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Westminster police look for men who stole SUV, injured woman

February 8, 2012 |  8:23 pm

Stolen SUV in Westminster
Westminster police Wednesday night were seeking four men who stole a sport utility vehicle and critically injured a female bystander after the vehicle smashed into a power pole.

The woman was injured by debris that apparently flew off the Lexus after it rammed into a pole on Bolsa Avenue near Beach Boulevard on Tuesday night, the Westminster Police Department said.

"It was a high rate of speed and there were no skid marks," Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze told The Times.

The woman was in stable condition Wednesday night with head injuries and a broken arm. She was waiting at a bus stop when she was injured.

The SUV was reported stolen Sunday from a nearby home in the 7800 block 10th Street. The men are suspected of spotting the vehicle during a "cat burglary" and returning to the home to steal it, Knauerhaze said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (714) 898-3315. Anonymous calls can be left at (800) 222-8477.

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-- Robert J. Lopez

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Photo: A Lexus sport utility vehicle that police said was stolen crashed into a utility pole.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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