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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1998
A carjacker forced a woman from a truck in a drug store parking lot Monday and drove off with two eight-year-old boys inside, Los Angeles police said. The man drove only a few blocks before releasing the two children, one of whom has Down syndrome, said LAPD Det. John Edwards. The children--the woman's grandson and nephew--were soon returned to her, he said. The abduction occurred in a parking lot near a Rite Aid drug store at 15300 Sherman Way.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1998
A Los Angeles Times deliveryman was shot and wounded in an apparent carjacking attempt during his rounds early Friday. Daniel Castillo Veronica, 29, of Pacoima, had barely begun his paper route when he was accosted by four men at the corner of Laurel Canyon and Roscoe boulevards at 4:30 a.m., said police and Veronica's co-workers. "Somebody asked him if he had a match," said Baby Mendoza, the wife of Veronica's supervisor. Veronica told them he did not have a match, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
October 15, 1997
A brief police pursuit ended in a fiery crash in Mission Hills on Tuesday night that left two people dead and injured at least six others, including three Los Angeles police officers, authorities said. Los Angeles police arrested two men at the scene on suspicion of grand theft auto after the van they were driving crashed into the victims' van in the intersection of Lassen Street and Sepulveda Boulevard, said LAPD Officer Jason Lee.
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September 25, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A multi-agency task force Wednesday afternoon arrested two men suspected of running a chop shop in a residential garage for six months, stealing and stripping about 100 Valley-area foreign cars, authorities said. The men were believed to have stolen new Hondas and Acuras and taken them back to a house in the 13700 block of Branford Street, where they methodically stripped them and abandoned the automobile skeletons several blocks away.
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