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Paul Walker crash: Man accused of swiping wreckage

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  • Los Angeles authorities arrest a man accused of stealing wreckage from the scene of the actor's death
  • A second suspect has also been identified in the theft
Paul Walker crash: Man accused of swiping wreckage

Los Angeles authorities said Friday that they have arrested a man accused of stealing a piece of the sports car Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery car crash last weekend.

Officials arrested 18-year-old Jameson Witty for allegedly taking a part of the Porsche Carrera GT that was being towed away the day of the crash.

"A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that was following the tow truck," the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Friday. "The male grabbed a piece of the wrecked Porsche off the tow truck bed." A red roof panel was later recovered after Witty's arrest from a residence in the Santa Clarita area, where the crash occurred.

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The sheriff's department said a second suspect has also been identified in the theft and will surrender himself. According to authorities, investigators have asked the district attorney to consider charges of felony grand theft and tampering with evidence against both suspects.

Walker, star of the "Fast and Furious" film franchise, was in the passenger's seat during the November 30 car crash that killed him and the driver, his friend Roger Rodas. According to an autopsy report released Wednesday, the coroner listed the cause of the actor's death as the "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries."

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