Mercedes suspected of California burglaries equipped with license plate flipper – WSOC TV
James Bond-conditioned Mercedes-Benz suspected in California burglaries The Mercedes-Benz was equipped with a push button to rotate its license plate and other elements, media reported. (DTM)
While James Bond may have had a license to kill, a California couple borrowing from the secret agent character’s arsenal of gadgets with a license plate didn’t thrill authorities.
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A tip from a resident about a car possibly linked to a burglary helped Irvine police discover a Mercedes-Benz fitted with a push button, rotating license plate and other features , reported KNBC-TV.
“The suspect vehicle was something out of the @007 movie,” the Irvine Police Department wrote in an Instagram post.
Yasmine Kambour, 37, and Chris Huynh, 44, both of Garden Grove, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary, vehicle theft, identity theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools, according to KTLA-TV.
“In 19 years, I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Irvine Police Sgt. Karie Davies told the TV station.
Officers also discovered an elaborate gas-siphoning device that transferred fuel directly into the vehicle’s gas tank, Irvine Police wrote on Instagram. The vehicle contained burglary tools, evidence of impersonation and stolen property. Officers also found remotes and key fobs that they believe allowed the suspects to enter residential buildings, KTLA reported.
Thanks to the tip, detectives were able to recover a previously stolen car in Irvine, according to the television network.
Davies said Kambour and Huynh were linked to six cases in Irvine and one in Newport Beach, KTLA reported. Police believe the suspects entered parking lots and broke into vehicles, stealing at least a Chevrolet Camaro in one case, KNBC reported.
“I have no doubt more people will come forward,” Davies told KTLA.
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