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Your love's worth 26 cars, at least
By The Associated Press
Published: 05/14/2007

LOS ANGELES, CA - Whenever Antonio Moreno wanted to see his girlfriend, police say, he'd jump in a car and drive right over.

However, there was a problem. The 26 cars Moreno jumped into all belonged to someone else, according to authorities who arrested the 31-year-old near his Inglewood home on Wednesday. They said he was behind the wheel of a 1987 Toyota Camry when they found him.

Since January, police said, Moreno had been stealing Toyota Camrys and Nissan Sentras by using a simple device that starts Japanese cars of a certain age. Acting on a tip, members of a regional auto-theft task force took him into custody.

Some cars were stolen in Inglewood and abandoned in Santa Barbara, police said, while others were taken from Santa Barbara.

He was "stealing vehicles as transportation to pursue their relationship," according to a statement from Lt. Paul McCaffrey, a Santa Barbara Police Department spokesman.

He didn't have a driver's license or car of his own, police said.

Moreno was jailed in Los Angeles for investigation of auto theft and was to be transferred to Santa Barbara to face charges, police said. It wasn't immediately clear whether Moreno had an attorney.

His girlfriend, who was not arrested, told authorities she had been trying to dump him.


  1. StephanieCasey on 09/05/2019:

    What do you mean? If I love you, then I have to get you 26 cars. I mean I know I work at free VIN check company, but it won't allow me to get you 26 cars, and that's the truth. It's as simple as this, and I hope you understand.

  2. keatonjefferson on 07/25/2019:

    What is the deal with love and car. I do not believe that a love of someone can be worth cars, I always will love car more. I want to assure you that I am no cynical but that is just how it is.

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