The car looked suspiciously similar to the one described in briefing – a Lexus GS 300 stolen during a double murder in Stanton.
Officer Randy Sany found the car in October while patrolling near a motel in the 3000 block of West Lincoln Ave.
“According to the Orange County Sheriff’s detective assigned to the case, they had no leads in this case until you found the vehicle,” wrote Police Chief John Welter in a recent commendation.
Sany located the Lexus on Oct. 24.
A few days later – after around-the-clock surveillance – the suspected killer was in custody – and sheriff’s detectives noted the key role Sany’s discovery made in helping them make the arrest.
“You are to be commended for a job well done and for your significant contributions to the conclusion of this case,” Welter wrote.
About two months later, Officer Sany was involved in solving another headline-making whodunnit.
While surveilling businesses in the 700 block of North Valley Street, he rolled up on two burglars accused of hitting more than 18 dental labs in Orange County.
It was no accident.
Working with the crime analysis team, Sany was aware of the crime patterns and put himself in a position to catch the burglars in the act, officials said.