Four Arrested For 'Car Hopping' After Woman Witnesses Theft

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A woman calls police after witnessing someone steal from her car, and it all ends with four arrests and the recovery of items from a string of car burglaries.

Police say they were called to the 4500 block of Lasater Trail just after midnight, where a witness observed a suspect enter into her car and others on the street. The suspect on foot was followed by a dark sedan.

When police arrived, they spotted a person on foot and a blacked out sedan with three occupants in the 4600 block of Dapple Grey. When the officer stopped the sedan, the suspect on foot fled the scene, but was caught shortly after at Pring Ranch and Barnes.

Police say a search of the car turned up several face plates to car stereos and a complete stereo that had been removed from a vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the suspects were going through the neighborhood checking for unlocked cars and taking items from them (a practice referred to as “car hopping”).

Officers contacted some of the victims who were able to identify their property. Officers observed many cars in the area that appeared to have been rummaged through, but could not determine if anything had been taken.

Four people, including three adults and one juvenile were arrested. Those adults have been identified as Manuel Martinez, Armand Morales, and Kenyon Hurt.

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