It's a story that seems ripped straight from Grand Theft Auto: $200,000 race car that was undergoing renovations has been stolen, according to San Bernardino police.
The Press Enterprise reports that the car, a 2008 Dodge Charger, was being souped-up so that it could go a top speed of 200 mph and was undergoing work just a few blocks from San Bernardino City Hall.
Apparently, thieves made off with the car and its transport trailer on Monday, Feb. 3. Police were able to find the trailer, which the thieves evidently abandoned, but still have not found the car.
Police told the Press Enterprise they were able to execute several warrants and raided several locations in Riverside County and recovered six allegedly stolen vehicles, but not the car they were looking for.
That last portion of the story interested us. Police are able to look through people's property for very specific evidence, like a stolen car, but must first obtain a judge's permission. They are also supposed to keep the search narrowly tailored to what they are looking for. Naturally, we want to think the best of our police officers, but it is not disrespectful to hope that everything was on the up-and-up with these searches.
We took note of this story because at the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we defend the rights of Riverside County residents who have been accused of criminal offenses, including DUI and juvenile matters. From our office near the Southwest Detention Center, we help people from communities of Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet and San Jacinto. Please feel free to contact us if you or a loved one is in need of a criminal defense attorney. We can help.