graham men charged in property theft bust
Former Chihuly employee charged for stealing $3 million in artwork
White River School District employee pockets cash from after school program
Youth baseball club's officers plead not guilty to theft charges
Youth baseball club's officers charged with theft