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Crime doesn't take a holiday in SCV

Christmastime theft and vandalism reported in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: December 29, 2012 1:05 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 1:05 p.m.

Season’s graffiti
A vehicle was vandalized in the area of La Glorita Circle in Newhall at 10 p.m. Christmas night.
The vehicle, a 2002 Isuzu truck, had the words “Rexes” and “Merry Christmas” spray-painted on its side in 2-foot-high green letters.
There were no witnesses to the incident, which took place in front of the owner’s residence.

Grinch strikes in Stevenson Ranch
Seven packages were reported stolen from the front porch of a residence on Chase Street in Stevenson Ranch on Wednesday, according to an informant.
The packages were all shipped through UPS Inc., which recorded it had delivered all of the packages on Dec. 20.
The packages included five from CP Toys and two that were shipped by the informant’s grandmother.
The packages contained toys, ornaments and homemade baked goods, according to the informant.
A search for suspects or witnesses to the crime yielded no results.

Deck the halls, dock the decorations
A Saugus resident called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station to report someone had stolen a wooden snowman Christmas decoration from his front lawn on Sunday.
The man said he did not know exactly when the decoration was taken, but that it would have been sometime between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.
While deputies were conducting a search for potential witnesses in the area, another man said a strand of Christmas lights had been stolen from his house around the same time.
There were no witnesses to either theft.

Cordial petty theft
An employee of the Papa John’s restaurant on Lyons Avenue in Newhall reported a petty theft at the location on Dec. 18.
According to the employee, she was working when a young man walked into the restaurant. The man paced in front of the cash register for several minutes, but made no attempt to order anything.
After a time, the employee observed the man take two $1 bills from the tip jar located near the cash register.
“I’m taking the money,” the man said.
The employee, who said she feared a robbery might take place if she refused, responded, “OK, take it.”
The suspect then said, “Thank you” and walked out of the restaurant.
The man is described as between 16 and 20 years old, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and of average weight.

Christmastime cat burglar
Sheriff’s officials responded to a report of a residential theft from an apartment on Oak Ridge Drive in Santa Clarita on Sunday evening.
Two roommates told police they had left their shared apartment for some dinner around 6 p.m., and when they returned they discovered several items were missing.
Some of the items stolen included a 50-55” television valued at $300, two MacBook Pro laptops valued at $1,900 each and an Xbox video game console valued at $300.
It appeared the burglar had entered through the glass door that leads to the rear balcony of the department, the roommates said.
Several residents of the apartments told police other such burglaries had occurred there recently.
While deputies were searching for potential witnesses a man said he had seen another resident of the apartment carrying a large duffle bag and wearing black paint under his eyes earlier on Sunday.
Police officers knocked on the suspect’s door and tried to convince him to talk to them, at which point the man began shouting obscenities and insults at the officers.
The man also attempted to leave the apartment through the back door until he saw there were additional officers blocking that route.
While officers were interviewing other potential victims or witnesses to the incidents, the man left his apartment and began shouting obscenities at officers again. He was then detained at gunpoint.
As officers detained the man he shouted, “I hope somebody is filming this!”
A search of the man’s apartment revealed some of the stolen items. He was then booked for burglary.

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




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