Crime Stoppers: Pierce County’s most wanted car thief caught

Shelby Edson was sweating and breathing heavily when Pierce County deputies pulled over a truck he was riding in at 224th Street East and Meridian Avenue East in South Hill. Edson had been on the loose since being featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted” last August. Det. Ed Troyer says, “He’s run from police many times before.”

This time, though, Edson had nowhere to go. He was trapped in the passenger seat because the driver had pulled over too closely to another vehicle. Still, that didn’t stop Edson from trying to avoid arrest. With his face flushed, he gave deputies a fake name and birth date. Det. Troyer says, “A sharp-eyed deputy recognized him as Shelby Edson and knew he had been featured on ‘Washington’s Most Wanted’ as the top fugitive for the Pierce County Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force.”

Once in cuffs, deputies say Edson apologized for lying about his name and said he knew he was wanted for several months. Deputies found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun under his seat and booked him into the Pierce County Jail on his warrant for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and a new charge for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 1st degree and for lying to the deputy.

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