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FRESNO, California - A Fresno man was arrested by Fresno police officers after spotting him driving a stolen vehicle on Monday.

Police say the Help Eliminate Auto Theft Task Force officers (HEAT) spotted Juan Acevedo, 34, of Fresno, driving a stolen Dodge Challenger with paper plates in the area of Central and Chestnut avenues. The Dodge matched a recently stolen vehicle, police say.

The vehicle was pulled over at Sarah and Lincoln avenues, police say. After a records check of the cars vehicle identification number (VIN), police confirmed the vehicle to be the stolen Challenger.


Acevedo was identified as a suspect in another car theft. Police say he stole a classic 1959 Ford 100 pickup truck from his landlord. Acevedo sold the Ford truck to another person, police say.

Acevedo was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of felony auto theft and receiving stolen property, police say. 

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Double whammy, crash and crime lol




A man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly crashed into a house in north Leavenworth, a police spokesman said.

The incident was reported at 12:08 a.m. in the 500 block of North Seventh Street.

The driver reportedly attempted to make a “sliding U-turn” to park a Dodge Challenger, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

“He lost control and crashed into the house,” Nicodemus said.

The man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless driving.

Leavenworth firefighters assisted five people out of the home, according to Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department.

The American Red Cross provided them with temporary housing assistance.

No injuries were reported, according to Nicodemus.

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A 37-year-old Milford woman ended up in the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday after allegedly stealing a pricey 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat from a car dealership’s special event in Highland, leaving her Ford Focus behind.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, it was shortly after 3 p.m. when the woman drove up to a residence in the 1500 block of Harvey Lake Road where Szott Automotive Group employees were setting up an event to display several high-end vehicles. A Challenger Hellcat had been parked in the driveway with the keys left in the ignition, and the woman exited her vehicle, got into the Challenger and drove away.

A Dodge Challenger Hellcat’s starting price is more than $60,000.


After a “be on the lookout” bulletin was issued by the sheriff’s office, a Waterford Township police officer located the stolen vehicle in a parking lot on Highland Road near North Oakland Drive. A witness pointed out the woman who had left it there, and police took her into custody.

She was later turned over to sheriff’s deputies and interviewed by detectives from the auto theft unit. Criminal charges are pending.

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Child ejected from car, killed in street-racing collision, police say

Three racing cars led to deadly collision

DALLAS — Three cars racing Friday night led to a deadly collision that claimed a child's life in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas. 

Police say drivers of a Ford Mustang, a Dodge Charger and a Dodge Challenger were racing at about 7:30 p.m. in the 10700 block of Lake June Road when they encountered a Chevy Impala making a left turn.


The Challenger T-boned the Impala, causing it to spin several times. 

Olivia Mendez, 9, was ejected from the Impala and later died from her injuries at the hospital. Another child that was in a car seat suffered critical injuries. The driver was taken to a hospital in good condition.

The driver of the Challenger was arrested after being taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The drivers of the Mustang and Charger fled the scene but were apprehended a short time later.

Miguel Rocha said he was cut off by the Challenger and started recording video right after. The cellphone video captured the collision. 

“He almost hit me and that made me want to record because if he hits me I have everything recorded,” Rocha said. “I never thought this was going to happen. I never thought anything like this was going to happen.”

“The first thing I saw was the little girl in the white dress fly out the back window,” he said. “Those are just some images that are real graphic.”

Kim Watson was driving home to Mesquite when she witnessed the wreck.

“Why were they racing like that? They took an innocent life,” she said. “I thought about this little baby all day, all night."

She said she was so disturbed by what she saw that she drove by the site later.

"That’s when I saw the balloons," Watson said. "I thought she didn’t make it.”

Miguel Morales lives two homes down from the crash site and said he's frustrated because street racing is common in the area.

The driver of the Challenger was arrested after being taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The drivers of the Mustang and Charger fled the scene but were apprehended a short time later.

“I can’t stand it that nobody has done nothing about it,” he said. "It would be a good thing to put some speed bumps so they can’t be racing right around here."

Deadly steet racing crash

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CONYERS, Georgia -- Authorities say a Georgia woman at a gas station doused a man in gasoline as he tried to steal her car.

WSB-TV reports the woman was pumping gas in her car Thursday outside Atlanta when the man approached the passenger door undetected.

The woman noticed the man once he was in the driver's seat of her Dodge Challenger. She pulled the gas nozzle and sprayed him with gasoline, which scared him off.

Rockdale County Deputy Lee Thomas said a Chrysler 300 dropped the man off at the gas station and picked him up soaked in gasoline.

Thomas believes the crew has done this before and he's sure they'll try it again.

Authorities aren't identifying the woman.

"It was like a movie. I didn't realize it was actually happening," an unidentified witness told WSB. "My son told me, 'Dad, I think he's trying to steal the car,' and I was looking, and I heard the car revving up. The next thing I know, he jumped out of the car and he started running."


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