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Site of alleged animal-fighting operation hit by second crime this month

A second burglary was reported at a County Road BB property in the town of Gilman Sept. 25. The home was allegedly burglarized two weeks prior and is also the site of an illegal animal fighting ring investigation. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia

Pierce County officers stopped a burglary at the home of a woman who is facing numerous animal and drug-related charges, two weeks after the woman reported an alleged theft there.

According to a Pierce County Sheriff's Office report, officers responded to a call that two men were on Senyen Vang's property at County Road BB in the town of Gilman on Sept. 25. The men, Cheng Xiong and Tou Khang, allegedly attempted to take a car that belonged to Vang. Khang said he had purchased the car as a "fixer upper" from Houa Yang, Vang's boyfriend, and said he knew Yang.

According to the report:

Officers had a dispatch operator call Vang, who said she did not know the men and had not given them permission to be on her property.

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Khang said a .22 caliber rifle in his car belonged to him and officers saw him throw a pipe out the window of his vehicle, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.

Khang, who was convicted of a felony in 2002, was charged with burglary, illegal possession of a firearm and possessing drug paraphernalia. Xiong was charged with burglary as a party to a crime.

Both posted bail on Sept. 26, according to court records. Khang posted a $25,000 signature bond with conditions and no contact, while Xiong posted a $10,000 signature bond with no contact.

Two weeks prior to the alleged burglary, Vang reported that nearly $20,000 in belongings were stolen from her home. Some of the items included Louis Vuitton purses, jewelry and a 65-inch television.

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Vang is facing numerous animal-related and drug-related charges from allegedly helping operate a animal fighting ring and possessing five pounds of methamphetamine.

Yang, Vang's boyfriend, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on Aug. 30 on a federal drug-related warrant.

Both Khang and Xiong are scheduled to appear in Pierce County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Dec. 3.