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Deputies Seek Community Help In Hit And Run

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are looking Friday for the driver of a silver Chrysler 300 with front-end damage, said Sgt. Rich Cohen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Safety Division.

“Apprartently, he ran into two kids, one on a Razor (scooter) and another (who was riding) a Hello Kitty cruiser,” Cohen said.

The person is suspected in a hit and run that occurred at 5:20 p.m. in Saugus on Thursday, near the intersection of Decoro Drive , near Seco Canyon Road, Cohen said.

The following reports are taken from the respective Zone Leaders from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station (In alphabetical order by region):

Crimes reported in the Canyon Country-east area, from Nov. 18-25
The following is a snapshot of the seven Part-1 crimes reported last week.
27000 block of Marta Lane – Suspect entered victim’s open garage and stole tires and wheels. Suspect then broke into the victim’s locked vehicle and stole 2 hunting rifles and other personal items.
28000 block of Sarabande Lane – Suspect entered the victim’s residence and stole 2 televisions.
27000 block of Oak Springs Canyon – Victim had his horse saddle stolen out of a garage he shared with other people.

19000 block of Golden Valley Road – Victim had a large sum of money transferred fraudulently from his bank account in Pennsylvania, to a local credit union.
16000 block of Soledad Canyon Road – Round Table Pizza – Suspect opened change machine and stole coin box containing approximately $100 in quarters.
18000 block of Oak Canyon – Suspect stole victim’s car stereo and other personal items. It is unknown how the suspect gained entry to the victim’s vehicle.
27940 block of Solamint Road – Suspect stole victim’s laptop computer and IPod from the front seat of their UNLOCKED car.

Crimes reported in the Canyon Country-west area, from Nov. 18-25
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 crimes occurred:  (1) Attempted Rape, (1) Robbery, (1) Aggravated Assault, (1) Residential Burglary (1) Burglary/Other Structure, (3) Commercial Burglaries, (3) Petty Thefts, (3) GTAs/(2) Recovered.

An attempted rape was reported on Monday, November 19th 2012. The incident occurred approximately 1 ½ years ago. The incident is currently under investigation.

On Thursday November 15th 2012, a strong arm robbery occurred near the intersection of Sierra Canyon Rd and Soledad Canyon Rd. The victim was approached by two male Hispanic suspects while seated at a bus stop. The suspects hit and kicked the victim and took his cell phone. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.

A burglary of a detached garage occurred near the 26900 block of Flo Ln. Taken during the burglary, was the victim’s 2010 Honda Accord.

On Friday November 23rd 2012, a commercial burglary occurred near the 19300 block of Soledad Canyon Rd. The suspect entered the location and took an Android Tablet without paying for it. When confronted by store employees, the suspect fled the scene.

A suspect was arrested when it was determined he took a purse from an unlocked vehicle. The incident occurred near the 26700 block of Claudette St.

Crimes reported in the Castaic, Val Verde area, from Nov. 18-25
There were six reported Part-1 crimes in Castaic / Val Verde. There were two tractor trailers stolen from Castaic Rd., one from the Castaic Truck Stop and one from The Pilot Travel Center. There was one alcohol related assault where one person was arrested after hitting a family member with a bat. There were two reported burglaries, a residential burglary occurred off of Pine Crest Place and a vehicle burglary occurred at Castaic Storage on The Old Road. There was one reported larceny of alcohol from the Ralph’s grocery store.

Notable Arrests: Working off of a detailed initial investigation by Santa Clarita patrol deputies, the Sheriff’s Department’s Cargo Criminal Apprehension Team arrested four suspects in connection with the tractor trailer theft from the Pilot Travel Center.

Crimes reported in the Newhall area, from Nov. 18-25
Zone 6 (Newhall) had eleven reported Part-1 crimes this past week. Here are some details on just a few of the reported crimes:

A 2008 Audi A4 was stolen from the 21800 block of Placeritos Blvd. in Newhall. The victim reported the vehicle and items inside were stolen after the keys were left in the center console and the vehicle was left unlocked (ref -16535).

A vehicle burglary was reported from a parking lot located on the 24900 block of Walnut Street. The passenger side window was smashed and an electronic item was stolen. (ref -16307).

A residential burglary was reported from a garage. The burglary occurred in the 24700 block of Amelia Lane in Newhall. Bicycles were stolen in the incident. (ref -16542).

