Los Angeles police detectives are looking for a driver who was involved in a street takeover with a stolen vehicle late last month.
The street takeover was reported around 10:50 p.m. on April 30. The driver of a 2022 Dodge Charger was spotted by police doing burnouts at the intersection of Vernon Avenue and Figueroa Street in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South L.A.
In a video shared by LAPD on Tuesday, several people are seen hanging out of the red-orange car, while another vehicle also does burnouts at the intersection.
Officers tried to stop the driver, but he drove off and eventually got away, police said.
The victim, identified only as “Allen,” spoke to KTLA about the incident.
“I woke up Saturday morning and I came out there to go somewhere and it was gone,” he said of his car. “I was devastated.”
Allen, a car enthusiast, reported the theft to Paramount authorities. A week later, his beloved car turned up in a video of an illegal sideshow in South L.A.
LAPD attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the suspect took off. Police however were able to capture a license plate.
It was discovered the Dodge’s plate was issued to a stolen Infinity. The Dodge was later found abandoned in the area of Vernon and McKinley Avenues on Friday and the Vehicle Identification Number revealed the vehicle was stolen out of Downey.
Allen was contacted to identify his vehicle at the impound lot but discovered his beloved car was destroyed.
“They dented it all up, scratched tires, they destroyed the car,” he said. “It’s just devastating. You can’t have anything nice. I just want them caught for what they did to my car.”
The driver doing burnouts is described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 18 and 25 and has black hair and a mustache.
Anyone with information about the driver being sought is asked to contact Detective Juan Campos at 213-833-3713, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the central traffic watch commander at 213-833-3746.