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February 6, 1994 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana man driving a stolen big rig truck loaded with health food supplies led police from at least five agencies on a 90-minute chase through Orange County on Saturday before he surrendered without incident, authorities said. Thomas Lee Gray, 35, was arrested at 4:58 p.m. after he pulled the 18-wheeler over on West La Palma Avenue near Euclid Street and gave himself up, California Highway Patrol Officer Angel Johnson said.
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June 23, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Costa Mesa police officer suffered cuts and a twisted knee while wrestling with a suspected truck thief who tried to stab him with a screwdriver, police said. Officer Jose Torres spotted one of two refrigerated trucks stolen late Sunday from a Costa Mesa produce company and followed it to the San Diego Freeway, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Ron Smith said. The man driving the truck swerved several times, pretending he was about to exit, then finally pulled off at Beach Boulevard, Smith said.
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May 23, 1995 | from a Times Staff Writer
They got lasagna. They got linguine and macaroni. In fact, thieves got $30,000 worth of pasta when they stole a tractor-trailer rig last weekend loaded with Borden's best from a parking lot in the 17300 block of Brookhurst Street, authorities said Monday. On Friday night, a driver on his way from Arizona to deliver a truckload of dried pasta to San Diego decided to spend the night at his Fountain Valley home, Police Sgt. Dann Bean said.
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January 23, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two brothers picked up in an auto-theft investigation are being questioned in the beating death of a man at an auto-repair shop three weeks ago, an attack that also left two others critically wounded, police said Thursday. About 40 officers from La Habra police, the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force and the Immigration and Naturalization Service raided a pair of homes in Fullerton and Anaheim early Tuesday, La Habra Police Capt. John Rees said.
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February 21, 1992 | TERRY SPENCER
Slightly bashed and battered, a stolen prizewinning customized tour bus was recovered Thursday in a hotel parking lot, about a mile from where it had disappeared three days earlier. The $300,000 Valen Transportation & Tours bus was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Conestoga Hotel, 1240 S. Walnut St., after its owner, Michael Valen, received an anonymous phone call telling him where to find it. The bus had been stolen from the parking lot of the Penny Sleeper Inn, 1441 S. Manchester Ave.
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August 18, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police broke up what appeared to be a well-planned theft Saturday when they surprised burglars at a Radio Shack warehouse and chased two stolen big rigs to a nearby freeway where one man was arrested and two others escaped. Garden Grove Lt. Chuck Gibbs said the thieves apparently stole the tractors first and then drove to the warehouse at 12821 Knott Ave., where they had hooked up the trailers sitting outside just before 5 a.m.
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December 9, 1995
A computer store was robbed of $20,000 in components early Friday by four hooded suspects who fled in a van after leaving another stolen van burning inside the building, police said. The blaze caused an estimated $2 million in water and smoke damage to Micro Center, in the 1100 block of East Edinger Avenue, after it triggered sprinklers. Soot might have caused additional damage to the store's large supply of computers, said Police Sgt. Mark Hein. The robbery and fire occurred about 3:30 a.m.
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June 28, 1995 | PHUONG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police say Arturo Guzman Robles told them he "always wanted to steal a police car." But, Seal Beach police officers said, Robles told them he settled for a firetruck instead because it "would be easier." "That was the only comment he made to us," Sgt. Dean Zanone said of the Monday theft that resulted in a 20-minute chase by officers from two cities.
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August 12, 1991 | THUAN LE
A stolen truck that had contained nearly $1 million worth of artworks, furs, tapestries and other high-priced merchandise was recovered Sunday in Newport Beach--minus the furs, worth about $200,000. The rental truck, discovered stolen Saturday from the parking lot of the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Irvine, was found by Irvine police at 9:50 a.m. in the parking lot of Eastbluff Kindergarten Center on Vista del Oro, north of Fashion Island, Police Sgt. Mike Ogden said.
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October 12, 1992
A 28-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested after he allegedly jumped in the back of a pickup and ordered the occupant to drive off, Costa Mesa police said Sunday. Todd Clark Evans was arrested Saturday after he allegedly pushed out the driver and took off, then drove the pickup into the Santa Ana River bed near Victoria Street, a police spokesman said. Police said Andrew Wroclawsky, 17, of Santa Ana was driving north about 1 p.m.
