Stolen vehicle found, suspects arrested

A stolen car that was used as a getaway vehicle for an armed burglary on Foothill Boulevard on Feb. 21 has been recovered and two suspects have been arrested, officials said.

On Feb. 21, the Acura sedan was spotted as a getaway car during an armed burglary at a Del Taco in the 6200 block of Foothill Boulevard, police said. The car was spotted hours later on Marcus Avenue and Apperson Street in Tujunga with a man matching the description of the suspect from the burglary.

“During the burglary, the Del Taco employee behind the counter got the license plate of the car,” said Det. David Escoto of the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division. “[Officers] found it unoccupied on the street and watched it for a little while. After 30 minutes, a guy matching the description from the robbery came to the car and he was arrested.”

The man was identified by surveillance video and the Del Taco employee, Escoto said.

“His clothing and his shoes matched from the store's surveillance tape,” Escoto said.

Police did not release the man's identity.

The original grand theft auto happened Feb. 8.

“It was a burglary and grand theft auto,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Harley. “The owner of the vehicle had left it parked in the garage with the door to the garage open and the key was left in the ignition.”

The car was loaded with $10,000 with sterling silverware, which was also stolen.


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