Alleged car thief caught with diary of her crimes

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 12:12 AM

SEATTLE - If you're going to be stupid enough to keep a diary of your crimes, you might not want to have that diary around when you get arrested.

It was an early morning chase after a female car thief through the streets of north Seattle on December 13. The suspect finally crashed the stolen car into this stop sign at NE 125th and 26th NE.

Inside her car, police found a laundry list of property belonging to her victims: stolen mail, laptops, backpacks, gloves, flashlights and other burglar tools.

Seattle Police also found a personal journal belonging to the alleged thief. According to court documents, she wrote "...I'm driving a stolen blk on blk Benz from Everett to Seattle..." One entry talked about a "...fheft of a purse with credit cards...," taking "$1200" out of an account, as well as a "...$300 purchase at Walmart...," using a stolen credit card.

The suspect, 28-year-old Tiffany Mcdonough of Seattle, now faces charges of burglary, car prowl, possession of a stolen vehicle, and eluding police. She is accused of breaking into at least five cars and one house. The owner of that house says most of his belongings taken from his house were never recovered.

Police say Mcdonough admitted she was high on Oxycontin when she was arrested. Hearing that, at least two of her victims expressed a certain amount of sympathy for her, and hope she gets the help she needs.

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