Los Angeles Police Department are stepping up efforts to crack down on illegal street takeovers with a new measure that could result in participants’ cars “disappearing very soon.”
Detective Ryan Moreno told reporters Thursday that anyone caught in a street robbery could have their vehicle impounded for up to 30 days, according to Fox LA11.
“Cars are going to disappear very soon,” Moreno said.
It is the LAPD’s latest move to target street racing or takeovers, which have surged during the pandemic.
“We really want to prevent this from becoming a new trend where they think they’ll show up and take over a street, a highway, or any part of the city, that they can just do whatever they want,” Moreno told reporters.
Moreno issued the alert just days after two separate street takeovers took place about an hour apart and just over a mile apart in south LA
A street takeover late Sunday night in an unincorporated area in the Willowbrook neighborhood resulted in the death of a teenager, authorities said.
A separate street takeover about an hour later and 1½ miles down the road in the same area escalated when a mob raided a 7-Eleven store and stole snacks, drinks, lottery tickets and tobacco products. Surveillance video released Thursday by the LAPD showed at least one attendee throwing bananas and other snacks at a store employee who was hiding behind the counter, Moreno said.
The group fled before officers arrived.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-19/lapd-cracks-down-on-street-takeovers-says-cars-will-start-disappearing-real-soon LAPD to crack down on street takeovers, says ‘cars will start disappearing real soon’