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Anaheim Police Takes Back Seat, But Not in Solving Crimes

By Kevin Rice

The Anaheim Police Department burglary detail continued its efficient work by assisting in the arrest of two alleged criminals, Vershan Wooden, 22, of Hawthorne and Layfayette Automii Joseph, 23, of Los Angeles on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property. 

The two suspects have been accused of stealing third-row seats from at least 64 sport utility vehicles in Anaheim alone; these thefts have also occurred from San Diego up to Downtown Los Angeles.
Third row seat thefts have been a known and relatively simple tactic of individuals looking to earn a quick dollar. 

“Anaheim has been plagued by these thefts for years, but the quick-snatch process, only taking three minutes to get these seats out, has seen an increase in the last few months,” says Sgt. Bob Dunn. “The pay-out for these thefts are quite large as well.” 

Wooden and Joseph were said to have amassed a total of more $100,000 by selling seats for about $300 apiece, Dunn said. 

Replacing stolen seats can cost the owners between $1,200 and $1,400.

With the apprehension of Wooden and Joseph, Anaheim police officials are optimistic about preventing copycat crimes through their Intelligence Led Policing Strategy.

Lt. Steve Davis asked that if you do have a GM sport utility vehicle, and use the third row seats, please make an identifying mark on the seats or cable the seats to a permanent car fixture.

To read Orange County Register coverage, click here.

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