There may have been several arrests and incidents last week, but overall crime numbers are down for the city of Santa Clarita, according to numbers released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Crimes are up for the unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, but a recent population shift and annexations by the city have skewed both sets of statistics.
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Jonathon Lafon, 23, of Saugus, and Bryan Rychwalski, 30, of Palmdale, were arrested Tuesday on separate drug charges after deputies witnessed what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction.
Nicholas Alfarero and Trever Firacusa, both 18, of Valencia, were arrested shortly after midnight on Wednesday for allegedly street racing and reaching speeds of 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on Magic Mountain Parkway.
Juniors and seniors at Canyon High School got to witness firsthand the results of drinking and driving. The Every 15 Minutes program on Thursday simulated a fatal DUI collision and emergency response, warning students to make wise choices.
One Santa Clarita suspect had a court date this week.
Juan Mejia, 31, of Canyon Country, who is accused of shooting his 53-year-old father in May, had his case continued this week until Jan. 9.
Here are the crime reports that have been released so far by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies:
Canyon Country east
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country East:
(1) Robbery, (2) Assaults, (1) Commercial Burglary, (6) Theft, (1) Vehicle Burglary.
During the past week a robbery was reported near the 27600 block of Nugget Drive. In this incident a person called and ordered a pizza to be delivered to an address on Nugget Dr. When the pizza delivery person went to the door to deliver the pizza, two male suspects approached the delivery person. One of the suspects punched the delivery person in the face and demanded money from him. The suspects obtained money from the victim.
A grand theft purse snatch was reported on Solamint Road. In this incident a male approached a female who was walking on the sidewalk and pulled her purse from her shoulder. The victim chased the suspect down the street towards Soledad Canyon Road. The victim picked up a rock off the ground and threw it at the suspect, striking him in the back. The suspect dropped the victim’s purse and ran away towards Soledad Canyon Road.
A commercial burglary occurred at the 7-11 on Sierra Highway. A male suspect entered the store, filled a cup with coffee and then walked out of the store without paying for the coffee. The suspect was later arrested for commercial burglary and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Station for the incident.
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 17000 block of Blue Aspen Lane. A suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and stole a laptop and a pair of Oakley sunglasses from the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle.
Canyon Country west
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
(1) Robbery, (4) Residential Burglaries, (1) Commercial Burglary, (1) Vehicle Burglary, (1) Petty Theft, (2) GTAs and (1) Arson.
A strong arm robbery occurred near the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. Two male suspects confronted the victim as she was opening the location for business. The suspects ordered the victim to open the safe in the rear of the business. After the victim complied, the suspects tied the victim up with bungee cords and duct tape and fled the location. The case is currently under investigation by Santa Clarita Station Detectives.
There were four residential burglaries in the neighborhoods located northeast of Whites Canyon Road and Nadal Street. All four incidents involved unknown suspects gaining access to the residents by shattering a rear window. Firearms, as well as several electronic items, were taken during the incidents. A 2003 silver BMW with yellow paper plates was seen leaving one of the locations. If anyone has information concerning the burglaries, please call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station Burglary Detectives.
A commercial burglary occurred near the 16000 block of Vasquez Canyon Road. An unknown suspect broke into four storage sheds located on the property and took several tools.
A vehicle burglary occurred near the 18700 block of Mandan Street. An unknown suspect shattered the driver’s side window and took a stereo and miscellaneous clothing.
A 1999 Toyota Camry was taken near the 19500 block of Fairweather Street. The vehicle was recovered two days later.
A 2010 Ford Mustang was taken near the 18800 block of Soledad Canyon Road. The vehicle was recovered near the 26800 block of Sprint Court when an unknown suspect set the mustang ablaze with an unknown accelerant. An arson report was taken in addition to the recovery.
There was 1 Part-1 Crime in Zone 2 (Castaic / Val Verde) this past week. A woman reported that her credit/debit card was taken from her purse which was left in the women’s restroom at a local school. The suspect then allegedly used the card at various locations prior to the victim realizing her card was missing. There is possible suspect information which Santa Clarita Valley Station Detectives are following up on.
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.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
Between Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., an attempted vehicle burglary occurred in the 24300 block of Peppermint Lane (ref 14172).
On Thursday, Nov. 7, between 4:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 24800 block of Walnut Street. Entry was from a window. Laptops and cash were stolen (ref 15252).
Between Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., a 2004 blue “Yamaha” motorcycle was stolen from the Meadowridge Apartments, 23645 Newhall Avenue. The motorcycle has not been recovered yet (ref 15208).
Between March 26 and Nov. 8, three batteries were stolen from the “Time Warner” cable box in the 24200 block of Valle Del Oro (ref 15273). If you ever see somebody tampering with the cable boxes you do not recognize as an actual cable repair person, please call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station so we can check them out.
