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Santa Clarita Valley Crime Watch

Costly dog access; stolen bicycles

Posted: August 12, 2013 3:05 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2013 3:05 p.m.

Aug 2
Petty Theft
Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch
Between 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and 10 a.m. Aug. 3, thieves stole a radar detector from a storage room at a business on Pico Canyon Road, a sheriff’s report said. There are no security cameras in the storage room, deputies reported. The radar detector was valued at $550.

Aug. 2
Burglary (structure)
Walnut Street, Newhall
A laundry room window left open for ventilation by tenants of an apartment building allowed a thief to cut a hole through the window’s screen and steal money from coin-operated washing machines, deputies wrote. A thief described as a 200-pound woman between 25 and 30 years old “gained entry into the location by rippling open the mesh screen (located on the laundry room door window), reaching in through the laundry room door window and opening the door” some time after 1:30 a.m. Aug. 2, deputies wrote. The woman was then seen by a surveillance camera trying “to insert what was believed to be a key into each of the laundry machines coin collectors. The suspect was attempting to steal the money that was collected through the coin slots of the laundry machines,” they wrote. Surveillance footage showed the woman walking outside the building to a carport with a man in dark clothing.

Aug. 4
Vandalism (vehicle)
Desert Rose Drive, Castaic
Between 10 a.m. Aug. 4 to 8 a.m. Aug. 5, thieves caused $700 damage when they broke the driver’s side window on a work vehicle described as a 2011 white Ford Fusion, deputies wrote in their log. The victim told deputies “that before the window shattered he saw a small hole, possibly the size of a BB or pellet, in the middle of the window.” While deputies were interviewing the victim, the victim’s neighbor “told us that the window on his 1994 Chevy pickup truck was also shattered,” deputies wrote.

Aug. 4
Ridge Route Road, Castaic
Between 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and 6 a.m. Aug. 5, thieves entered the Castaic Inn and stole $1,002 in “miscellaneous currency” from inside the lobby, deputies reported. An employee of the motel who works at the front desk told deputies there was $302 in miscellaneous cash in an unlocked drawer at the front desk and $700 in miscellaneous cash in a box in a back room of the motel. When the employee left the desk to show someone to a room, thieves stole the money. The clerk told deputies he had locked both doors to the office when he left the front desk.

Aug. 4
Burglary (vehicle)
Haxton Drive, Canyon Country
Between 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5 a.m. Aug. 5, thieves broken into a locked 2011 red Toyota Corolla and stole a GPS device valued at $249, a spare key to the vehicle and a wallet containing credit cards and a California driver’s license, deputies wrote in their log. “The victim noticed the front driver’s door had been opened and items had been stolen from inside the glove box and the center console,” deputies wrote. They found no signs of forced entry. When they interviewed neighbors, one woman told them thieves also broke into her locked car about the same time.

Aug. 4
Burglary (residence garage)
Turquesa Drive, Valencia
Thieves stole two bikes from an open garage but left the one they arrived on, deputies reported. Some time between 8 p.m. Aug. 4 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 5, unknown suspects entered a woman’s open garage and stole two bicycles that were hanging from hooks on the side wall inside the garage. “The suspects left their bicycle inside the garage near where the other bikes were stolen,” deputies wrote. Deputies seized the suspect’s bicycle as evidence and dusted it for fingerprints. The stolen bikes were valued at $2,900.

Aug. 4
Vandalism (graffiti)
Scherzinger Lane, Canyon Country
Between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4, vandals wrote graffiti on a wall of an apartment building in Canyon Country. The victim told deputies similar marks were written on the ground of the south driveway of the same location.

Aug. 7
Burglary (residential)
Claudette Street, Canyon Country
Between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. last Wednesday, thieves stole a 42-inch flat-screen television after they entered a home through a back door left open by the homeowner just enough to allow his dogs in and out, deputies wrote. The television was valued at $1,000. “The victim believes the suspects gained entry through an open sliding glass door on the west end of the (residence) which he left open one foot for his dogs while he was at work,” they reported. ”There were no other signs of forced entry and no other items appeared to be missing.”

All information is compiled from reports at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gathered Sunday. To report a crime, call 661-255-1121. To report a tip anonymously, call 800-222-8477.



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