Friday, October 28, 2016 This Week's Paper

Thief caught on camera smashing car window in Tacoma

It’s a crime that only takes seconds and it could impact you for the rest of your life. One victim is learning that the hard way after investigators say a thief stole personal information she’d left inside her in Tacoma.
Investigators say the man, caught on surveillance camera, broke out the back window of Jamie-Lee Collman’s vehicle while it sat parked outside her friend’s home on South Yakima Avenue. Collman says the thief got away with her job hunting portfolio.
“It had my Social Security card, birth certificate, resume with all my personal information,” she said.
Since the burglary, Collman says she’s called the credit bureaus, the IRS and Social Security. Now, she says she’s getting credit card application letters in the mail for cards she’s never applied for.
“My biggest concern is tax season. IRS says they flagged my profile and they’ll investigate it and figure something else out,” said Collman.
At this point, she says, all she can do is wait and see, but Tacoma police say this is an important reminder: Never leave anything of value inside your car!
“Somebody breaks into your vehicle and they break out glass, you know, $250-$300 to get the window replaced, but in this case, the long-term effects of what was stolen is going to be her nuisance for probably the rest of her life,” said Officer Loretta Cool with Tacoma Police.
While Collman says she is learning that lesson the hard way, the pre-law, political science major is now focused on how she can take that knowledge and use it to help others who find themselves in the same situation.
“It’s like any time a situation happens to you, that’s when you think maybe I could make a change or be that change to help people,” said Collman.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest in the case. If you can identify the suspect, call the hot line anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS. This is one of the cases featured this weekend on “Washington’s Most Wanted” Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.