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December 30, 1998
Police arrested a 22-year-old Pacoima man Monday in connection with a series of carjackings at three San Fernando Valley auto dealerships last week. Gap Motors in Sylmar, Hamer Toyota in Mission Hills and Pepe's Auto Sales in Arleta each had vehicles stolen after a customer took a vehicle for a test drive with a salesman, pulled a gun, ordered the salesman to get out and drove off, said Lt. Rick Papke of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division.
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December 18, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Pasadena police officer is facing embarrassing questions after a suspect he was chasing on foot Thursday circled back and stole his police cruiser, leading officers on a high speed chase much of the way on wheel rims--before crashing in downtown Los Angeles. In a scene right out of a Hollywood movie, the man was taken into custody after negotiators spent two hours talking him down from a 50-foot ledge at the Department of Water and Power complex.
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November 4, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A hot pursuit through Valley streets ended on a golf course Tuesday when the driver of a stolen truck refused to stop, even after officers fired at his vehicle, police said. The pursuit began at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Nordhoff Street and Sepulveda Boulevard after a police officer called in the license plate of a white 1967 Chevrolet pickup and discovered it was stolen, said Sgt. Silva Atwater of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station.
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October 23, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a new twist on an old crime, computer-savvy thieves are breaking into confidential credit files then using the stolen information to buy luxury cars under assumed identities. For $10,000 or so in cash, a thief can drive away in a new $120,000 Mercedes-Benz, financing the transaction with a stolen credit history. Usually within a week, authorities say, the car is loaded into a shipping container bound for resale overseas.
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August 21, 1998
Police arrested a man on suspicion of grand theft auto Thursday minutes after the assailant tried to snatch car keys from an employee leaving work at an office park, authorities said. The incident occurred about 6:45 p.m. in a parking lot at Plummer Street and Oakdale Avenue, according to police. The manager of a lingerie business was walking to her car when she was confronted by the man--whose name and age were not immediately available--demanding her car keys, officers said.
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June 16, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The wife of a Motown singer and songwriter was arrested Monday night on suspicion of harboring a fugitive when police found a carjacking suspect hiding in her bedroom after he eluded officers during a flight that turned into a televised freeway chase, police said. Barbara Dozier, 47, was booked Monday night at Van Nuys Jail, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jason Lee. Dozier is married to Lamont Dozier, 57, who was instrumental in the birth of the Motown sound.
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June 7, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI
A 21-year-old man was found shot to death in his car early Saturday after a confrontation with possible vehicle theft suspects, police said. Police discovered Armando Zuniga of Panorama City shot to death in his late-model Jeep about 4 a.m. in the 14500 block of Osborne Street. According to police, Zuniga heard noises outside his house in the 8700 block of Wakefield Avenue about 3:45 a.m.
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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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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.
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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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