Vehicle theft suspects arrested after lengthy investigation

Booking photos of car theft suspects courtesy of Seal Beach Police Department.

Three suspects were arrested by the Seal Beach Police Department after a lengthy investigation. The suspects stole a vehicle from the Leisure World community and committed several other thefts throughout Orange County.

On January 2, 2020, the Seal Beach Police Department responded to a call of a stolen vehicle inside the Leisure World community. The stolen vehicle was a commercial truck which contained personal property. The responding officer also remembered investigating a stolen license plate which occurred in the same area just days before. Believing these two crimes may have been related, the investigating officer notified Seal Beach Police detectives.

Later that same afternoon, Seal Beach investigators discovered that the Orange Police Department was attempting to locate a stolen vehicle which was emitting a LoJack stolen vehicle system alert. Seal Beach investigators responded to assist the Orange Police Department and confirmed that this was the same vehicle stolen from Leisure World. The stolen truck was recovered and returned to the owner.

As a result of this information detectives identified several involved suspects. Follow-up investigation was conducted which included serving search warrants, reviewing video surveillance, and conducting physical surveillance on the potential suspects. Several suspects were identified and discovered to be in possession of other stolen property linked to crimes throughout Orange County.

Because of the large scale of this investigation, the Seal Beach Police Department partnered with the Orange County Auto Theft Taskforce (OCATT), a multijurisdictional law enforcement program which investigates vehicle theft and fraud cases. This allowed Seal Beach detectives to link the suspects with other crimes and work with investigators from outside jurisdictions.

On January 31, 2020, after several weeks of surveillance, search warrants, and cooperative efforts with other police agencies, the Seal Beach Police Department with the assistance of OCATT arrested three suspects for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft. At the time of their arrest they were in possession of a different, fraudulently obtained vehicle. The suspects were identified as Lindsey Gamel, age 28 of Corona, Jeffrey Diaz, age 39 of Fullerton, and Shelby Salgado, age 41 of Whittier. The suspects were processed at the Seal Beach Detention Center and later transported to the Orange County Jail for booking.

The investigation is currently ongoing. The Seal Beach Police Department is seeking additional information that may assist in linking these and other related suspects with other crimes. If you have additional information, please contact Detective Jon Ainley at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1113.

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.


  1. Why were no charges filed and all three released? Only in Orange County.

    1. Probably cause they were innocent. They have to have evidence that they were the ones who actually did the crime.

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