Local charged: grand theft auto, attempted arson
James Cogley arrested for breaking into a SoCal Gas storage facility
A Paso Robles man was arrested for multiple crimes at a Southern California Gas storage facility in Los Angeles.
On Monday, Feb. 17, at about 12:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a gas leak at the Southern California Gas facility on Gulana Avenue in Playa Del Rey. After the gas leak was contained the Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division conducted an investigation.
It was determined that an unknown suspect entered the location, damaged property and stole a vehicle belonging to the Southern California Gas Company. The suspect collided the vehicle into equipment causing the gas leak.
During the investigation, detectives followed up on a lead and located James Viramontez Cogley, 22, of Paso Robles at a nearby hospital. He was being treated for injuries consistent with being involved in multiple traffic collisions, linked with evidence left at the numerous crime scenes.
On Tuesday afternoon Cogley was arrested for grand theft auto and felony vandalism. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office later added charges of attempted arson. Cogley’s bail amount was set at $100,000.