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Online photos apparently show stolen part from wrecked car carrying Rodas, Walker

Posted: December 6, 2013 6:17 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2013 6:18 p.m.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes, it’s worth some trouble with the law.

Photos of a car piece surfaced online recently, apparently stolen from the wrecked Porsche that actor Paul Walker and Santa Clarita Valley resident and business owner Roger Rodas were riding in when they were killed last weekend.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday they have identified two individuals suspected of stealing a part of the red 2005 Porsche Carerra GT from the back of a tow truck hauling the wreckage away from the fatal crash scene near Hercules Street and Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

One suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jameson Witty of Tujunga, was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the crime, according to records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Several days earlier an Instagram user “jamesonwitty” posted two photos showing what appears to be a red car part on the image-sharing social media network.

Those pictures include a caption that reads, in part, “Piece of Paul walkers car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light.”
The same Instagram user account also includes a picture with the caption, “Paying respects to Paul Walker, so sad to see a childhood idol pass like this.. Truly a breathtaking moment. ...”

According to Sheriff’s Department officials, the theft occurred at a stoplight at the intersection of McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road when a male suspect took the Porsche’s red T-top roof panel from the back of a tow truck that was stopped at the light.

Sheriff’s officials said Thursday that a second suspect, age 25, is negotiating his surrender. The identity of that suspect has yet to be released.

“We will provide the name of the second suspect once he is arrested, or if he does not turn himself in at the unannounced time and date as planned,” wrote Sheriff’s Department Capt. Michael Parker in an email.

Both suspects may face charges of grand theft and tampering with evidence, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Witty has not been officially charged with a crime as of yet, according to an official with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

The cause of the crash that left Rodas and Walker dead remains under investigation.
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