On Friday, Nov. 8, between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m., a Blue 1988 Ford “Ranger” pickup was stolen from the Polynesian Mobile Home Park, 23450 Newhall Avenue. The vehicle has not been recovered (ref 15281).
On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:40 p.m., an assault with a deadly weapon occurred on a city bus. The bus left from the MetroLink station on its way to Wiley Canyon. The suspect is a male black, approximately 51 years old, 6 foot tall, and 220 pounds. The weapon was a box cutter. The suspect exited the bus near Newhall Avenue and 15th Street (ref 15295).
If you witnessed the crime occur on the bus, or if you believe you may be a witness to any other crime, please call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station at and speak to a detective.
On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3:27 a.m., a business was broke in to in the 23500 block of Lyons Avenue. A door was shattered and the suspect stole items from inside the business (ref 15421).
Between Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:40 a.m., an office in the 23200 block of Lyons Avenue was burglarized. There was no forced entry and a laptop was stolen (ref 15480).
On Monday, Nov. 11, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 21100 block of Oakriver Lane. Entry was made from a shattered window (ref 15493).
On Monday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m., a woman’s purse was stolen from her vehicle in front of the 7-11, 23406 Lyons Avenue, while she was inside the store (ref 15485).
Report suspicious behavior 24 hours a day, to the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
During the above dates, Zone 3 had five reported part one crimes. Here are some details regarding some of the reported incidents.
A vehicle burglary was reported from the 25300 block of The Old Road. Suspect(s) unknown broke into a locked vehicle and stole the headrest/video display system. The left rear passenger window of the vehicle was stolen (ref -15047).
A grand theft from a vehicle was reported from the 25800 block of Hemingway Drive. This incident occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 6 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. The vehicle was parked a parking lot. A women’s “Michael Kors” purse and U.S. currency was reported stolen. The vehicle was unlocked during this incident (ref -15159).
A petty theft was reported from the Walmart located on The Old Road. One suspect was arrested and one suspect remains outstanding. The incident is still under investigation by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detectives (ref -15228).
A burglary incident/possession of heroin incident was reported from the Walmart located on The Old Road. This incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 9 at approximately 7:05 p.m. Three suspects were arrested (ref -15414).
All auto break-ins usually have one thing in common: there’s something left in the car worth stealing. Most larcenies from cars are “crimes of opportunity” that could be prevented by taking some preventative steps. Here are some tips to follow:
Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle: You’d be surprised how often this happens, but individuals leave valuable items in plain sight all the time. If you leave items in your vehicle and they’re visible, the chances your vehicle will get broken into, increase greatly.
Place items out of sight before reaching your destination. Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk and the moment you’re gone, a thief could break into your car. So place those items in a safe place before you get to the park, beach, baseball game, etc. Valuable items that thieves target are GPS units, MP3 players, credit cards, money, packages and so forth. If you can’t take the items with you, secure them in a safe place in your vehicle, like a locked glove compartment or your trunk.
Lock all of your vehicle’s doors. This is true even if you plan on only being gone for “just a second.” Remember, it only takes seconds to steal items from your car. It’s not uncommon, for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles, looking for unlocked doors. Also, make sure car windows aren’t left open.
Park in busy, well lit areas: Pick a parking spot where there is a lot of activity. Auto thieves prefer breaking into cars in isolated areas.
Don’t leave a trace. Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle. For example: the suction cup on your dashboard, might tell thieves, that you have a GPS system in your vehicle. Leave nothing in plain view. Very few auto break-ins are “random.” The thieves usually see something out in the open or hints of possible hidden valuables.
Zone 5-Valencia had fifteen Part-1 Crimes reported during the past week. The criminal incidents included vehicle burglaries, grand theft motorcycles, and shoplifting from local businesses.
A vehicle burglary occurred on the 23600 block of Wiley Canyon Road between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The victim parked her vehicle at a church parking lot and left her purse on the passenger seat visible to the public. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing the passenger vehicle with an unknown object. A second vehicle burglary occurred on the 23800 block of McBean Parkway during early morning hours of 6 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. It appeared to be ransacked and a replica type rifle was stolen from the trunk area of the vehicle.
There were two grand theft motorcycles that occurred at the 24100 block of Del Monte Drive between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Both motorcycles, a Harley Davidson “Fatboy and Roadstar” were parked in an underground parking structure of an apartment complex.
A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred on the 25700 block of Olivas Park Road between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. The vehicle was parked in the driveway at the victim’s residence and was ransacked. Five hundred dollars was stolen from the glove compartment area. No suspect(s) have been identified at this time in any of these reports.
There were twelve arrests made this past week by proactive Santa Clarita Deputies assigned to the Valencia area. Arrests included driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, drunk in public, and numerous shoplifting from local businesses.
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Source: Santa Clarita News