Car prowlers are sentenced
September 8, 2009
By Tim Pfarr
Four car prowlers who struck various cities in King County, stealing a dog in Issaquah, have been sentenced.Faraz Zolfagharkani, 20; Ashley Lynn Dickenson, 20; Wesley Moton, 22; and Cierra Kastner also broke into vehicles in Newcastle, Renton, Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue.
In Newcastle, the group struck Renton Academy in September 2008 during a soccer game, smashing vehicles’ windows and snatching purses.
On one occasion, Zolfagharkani stole a Maltese puppy named Cookie from a vehicle in Issaquah. He stole the puppy in September 2008 and sold him shortly after to a family in Bellevue; the family was unaware it was purchasing a stolen animal.
Police arrested Zolfagharkani for prowling in October, and it was at that time that Zolfagharkani informed police that he had previously taken the puppy. Given the information, police were able to locate Cookie and return him to his rightful owner.
Zolfagharkani pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree theft, four counts of second-degree malicious mischief (which concerns property damage), one count of first-degree trafficking stolen property and nine counts of second-degree vehicle prowl.
He claimed to have stolen more than $50,000 worth of stolen property during his time as a car prowler, telling police, “I’m good at what I do.”
He has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Dickenson pleaded guilty to six felonies and was sentenced to in-patient drug treatment, two years probation and 240 hours of community service. Moton pleaded guilty to 16 felonies and was sentenced to 25 months in prison and 25 months probation. Kastner was sentenced to two years probation.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Nielson prosecuted the four prowlers, and said they received considerable sentencing for their crimes.
“You don’t usually catch car prowlers, and when you do, they usually don’t get that punished,” Nielson said.
Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.