- Police credit ‘Turko Files’ and tipsters for finding stolen memorial benches and the people who took them.
- Local News Station Learns Identity of Man Who Paid Crane Operator to Remove the Benches
EARLIER UPDATE: Channel 10 News just reported that the two benches were found in George Gonzalez’s junk yard in South Bay. Police acted on a tip, Sgt Paul Salas told the news.
Gonzalez told reporters that he was hired by someone to remove the benches, someone who was supposedly tired of people hanging out on the benches at night, drinking and smoking.
Police say whoever ordered the benches taken is looking at grand theft.
UPDATE: Mike Turko, of Turko Files on KUSI has contacted us with this message:
After my first report aired , a Turko Files fan called to tell me they recognized the crane photographed illegally removing the benches. Acting on that information, and tips from construction industry insiders, early this morning I located the benches at a South San Diego junkyard and alerted SD Police. Full details- including a confrontation with the man who owns the crane—will air tonight on the Turko Files at 6pm on KUSI News.
John Story just reported to us that both of the memorial benches – stolen on July 8th – have been found and both are in good shape.
John said SDPD Lt Kim McElroy called him to inform him of this development. Lt McElroy declined to say anything else, except that the police investigation is continuing.
This is certainly good news. We await further developments. We will inform our readers of any new information.
John Story is the son of George Story, whose memorial bench was stolen along with the Cappelluchi family’s bench for their son.