ST. GEORGE- A whistleblowing officer, license plate check and call to the Los Angeles Police Department in California led to the recovery of a rental car reported as stolen and a felony arrest.
An officer in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on North Red Cliffs Drive in St. George shortly after 9:30 p.m. on July 19 performed a registration check on a California license plate that returned showing the car had been reported stolen from Southern California.
After the report was confirmed, officers contacted the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division and, according to the report, authorities said the car was listed as stolen in June.
The report also says officers also verified that the car was rented in April and was due back at the car rental company the following month.
Several weeks later, with the car still not returned, the rental company issued a return notification request and then contacted authorities to report the car as stolen in June.
The name on the rental agreement listed as Andre Cobbs, 45, a California resident, who was confirmed to be the driver of the Red Hills Parkway parking lot by his North Carolina-issued driver’s license which has was provided later. to the police.
In conversation with authorities, the suspect said he had extended the rental contract several times, but when asked he was unable to provide any evidence of the extensions, according to the report.
The officer also noted that the suspect came across an email with a formal notice on June 21 and then “quickly scrolled through it.”
While conducting an inventory of the vehicle prior to impoundment, officers found a paper copy of the notice of demand that had been recovered from the driver’s side door.
The suspect was arrested and transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility, charged with a second degree felony for receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, while the car was towed to an impound lot while arrangements could be made for his return in California.
This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.
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