Security Camera Helps Nab Alleged Valet Car Thief

A 31-year-old Laguna Beach woman is arrested on suspicion of auto theft after quick detective work by police.

Dumb Crook Tip of the Day: If you're going to steal a car, first check for security cameras.

A 31-year-old Laguna Beach woman learned that lesson the hard way early Thursday after she allegedly swiped the keys to a 2008 Nissan Frontier from a Mozambique Restaurant valet station and drove off with the car.

Police arrived shortly after, at 11 p.m. Wednesday, and reviewed security footage. On the tape, they saw a woman exit the restaurant, grab the Nissan's keys from the valet stand and walk around the parking lot using the key fob to locate the vehicle, according to Laguna Beach police spokesman Jason Kravetz.

The theft was reported after the owner of the Nissan finished dinner and tried to retrieve his car.

After officers watched the security video, they entered the restaurant and discovered the woman had eaten dinner with two men. One of the men paid via credit card, so his name was run through a computer to get his contact information.

After going to the man’s home, police obtained the name of the female suspect and went to her place in Arch Beach Heights, Kravetz said. Learning she no longer lived there, officers tracked down an address for one of her acquaintances in South Laguna. 

Arriving in South Laguna, police found the stolen Nissan parked in a neighboring driveway on Mar Vista Drive, Kravetz said. At the acquaintance’s home, they found Allison Susan Goode, who allegedly had the stolen car keys in her purse.

By 1:05 a.m., just two hours after police began the investigation, Goode was in custody on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property, Kravetz said. Bail was set at $40,000.

gilbert October 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Dean, come on man! Your killing me bro. (cough, cough!)
LagunaVahine October 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Did she update her status to being locked up at the county jail?
Edith Canon October 18, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Shame on her. Thanks to security cameras, it isn't so hard to catch thieves nowadays. Surveillance-Spy-Cameras.com
fredrodriguez January 31, 2013 at 03:40 AM
This is great that there is quick action from the authorities to nab the valet car thief. It is also frustrating at times to have all these security systems in place, where there is no action to nab these crime offenders. Even a simple portable security system installed in your home or your vehicle could be very useful if you also act on information captured by it. I do believe that no matter how advanced the technology is, but if there is no follow up action, it is just useless.
Brady September 01, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Dean why don't u shut your mouth.. you don't know what your talking about the valet attendant was helping a elderly woman with her wheelchair at the time it only took about a min for the woman to break into the valet stand and stealing keys n a Iphone..jackass Dea... o yeahh cough cough


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