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Posted: August 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

July 23

Theft by trick or device

Croco Place, Canyon Country

Scam artists phoned a Canyon Country woman stating: “Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting woman offered the name of her nephew, the scam artists proceeded to tell her that “the nephew” was in Greece and needed bail money to get out of jail. Deputies wrote: “The victim was then instructed by a second suspect who identified himself as a USA Consulate employee who told her to wire the money via Western Union.

The victim contacted Western Union where a representative told her it was a scam and they would not transfer the money. When the victim told the suspect Western Union would not help her, the suspect told her to go to Money gram.

The victim ended up paying $2,936 including money transaction fees.

The woman has since learned her nephew was never in Greece or in jail. Deputies said the money was wired to Greece using a phone number registered out of Canada.

July 30

Vandalism, petty theft

The Old Road, Valencia

Sometime between July 30 and Thursday, thieves stole 200 gallons of used cooking oil from an unlocked dumpster at a recycled fuel business on The Old Road, deputies reported. Two victims are listed in the sheriff’s report detailing the incident - Game Day and Standard Bio Fuels, both on The Old Road.

The thieves “pried open the attached metal col lander type lid of the metal bin for used cooking oil and removed $600 work of used cooking oil,” deputies wrote. No suspects were seen and the man who reported the theft was “unable to review the video surveillance footage for the indicated time frame,” they noted.

July 31

Burglary (To Vehicle)

Town Center Drive, Valencia

A woman phoned sheriff’s deputies to report someone entered her car and stole a backpack, laptop computer, textbooks and more than $1,800 in checks made out to a Fresno high school cheer leading team. Sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, someone took a number of items from her car parked near Pottery Barn at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall. They stole textbooks including titles: Best Practices in Classroom Management, Politics in Governance and School Community Relations. Deputies reported that the victim told them that fund raising checks taken from her vehicle were in various denominations and each were made out to the high school cheer leading team in Fresno.

Aug. 1


Cedar Creek Street, Canyon Country

Vandals smashed a window the size of a microwave oven at Rio Vista Elementary School’s multipurpose room, deputies reported. The glass-breaking incident happened sometime between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Deputies responding to the incident said they found that “no entry” was made through the window. The school does not have video surveillance.

Aug. 1

Possession of a deadly weapon (dirk or dagger), taking vehicle without owners consent

Haskell Canyon Road at Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus

A 20-year-old man was reportedly named as a suspect for having taken a vehicle without the owner’s consent on Wednesday at about 5:20 p.m., deputies reported. Deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were shown the suspect’s photo and informed that he was wanted for theft.

After being briefed, one deputy said: “I observed the suspect standing in front of the Albertson’s store. I immediately recognized him from the wanted poster. The suspect looked in our direction and upon seeing us immediately went into a nearby SUBWAY fast food restaurant.”

They approached the man inside the Subway and a body search, the suspect told the deputy he “had a throwing knife in his back pocket.” Deputies recovered a 4-inch fixed bladed throwing knife concealed in a bandana.

Aug. 2


Walnut Street, Newhall

Thieves smashed the passenger side window of a car parked on Walnut on Thursday, sometime between 4:10 p.m. and 4:20 p.m., deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wrote in their report. The owner of the car told deputies that she “smashed out her front passenger window and stole her black hand bag containing personal paper work that was sitting on her front passenger seat.” Nothing else was reportedly taken. When deputies asked about the paperwork stolen, the woman said: “Me and my husband’s social security numbers.”


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