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Suspect allegedly put stolen tires into van emblazoned with his name and number

February 14, 2011 | 11:16 am

A perfect crime this wasn’t.

Riverside County authorities say a man suspected of stealing tires may have done himself in by showing up at the scene of his alleged criminal caper in a van emblazoned with some unfortunate information: His name and number.

Jeff Yancey Lewis, 32, could be seen in surveillance footage taking recycled tires from a storage area at a Temecula tire store, authorities said.

A Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson said the suspect's cellphone number and “Jeff Tires” were painted on the side of the van seen in the video.

After the alleged Jan. 17 theft, detectives met with Lewis and asked to buy tires, authorities said, and he offered up tires that matched those taken in the theft.

Lewis has been arrested and charged.

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