Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a string of battery thefts in Southern California, the Glendale Police Department announced Saturday.
The suspects were identified as Elvie Porter, 30, of Hawthorne and Kimberly Hernandez, 22, of Los Angeles, said the Glendale Police Department’s Tahnee Lightfoot.
Porter — who has several recent arrests for alleged theft of batteries — and Hernandez are both on probation for theft, said Lightfoot, adding the pair were also connected to three battery thefts that occurred just hours before their arrest in Glendale.
About 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, an officer made contact with Porter and Hernandez, who were loitering around some vehicles in the Park and Ride at Wilson and Harvey Drive, she said.
The officer reported seeing Porter carrying a tool in his hand and then located the pair’s beige 2004 Ford Taurus. He allegedly noticed gloves and pliers on the floorboard of the car. A driver’s license check revealed that both Porter and Hernandez had suspended driver’s licenses. Porter also had a misdemeanor warrant. Police also found 10 stolen batteries inside the Ford, they said.
And Glendale police later obtained video footage of the pair driving a red, four-door Kia sedan with no plates, in connection with the thefts as well as other multiple battery thefts cases caught on surveillance cameras throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, Lightfoot said.
Their method of operation included Porter opening the hood of the victim’s vehicle, removing the battery, while Hernandez would allegedly stand nearby as a lookout, she said. They used several different vehicles during the commission of their crimes.
They mainly targeted vehicles with hoods that could be manipulated from outside or underneath the vehicle.
Glendale police asked anyone with information regarding the thefts to call them at (818) 548-4911.
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