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March 20, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A vanload of bandits followed a delivery truck late Tuesday afternoon and heisted $20,000 worth of computer components from the rear of the vehicle as it idled at a red light in this city's east end, police said. About half a dozen men in a white Ford Aerostar minivan apparently tracked the delivery truck for perhaps an hour, waiting for an opportune time to cut the lock off the loading door, police said.
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February 15, 1996
A man who stole a tractor in Santa Ana on Wednesday morning led Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on a brief chase at speeds that never quite exceeded 7 mph, police said. Erly Cadu is suspected of stealing the tractor from a construction site near the Santa Ana and Garden Grove freeway interchange. He drove the tractor to La Mirada, where he was spotted by sheriff's deputies going westbound on Firestone Boulevard near Valley View Street at 12:30 p.m., police said.
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December 9, 1995
A computer store was robbed of $20,000 in components early Friday by four hooded suspects who fled in a van after leaving another stolen van burning inside the building, police said. The blaze caused an estimated $2 million in water and smoke damage to Micro Center, in the 1100 block of East Edinger Avenue, after it triggered sprinklers. Soot might have caused additional damage to the store's large supply of computers, said Police Sgt. Mark Hein. The robbery and fire occurred about 3:30 a.m.
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October 5, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN
A motorcyclist mistaken for a bank robbery suspect led sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase Wednesday that began in South County and ended in Anaheim, officials said. Sheriff's deputies first mistook the motorcyclist, Jose Manuel Mata, 21, of Fullerton, for a bank robber who was seen fleeing the crime scene on a motorcycle just minutes before the chase, Lt. Richard Paddock said.
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June 28, 1995 | PHUONG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police say Arturo Guzman Robles told them he "always wanted to steal a police car." But, Seal Beach police officers said, Robles told them he settled for a firetruck instead because it "would be easier." "That was the only comment he made to us," Sgt. Dean Zanone said of the Monday theft that resulted in a 20-minute chase by officers from two cities.
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June 2, 1995 | THAO HUA
A police pursuit Thursday ended when the driver of a stolen pink-and-yellow motorcycle crashed into a center divider, authorities said. Daniel Allan Newton, 26, allegedly stole a motorcycle in Costa Mesa and was riding it on Pacific Coast Highway at 19th Street about 6 a.m. when Huntington Beach police officers spotted him, Police Lt. Luis Ochoa said. The suspect led police on a chase at speeds up to 65 m.p.h.
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June 2, 1995 | THAO HUA
A police pursuit Thursday ended when the driver of a stolen pink-and-yellow motorcycle crashed into a center divider, authorities said. Daniel Allan Newton, 26, allegedly stole a motorcycle in Costa Mesa and was riding it on Pacific Coast Highway at 19th Street about 6 a.m. when Huntington Beach police officers spotted him, Police Lt. Luis Ochoa said. The suspect led police on a chase at speeds up to 65 m.p.h.
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September 13, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A transient hijacked an Orange County transit bus Sunday and led authorities on a 35-mile chase before he was arrested after ordering a beer at the Swallows Inn in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said. No one was injured in the pursuit. The man, Eugene Laporte, 34, forced the only other passenger and the driver off the bus before careening down three freeways with police and California Highway Patrol cars and a helicopter tracking him, officials said.
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May 23, 1995 | from a Times Staff Writer
They got lasagna. They got linguine and macaroni. In fact, thieves got $30,000 worth of pasta when they stole a tractor-trailer rig last weekend loaded with Borden's best from a parking lot in the 17300 block of Brookhurst Street, authorities said Monday. On Friday night, a driver on his way from Arizona to deliver a truckload of dried pasta to San Diego decided to spend the night at his Fountain Valley home, Police Sgt. Dann Bean said.
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October 12, 1994 | DEBBIE KONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first year of operation, a special task force created to put a dent in organized auto thefts recovered 251 stolen vehicles worth an estimated $3 million and arrested nearly 90 people, according to a report issued by the district attorney's office Tuesday. The Orange County Auto Theft Task Force, which includes county prosecutors, California Highway Patrol officers, FBI agents and local police, is being credited with an overall reduction in auto thefts of about 7.
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