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Newhall Crime Report: Property crimes probed

Posted: March 27, 2013 4:29 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 4:29 p.m.

This week Newhall (Zone 6) saw five Part-1 crimes. Newhall had one grand theft, one school burglary, one reported stolen vehicle, and two vehicle burglaries.

During the night time hours on Thursday, 03/21/2013, a victim reported his 1996 Ford F-250 truck was stolen from the 23200 block of Lyons Avenue. This vehicle was a work truck taken from an enclosed yard (ref -03950).

A burglary was reported to have occurred at Hart High School on Monday, 03/18/13, between 4:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. A projector and a laptop had been stolen from a classroom. Another classroom had been ransacked. The investigation is on-going (ref -03741).

A vehicle burglary was reported during the late night hours on Tuesday, 03/19/13. This incident reportedly took place in the 20900 block of Via Estrella. The rear cargo door locking mechanism was damaged and a generator and pressure washer was stolen (ref – 03837).

On Wednesday, 03/20/2013, deputies responded to a call for service regarding gunshots heard in the area of the 24100 block of Matthew Place, Newhall. Deputies discovered three juveniles came to the wash area to set off plastic bottle destructive devices. The juveniles also decided to make Molotov cocktails. All three subjects were detained, transported to Santa Clarita Station, and later released to their parents on a written promise to appear in court for charges relating to possession of a destructive device. This investigation is being handled by LASD Arson and Explosives Detail (ref – 03862). See the attached photo of one of the devices found at the scene.

Although some believe these plastic bottle explosive devices are harmless pranks, under California Law these crimes are classified as Deploying a Destructive Device. The explosions are dangerous and can cause injury and property damage. In fact, every year in Los Angeles County deputies respond to dozens of incidents where teenagers have been seriously injured and even lost fingers while handling these dangerous devices. It is a felony to possess or deploys such a device and persons caught and convicted can face up to four years in state prison.

I hope everyone has a great week, and had the opportunity to catch our “tweet along” that occurred on Friday, March 22nd. Make sure to follow @SCVSheriff and @jdLASD at

Remember to report graffiti within the City of Santa Clarita please call (661)-25-CLEAN/ (661)-252-5326 or use the City's eService request system on the Report Graffiti tab.

Deputy Joshua Dubin
661-255-1121 EXT. 4411


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