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May 20, 1998
Torrance police arrested four carjacking suspects Tuesday after a 30-minute pursuit of a stolen sport utility vehicle, police said. No one was injured. About 12:05 a.m., officers patrolling near Sepulveda Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue ran a check on a vehicle's license plate and determined that it had been taken in a carjacking in Riverside County on Monday, said Torrance Police Lt. Paul Besse.
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April 12, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man driving a stolen Ford Mustang was killed Saturday night when he ran a red light and was broadsided by a Jeep Wrangler, Los Angeles police said. The impact crumpled the driver's side of the Mustang and instantly killed Michael Paul Lowry, 31, police said. The 1969 Mustang had been reported stolen from North Hollywood on March 5. After the accident, police found several stolen video cassette recorders and cameras in the back seat of the Mustang.
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March 25, 1998
A man who was shot and wounded while resisting a carjacking near Hollywood was listed in stable condition at a hospital, police said Tuesday. "He didn't want to give up his car," said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Sam Barron. The shooting occurred Monday about 11 p.m. in the 400 block of North Sycamore Avenue, he said. The victim, whose name was not released, was approached and ordered to surrender the keys to his late-model Ford Bronco.
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March 2, 1998
A white Rolls-Royce belonging to a businessman found slain in Marina del Rey was located in a Los Angeles International Airport parking structure, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A parking employee at LAX found the luxury car about 11 p.m. Friday, sheriff's Deputy Angie Prewett said.
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February 12, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five men were charged in Van Nuys Superior Court on Wednesday with operating a $3-million chop shop--one of the largest ever discovered in the San Fernando Valley. Two of the men also were charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1998
Police are warning car owners to take precautions with their registration tags because of a string of sticker thefts on the Westside. To deter thieves, authorities suggest removing previous tags from license plates before placing new stickers, then diagonally slashing the tag with a razor blade. About 50 registration tags and license plates have been reported stolen in the last month in the Palms area, said Los Angeles Police Det. Mike Elenitsky.
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September 24, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 30-year-old man with an extensive criminal record including manslaughter was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle after a police chase through the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. John Beck of Pacoima was arrested in a residence at a Chatsworth mobile home park where the chase ended, said Det. Kenneth Belt of the Los Angeles Police Department's Auto Theft Task Force.
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June 24, 1997 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The third suspect in a follow-home robbery-murder was sentenced to prison Monday, closing another chapter in the slaying of a well-to-do food company executive in Brentwood. Bennie Lee Kamack was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges of killing Craig Harrington, 42, during a botched daytime carjacking attempt in Harrington's garage. Kamack, 43, of Los Angeles, was the driver in the 1995 stabbing death that involved two other suspects.
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February 24, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A red-nosed, red-shoed, red-wigged clown "of the Bozo variety" stole a car early Sunday after performing a clown act for family members, then led police on a 35-minute, high-speed chase, officers said. After finishing a routine at his nephew's party about 1 a.m., Juan Gutierrez, 22, called his girlfriend to pick him up, Los Angeles police said. When she refused, Gutierrez allegedly stole a 1977 Chevy Caprice parked near the family gathering. Just as Gutierrez stole the car, said Officer A.B.
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January 31, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN
Police cordoned off a Studio City neighborhood for several hours Wednesday, before arresting four men and seeking two others suspected of committing crimes ranging from car theft to residential burglary, authorities said. Police were first called to the 4300 block of Whitsett Avenue at 11:20 a.m., after a resident became suspicious seeing several men cruising the area in a minivan, according to North Hollywood Det. Jim Gerardi.
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