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March 3, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call them Trojan horses in the war against car thieves. Last month a remote transmitter hidden in a high-end Honda led detectives from the Consolidated Effort to Combat Auto Theft--a multi-agency unit composed of Los Angeles police, California Highway Patrol and Department of Motor Vehicles investigators--to a gated rental house in North Hollywood. Inside they found a newly stripped car and evidence of a $3-million chop shop, one of the largest ever discovered in the San Fernando Valley.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police exchanged gunfire and arrested two suspected car thieves who led authorities on a 2 1/2-hour pursuit Sunday that ended in a crash. No one was seriously hurt in the chase, though one suspect was grazed by a police bullet, authorities said. Police identified the suspects as Mission Hills residents Rys Stevens, 28, and John Castleberry, 22. The pursuit began at 8:10 a.m. at Balboa Avenue and Saticoy Street after the suspects refused to stop at the request of patrol officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators Monday found an abandoned van that they believe was used in a gang-related shooting that killed a 3-year-old girl and a teenage boy and injured two adults at a nearby fast-food restaurant in Lynwood. No arrests, however, were made in the Sunday night shooting deaths of preschooler Daisy Ibarra and a teenage boy who coroner's officials had yet to identify Monday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three young men were arrested while allegedly stripping a $75,000 sedan stolen at gunpoint several hours earlier from Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Benoit Benjamin, Los Angeles police reported Thursday. Benjamin, who is 7 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds, did not resist when a gunman--described as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 135 pounds--confronted him at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in front of a friend's home in the 1100 block of West 90th Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2001 | JASON SONG and GRACE E. JANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Authorities searched six San Fernando Valley sites Thursday and arrested a chiropractor and another man on suspicion of running a car theft and insurance fraud ring. Self-employed auto repairman Rouhel Feinstein, 50, of Sherman Oaks and chiropractor Niloofar Javaherian, 34, of Encino were both arrested without incident at 8:30 a.m. Five others were detained later in the day. Stolen cars valued at more than $1 million had been seized by Thursday afternoon, Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
A carjacker took three people hostage, exchanged gunfire with police and led authorities on a 100-mile freeway chase across two coastal counties Friday before he was stopped and shot dead near El Capitan State Beach, north of Santa Barbara. Investigators were trying to determine if the man, who had not been identified late Friday afternoon, killed himself after a shootout with officers.
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February 4, 1995 | Associated Press
A man and his 17-year-old girlfriend were arrested Friday in a string of slayings that started with the man's brother and continued with carjackings across central Pennsylvania. Mark Newton Spotz, 23, was arrested in a motel room near Carlisle, officials said. He is a suspect in the death of his brother and at least two women. Also arrested was Christine Dianne Noland, 17, of Altoona, Pa.
NEWS
April 12, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Naval Academy was hit by unprecedented scandal Thursday when two current and three former midshipmen were charged with operating a stolen car ring. Authorities said that the indictment of the five men by a federal grand jury in Baltimore capped a six-month investigation by the FBI, the Maryland State Police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The charges dealt a double blow to the historic institution because they came despite efforts by its leaders to right the Annapolis, Md.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plot twist that wasn't in the script surprised Los Angeles Police Officer Russell Long when he tried to film a movie alerting people to the dangers of carjackings and other robberies. Long got ambushed. Operators of fancy Gelson's Market in Encino told him to get lost when he set up his camera in their parking lot to shoot the follow-home robbery sequence. Scram, ordered the manager of a nearby Sav-On Drugs before a purse-snatching scene could be photographed. "Hmmm . . .
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | SONNI EFRON and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
A 10-month-old girl was shot in the thigh Wednesday by a stray bullet fired by an Anaheim police officer trying to stop a gunman from commandeering her mother's car. The child, Michelle Olmos of Anaheim, was in stable condition Wednesday night at UCI Medical Center in Orange and is expected to be released in a few days. Her father, Peter Olmos, said a bullet pierced the baby's buttocks and came out her thigh.
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