Thief Gave Cops His Number

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    A Hartford police officer under investigation for the beating of a suspect took his first steps toward retiring.

    A Southern California thief loading tires into a van made it easy for detectives to track him down: a video surveillance tape shows his name and cell phone number on the side of the van.

    Prosecutors say 32-year-old Jeffrey Lewis Yancey, who also uses the name Jeff Yance Lewis, has pleaded not guilty to burglary and property fraud.

    The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the Rancho Cucamonga man can be seen on video removing tires from Best for Less Tire Pros in Temecula on Jan. 17. The van was emblazoned with "Jeff Tires" and Yancey's cell phone number.

    Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald says investigators called the number and arranged a meeting with Yancey. The stole tires were found in his home and Yancey was arrested.