December 10, 2013
According to a report by The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, a young man was arrested for the alleged theft of a part of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that was involved in the wreck that recently took the lives of widely-known actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas.
A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station news release stated that the theft occurred on the night following the tragic accident. A tow truck was transporting the remains of the vehicle when it stopped at a traffic signal on Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway.
While the truck was waiting at the stop light, a man allegedly emerged from a car that was tailing the truck, took a part from the wrecked Porsche, and then drove away with the stolen car part.
The stolen part, a roof panel, was later found at a Canyon Country residence.
Two suspects were identified by investigators. One of them, an 18-year-old male, was arrested and taken into the Santa Clarity Valley Sheriff's Station. His bail was set at $20,000.
The other suspect, a 25-year-old male, was, at the time of the report, reportedly considering surrendering himself.
Both may face serious criminal charges including felony grand theft and tampering with evidence.
Under California Penal Code Section 487 (a), grand theft is defined as theft of items with a total value that exceeds $950. If certain items, such as firearms, vehicles, some farm products or animals, are involved in a theft, but the value does not exceed $950, it is still considered grand theft under the law.
Grand theft of items with a total value at or greater than $950 is considered a felony crime, meaning the penalties are far more severe than those for misdemeanors. A conviction can result in a prison sentence of up to three years, exorbitant fines, and a criminal record.
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