The crime reports are in for the Santa Clarita Valley, detailing crimes dealt with by local deputies across the valley.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies have been investigating several scams this week, both door-to-door and over the phone. They warn residents to always exercise caution and contact the station if they witness any suspicious activity.
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The woman who deputies were seeking last Friday for a reported door-to-door scam was found, cited and released on Monday and given a court date, thanks to information provided by a proactive Castaic resident.
The Better Business Bureau and local deputies are warning residents of a nationwide phone scam that is also targeting the SCV and could result in a costly phone bill charge.
Deputies announced on Tuesday that they were seeking the public’s help in identifying four suspected burglars who broke into a Stevenson Ranch store and stole several electronics.
Deputies arrested two Val Verde residents, Jose and Daniel Jimenez, during a parole/probation check on Thursday. The two reported gang members were found in possession of a firearm and drugs.
On Thursday, College of the Canyons officials announced that another door-to-door solicitation scam is going around, by individuals claiming to be COC drama students. COC does not solicit door to door.
Two of the three men accused in the “Flying Cash Pursuit” case were convicted Friday afternoon. Phillip Ely was found not guilty of all charges. Terion Collins and Lavelle Mosely were found guilty for all five counts pertaining to the takeover robbery in September 2012.
William Gregory Babb, 54, formerly of Valencia, was released from North Kern State Prison on Friday. He is a registered sex offender, whose most recent arrest was on Oct. 16.
Laura Purviance, 25, a former Saugus High School student was order to stand trial on Wednesday for reportedly murdering her mother, Caroline Purviance, a former Hart District employee.
Last week’s crime reports are listed in alphabetical order by community, as they are made available.
Canyon Country Crime – east
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country east: (1) Commercial Burglaries, (1) Residential Burglary, (3) Grand Theft Auto.
There were five part one crimes reported in Zone 8 in the last week. A garage burglary was reported near the 17000 block of Danielson Street. In this incident the suspect(s) entered the victim’s garage and stole a red and black “Schwinn” bicycle. Entry into the garage is unknown due to there being no evidence of forced entry.
Three vehicles were stolen in Zone 8 last week. A 1996 Ford Windstar was stolen from the 14 freeway and Placerita Canyon Road. A Sunseeker RV was stolen from the 15700 block of Iron Canyon Road. There was a 1996 Acura Integra stolen from the 27000 block of Lost Springs Road.
As part of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station continued outreach efforts aimed at keeping the public informed about crime and crime rates in our community, the Sheriff’s Station wants to raise awareness about a number of scams that are becoming more prevalent in the Santa Clarita Valley.
They encourage residents to immediately report criminal or suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. If you have fallen victim to what you believe is a scam, please call the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
Canyon Country Crime – west
The following Part-1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country east: (1) Homicide, (2) Residential Burglaries, (2) Commercial Burglaries, (2) Burglaries to a Vehicle, (4) Petty Thefts, (2) Shopliftings
A criminal homicide occurred at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Shangri La Drive. A male suspect wielding a metal spear was shot and killed after he attempted to attack deputies on scene. This incident is currently under investigation by Los Angeles County Homicide detectives.
A petty theft occurred near the 26800 block of Claudette Street. An unknown suspect removed a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked near the area. This incident is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
Castaic/Val Verde Crime
There were four Part 1 Crimes in Zone 2.
There was one reported burglary at Castaic Middle School. Suspects gained entry into a classroom and discharged the fire extinguisher inside. Suspects vandalized several closets, supplies and a computer and monitor. A separate Arson report was taken at the school the same day. A small fire was set in the corner of the handball court leaving a black charred mark on the wall approximately 10 feet high. The damage for both was estimated at $500.
A theft from a vehicle was reported off of Castaic Road. The victim had her backpack stolen from inside her vehicle while parked at the local shopping center. The backpack had a Macbook Pro laptop and an iPad inside. The suspect reached through the open rear window and took the backpack from off the seat.
There was one reported burglary in Val Verde. A resident off of San Martinez Road had several tools and an air compressor stolen from a storage bin on his property. The theft occurred between Jan. 9 and 27.
There was one notable arrest. A 24-year-old female was arrested and released for not having a license to solicit merchandise. The suspect was selling magazines and asking for “gift book donations” door to door in Castaic.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
Sometime between Saturday, Jan. 25 and Monday, Jan. 27, a classroom was burglarized at Placerita Junior High School, 25015 Newhall Avenue. Two laptops and a projector were stolen.
On Monday, Jan. 27, two adults were arrested at the Dollar Tree, 23780 Newhall Avenue, for shoplifting.
On Thursday, Jan. 30, between 12 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 25000 block of Green Mill Avenue. An unknown suspect broke a sliding glass door to enter the residence and stole a silverware set.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 9:45 p.m., a theft occurred at the Shell gas station, 23502 Newhall Avenue. The suspect took two 18 packs of beer and fled west toward Valle Del Oro.
