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Posted: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:57 a.m.

July 24
8 a.m. Sundowner Way, Canyon Country. A 44-year-old man reported that someone broke into his garage through a locked side door. He said the thief stole his $150 GPS (global-positioning system) device from the glove box of his unlocked Saturn SUV.

Deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station noted in their report that they observed “pry marks on the door next to the (garage) door knob.”
July 25
12:10 a.m. Arch Street, Newhall. Deputies arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly peeping inside his neighbor’s bathroom window while she undressed. Shortly after midnight Sunday, into Monday morning, a young woman “went into her bathroom to take a shower,” deputies noted in their report.

“After disrobing, she reached up to close the bathroom window and saw (a man) looking through the window at her,” deputies reported.

The woman screamed, and the alleged suspect ran away. Sheriff’s deputies responded to her call, at which time she told them she recognized the suspect as one of her neighbors, “but has never talked to him and has never given him permission to be on her property.”

While deputies were talking to the woman, the suspect neighbor walked around the corner. The man was charged with prowling and peeping after the woman identified him on the spot. Deputies noted the suspect stood on a chair outside the woman’s window, about eight feet off the ground.

1:30 p.m. Vermont Drive, Newhall. For the second time this week, deputies responded to a report from a motorist that his GPS device had been stolen from his vehicle. Some time between 4:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Monday, someone opened the unlocked door of a Honda belonging to an unemployed, 25-year-old Newhall man and stole a GPS.

The thief also reportedly stole a flashlight from the back pocket of the front passenger’s seat. The vehicle was parked at the man’s home at the time of the theft.

8:30 a.m. Industry Drive, Castaic. Deputies drove to the home of a Castaic woman who said she received a threatening message on her cellphone. The woman told them she received a call on her cellphone from an unknown phone number. The unknown caller had “a very deep, slow voice.”

According to the victim, the caller — identifying her by her first name — said, “You will die.” The caller then reportedly said: “You have sinned on your own. I will come for you in your dreams.”

The victim told deputies she feels very threatened, has no enemies and has no idea who left her this threatening voicemail.
The woman notified her cellphone provider but was told they were unable to help her.

July 26
3:30 p.m. Erik Court, Canyon Country. A woman reported her wallet stolen from her home in the 30 minutes it took for her to go to the mailbox and return.

The 56-year-old unemployed woman told sheriff’s deputies she left her apartment to check her mail. The victim said that later, when she reached into her purse for her wallet, she realized it was missing.

Deputies are treating the incident as a burglary. The wallet contained $100, credit cards and a checkbook. Investigators noted in their report that they found evidence of forced entry.
July 27
5:30 p.m. Sierra Highway, Canyon County. A 48-year-old Canyon Country man called the Sheriff’s Station to report that someone stole his iPod, valued at $260, from his bedside while he slept.

The self-employed man told deputies he put the iPod on the bedside drawers and went to sleep at about 11:30 p.m. After speaking with the victim, deputies reported: “He awoke the next morning and noticed the iPod was missing.”

The victim told deputies he checked his apartment and was unable to find the device. Deputies noted in their report that other valuable items, including a laptop and bicycle, were not taken.

All information is compiled from reports at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gathered Thursday.


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