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Crime Watch: Sept. 17, 2011

Posted: September 16, 2011 10:49 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 10:49 p.m.

Sept. 10
Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. An LAX identification badge was among the items listed as stolen in a car burglary at College of the Canyons.

Between 9 a.m. and noon, someone broke into a locked car on campus by smashing the passenger window, sheriff’s deputies wrote in their report.

Thieves stole a $30 briefcase containing an LAX identification badge bearing the car owner’s name and photograph, deputies reported. No other damage was reportedly done to the vehicle.

Sept. 11
Via Princessa, Canyon Country. A man who allegedly walked into a gas station, grabbed a beer and drank it without paying was charged with being drunk in a public place.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, a female clerk at the gas station phoned the Sheriff’s Station about a man whom deputies found at the store when they arrived.

The man, according to deputies, took a beer, opened it, drank from it, then hid in the station’s bathroom. When confronted by the clerk, he said he had no cash but allegedly offered to pay for the beer with a unworkable credit card.

When deputies questioned him about drinking, the man reportedly told them he had just been released from jail earlier that day.

Sept. 12
Springbrook Avenue, Saugus. Burglars broke both a chain-linked fence and wrought iron security door valued at about $300 and $400 respectively.

Once inside the office of Our Town Pest Control, they damaged furniture and office equipment including scanners and fax machines.

“The point of entry was through the rolling property gate, which was found off is track lying on the driveway,” detectives wrote in their report.

“The damaged security door had been pried open. I also saw company records were thrown in a dumpster outside and down the driveway.”

Stillmore Street, Canyon Country. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating reports that thieves stole portable soccer nets and goal posts valued at about $2,160.

Some time between June and mid-July, someone reportedly stole the soccer equipment from Sierra Vista Junior High.

The person who reported the theft is a soccer coach who tried “exhaustively” to find a school official who may have taken the items and not returned them.

Deputies were reportedly told that the freshman and junior varsity soccer teams use the field at Sierra Vista Junior High for practice during the soccer season.

At the end of every season, the soccer nets and posts are locked to a fence, deputies noted in their report.

They wrote in their report: “After exhausting all possible leads on the goal posts whereabouts, the informant determined they had been stolen.”

Sept. 13
Seco Canyon Road, Saugus. Sometime between 2 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, vandals threw a cinder block through the window of a car parked on Seco Canyon Road.

The owner of a gray 2005 Toyota Matrix told sheriff’s deputies responding to the incident that the vandals caused $500 damage to the driver’s side window and $400 damage to its door.

Sept. 14
Eighth Street, Newhall. Sheriff’s deputies charged a 28-year-old Valencia woman with vandalism after she allegedly smashed the windshield of a car and ripped off its windshield wipers. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, a 33-year-old man phoned the Sheriff’s Station to report a woman throwing bricks at his car.

They reportedly found the car with its windshield smashed, wipers ripped off, “multiple dents” and a bent licence plate.
Deputies report having found a woman in the backyard of a nearby residence.

When they asked her why she damaged the car, she told them in “slurred” speech that the car owner was trying to extort money from her father.

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


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