San Luis Obispo police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who they believe has stolen several cars in the past few weeks.
Since the beginning of July, police have taken about 40 reports of stolen vehicles in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach, the police department said, which represents a “sharp increase” in the number of stolen vehicles normally reported.
The majority of the stolen cars have been Honda Civics and Accords dating from the late 1990s to the early 2000s, police said. They suspect Zachary Hamlin, a 37-year-old San Luis Obispo County resident, of having stolen some of the cars.
Hamlin has a warrant out for his arrest for violating his probation, which stemmed from an unrelated stolen vehicle conviction, police said. Authorities have not been able to find Hamlin, and CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hamlin, police said.
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