Victim of car theft tracks down stolen vehicle less than a quarter mile from where it was taken, police say

Long Beach police quickly stopped a stolen car full of people after the owner of the car tracked it down and confronted the suspects in Central Long Beach on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

The victim had reported his car stolen earlier in the day at Stanley Avenue and 11th Street, but found it a short time later less than a quarter-mile away, near Anaheim Street and Raymond Avenue, police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said. He confronted the suspects, two men and two women, and called police at about 1:25 p.m., she said.

The suspects then fled inside the stolen car as the victim followed in a separate vehicle, De Prez said.

“The suspects stopped the vehicle in the area of Raymond Ave. and 11th St. as responding officers arrived on scene,” De Prez said.

Officers arrested the driver of the car, but the three other suspects fled the area on foot and are still outstanding, according to De Prez.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.