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Stolen SUV crashes into Artesia home

August 16, 2011 |  9:57 am

A boy was in custody Tuesday morning after crashing a stolen SUV into an Artesia home.

The incident occurred in the 11800 block of 183rd Street in Artesia just before 2:30 a.m., said officials from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Lakewood station.

The boy, whose name was not released, was arrested near the scene. Another person was in the vehicle but was not taken into custody, authorities said.

No injuries were reported, but the house, which is owned by 73-year-old Virgilina Martins, has been red-tagged and deemed not safe to enter.

Residents of the home told KTLA that the SUV tore through a fence and rock and concrete walls, even pushing the front door to the back of the house.

“It sounded like a house being exploded,” Joe Martins said. “We heard the initial impact but then it just kept coming.”


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Photo: A statue of the Virgin Mary is untouched while the front room of 73-year-old Virgilina Martins' Artesia home is partially destroyed by a stolen SUV that crashed through her front door Tuesday morning. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times