Men Charged in Theft of Part of Wrecked Porsche in Paul Walker Crash
Prosecutors filed charges Monday against two men accused of stealing a piece of the wreckage from the Porsche Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker died, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 25, were each charged with one felony count of grand theft of personal property.
Witty and Janow were also charged with two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.
Janow was expected to surrender on Tuesday, according to the DA’s office. Witty, who was arrested and released on $20,000 bail, was due back in court on Jan. 3, 2014.
On Monday, an instagram account registered to a Jameson Witty included an apology and an explanation for the theft. “My intentions for the piece I took off the tow truck were to make a memorial out of it,” the message read.
“Paul was a childhood idol to me and many. At the time I was not thinking about the consequences it could have, I never wanted it to be like this I wasn’t going to sell the piece to make a profit.”
“My deepest apologies go to Paul’s family.”
The alleged theft occurred on Nov. 30 as a tow-truck driver, who was transporting the car from the crash site in Santa Clarita, was stopped at a red light at Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that had been following the tow truck, according to authorities. The man grabbed part of the Porsche and drove away with the vehicle part.
A “red, T-top roof panel” from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT was recovered when a search warrant was served at a home in Canyon Country, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
If convicted as charged, Witty and Janow face a maximum sentence of four years, six months in county jail.
Anyone with information about the theft of the vehicle parts was asked to call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s detectives at 661-255-1121. Those who want to remain anonymous should call LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.