Two men accused of stealing the roof panel from a badly wrecked red Porsche GT in which actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.
Jameson Brooks Witty and Anthony Edward Janow each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, and two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Authorities arrested Witty on Dec. 5 at his home in Los Angeles and held on $20,000 bail. Janow, a friend of Witty, surrendered to Los Angeles authorities about one week later.
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Witnesses told investigators that a vehicle was following the tow truck transporting the wrecked Porsche. When the tow truck was at a stoplight, someone got out of the vehicle, grabbed a part from the wrecked Porsche and then drove away.
The tow truck driver reported the theft, authorities said.
Authorities identified Witty and Janow as suspects and later served a search warrant at a home in Canyon Country and found a red T-top roof panel from the Porsche, sheriff's officials said. What led investigators to the two men was not released by authorities.
Walker and Rodas were killed when a Porsche that Rodas was driving slammed into a light pole and tree and then caught fire. The crashed happened while Walker and Rodas had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Rodas' custom car shop in Valencia.