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UPDATED: Saugus area hit by string of burglaries

Posted: September 28, 2012 10:30 a.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 9:32 p.m.

At least six different businesses were hit by break-ins in and around Saugus last night, according to sheriff’s officials.

Three of the businesses were located on Bouquet Canyon Road, and a fourth was also broken into on Copper Hill Drive. It is currently unclear if the same perpetrator or perpetrators committed the burglaries, according to Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“Immediately what stands out is (the break-ins) were all in the same general vicinity and all to businesses,” Dubin said.

One of the places hit in the string of incidents was Bouquet Cleaners. A few hundred dollars in change, a laptop and a few pairs of jeans were all stolen, according to owner Harry Bicakci.

“This is the first time in 17 years (of operation) that something like this has happened,” he said.

Across the street, the Nail Palace nail salon was also broken into. In both instances, the thief or thieves gained entrance by smashing the glass doors of the shops. Vicky Ta, an employee, said the salon has been there for 23 years and that it was the first time something like this has happened.

Ta said the burglars also took a laptop and about $300 in cash. Ta also said she was not aware of when the burglary might have occurred, but she thought it was after 12:45 a.m., as that is when a nearby liquor store closes.

Wendy Collins, a State Farm insurance agent in the area, said she had heard of at least two additional attempted break-ins in Sutter Point Plaza on Bouquet Canyon Road, but that it appears the thieves did not take anything, as those two businesses remove their cash drawers when they close.

One such attempted burglary occurred at the Kupcake Kitchen. Owner Lisa Jurado said the glass door to her store was also smashed, but that it appeared nothing inside was damaged. Jurado also said she does not leave money in the store overnight, so nothing was lost in the break-in.

“It’s time to catch these guys,” she said.  

In every instance, the glass front doors of the businesses were smashed in order to gain entrance. Collins also said the thieves seemed to avoid businesses that have alarm systems installed.        

The investigation is still ongoing, but the crime prevention unit and the community interaction team have been called in to assist.

“If this is a trend that is popping up, obviously that takes priority,” Dubin said.


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