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News Release

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Media Relations

Recovery of Special Electric Scooter

What:
News conference to announce recovery of a special electric scooter and to return it to the elderly victim.

When:
Friday, June 29, 2007
3:00 PM

Where:
West Valley Area Community Police Station
19020 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

Who:
Lieutenant Gary Hallden, Commanding Officer, West Valley Detectives
Detective Andy Purdy, West Valley Auto Theft Unit Coordinator
Detective James Thornton, Lead Investigator

On May 17, 2007, West Valley Area Detectives began investigating a Grand Theft crime in which unknown suspect stole an electric powered scooter from an elderly gentlemen' s vehicle. The scooter was very special to this elderly gentleman.

Detectives obtained a video of the suspect committing the crime. During the investigation, the detectives noticed that he matched the description of a suspect who was arrested on May 29, 2007, for another theft. On June 28, they recovered the stolen scooter from an apartment in the area of Mason Avenue and Saticoy Street, near the location of the original crime. The victim was notified and he was ecstatic that his scooter was recovered.

Plans have been made to present and return the scooter to the victim.

For further information contact Detective James Thornton at 818-374-7756, or Detective Andy Purdy at 818-374-7752.