RATTF authorities patroling your neighborhood to see if you have been naughty or nice this year
18-year-old Christian Bejar was arrested for two violations under VC 10851 (a) 666.5 Vehicle theft with a prior conviction. Vehicle theft is quite often under looked by the courts as a serious threat to the victims. However the threat becomes much worse to law enforcement when they locate a stolen vehicle with the theft suspect still driving it. Authorities found Bejar had been driving a stolen 1998 Honda Civic on Nov 7, and a 1995 Honda Civic on Nov 12.
According to the California Highway Patrol, “Since 2003, the number of licensed drivers in California has increased 6.9 percent. Of the licensed drivers in California, 22.4 percent were under 30 years of age; however, drivers under 30 years of age comprised 32.9 percent of all drivers in fatal and injury collisions.” Of those, a high number of injuries are caused when a car theft suspect tries to run from police and injures themselves or others during the chase. Police chases that lead to the death of the suspect are often frowned on by the community. This has made for a greater need for the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF) to judiciously appeal to the car theft suspect before going on such a chase.
RATTF Detectives driving through the area of Lanai Avenue recognized a stolen vehicle, which Bejar was seated in. During the initial contact, Bejar ran from officers. He was later located and identified. Once detectives searched the vehicle they found a glass pipe used for smoking ‘Meth’. Bejar also had a crystal like substance in his pants pocket later identified as methamphetamine. Detectives also found a silver type key used to open the doors and ignitions of the stolen vehicles.
A second suspect was transported to Juvenile Hall, and Bejar was transported and booked into the Santa Clara Main Jail. Once Bejar was fingerprinted a hit came back for the previous 1998 Honda Civic theft stolen out of San Jose which linked him to both crimes.
RATTF Detectives asked Bejar where he had gotten the stolen vehicle, and Bejar just said, “They gave it to me”. When asked about the second suspect, Bejar said, “I just met him”. Bejar admitted to only knowing him by the name of “Frosty”. Bejar also admitted to having committed prior thefts to detectives. Records bear out this claim, as they show an arrest for vehicle theft and driving without a license on July 30, and another on May 31 of this year. In the May arrest, he was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools and possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. And he had an outstanding warrant at that time, related to his arrest on May 4th for vandalism, and again being under the influence and possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Any possible arrests prior to New Years Day 2014 would not show due to his then status as a minor.
The next court date has been scheduled for Feb 2, 2014 in Dept 34 at 9:00 AM in front of the Honorable Sheylyna V. Brown.