On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m., an adult female was arrested for vehicle burglary in the 23500 block Lyon’s Avenue.
On Friday, Jan. 31 at 11:30 p.m., a male was arrested for felony battery on his roommate in the 24900 block of Walnut Street.
On Thursday, Jan. 30, deputies conducted saturation patrol on bicycles, T3 vehicles and patrol vehicles from the Sheriff’s Station, in Newhall. They contacted numerous citizens in the parks, paseos, parking lots, and various streets. They also arrested two adults and cited a third. They will be conducting these types of operations throughout the year in an effort to identify any problem areas and help keep the recreation areas and pathways safe.
This week there were three Part-1 crimes reported in the Saugus area.
The first was a residential burglary in the 27400 block of Santa Clarita Road on Jan. 29. The victim discovered that between 7:30 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. person(s) unknown entered his residence through an open window and stole multiple items. Santa Clarita detectives are actively working the case.
There was an attempt residential burglary in the 22600 block of Pamplico Drive also on Jan. 29. The victim returned home to discover that someone had tried to make entry into his house through the rear door. Detectives are looking into both of these cases as being related.
There was a petty theft from Pacific Crest Park, located on Garnet Canyon Drive, on Jan. 20. The victim said that he left his backpack, containing personal items, unattended while at the park. When he went to get his backpack he discovered it was missing.
There were multiple arrests over the past week. The arrests include narcotics and felony vandalism.
Stevenson Ranch Crime
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch:
(1) Robbery (Strong Arm), (1) Residential Burglary/(1) Attempt, (1) Commercial Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (6) Shoplift, (1) Grand Theft and (1) Petty Theft.
A strong arm robbery occurred near the 27500 block of The Old Road. A male suspect approached the victim and demanded his cell phone after threatening him. When the victim complied, the suspect fled in a white older model Chrysler 300.
A residential burglary was reported near the 25100 block of Steinbeck Avenue. An unknown person entered the victim’s bedroom and took jewelry from a dresser drawer. There were no signs of forced entry into the bedroom. The crime occurred between Dec. 19 and Dec. 29.
An attempt residential burglary occurred near the 25300 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect took the rear patio slider door off its track. There was no evidence the suspect made entry and it was not determined if anything was missing at the time of the report.
A commercial burglary occurred near the 24200 block of The Old Road. An unknown suspect cut the lock off a chain link fence surrounding the location. The suspect(s) entered an office building through a side window and took firearms and several tools. Several storage containers/boxes on the property were also broken into and several tools were taken.
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 25200 block of Steinbeck Avenue. An unknown suspect shattered the front passenger window of the victim’s vehicle and took a purse. The purse was left on the front passenger seat.
A shoplift/burglary occurred near the 25600 block of The Old Road. A female suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel when she walked out of the location, failing to pay for several items. The suspect was subsequently arrested by responding deputies.
There were five incidents of shoplifting near the 25400 block of The Old Road resulting in two arrests. All incidents are currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station detectives.
A grand theft occurred near the intersection of Pico Canyon Road and Highway 126. Two male suspects cut the lock off a security gate and entered the field driving a Uhaul truck. The suspects began loading several pieces of aluminum irrigation pipe into the truck until confronted by security personnel. The security officer contacted the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station and the suspects were arrested by responding deputies. Upon further investigation, one suspect was additionally charged with sales of marijuana.
Valencia had eighteen Part-1 Crimes reported during the past week.
The criminal incidents included burglary, grand theft of a vehicle, a vehicle burglary, and numerous petty thefts from various areas. A burglary occurred on the 24400 block of Town Center Drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The victim left her purse unattended on chair. The suspect then entered the dining area of the restaurant and stole money from the victim’s purse. The suspect, a male white adult was arrested and also was in possession of a stolen item from Target. He was transported to the Santa Clarita Station and booked for burglary of the money and stolen Target item.
A grand theft vehicle was stolen from the 25700 block of Pajarito Court between the hours of 5 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. The vehicle, a 1986 Toyota truck, was stolen from the front of the victim’s residence. No witnesses or suspect(s) were identified in this incident.
A vehicle burglary occurred in 25000 blocks on Magic Mountain Parkway between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The victim reported that the rear passenger windows had been smashed by an unknown object. Items stolen were a brief case containing miscellaneous paperwork and fire testing tools which were located on the backseat of the vehicles.
Bicycle theft is on the rise. Most victims have reported their bikes were locked at bike racks and that the locks/chains were cut off. Please use caution and be cognizant of your surroundings when securing your bicycles. Keep the serial number of your bicycle on file in the event that it is stolen to aid in its recovery. If you see any suspicious activity, please call the Sheriff’s Station immediately at 661-255-1121.
There were multiple arrests made this past week by proactive Santa Clarita deputies assigned to the Valencia area. Arrests included burglary, drunk in public, possession of narcotics and petty theft from local businesses.
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Source: Santa Clarita News