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Detectives ID suspect in phone theft

Man also allegedly stole vehicle, might not have been alone in crime

Posted: October 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Local investigators believe they have identified the thief who ripped a demonstration iPhone from its mooring inside a Verizon location Sunday morning, a spokesman for the local sheriff’s station said.

“They’re looking for one person in particular,” said Deputy Joshua Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station who talked to the investigating detectives Monday.

“It is an active investigation and we’re just trying to decide how to proceed from here,” Dubin said.

Shortly before noon Sunday, deputies received a report of a man having stolen an Apple iPhone 5 from the Verizon location on The Old Road south of McBean Parkway, a spokesman said.

He was described as a white man, between 25 to 30 years old, with face and neck tattoos, a tattoo on his right thigh, ear gauges and a split tongue. He was described about 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, last seen wearing a black hat, black sweater and red shoes.

More details emerged Monday about the daylight burglary that unfolded in front of store witnesses.

A review of the sheriff’s log written by deputies responding to the burglary shows that the thief may have had help and that he drove to the store in a stolen car.

According to the deputies who responded to the call Sunday and who interviewed a woman who works there, the thief dropped both the stolen phone and his car keys as he ran out of the store.

The thief picked up the phone but not the keys, she reportedly told deputies.

The store employee then picked up the keys and later handed them over to deputies.

The woman told deputies that “after the suspect fled, another white male, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot, about 150 pounds, wearing a red shirt, continued pacing in front of the Verizon store attempting to possibly locate the keys for the suspect.”
The deputy wrote in the sheriff’s log: “I retrieved the suspect keys/car alarm and conducted a check of the parking lot.

“I found that the keys belonged to a stolen vehicle.”

The deputy recovered the stolen vehicle — a 2007 gray Chrysler PT Cruiser. The car was reported stolen in Canyon Country.



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