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UPDATE: Two Charged with Theft from Paul Walker, Roger Rodas Porsche

Posted: December 9, 2013 2:49 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 4:24 p.m.

Firefighters spray water on the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light standard on Hercules Street in the Rye Canyon Industrial Park in Valencia on Nov. 30. Signal photo by Dan Watson

 

Two men have been charged with stealing wreckage of the car in which “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend, Valencia businessman Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash in the Santa Clarita Valley on Nov. 30.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say 18-year-old Jameson Witty of Tujunga and 25-year-old Anthony Janow were each charged Monday with felony grand theft of personal property and two misdemeanors.

The two could face up to four and a half years in jail if convicted.

Prosecutors allege the two followed the truck hauling the red 2005 Porsche Carerra GT in which Walker and Rodas died to a Valencia intersection. One of them stole a panel from the Porsche’s T-top roof while the truck was stopped at the signal at McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road, prosecutors allege.

Witty was arrested Thursday; several days earlier an Instagram user “jamesonwitty” posted two photos showing what appears to be a red car part on the image-sharing social media network.

Those pictures include a caption that reads, in part, “Piece of Paul Walker’s car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light.”

The same Instagram user account also includes a picture with the caption “Paying respects to Paul Walker, so sad to see a childhood idol pass like this.. Truly a breathtaking moment. ...”

Walker and Rodas died when the Porsche being driven by Rodas hit a light pole and tree and caught fire in the Rye Canyon Business Park.

Witty is free on bail and Janow is expected to surrender Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had obtained lawyers.

 

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