Thieves who stole $250K Ford GT plead guilty

SAN DIEGO — Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the theft of a $250,000 Ford GT from a Rancho Santa Fe home and two Porsches from other residences last year.

Dismantled 2005 Ford GT

Detectives came across a dismantled 2005 Ford GT that had been reported stolen from a Rancho Sante Fe residence.

George William Moore, 48, and Gabriel Castano, 30, will each be sentenced to five years in state prison at a March 11 hearing.

The defendants pleaded guilty — on the day of their scheduled preliminary hearing — to burglary of an inhabited dwelling, owning or operating a chop shop and receiving stolen property.

Deputy District Attorney John Philpott said the 2005 Ford GT disappeared during a three-week period last June and July.

Philpott said chopped-up parts of the Ford GT, as well as one of the intact Porsches, were found in the back area of a business in North County. About 2 1/2 weeks later, almost all of the rest of the Ford GT was found at a storage facility about a block away from the other business.

Information was developed that led investigators to a second stolen Porsche, Philpott said.

Philpott said the theft of such a unique and expensive car as the Ford GT — only 4,038 were manufactured in 2005 and 2006 — is rare.

He said law enforcement continues to investigate the defendants’ possible involvement in other crimes that could lead to additional charges in the future.

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