Owner of car buried at Bay Area mansion had reported it stolen, collected $87,000 insurance payout.
Car owner’s name used to sell car in San Jose used to own it
Two days before the car was stolen, the California Highway Patrol received a call from the car’s owner, James T. Williams.
Williams told the officers that he did not know where the car had been parked for three to four months on a street corner on the 100 block of West Alamo Drive in Los Gatos.
Williams said that he gave the car to his girlfriend about five days before the stolen car was found outside of the Villa Serena home in San Jose that was occupied by a man who had been missing since October 28.
Williams said that he had the car checked at a dealership about four days before it was stolen. The dealership owner advised him that the car in Williams’ possession was reported stolen and had been recovered from an unknown location.
He then drove to the Villa Serena home to collect $87,000 from Williams’ girlfriend as proof the car had been stolen.
The girlfriend was in another part of the house, about half a mile away from the car.
Officers then found the car parked near the Villa Serena home and the couple then realized the car had been stolen.
After officers arrested Williams, the owner of the car told officers that he had used the car to go to a friend’s house for a party several months before the car was reported stolen.
He said he did not know the friend’s name but learned his name from the police report.
The car was found by the police after he reported it stolen.
Two days after the car was stolen, the California Highway Patrol received a call from the car’s owner who told officers they had reported the car stolen.
The owner was interviewed by police and made a phone call from jail.
The owner said the car had been seized from a garage on the 100 block of West Alamo Drive and placed in a parking garage before being taken to a garage on the 200 block of West Alamo Drive.
The owner said he did not know where the car was parked or how it came to be found at the Villa Serena home.
The call was part of Williams’ efforts to get him