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Posted: October 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Sept. 24

Petty theft

Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia

A con woman reportedly tricked an employee at J.C. Penney, making off with close to $100, according to a report filed Sept. 24 by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

On Sept. 9, about 3:30 p.m., a man and a woman approached the cashier with merchandise totaling $4.35.

The suspect handed the store employee a 100 dollar bill for her purchase. The employee checked the bill to make sure it was not counterfeit before placing it in his drawer, deputies said. Then, the suspect asked for the 100 dollar bill back. She told the cashier she was going to pay with something else.

“The (employee) was distracted because the suspect was talking to him,” deputies said.

The woman then asked for her change. The cashier was so distracted by the suspect that he forgot he returned the 100 dollar bill to her, they said.

Deputies said the woman is suspected in having carried out the same scam three times.

Sept. 25

Petty theft

Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus

A man who used a handheld computer “tablet” to compare prices at Best Buy put the device down briefly only to have it taken, deputies reported in their log. The victim, they said, placed the tablet on a table near a computer display then “forgot he placed the tablet on the table and walked away.”

According to deputies, “the victim remembered the tablet approximately 15 minutes later.” He searched the area with a store employee but was met with “negative results.” The man filed a report with the Sheriff’s Station so that he could be permitted to review surveillance camera footage at Best Buy, they said.

Sept. 25

Burglary (vehicle)

Carl Boyer Drive, Canyon Country

An employee of the Internal Revenue Service contacted local sheriff’s deputies to report thieves broke into his car and stole two pairs of glasses, deputies reported.

Sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday, someone broke into the man’s locked car and stole a $350 pair of prescription glasses and a $320 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, they said.

No fingerprints were taken from the car since the victim had “touched all printable surfaces,” they said.

Sept. 26

Grand theft

Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia

About 7 p.m., a 22-year-old man working at a library desk at College of the Canyons stepped away from the desk to make a phone call and when he returned his $1,300 laptop was gone, deputies reported. “The victim asked the people that were sitting nearby if they saw or heard anything.

“Nobody saw anyone take the laptop because they were not paying attention,” they wrote in their report. The victim contacted campus security and asked if they had any video footage. “He was told there is a camera located outside the library doors, however for privacy reasons, they could not show him the video and advised him to file a police report.”

Sept. 30

Petty theft

Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country

On Sept. 20, about 6:30 p.m., a man paid for his dinner at a Saugus restaurant with a Wells Fargo gift card but forgot it at the restaurant, according to the report filed by deputies.

When the man returned to the restaurant the next day, he was told by employees that if the gift card has no name they throw it out. When the man checked with Wells Fargo, however, he was informed of a charge of $27.12 on his gift card for items purchased at T.J. Maxx in Canyon Country.


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



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