WMW viewer tips lead to arrest of accused apartment, condo scam suspect

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durnilFUGITIVE CAPTURED June 23, 2015 —
Washington’s Most Wanted fugitive Terry Durnil has a new address tonight — the SCORE Jail on warrants totaling $140,000 after being arrested Tuesday afternoon following several hours of surveillance on a home in Des Moines.

Durnil was caught thanks to WMW viewer tips to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.

He is WMW Capture #643.

Federal way detectives need your help tonight tracking down a prolific identity thief.

Take a good look at Terry Durnil and make sure he’s not your neighbor right now.

He’s wanted on more than 10 counts of ID theft, fraud and counterfeiting.

Detectives say he lives rent free by using a sophisticated scam to illegally hop from one apartment or condo to the next and it starts with him targeting his neighbor’s mail.

Cathy Schrock of the Federal Way Police Department said, “He steals mail and then takes those identities, opens bank accounts, rents or leases apartments or condominiums, then he moves into these condos and he’s paid with these fraudulent checks where he just opened an account, writes a check, it’s already closed and then the condo or apartment owners take months to evict him.

“He usually, in our case, he had a female accomplice, her name is Raechel Miller. She’s actually been charged connected to his case and is pending trial.

“When they finally do get the eviction process he and his accomplice will rent a UHaul truck that’s also fraudulent and then use that to move their stuff to the next place.”

Detectives say the pair could still be together and have pulled their scam all over King and Pierce counties.

Investigators say Durnil even used his victim’s names for an auto repair business he used to own in Pacific called “My Own Auto Repair.”

If you know where this this prolific identity thief is hiding tonight, or maybe he’s renting out the apartment or condo next to you right now, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

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