SAN FERNANDO (CBSLA.com) — A man surrendered Tuesday in connection with the theft of a roof panel from the destroyed Porsche Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker and his friend died in a fiery crash.
Anthony Edward Janow, 25, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court and was released after being booked, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Information Center website.
His co-defendant, 18-year-old Jameson Brooks Witty, surrendered on Dec. 5 to sheriff’s officials and was released the next day after posting $20,000 bail.
The two are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 3 on one felony count each of grand theft of personal property. They were also charged with two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer.
Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed Nov. 30 when the Porsche they were in struck a tree and exploded.
Prosecutors say Witty and Janow were among several cars following a tow truck, carrying the wreckage of the Porsche after the crash, when the convoy stopped at a red light in Valencia. Despite being told by a sheriff’s deputy they could not take any part of the car, prosecutors allege the pair jumped out of their car and took a roof panel from the two truck bed.
The stolen panel was recovered by detectives who served a search warrant at a home in Canyon Country.
If convicted as charged, the two each face a maximum of four years, six months in jail, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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