A crackdown on car crime came with a special message for nearly 90 vehicle owners who had their rides impounded in a single bust: “No need to keep calling.”
Lawlessness has manifested in various ways across the country with considerable influence from the soft-on-crime policies of leftist officials. Street takeovers, or sideshows, stood as a prime example that San Joaquin County Sheriff Patrick Withrow sought to permanently deter after a reported sting that resulted in over 150 detentions and 88 cars towed and impounded.
“The vehicles impounded during our sideshow operation on Friday, February 2, 2024 are being treated as instruments of a crime pursuant to Vehicle Code 22655.5 and other applicable rules of evidence,” a video of Withrow updating the situation was captioned.
“No need to keep calling,” he said in the short video that showed the nearly 90 vehicles parked behind a chain link fence outside the sheriff’s office in Stockton, California.
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As it was explained, all of the cars were being held “indefinitely until they are processed, and the District Attorney advises they are no longer needed for prosecution.”
Adding to the bad news for the alleged bad guys, the sheriff’s office outlined his intent to take as many of the vehicles off the road permanently as possible by “looking into the merits of seeking a destruction order for any vehicle deemed to be a public menace.”
“They’re becoming more and more violent,” he explained to KXTV, “and so we feel that this is the best way to contain it. We were able to find out…where it was going to occur and fairly quickly get people in place and then swoop in on all sides of that intersection there.”
“It was just an unreal scene from when I got there,” resident Michael Garcia had told the outlet. He went on to explain how he saw, “People were there sitting down, detained.”
An individual identified as a spectator by KXTV suggested the crackdown was overly harsh as he said, “I think it was a little excessive, to be honest. I don’t think it should be this much just for kids sliding in some cars.”
While he also suggested the drivers be given a legal place for the sideshows, the characterization of “kids sliding in some cars” hardly conveyed the inherent risk.
Withrow noted, “Between law enforcement on the street and our (District Attorney), we will be holding people accountable for this. We’ve already found guns, firearms, and stuff like that from some of the vehicles at the scene — and from our video evidence, we know that we’re going to find a lot more.”
The sheriff reminded, “If you don’t want to be held accountable, if you don’t want to lose your vehicle, if you don’t want to go through all the costs of defending yourself in court, then don’t attend these sideshows.”
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