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Teen facing theft charges after Walker crash

It was a piece of celebrity memorabilia that was taken a little too soon. California officers say they have arrested a young man in connection with the theft of materials from the vehicle in which Paul Walker died just weeks ago. The 18-year-old is facing a theft charge in connection with allegations that he stole wreckage from the Porsche in which the "Fast & Furious" star was riding when he perished in a fiery accident. Authorities say they think the theft occurred as the vehicle was being towed away from the scene of the accident.

The teen may not have worked alone; authorities say a second defendant plans to turn himself in, even though he is no longer in the state of California. Witnesses to the incident said they saw someone get out of a vehicle behind the tow truck as it was stopped at a red light. That person snatched a part of the Porsche Carrera GT before the tow truck was able to drive away. Officers say they believe a T-top roof panel may have been among the parts taken during the alleged theft.

Walker, famous for his love of fast cars and appearances in the "Fast & Furious" franchise films, died when the Porsche in which he was riding struck several objects and then burst into flames. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of that crash.

The defendants in this case may have wanted a piece of celebrity history, but they are now facing serious charges. No matter the allegations they face, though, they deserve a fair criminal trial and should not be vilified because of their mistakes. Criminal defense attorneys can help such defendants learn more about their legal rights, allowing them to maximize the outcome of their criminal cases, regardless of the nature of the alleged crimes.

Source:, "Teen arrested in theft of part from Walker crash" No author given, Dec. 06, 2013

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