With crime numbers released for the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas, Sheriff’s Station deputies have identified trends and caution residents to avoid being victimized by crimes of opportunity.
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The Sheriff’s Station also released figures showing that local drug overdose deaths have decreased from 16 in 2012 to only four so far in 2013.
Crimes this week included several arrests and court cases.
Enrique Ramirez, 23, of Los Angeles, and Alejandro Garcia, 36, were arrested Tuesday when a deputy pulled them over on I-5 for a vehicle code violation. Ramirez did not have his driver’s license and both men were arrested for a loaded, unregistered handgun in the car.
Timothy Woodhead, 26, of Saugus, was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly assaulting his father Tuesday night. He was arrested by deputies after they located him Wednesday morning and established a containment.
Deputies are investigating the death of a 72-year-old man, after he was struck and killed by a minivan at Wiley Canyon Road and Orchard Village Road on Wednesday night.
Jake Heffernan, 19, of Valencia, was arrested on residential burglary charges Wednesday night, less than two months after he was arrested for spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti in his North Park community.
Dino Guglielmelli, 52, of Canyon Country, pleaded not guilty to the charges that he hired a hitman to kill his wife, at a preliminary arraignment on Tuesday. He will remain in jail at least until his preliminary hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The case against 11 defendants in a drug smuggling ring at Pitchess Detention Center is in the preliminary stages. The drug smuggling ring involved the family and friends of the inmates and resulted in as many as 32 alleged “overt acts.”
Here are the crime reports that have been released so far by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies:
Canyon Country west
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
(1) Rape, (1) Aggravated Assault, (1) Residential Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (3) Theft From Unlocked Vehicle, (2) Shoplift, (4) Petty Thefts and (2) GTA’s
A residential burglary occurred near the 19000 block of Newhouse Street. A male suspect entered the victim’s open garage and took a bicycle. The suspect placed the bicycle in the trunk of his vehicle and drove away.
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 18600 block of Mandan Street. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s locked vehicle and took personal items. There were no signs of forced entry.
Two thefts from unlocked vehicles occurred at 20401 Soledad Canyon Road. An unknown suspect entered the victim’s vehicles and took electronics and personal items. Both vehicles were parked in the victim’s carport adjacent to his residence.
Two petty thefts occurred near the intersection of Rainbow Glen Drive and Flo Lane. An unknown suspect cut the catalytic converters from underneath the victims’ vehicles.
A petty theft occurred near the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. Loss Prevention personnel detained a male suspect when he walked out of the location, failing to pay for a cart full of groceries. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies.
A petty theft occurred near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Via Princessa. The suspect approached the victim and asked to use her cellphone. When the victim handed the suspect her cellphone, the suspect took it and ran away.
A trailer was taken near the 14 Freeway and Golden Valley Road.
A 1936 Ford Roadster pickup truck was taken from a parking lot located near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Via Princessa.
There were three Part 1 Crimes in Zone 2. One robbery was reported from the bus stop off of Lake Hughes Road and Castaic Road. The suspect asked the victim for $1. Once the victim took out his wallet the suspect pulled a knife and demanded all his money. One commercial burglary was reported from the Pilot Truck Stop. A box trailer was broken into and several landscaping tools were taken. There was one reported theft from an unlocked vehicle parked in the visitor parking lot at Pitchess Detention Center. Personal items were taken during this incident.
Please remember to close your garage doors, and never leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle. Minimize your risk and avoid being the victim of a crime of opportunity. If you see any suspicious activity, call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121 or 911 in an emergency.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
Between Monday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4 a.m., a vehicle was burglarized in the 21200 block of Ficus Drive. A window was smashed and electronics were taken.
Between Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 9:30 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 21200 block of Ficus Drive. A red ski jacket, a white 21 speed “Giant” road bike and other items were stolen.
On Thursday, Nov. 7th, between 12 and 3 a.m., a garage was burglarized in the 24200 block of La Glorita Circle. Several items were stolen from a vehicle parked in the garage. The garage may have been accidentally left open.
If you notice your neighbor’s garage has been left open, and you do not want to tell them, you can call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121, and we will check it out.
Sometime between May 16 and Nov. 14, batteries were stolen from a television cable company box, near the intersection of Arch Street and Park Street.
If you see somebody tampering with cable or utility boxes located throughout the city, call the Sheriff’s Department. You may prevent costly repairs or outages to telephone, cable, or even electricity.
Between Friday Nov. 8 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m., tools were stolen from the back of a truck parked on Valle Del Oro.
On Friday, Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m., the contents of a purse were stolen from a vehicle in the 21200 block of Trumpet Drive. The victim stepped away from her vehicle momentarily, and the suspect seized the opportunity to steal her belongings.
