Alert witness reports suspicious vehicle, activity in neighborhood.
A black Mercedes SUV was the link that put four suspected
burglars in jail Tuesday after neighbors spotted the vehicle at a crime scene
and the city’s Community Interaction Team deputies found it on the street in
The vehicle was one described in a March 18 residential
burglary in the 20000 block of Dorothy Street,
Canyon Country, where a television, two computers, and a Wii game system were
stolen after a garage door was kicked open.
During a burglary Tuesday in the 19000 block of Delight
Street, Canyon Country, a neighbor called the Santa
Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station just after 2
p.m. and reported that earlier in the day she had watched a man
knock on her neighbor's door and then climb a fence into the backyard.
The same neighbor saw a black Mercedes SUV back into the driveway.
The suspects proceeded to load a television and other items from the house
into the car and fled the area.
Just before 4 p.m.
Tuesday, deputies spotted a vehicle and occupants matching descriptions
given by witnesses traveling on Newhall Avenue
near Valle Del Oro in Newhall. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and arrested
the suspects without incident.
Detectives from the SCV Sheriff Station's burglary and theft
team immediately responded to the area and recovered items from the car
that were directly connected to the Delight Street burglary. Daniel
Yacoub, 29, of Sherman Oaks, Thomas Nichols, 21, of Van Nuys and Dino
Venturella, 29, of Valencia
were taken into custody and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley station.
Yacoub and Nichols were on felony probation for burglary and
narcotics violations and are being held without bail. Venturella
is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending future court proceedings.
Deputies report that they recovered several items from
within the car including video game systems, metal vehicle
plates, numerous cellular phones, clothing, burglary tools, and
even a pillow case directly linked to the burglary that the suspects had
apparently stolen and used to carry the items. Detectives even
discovered a text message referencing the stolen television.
Detectives continued their investigation into the night,
serving a search warrant after 9:30 p.m.
at an apartment located at 23740 Via Canon, Newhall. Inside the apartment,
detectives recovered dozens of additional items believed to be stolen in
other Santa Clarita burglary incidents. The items included a
shotgun, a semi-automatic 22 caliber pistol, iPods, GPS units, cameras,
cell phones, video gaming systems, night vision goggles, computers, video
cameras, handcuffs, a guitar, MP3 players, and the television taken in the
Canyon Country burglary.
The detectives also recovered counterfeit US
currency, a scale, and methamphetamine. A fourth man was arrested as
a result of the search warrant service. Christopher Pawlik, 29, of
Newhall was booked at the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station on felony
charges of receiving stolen property and is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail
pending future court proceedings.
"This is yet another perfect example of the
community providing valuable information to the Santa Clarita
Valley Sheriff's Station that ultimately helps us solve multiple
crimes," said Captain Anthony La Berge. "We haven't seen the
end of this case just yet."
Sheriff's officials are still looking for a white 4-door
vehicle, possibly a Mercedes SUV, that has been spotted at several other
burglaries in the Hasley Hills area of Castaic and the Fair Oaks Ranch
area of Canyon Country over the past several weeks.
Detectives are attempting to identify at least two suspects
in connection with those cases. The suspects, who have been described
only as male and female black adults, have been seen in and around the
burglarized homes and driving the above described vehicle. Generally the
female waits in the car as the male knocks on doors in the area. After
knocking several times and believe that no one is home, the male adult kicks the
doors open and burglarizes the houses.
If you see this vehicle or suspects, immediately report this vehicle or
suspicious activity to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station by dialing 9-1-1 or (661) 255-1121. Anyone
with additional information regarding these suspects or the incidents of
residential or vehicle burglaries are asked to immediately contact
the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121 or report
tips anonymously as indicated below. The investigations are ongoing
and there is no further information available at this time.