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Helicopters Swarm Weho as Stolen Vehicle Located

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A stolen car was recovered this evening by the Weho Sheriff, but not before people all over the city and up in the Hollywood Hills were scratching their heads wondering what was going on with all the patrol cars and helicopters.

It didn’t go down as quickly or smoothly as it might have, but they got the car in the end.

West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies picked up a LoJack signal from their cars this evening, shortly after 6PM, and began searching for the stolen vehicle it was coming from. The car was a Mercedes 300 series without plates, which is fairly common in the area.

They thought they had located the vehicle around 6:20pm near Sunset Blvd, heading south on La Cienega.  Sheriff patrol cars swarmed the area and stopped traffic as they prepared for a felony traffic stop, with guns drawn.

Just as that was happening, the helicopter overhead intervened and said that they didn’t sense the LoJack signal coming off of that vehicle.  That car turned out to be clean, and what must have been a startled driver was free to go.

Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s helicopter, joined by an LAPD helicopter, were still hot on the signal, following it up into the Hollywood Hills.

Eventually they located the car at the end of Ridpath Road.

A few different people scurried away when the Sheriff’s helicopter first came upon the vehicle.  The chopper guided in West Hollywood Sheriff’s units to the location, up the winding roads of Laurel Canyon, to take care of things on the ground.

The location  where the car was found is outside of the City of West Hollywood, but somehow in the confusion, the LAPD helicopter and ground units departed thinking that the Weho Sheriff was going to handle it.

LAPD officers were re-dispatched to the area while Sheriff’s deputies initiated contact with the individuals and confirmed that they had found the vehicle.

20 minutes later, a different LAPD helicopter picked up the LoJack signal again and started trying to track it around Sunset Blvd and Kings Road, again locating a car that matched the description and following as it made its way down to La Cienega and southbound.

The signal grew fainter as they went, so they abandoned that car and returned back to the Sunset Strip to keep searching.  Right about that time they finally got the news that units up in the hills were already recovering the vehicle and detaining suspects.

And that brings us to the end of our “why the helicopters were in Weho” story for this evening.  Perhaps we’ll have another chapter later tonight.

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Stolen Hearse with Body Inside: Cop Chase Ends in Crash

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — A stolen hearse was involved in a police pursuit before it ended in a crash on the 110 Freeway in L.A. The driver has been taken into custody and law enforcement has confirmed the casket with the body is still on board.

Who ya gonna call? The Ghostbusters ain’t in L.A. yet, so instead the Sheriff’s Dept. is on the job, searching for a hearse, fully-loaded — if ya get our drift — that was stolen from a church.

Yeah, someone boarded the Hell Express and jacked a black Lincoln Navigator from outside a Greek Orthodox church in Pasadena … according to cops. The luxury ride was carrying a casket containing a deceased woman who was going to be delivered to a different location.

The theft strikes even L.A. cops as especially bizarre … or macabre.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tweeted a helpful hint to the suspect, saying … “Out of all the bad decisions you have made, at least make one good one & bring back the deceased person & casket inside the Navigator.”

If you’re in SoCal, the Navigator hearse has the California license plate 7ZDG618.

Look for flames too. If the Sheriff doesn’t catch ’em, we’re thinking Satan will.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Bev Hills License Plate Cameras Set Off Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

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BEVERLY HILLS — At 2am on July 27th, the Beverly Hills Police Department was alerted by an Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) that a stolen vehicle from Las Vegas was entering the City of Beverly Hills. A patrol officer quickly located the car and a high speed chase ensued – but the Las Vegas driver got away.

The stolen vehicle was found later – abandoned & unoccupied. A nearby security camera captured three suspects fleeing the car on foot. One of the suspects was observed by an officer running into an alley before jumping a wall and entering private property. A containment was quickly established and assistance from the Santa Monica PD, UCLA PD, and LAPD Air was brought in.

With the use of a drone and two K9’s, the suspect seen jumping the wall was located and arrested; the two other suspects were not located. The vehicle was recovered for evidence collection to identify the other suspects.

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Woman Carjacks Uber, Leads Police On Wild Pursuit Through LA

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Woman Carjacks Uber, Leads Police On Wild Pursuit Through LA

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — A woman was arrested after allegedly stealing an Uber vehicle and taking police on a wild pursuit early Saturday morning.

According to LASD, the woman they arrested carjacked an Uber in West Hollywood at approximately 1 a.m. before leading police on a pursuit.

The pursuit ended in downtown L.A. when the woman crashed into a vehicle before coming to a stop in a fast-food restaurant drive-thru.

Sheriffs took the woman into custody. No injuries were reported.

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