Police Records Specialist Connie Vit
On April 4, 2015, at 11:00pm, Connie was on her break at the Vons Grocery store across the street from the station. While there, she observed two subjects using credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards. She noticed one of them was making the purchase while the other was walking back and forth between the cashier aisle and the gift card aisle. Connie also noticed the purchaser was using an out-of-state identification card. She recognized the situation as a possible crime in progress. Connie contacted an officer with her suspicions, and he was able to identify the suspects as they exited the store.
The suspects drove their vehicle out of the parking lot of Larwin Square at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to stop them for traffic violations, but the suspects did not stop and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle entered the northbound I-5 from Newport Avenue and continued on to the northbound SR-57. Anaheim PD's helicopter arrived on scene and took over calling the pursuit. However, it was quickly out of our jurisdiction and was handed over to the California Highway Patrol. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into two vehicles on the 405 in Marina Del Rey. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident by CHP.
The suspects had multiple gift cards and stolen/fraudulent credit cards in their possession. The suspect vehicle was a rental. The loss for Vons was $4,000.00. The suspects’ crime spree resulted in multiple thousands of dollars loss for various stores and banking institutions throughout Southern California. They were charged with burglary, grand theft, conspiracy, felony evasion with additional charges pending the conclusion of the investigation.
It is rare that our Police Records Specialists are in a position to observe a crime in progress. Connie rose to the occasion, used her training and experience to detect a crime in progress. Her diligence and outstanding observation skills have undoubtedly helped stop a high-dollar crime spree that would have continued unabated. Police Records Specialist Connie Vit has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month Award for April 2015. Congratulations Connie!