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article imageSuspect uses rap sheet as I.D. to claim prize in police sting

By Sandy Sand     Nov 30, 2009 in Crime
One of the eight people arrested on outstanding warrants during a sting operation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff used his booking sheet as identification, a deputy sheriff said.
Chris Calderon, 22, of La Mirada presented his booking sheet on a DUI charge to undercover deputies prior to his arrest for having an outstanding warrant that was related to the booking sheet on charges of driving under the influence, police said.
Of the people who showed up at the sting operation, several were free to leave, because their warrants had been cleared and eight were arrested, police said.
This was the first such sting operation conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station, said Lt. Pat Valdez, who organized the operation.
The object was to bring wanted people to deputies rather than police searching them out, Valdez said.
"We're just trying to think outside the box," Valdez said.
The sheriff’s department sent out 960 letters promoting a contest at a local hotel to win prizes including a new car to entice the suspects.
The eight arrestees were wanted on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, police said, with the largest being a $100,000 warrant for a man on an obstruction of justice charge.
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