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Duo suspected of stealing piece of wreckage from fatal crash plead not guilty

Posted: January 3, 2014 1:00 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Two men pleaded not guilty Friday of stealing wreckage off the Porsche in which Valencia businessman Roger Rodas and “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker were killed Nov. 30 in a fiery single-car crash.

The two suspects in the theft, identified as 18-year-old Jameson Witty of Tujunga and 25-year-old Anthony Janow, stand accused of stealing a piece of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT from the back of a tow truck as it hauled the wreckage away from the crash site on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

The theft allegedly occurred when the tow truck stopped at a red light at the intersection of McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road. According to officials, a male suspect exited a car that had been following the tow truck and removed a red T-top roof panel from the back of the truck.

Witty and Janow were arrested several days apart in early December.

Several days before Witty was arrested, a user on the social media photo-sharing site Instagram posted two photos showing what appears to be a red car part.

Those pictures, posted under the user name “jamesonwitty,” include a caption that reads in part: “Piece of Paul walkers (sic) car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light.”

The two are charged with felony grand theft of personal property, a misdemeanor count of destroying evidence and a misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Witty and Janow are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 25 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
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