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Deputies discover another break-in at Fair Oaks

Despite increased patrols, burglary attempts continue in Canyon Country neighborhood

Posted: March 27, 2009 1:44 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies discovered another break-in and possible burglary in Fair Oaks Ranch Thursday afternoon while patrolling the neighborhood.

Deputies increased their presence in the neighborhood recently after a string of similar crimes was reported.

A vehicle was found by deputies outside a home on Poplar Point Lane matching a similar description of those seen in recent burglaries in Canyon Country and Castaic, according to Sgt. Steve Casaus.

"Deputies spotted the door (of the home) kicked in and the vehicle with no license plates," said Sgt. John Bomben. "We requested assistance and surrounded the house and cleared the house."

Bomben said it appeared there had been a break-in and possible burglary earlier, but a suspect was not found, he said.

The front door was kicked in and the door frame was splintered, which was consistent with the activity deputies have seen in the area, Bomben said.

Bomben said deputies contacted the owners, who confirmed they had not left the door open but added the homeowners were in the process of moving, which made it difficult to tell what, if anything, was missing. A vehicle parked outside the house was not vandalized.

John Taylor, who lives on Wren Drive in the Canyon County neighborhood, believes burglars could be targeting the area for a couple of reasons.

"Easy freeway access possibly," he said. "And people drive by and they see these homes range from 2,700 to 3,400 square feet so they assume these are people with nice things. So, I assume this is contributing fairly heavily."

Although Taylor said it is normally a quiet area, police have really stepped up reinforcements because of the recent burglary activity.

"We're seeing them a lot," he said. "But we're also not seeing a decrease in a number of break-ins yet."

On March 12, a couple in a white Mercedes Benz SUV hit three Fair Oaks Ranch homes between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Deputies suspected the couple of a "hot prowl" break-in on Cherry Laurel Place, where the resident was home during the crime, Harris said.

The suspects are also thought to be responsible for two other burglarized homes on Wren Drive in Fair Oaks Ranch the same night by breaking down the front door, Harris said.

The two suspects from the March 12 break-ins in Fair Oaks Ranch are described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds; and a black female, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds.

On Tuesday, the suspect pounded on the front door of a home on Brown Oaks Way. When no one answered, the suspect kicked in the door and barged into the home, Harris said.

A teenager described the intruder as a black male, about 25 years old, standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds.

The boy described a second suspect who was sitting in the car during the break-in as a male wearing a black and white shirt and blue jeans.


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