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D.A. not pursuing charges against 1 in car thefts

• ‘Insufficient evidence' cited by D.A.'s office

Posted: June 25, 2008 1:01 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Three days after a Simi Valley woman was arrested for her alleged involvement in an elaborate car theft ring, the county District Attorney's office decided to reject the filing of charges against her Tuesday morning, according to officials.

Lisa Visin, 40, was arrested Saturday at the Parkway Cadillac dealership in Valencia after her boyfriend and an acquaintance allegedly tried to fraudulently purchase a Cadillac CTS with a bad check. It was the latest in a string of fraudulent purchases by the accused trio, according to sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Rotella.

"At the present moment, there are no charges because their is insufficient evidence against her," deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Gootman said Tuesday. "The investigation is still pending, though. I don't know what else the sheriff's investigation will come up with. Depending on what they come up with, she could be re-arrested, or everything will stay the same."

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station released Visin because, as Gootman said, there was apparently insufficient evidence to indicate that she played a significant role in the fraudulent purchases.

Two others are still being held for the car thefts - Sherman Oaks resident Samuel Atkinson, 29, and Simi Valley resident Dunbar Jordan Tuason, 24.

On Saturday, the trio arrived at Parkway Cadillac, apparently to purchase a brand-new CTS model. Tuason reportedly told the general sales manager that he would purchase the new vehicle with a third party check drawn from a Rhode Island bank account. He also said that he had a Massachusetts drivers license, according to the report. The sales manager, Michael Roth, immediately contacted the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and all three were arrested.

The attempted purchase on Saturday afternoon was the latest in an apparent string of similar thefts throughout northern Los Angeles county and eastern Ventura county.

All three were booked Saturday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on charges of grand theft auto, theft through fraudulent actions, conspiracy to commit fraud and burglary.

Each were held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Visin was not required to post bail based upon the decision of the district attorney's office.

The case is still being investigated. Anyone with additional information may call Detective Hirano of the county's Task Force for Regional Autotheft Prevention at (818) 830-6977.


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