On 12/29/2015 officers were dispatched to the parking lot area of Petsmart at N. HWY 95 reference a trespass. Dispatch advised that security had asked 4 subjects (that appeared to be transients) to leave the area. The subjects left for a while, but returned.
The 22 year old transient, Najee Malik Goley, stated that he purchased the green Honda located on scene from a guy off Craigslist.com in Indio California. A records check on the vehicle returned Stolen from Riverside California.
Goley was found to have a Warrant out of Kingman Arizona, and was arrested at that time for the warrant (Ref: DR#15-9770).
Goley admitted to having paid $600 for the vehicle, despite the bill of sale located in the glovebox saying $350. He claims he was worried it was stolen and called Indio Police every day, with no return call.
A search of the truck revealed a gray plastic shopping bag that contained approximately 140 grams of a dried, green leafy substance that smelled strongly like marijuana. There was another white plastic shopping bag that contained another 20 grams of the same.
The bill of sale in the glove box read, “On 12-19-2015 I ___________________ sold a 1996 Honda Accord ____________________ to Najee Malik Goley for $350.00 in the city of Indo California.” The bill was seized as evidence.
The vehicle’s ignition column was intact and had the car’s keys in the ignition. The front doors appeared to be in working order with no signs of forced entry.
Goley was arrested for Theft of Means of Transportation, Possession of Marijuana, and the Warrant. Goley was transported to LHCPD where he was booked. The vehicle was towed from the scene.