Police arrest driver using stolen car to deliver McDonald’s, LBPD says

Long Beach police say they pulled over a man who’d been using a stolen car to ferry orders for a food-delivery company.

He was delivering a bag of McDonald’s in West Long Beach when officers stopped him on the afternoon of Oct. 12 on Santa Fe Avenue near 34th Street, according to the LBPD.

The car had been rented in Las Vegas and never returned, LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

Officers arrested the 48-year-old driver, who is from Long Beach. He’s since pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking a vehicle, according to court records. Police didn’t reveal what delivery service the man was working for.

Once the driver was arrested, police also took control of the bag of McDonald’s.

“After ensuring the suspect was taken into custody, officers identified the location where the food was going and delivered it to a grateful Long Beach resident,” Dandoy said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.