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Gun club burglar gets 22 days in jail

Posted: June 25, 2014 6:17 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:17 p.m.
Surveillance photo of the gun club burglary on April 26.  Surveillance photo of the gun club burglary on April 26. 
Surveillance photo of the gun club burglary on April 26. 

A Canyon Country man who stole $1,800 in ammunition after kicking in the door of a gun club — then re-entered the building to take a bottle of water from a refrigerator — was sentenced to 22 days in county jail, a court spokesman said Wednesday.

Mario Salazar, 20, dubbed the “thirsty thief” following the crime, also received three years of formal probation after pleading no contest to second degree commercial burglary, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Salazar kicked in the door of the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall around 7 p.m. April 26. The club was closed at the time.

The burglar stole a rifle case and about $1,800 worth of ammunition from the gun club on Coltrane Avenue.

On the club’s surveillance camera footage, Salazar is seen leaving the club with the rifle case, then going back inside and emerging a second time with a bottle of water.

On May 7, detectives released a video surveillance image depicting the suspect and immediately began receiving tips, said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin.

Five days later, Salazar was arrested after deputies received a tip from someone identifying him from the video image.

Deputies recovered all the loot stolen from the gun club — except the bottle of water, Dubin said shortly after the arrest.

Salazar is scheduled to appear back in court July 15 for a restitution hearing.
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