Criminals are often aided by opportunity. It only takes seconds for a suspect to steal your valuables when they are left unattended, unsecured, or in plain view.
This week in Zone-4 Saugus there were six reported Part-1 crimes. The most notable was a residential burglary in the 27900 block of Newbird Drive between Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. The resident discovered that someone had entered the location and stole a computer and other miscellaneous items. Detectives are actively working the case.
There was a vehicle stolen in the 27600 block of Kristen Lane in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 12. The victim awoke and discovered that his Mini Cooper had been stolen. Deputies are attempting to locate the vehicle and suspect.
There were two vehicle burglaries in Saugus over the past week. The first occurred in the 27900 block of Featherstar Avenue between Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17. The victim discovered his vehicle’s window had been smashed and miscellaneous electrical equipment was taken. There were no witnesses to the incident. The second vehicle burglary occurred in the Central Park parking lot on Sunday, Nov. 17, between 7 and 7:50 a.m. The victim discovered that her passenger window had been smashed and her purse had been taken. Detectives are attempting to locate the stolen items in both cases.
There was a theft from an unlocked vehicle in the 22500 block of La Rochell Avenue between Thursday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 10. The victim had miscellaneous personal items taken from her unlocked vehicle.
There was a petty theft reported in the 29000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road between Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16. The victim stated that a go-cart and other items had been stolen from the side of his residence.
Zone 3 had eight reported part one crimes. Here is an explanation as to some of those crimes:
There was an assault with a deadly weapon incident reported on the N/B Interstate 5 at State Route 14. This incident was reported on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The victim stated a male Hispanic pointed a handgun at him while driving on the freeway. This incident is still under investigation (ref -15553).
A residential burglary was reported from the 25600 block of Smoketree Lane. This incident occurred sometime between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Person(s) unknown entered the residence and took two gold bracelets from the master bedroom. There was no evidence of forced entry into the location (ref -15605).
A grand theft was reported from the 25300 block of The Old Road. This incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 9, at approximately 7:00 p.m. but was not reported until Nov. 13. While bringing her groceries into her house, the victim set her personal property outside her door. Once the victim realized she left her property outside, she discovered it had been stolen (ref -15572).
A spousal rape, domestic violence, and false imprisonment incident was reported from the 27900 block of Henry Mayo Drive. This incident occurred inside a 5th wheel trailer. A suspect was placed under arrest and was booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. No further information is available at this time (ref -15700).
A strong arm robbery was reported from the Walmart on The Old Road. This incident occurred on Friday, Nov. 15 at approximately 7:55 p.m. As the victim was entering the doors to the store, a suspect grabbed her purse and ran out to the parking lot. The suspect entered a vehicle with three other people and the vehicle drove away (ref -15701).
A shoplifting incident was reported from Stein Mart on the Pico Canyon Road. The suspect is still outstanding (ref -15679).
A residential burglary was reported from the 15500 block of Wilde Avenue. This incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 16 at approximately 3:00a.m. There was no forced entry reported in this incident. Nothing was reported stolen. The investigation into this incident is still on-going as to who the suspect is in the incident (ref -15714).
Zone 5-Valencia had nineteen Part-1 Crimes reported during the past week. The criminal incidents included a residential burglary, vehicle burglaries and shoplifting from local businesses.
A residential burglary occurred on the 23800 block of Via Jacara between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Items stolen were a 35 inch television and two expensive tote bags. Santa Clarita Station Detectives are investigating this crime.
Three vehicle burglaries occurred in various areas of Valencia during the week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. One occurred on the 24800 block of Newhall Avenue. The victim parked her vehicle in a car port and left her purse and personal belongings underneath the driver side seat. Entry and exit was made by smashing the front passenger window with an unknown object. A second burglary occurred on the 25700 block of Player Drive. The victim left a passenger window cracked open with enough room to obtain access into the vehicle. Items stolen were a wallet and sunglasses left in the center console area. A third vehicle was burglarized while parked at a school parking lot on the 26400 block of Rockwell Canyon Road. The victim left her purse on the floorboard visible from the outside of the vehicle.
With the holiday shopping approaching, deputies urge everyone to please take careful steps to not become a victim. If you are shopping at night, try and park your vehicles in well-lit areas. Be mindful of your surroundings. Take personal belongings with you when you exit your vehicle or secure items in locked trunks.
Remember to roll up all windows and lock doors before walking away from your vehicle. Do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets or cell phones unattended in public areas like shopping carts, benches or counters. If you see any suspicious activity, please call the Sheriff’s Station immediately at 661-255-1121.
There were eight arrests made this past week by proactive Santa Clarita Deputies assigned to the Valencia area. Arrests included warrants, violations of probation, drunk in public, and numerous shoplifting from local businesses.
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Source: Santa Clarita News