LAPD to crack down on street takeovers, says ‘cars will start disappearing very soon’

The Los Angeles Police Department is stepping up its efforts to crack down on illegal takeovers on the streets with a new measure that could lead to participants’ cars being “disappeared very soon.”

Detective Ryan Moreno told reporters Thursday that anyone caught witnessing or participating in a street takeover would have their vehicle confiscated for up to 30 days, according to Fox LA11.

“Cars are going to start disappearing very soon,” Moreno said.

It’s the LAPD’s latest move to target street races or takeovers that have exploded during the pandemic.

“We really want to prevent this from becoming a new trend where they think they’re showing up and taking over a street or a highway or any part of town, that they’re just going to be able to do what they want,” Moreno told reporters.

Moreno issued the warning just days after two separate street takeovers occurred about an hour apart and just over a mile apart in South LA

A street takeover late Sunday night in an unincorporated area of ​​the Willowbrook neighborhood resulted in the shooting death of a teenage boy, authorities said.

A separate street takeover about an hour later and 1½ miles down the road in the same area escalated when a mob ransacked 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 the police arrived.


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