Man pulls in back of own stolen car
By Bhavna Mistry
VALENCIA -- A Canyon Country man on his way to buy a new car to replace the one stolen the night before was shocked Tuesday when he noticed his 1991 Toyota Camry traveling in front of him.
Suspects wait to be taken to the Sheriff station after being caught driving a stolen vehicle. (David Crane / Daily News)
Angered at the brazen thieves, Timothy Rawson started following his car, which bore a distinctive college sticker, filled with strangers. He then called the Sheriff's Department on his cell phone.
Realizing that they were being followed, the thieves pulled over at an apartment complex at McBean Parkway and Del Monte, jumped out of the vehicle and fled. They were arrested a short time later.
"It was his lucky day," said Deputy Roy Henstrand, who detained five of the suspects. "You couldn't ask for better luck in the world."
Instead of heading to the car dealerships, Rawson drove his car home while the suspects were given a ride to the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station.
A 16-year-old Canyon Country boy, and Shamika Gable, 19, of Santa Clarita, were arrested. The names of the other suspects were not available. They are all being held at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.
Officials said the Camry was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. Monday from the 18600 block of Soledad Canyon Road and was believed to have been taken between 8 and 10 p.m.
"Toyota Camrys are a very popular stolen vehicle," Henstrand said. "He was lucky he got his car back."