Trying to Steal an Armed Marine’s Truck is a Bad Idea

Career criminals are not generally thought of as the most moral lot. For most of them, it may be quite likely that their parents never took the time to teach them that stealing is bad. One thing parents may want to make sure they do from now on is, at the very least, teach their kids that attempting to steal an armed Marine’s vehicle is not a wise choice.

A car thief in Washington State recently learned this very lesson… the hard way.

The car thief, identified only as a 27 year old male, was out for a romantic evening ride with his girlfriend in a stolen Honda. At some point late in the evening, they decided to steal another vehicle; that’s when they came upon the soldier’s prized truck. Unfortunately for the thief, said truck owner was awake in a nearby house having a late night conversation with his aunt.

Around the time the thief was beginning his attempted car theft the Marine, identified by police as “Keener” age 24, and his aunt decided to take the dog for a walk. When Keener stepped outside he immediately noticed something amiss and moved to confront the thieves. It’s unclear at this point who fired first, but gunshots drew the aunt out of the house to see what was happening. When she emerged, her nephew, Keener, pushed her to safety and yelled, “Gun!” At which point he and the male car thief exchanged gunshots.

The Marine was more accurate, shooting and killing the car thief.

When the gunfire ended and it was clear that the thief was hurt, the aunt tried to keep him alive performing CPR until the paramedics could arrive. However, despite her efforts, the 27 year old man died.

Police have arrested the girlfriend for her part in the attempted car theft and have since learned that she had a warrant out for her arrest in connection with another robbery.

The 24 year old marine, “Keener,” was also taken in for questioning over the shooting. Police are still investigating whether or not the shooting was justified. However, Washington law does allow private citizens to protect themselves and their property by force if need be.

These tragic events are again instructive in how armed private citizens are a better deterrent of crime than police who would simply have arrived after the crime had been committed. If criminals begin to fear that the population is generally armed, we may very well see a decline in similar attempts at crimes like this.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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