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Parts stolen from 2 vehicles left at SCV commuter parking lots

Posted: July 16, 2014 6:16 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2014 6:16 p.m.

In two separate incidents at commuter parking lots on opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley, a car and a truck were stripped of parts after owners left them on the lots.

In both theft reports logged by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, neither commuter lot was equipped with surveillance cameras.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, a white 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck left at the commuter lot on Newhall Avenue was stripped of close to $2,000 in parts, the deputy who responded to the theft wrote in his report.

“He was not parking for the purpose of carpooling,” the deputy wrote, “but rather used the parking lot as overflow parking to (nearby) apartments.

“When he returned to his vehicle, he found his vehicle stripped,” the deputy said.

Ripped from the parked truck was: a $250 tailgate; a cover valued at $600; $500 worth of molding; a front bumper that cost $500 and $100 in fog lamps.

The deputy noted in his report that there are no surveillance cameras set up in the parking lot.

“And, since the parking lot is designated to be used for people who leave their cars and carpool, there were no witnesses,” he said.

On the other side of town, at a commuter lot on Golden Valley Road at Highway 14, a motorist who parked at the location early in the morning had his car stripped of its catalytic converter.

Sometime between 5:35 a.m. and 7 a.m. on July 7, thieves snipped and stole the catalytic converter from a silver-colored 2002 Honda Accord, the deputy who responded to the theft wrote in his report.

The stolen car part is valued at $300.

“It appeared the suspect used a saw to cut the converter from the vehicle’s exhaust pipe,” the deputy wrote.

“I checked the park-and-ride and saw there were no security cameras at the location,” he noted.

Thieves often steal the smog-reducing devices for the precious metals they contain, such as platinum, according to deputies.

In the summer of 2011, deputies witnessed a rash of more than 15 catalytic converter stolen in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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