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According to the Oakland, CA police, carjackings in Raider Nation occur at the rate of about one per day. While we don't follow the news out of Oaktown on a regular basis, we're fairly certain most carjackings don't make the daily paper. So why then has the LA Times covered a carjacking in Oakland? Well, it seems that the victim was a state senator who police believe was targeted because of his car's flashy rims.
Don Perata (D - DUB City Oakland) was driving his Senate-owned 2006 Dodge Charger shod with 22-inch chrome wheels and a Candy Apple Red paint job when he was startled by a man knocking on his window... with a gun. The jacker instructed him to get out of the car, so out went the pol, in went the perp, and "poof" went the blinged Charger as it sped off with an accomplice giving chase in a 2000 Camaro (also stolen, wheel status unknown). Perata was shaken up but otherwise fine, recovering enough to go into eye-rollingly opportunistic politician mode, noting that the brandishing of a firearm by the carjacker served to only further solidify his pro gun control stance.

The best line in the article comes in a quote from a police officer who, after hearing the Charger's description, responded, "We're talking about the suspect's car or the senator's car?" Even at 62, Senator Perata appears to have been keeping it real, so to speak.

UPDATE:
The car's been found with the rims still on it.

Thanks for the tip, Dave!

[Source: Los Angeles Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Cars aren't jacked for wheels, or parts to be taken off. Cars are jacked so the thugs can drive around and 1) front as if they can afford such a car or 2) perpetrate a crime and be used as the getaway vehicle.

      When is the last time you read about a car on bricks with it's wheels gone? 1987?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ride around acting if they can afford such a car? What kind of carjackers doe you hang around with; or did you get that from a Lifetime or Oxygen show?

        You are right though. About 30% of cars are stolen to commit crimes. The other 70% are stolen for parts or for sale, usually out of state or country. Criminals don't steal flashy new cars to do crimes in, or act big time in (if they're smart anyway). I attracts too much attention. Older or run of the mill (cookie cutter) cars like the Camry or Accord are stolen for crimes and such because there are so many on the road. It takes longer to find one of those "Plain-Janes" than to find something like a Charger on 22's
          • 7 Years Ago
          I don't hang around them anymore, but I knew people growing up that did it. It was 'joy riding'. Why steal a car you can afford just to joy ride?

          They found this car, so the joy ride was over. Nothing was stolen, so either a crime was committed or they just drove around (fronting).
        • 7 Years Ago
        "When is the last time you read about a car on bricks with it's wheels gone? 1987?"

        if you were in orlando this morning, I could show you three of them in this apartment complex alone.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        Um, there is one parked in front of th OfficeMax a couple of blocks from my house. There was another car on blocks left on the side of the road at 8th street and Airport a few days ago. I see them all the time.

        But then again, I live in Stockton where the real gangsters grow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rick...I know of ten people alone who have had their cars put up on blocks within the last three years. Heck, one car was balanced on a telephone pole and the wheels were gone. People still do it....

        Oh and nothing was stolen? So if I go into a shoe store and take a $200 pair of shoes and bring them back, leave them and have someone bring them back or get arrested and have them sent back, they aren't stolen? Ok. This car was stolen...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wasn't there a story about a DB9 having it's wheels taken and found sitting up on bricks earlier this year?
        • 7 Years Ago
        All the effing time, foo.

        I've worked for several car dealers in the past year and while ONE car diappeared and went to a concert and got trashed, many more were found in the morning on blocks with the wheels missing. When the Ram came out with 20"s, OH MAN did we get some thefts. Shoot, once they even stole STEEL WHEELS off a old Intrepid that was locked behind a gate! The Ram (and others) were out on the open lot.
          • 7 Years Ago
          No way. Hahaha. Wow, that is pretty bad then. I guess because I'm older I don't see or hear about it as much.

          Also- you're from the mazda forums?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm everywhere.
        And nowhere.
        Excpet stuck at work on New Years Eve and there ain't a damn thing to do.
      • 7 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      CORRECTION:

      According to San Francisco Chronicle, the carjacker said to him: "Get out of the m- f- car."
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you are not the police and you walk up to my vehicle and tap on the window with a gun, you're going to get shot in the mouth.

      You won't even see it coming. And I won't think twice about killing someone to defend my life, property or family.

      Glad to hear the Senator is okay. Any idea what he was doing in Oakland?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, Kevin wouldn't get shot by the guy's accomplice... because Kevin's passenger also carries a gun so you see, he would have it covered (more or less).
        On a more serious note, thanks Kevin for reminding us how to solve this, it was almost illuminating.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wouldn't that just get you shot by his accomplice in the car behind you that you didn't realize was his accomplice?
        • 7 Years Ago
        He represents Oakland in the state Senate.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So you carry an illegally concealed/loaded firearm in your vehicle?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what was all the retoric a few months back about a certain kind of people liking rims over 20 inches? Even the man rides on duce dubs! Now that everyone knows, the preps and nay sayers can ride on large rims without fear of being down-classed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any day an elected Democrat gets robbed or carjacked is a good day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, even senators can be as tasteless as rappers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My mom got carjacked once at gunpoint and she was driving an white 89 Toyota Cressida! Fortunately, they didn't lock her in the trunk. The car got recovered the next day--it had been abandoned. I guess they were eventually caught and had robbed at least one convenience store. Scary.

      Oakland--I have no idea why anyone would live there unless they were living in the hills above it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HA!HA!HA! A multi-billion dollar budget shortfall and this is what the 'senate' spends its money on? They should start on ELIMINATING all perks for state employees but instead will cut consumer services- happens everytime people.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the price of those rims didn't come from taxpayers pockets, like the Charger itself did....
      • 7 Years Ago
      "the brandishing of a firearm by the carjacker served to only further solidify his pro gun control stance"

      Yeah, because I'm sure that the carjacker legally bought & registered his gun at a federally authorized dealer, right before filing his taxes legitimately and helping an old lady cross the street.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And if the carjacker had used a knife, the vehicle would have still been stolen. Would he then agitate to ban all sharp objects? This man has no clue.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you drive correctly, you can evade a gun being waved around too. The average thug can't hit a moving target at more than 15ft.
        Not that any CA politicians will listen, but states that issue carry permits (not to mention passed carjacking laws) have reduced violent crime, including car jackings.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh, a knife isn't much of a weapon against a rolled up car window. You could just floor it before the window was broken.

        Not that I'm advocating further gun control but you might want to stop accusing others of not having a clue...
        • 7 Years Ago
        My point exactly. I definitely see your point too, but the smart thing to do is not 'joy ride' in a car you've just stolen. That's just dumb; it's the reason why I thought "New Jersey Drive" was such a joke. They rode around in stolen cars and commenced to act out all the black stereotypes when the cops pulled them over. When they got out of jail they did the same thing. That's all the movie was about, it was a joke.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Perata has been an outspoken gun grabber for years.

        Perata has also had a carry permit for years, because like most gun grabbers (and politicians in general for that matter) the policies he espouses are for the little people.
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