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Parents of Man Accused of Stealing Piece of Porsche in Walker Crash Speak Out

Coroner’s officials released the body of Paul Walker to Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills for burial on Tuesday.

The “Fast & Furious” actor and his friend, Roger Rodas, died Nov. 30 in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita. Rodas, the driver of the car, died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the statement. Walker succumbed to the combined effects of thermal and traumatic injuries.

Also Tuesday, a second man charged with stealing a piece of the wreckage from the Porsche in which Walker died surrendered to police.

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Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a fiery car crash Saturday in Valencia, Nov. 30, 2013 (KTLA)

Anthony Janow, 25, is charged along with Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, with one felony count of grand theft of personal property. Janow and Witty are both free on bail.

On Tuesday, Witty’s parents spoke exclusively to KTLA.

“I don’t think there’s any debate he did it, kinda confessed out of the gate with the Instagram posting,” said father David Witty.

On Monday, an instagram account registered to a Jameson Witty featured an apology and an explanation for the alleged 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.”

Family members say Witty never realized he was doing anything illegal.

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.

If convicted as charged, Witty and Janow face a maximum sentence of four years, six months in county jail.

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