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Three suspects arrested in rash of car break-ins at L.A. Fitness

January 26, 2012 | 10:38 am

Three people have been arrested for their alleged roles in a crime spree that started with car break-ins at an LA Fitness parking lot in Harbor City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Over the last month, purses and wallets were taken from nine vehicles. The owners' credit cards and personal information then were used to make thousands of dollars worth of purchases.

An investigation led police to Desiree Machuca, who was arrested Wednesday at her home in Carson, and Juan Lara and Shauna Becker, who were arrested in Wilmington, where about $5,000 in stolen property was recovered, authorities said.

The charges filed against the trio include identity theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and receiving stolen property.


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