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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1989
Although the district attorney says he will prosecute stolen vehicle crimes as a felony when deception is used, I now understand why Southern California's hottest crime is stolen vehicles. Recently our stolen truck--now repainted with different license plates and tires--was recovered during a theft. The suspect fled the scene, violated numerous traffic laws, had opened beer cans in the vehicle, and several buyers' business cards for the stolen goods. The suspect's name is still unclear as he uses five aliases and has a record.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Eight Riverside police officers were honored Tuesday night for their work recovering more than 154 stolen vehicles last year with a total value of more than $1 million. The officers -- Det. Matt Lewis and Officers Cory Camp, Bryan Crawford, Sancho Lopez, Shea McMahon, Aurelio Melendrez, Michael O'Boyle and Chris Williams -- arrested 73 people for grand theft auto in 2006.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1996 | MACK REED
Searching a junk-strewn crime scene Wednesday with shovels and backhoes, Ventura County sheriff's deputies unearthed the stripped skeletons of six stolen trucks they found buried at the site of a chop shop and methamphetamine lab in the rocky hills east of Simi Valley. They began towing away seven more cannibalized vehicles found outside the dilapidated pink hilltop ranch house that was the headquarters for the ranch off Black Canyon Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2006 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
A California Highway Patrol officer was shot early Saturday following a brief pursuit of two car theft suspects in the city of Industry. The officer, who was not identified, was hospitalized in stable condition. Several hours after the shooting, Armando Saucillo, 21, of Bell Gardens, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested and booked at the sheriff's station in Industry on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1996 | JOHN COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The remote transmitter on Lisa Williams' stolen Geo Tracker led police right to the spot. In a box. In port. Waiting for a slow boat to Guatemala along with five other stolen vehicles. After the Tracker was stolen Tuesday night from in front of Williams' Hollywood home, police picked up the signal on her anti-theft transmitter at the Port of Long Beach by Wednesday evening.
NEWS
December 13, 1992 | SUSAN PATERNO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Diane Holloway has done some strange things in nearly five years as a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. But one of the weirdest was following the tracks left by a 1968 Mustang without tires as it traveled slowly down a North Long Beach street. Once Holloway found the car, she arrested the driver for stealing it and scored one more in a record for recovering stolen vehicles that allowed her win an award from the California Highway Patrol and the Automobile Club of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1992 | LORNA FERNANDES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to deter auto theft, Lawndale residents are being asked to put special decals on their cars to allow police to pull over and inspect the vehicles during certain early morning hours. Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Automobile Assn. of Southern California, the voluntary Combat Auto Theft (CAT) program involves placing a yellow decal with the seal of the city on the rear window of cars and trucks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1996 | JOHN POPE and THAO HUA
Something as small as an upside-down serial number on a car can catch Officer Gregory Pelton's attention. Such a tiny aberration shows the six-year police veteran that "somebody has been tampering with the vehicle," he said. It's a strong indication that the car was stolen and that the thief may be at the wheel. Pelton's eye for detail helped earn him Orange County's Auto Theft Officer of the Year award for the second year in a row.
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December 4, 1990 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an impound lot on a dusty hill in Mexico sits a weather-beaten converted Chevrolet motor home, its window curtains blowing in the warm Pacific breeze. Stolen a year ago from Las Vegas and never recovered, it is now one of the makeshift homes used by attendants who work at the lot. In Bremen, Germany, international police finally have located four Chevrolet Corvettes stolen with the aid of fraudulent loan papers from several small California dealerships.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2000
Five people were injured in a three-car collision during a police pursuit of a man in a stolen pickup Friday night, authorities said. The pickup hit a car and a sport utility vehicle at Sherman Way and Tyrone Avenue shortly after 8 p.m., knocking the SUV on its side, Los Angeles police spokesman Don Cox said. The injured, including the suspected car thief, were taken to area hospitals, Fire Department officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A 6-year-old girl asleep in the back seat of a car stolen Sunday night in Rialto was found safe the next morning after she awoke in the abandoned vehicle and knocked on the door of a nearby home asking for help. Akyra Hernandez's mother had left her alone in a Ford Escort with the engine running, authorities said. The Rialto woman was escorting her nephew home at 10:35 p.m. when the car was stolen, said police Det. James Massey.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An infant who disappeared when her grandmother's vehicle was stolen was found unharmed hours later after police received an anonymous tip, officials said. Authorities were questioning a man taken into custody near where the 9-month-old girl was found in Omaha. His name was not released, and police gave no further details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 15-year-old girl died when a carload of teenagers in a stolen sport utility vehicle overturned early Saturday on a narrow canyon road, the California Highway Patrol said. Maria Rincon of San Fernando died at the scene. The driver and four other passengers were treated at local hospitals for moderate injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles police shot and killed an armed man in a stolen pickup truck at a busy Encino strip mall parking lot, officials said Thursday. The man, whom police have not identified, had illegally parked outside a bookstore in the 16500 block of Ventura Boulevard, said Officer Nadine Hernandez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. The truck was used in an earlier theft, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2000
Five people were injured in a three-car collision during a police pursuit of a man in a stolen pickup Friday night, authorities said. The pickup hit a car and a sport utility vehicle at Sherman Way and Tyrone Avenue shortly after 8 p.m., knocking the SUV on its side, Los Angeles police spokesman Don Cox said. The injured, including the suspected car thief, were taken to area hospitals, Fire Department officials said.
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
April 17, 1991
A California law allowing police to hunt for stolen vehicles without a warrant in automobile- and motorcycle-related businesses violates the Constitution's 4th Amendment, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said the law was "a blank check to the police to conduct at their whim criminal investigations upon the premises of every business establishment . . . (that) happens to shelter automobiles on its premises."
NATIONAL
December 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
An infant who disappeared when her grandmother's vehicle was stolen was found unharmed hours later after police received an anonymous tip, officials said. Authorities were questioning a man taken into custody near where the 9-month-old girl was found in Omaha. His name was not released, and police gave no further details.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A parolee who led police Tuesday on an explosive chase through residential neighborhoods, tossing four Molotov cocktails at them as he drove, was arrested at the same intersection where police had shot and critically wounded his teenage daughter last summer, officials said Wednesday. Victor Valerio, 37, was captured after pulling into a parking lot at Ball Road and Moody Street shortly after 9 p.m. Buena Park police surrounded his car and fired three "beanbag bullets" at him from a shotgun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police seized drugs, two sawed-off shotguns and suspected stolen vehicles in a raid on a clubhouse of the Vagos motorcycle gang, authorities said Friday. But when no arrests were made, several neighbors said they were shocked and disappointed. "They are nightmares--there's a lot of traffic," said one woman, describing the motorcycle club. Behind the small house and cluttered garage in the 18900 block of Arminta Street were two mobile homes and a large yard where gang members reportedly partied through the night.
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