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Looters target cars by window

Glass smashed to steal valuables in Valencia and Canyon Country

Posted: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Local sheriff’s detectives are investigating a string of car thefts in which thieves looted at least three cars recently by smashing out the rear windows.

Last week, deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of two incidents in Valencia and one in Canyon Country in which vehicle windows were broken in order to gain access.

“My advice to motorists is, any valuables they have, they have got to keep them hidden, put them in the trunk,” Lt. Tom Bryski said Sunday when asked about the thefts.

“That’s what they’re doing,” he said, referring to car burglars. “They’re seeing loose change kept on the dash, or GPS units or laptops left on the seat.

“People just can’t be leaving those things visible.”

Thieves broke into two cars on Del Monte Drive in Valencia last week.

On Tuesday, thieves stole a $1,500 stereo system from a Ford pickup truck on Palomino Place in Canyon Country.

They also stole about $80 in currency and a $150 white cowboy hat, deputies reported.

Sometime between 9:40 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. the next morning, thieves stole a $1,000 laptop and its charger from a Nissan SUV, deputies reported in their log.

In each case, deputies said, they did not know how the rear windows were being shattered.

In the other Newhall incident, thieves broke into a brand-new Hyundai also parked on Del Monte, deputies said.

In that case, thieves ransacked the car and apparently found nothing because nothing was stolen, they said.



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