LANCASTER – Four thieves carjacked a Volkswagen Beetle at gunpoint in Lancaster Monday night and then abandoned the vehicle less than a mile away, authorities said.
Two of the suspects used handguns – a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol – to take the vehicle from its owner on a driveway in the 800 block of East Oldfield Street around 10:45 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Derrick Aldred said.
Two of the suspects drove off in the vehicle, and the other two left the scene on bicycles, Aldred said.
The owner of the vehicle was not injured during the incident, and the yellow, 1999 Beetle was found abandoned and undamaged within 30 minutes, Aldred said.
The victim reported that three of the suspects appeared to be teenagers, including one suspect who appeared to be about 13 years old, according to a Lancaster Sheriff’s Station crime broadcast. However, this information could not be confirmed Tuesday morning with sheriff’s officials, who could not provide a complete description of the suspects.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives at 661-948-8466.
[Additional reporting by LUIS MEZA.]