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Thief Filching iPods from Teens

Man suspected of stealing music devices in Canyon Country.

Posted: March 4, 2008 6:19 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2008 5:01 a.m.

A few teenagers who visited fast-food restaurants on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country last weekend were apparently singled out for their iPods.

After The Signal reported that an unarmed male suspect stole an iPod from a teenage girl at a Burger King near Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue around 3 p.m., another teenager reported Monday that his Dune MP3 player and his friend's iPod were stolen around the same time near a Carl's Jr. down the street.

According to Garrett Oakley, he was skateboarding with his friend alongside Soledad Canyon Road at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday. Both were on their way to visit Carl's Jr., located east of Burger King, when a man pulled onto a driveway in front of them and asked them for directions before asking them to hand him their electronic accessories.

"This guy pulled up on the driveway in front of us and asked my friend for directions," Oakley said. "Afterwards he whispered to my friend to hand over his headphones and iPod. He just quietly asked for it."
After his friend handed the suspect the iPod and headset, Oakley stated that the culprit then asked for his Dune MP3 player, a music-playing device similar to an iPod. Oakley said he initially protested and refused to hand it over, though the suspect apparently became agitated and raised his voice, demanding the MP3 player and attached headphone. Oakley complied with the suspect.

"He asked me for my headset, and I refused at first," he said. "Then he raised his voice and asked for it again. I just gave it to him."

The 13-year-old Canyon Country resident described the suspect as a male Hispanic in his early to mid-30s and approximately 5 feet 8 inches in height. Oakley also noticed an "L.A." tattoo on his neck, resembling the Los Angeles Dodgers' baseball logo. He also noticed a tattoo of three squares on the perpetrator's neck.

The suspect was wearing a white T-shirt, beige Dickies-brand shorts, white socks raised above his calves, Vans-brand shoes and a black and blue cap. He was also seen driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, which Oakley said was gray.

The physical and vehicular descriptions offered by Oakley were similar to those of the suspect released by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in the iPod robbery that occurred around the same time at the Burger King. In the theft at Burger King, deputies reported the iPod had an image of Tweety Bird on it.
According to Oakley and his mother, they planned to pursue the matter with law enforcement.

No arrests were reported by sheriff's investigators Monday.


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