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SCV Crime Watch: Stymied hotwiring and successful burglary

Posted: July 15, 2013 4:11 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2013 4:11 p.m.

Attempt vehicle theft (cargo van)
Between 5 p.m. July 9 and 6 a.m. July 11, attempted car thieves tried to hotwire a white 2009 Chevy cargo van owned by the Rocky Mountain Rec Company, deputies reported. The owner of the business spotted the would-be thieves when he showed up for work at 6 a.m., deputies said. The van was parked in the parking lot when the “plastic covering on the steering column and the ignition had been damaged.” Deputies noted this was “a common technique criminals use to steal vehicles known as punching the ignition.” Damage was listed at $1,700.

Burglary (residential)
Grand theft (auto)
Ness Drive, Canyon Country
Between 5 p.m. July 10 and 8:30 p.m. the next day, a car thief stole a woman’s 2004 gray Honda Accord from in front of her home on Ness Drive in Canyon Country, according to a report filed by deputies. The report said the thieves also stole the Social Security cards of the woman’s children. The victim told investigators her sister parked the car near her apartment and placed the car keys on a chair just inside the apartment’s garage door on July 9. The car was still there the next morning but gone by 8:30 p.m., deputies notice.

Grand Theft
Laroda Lane, Saugus
More than $5,000 worth of jewelry and camera equipment was reported stolen from inside a Saugus home, deputies reported. Some time between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., thieves stole two rings “in a cardboard box which was in the garage buried under other boxes,” along with two cameras. The rings were valued at $2,200 and $700, the cameras at $500 and $1,800. The homeowner told investigators “she believes it may have been one of her two sons’ friends but did not want to name them.” Deputies found no sign of forced entry.

Burglary (commercial)
Avenue Hall, Valencia
Thieves smashed the glass front door of a clothing business and stole three computers valued at $2,000 each between 4 a.m. and 5:10 a.m. Deputies who responded to a burglary alarm wrote in their report that they found “shattered glass primarily on the ground outside of the entry way and some shattered glass on the ground inside the entry way of the location.” Two offices “appeared to be ransacked,” they wrote, adding: “There were items thrown on the desk and floor areas. The warehouse area had clothing items on the floor. There was a television on the ground against a shelf that appeared to have been removed from the wall mount.”



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