Police in Torrance say they’ve arrested 15 members of a street gang responsible for the theft of about 40 cars from a local car dealership. According to police, gang members broke into lockboxes and stole the keys for dozens of vehicles.
The cars, which belong to the Nissan and Infiniti of South Bay, were parked in a neighboring Costco lot. For several weeks, gang members returned to the Costco lot to remove vehicles, which were then used in other crimes.
Police arrested two gang members in a vehicle stolen from the dealership following a police chase. A search of the stolen vehicle turned up guns and drugs. About two-dozen other vehicles stolen by the gang have been recovered. Some of the recovered vehicles were undamaged; others have been damaged or stripped.
The dealership has equipped all of its inventory vehicles with GPS tracking devices to discourage future thefts. It has also increased security patrols around the overflow lot.
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Automobile theft in California is a form of grand theft, and is charged under the state’s grand theft statutes. Grand theft may be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. How the prosecutor pursues charges depends upon the circumstances of each case. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor conviction is one year in the county jail. A felony conviction can net a sentence of up to three years in prison, depending upon the circumstances of your case. The wide range of possible consequences for a grand theft conviction is the best reason to hire an experienced grand theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively for more than 30 years, and will take your grand theft defense case. Mr. Helfend will work tirelessly to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. Avoiding felony convictions in California is essential. Subsequent felony convictions can have a devastating impact on your future, thanks to California’s Three Strikes Law.
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