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Police Searching For GTA Suspect Who Uses Dating Sites to Find Victims

HESPERIA, CA:(– Authorities are searching for a 25-year-old Adelanto man wanted in connection with grand theft auto.

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 at approximately 7:12 a.m., Deputies were dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle at America’s Best Value Inn located at 12033 Oakwood Avenue in Hesperia.

The suspect, later identified as Allan Soto was an acquaintance, but not well known to the victim.

Authorities say, Soto obtained the victim’s keys from his hotel room and fled in the victim’s car that also obtained the victim’s wallet and credit cards. The victim noticed later that day that fraudulent charges were made on his credit cards.

Allan Soto is known to frequent the areas of Adelanto and Victorville. Deputies warn citizens that Soto frequently uses dating sites as an avenue to meet his victims and then proceeds to steal their property.

Deputies have exhausted their investigative leads in locating Allan Soto and are asking for the public’s help. Soto has two Ramey Warrants pending in other cities for similar crimes.

Soto was last known to be driving the victim’s vehicle; 2011 black, Volkswagen Jetta, 4 door sedan with license plate 7LWS263.

In May of 2016 Soto was also arrested on suspicion of carjacking after meeting the victim using the popular gay app Grindr. Court records show Soto accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. Soto pleaded no contest and in exchange he was sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years probation, and eligible for a weekend/work release program.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Snyder of the Hesperia Station at 760-947-1500 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-956-5001 or remain anonymous by contacting WE TIP at 800-78 CRIME.

Victor Valley News Group

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