Woman interrupts auto theft in Arcadia

ARCADIA — A woman interrupted a thief as he attempted to steal her father’s SUV late Wednesday, police said.
The incident was reported about 11 p.m. at Newman and Santa Anita avenues, Arcadia police Sgt. Tom Le Veque said in a written statement.
“A a male suspect was seen getting out of a suspicious vehicle and then looking into a parked SUV with a flashlight,” the sergeant said. “The suspect entered the passenger side of the SUV and slid across to the driver’s seat.”
The SUV owner’s daughter saw what was happening and began walking toward the SUV, police said.
“The suspect apparently saw the witness and immediately got out and fled back to the suspect vehicle which drove away to northbound Santa Anita Avenue,” Le Veque said.
Police described the would-be car thief as a Latino man in his late 30s, with dark hair and a goatee, wearing a red USC hat, a red sweat shirt, baggy blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
His vehicle was a white Nissan Titan pickup truck with a large “O” emblem on the rear window and last three license plate numbers of 457.
Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia police.

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