Numerous arrests were made in Zone 6 (Newhall) during the past week. On Thursday, 11/22/2012, at approximately 1:00 a.m. deputies stopped a man who appeared to be a gang member who was walking in the middle of the street. After an investigation the male was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and was arrested (ref -16443).

Crimes reported in the Saugus area, from Nov. 18-25
This week’s reported Part-1 crimes mirrored the average. There were two residential burglaries and one attempt burglary over the past week. The first was in the 20900 block of Shine Dr., between Monday and Wednesday. The house is currently vacant. Entry was made through an unlocked window and miscellaneous building materials were taken. The second residential burglary occurred in the 22900 block of Oak Ridge Dr. on Thursday, between 2:00 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Someone entered the victim’s apartment through the unlocked sliding glass door and stole a number of personal items.

The attempted residential burglary occurred in the 27400 block of Catala Ave. on Tuesday at around 5:30pm. Deputies quickly responded to the location of a trespassing call and caught the suspect after he ran. The suspect was taken into custody and booked on charges of attempted burglary and trespassing.

There were three vehicle burglaries over the past week. Two of the vehicle burglaries occurred in a business parking lot. The other occurred from an apartment complex. In all of these cases the vehicles were locked. The suspect(s) broke one of the windows to gain entry. In all three cases there were multiple items stolen from the vehicles. Please remember to take all items of value with you when leaving your vehicle unattended. If this is not an option please try to secure any items of value in the trunk or move them out of sight.

There was one reported theft from Central Park which occurred on Monday, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The victim set some of her personal belongings on the ground near where she was working at the park. When she returned they were missing. Avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime by keeping your valuables in sight at all times. More often than not crimes like these are crimes of opportunity. When potential criminals see items unattended it presents an easy opportunity for them. Keep your items with you or secured in the trunk of your vehicle when possible.

This last week we saw a large amount of arrests out of the Saugus area. There were multiple arrests for DUI and drug possession. There was also an arrest of a burglary suspect.

Crimes reported in the Stevenson Ranch, Westridge area, from Nov. 18-25
There was one reported residential burglary, 4 larcenies and 1 stolen vehicle this week. A residential burglary occurred in the 24000 block of Constitution Ave. The victim’s checkbook was stolen from her locked residence. A backpack was stolen from a ride platform at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Three shopliftings occurred at Wal-Mart.

A 1998 Nissan Altima was stolen from the 27000 block of The Old Road.

One male was arrested in connection with the shoplifting that occurred at Wal-Mart.

Holidays are a busy time of the year and everyone has a lot on their mind. Criminals are looking to take advantage of you while you are at your busiest.

Stow your holiday purchases in the trunk of your vehicle. Avoid the temptation to put them in the backseat of your car and return to continue shopping. If your purchases are in plain view, you may return to find your car windows smashed and the items gone. Save your most expensive purchases for last, so you can head straight home. Never leave your purchases unattended, even for a few minutes.

Crimes reported in the Valencia area, from Nov. 18-25
This week Zone 5-Valencia area reported 23 Part 1 Crimes. The criminal incidents included grand theft auto, residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries, robbery and numerous petty theft/shoplifting from local businesses.

A grand theft of a Toyota Corolla occurred during the weekend between the hours of 4:30 pm -10:00 am. The vehicle was parked on Calex Drive. Please be cautious of your surroundings. Lock all windows/doors to your vehicle and if possible park in well-lit and highly visible areas.

A residential burglary occurred on Friday at the 25400 block of Via Dona Christa Drive between the hours of 7:45 am – 9:00 am. Stolen was a men’s bicycle that was taken while the garage door was left opened. An attempt residential burglary occurred on the 25800 block of Espinoza Drive between 9:00am – 1:00 pm. No entry was made into the residence and no items were stolen. A broken door latch was observed at the scene. As always please remember to lock all windows/doors to your residence and secure valuables in a safe or lock box. Keep serial numbers to valuables handy in case of a theft so that Deputies have the information for the criminal report.

There were a few commercial burglaries that occurred in various areas of Valencia. The items stolen were copper wire, and a mountain bike. Video surveillance was in place for a few of the incidents. Santa Clarita Detectives are currently working these cases.

Two vehicle burglaries occurred at the following locations: 24000 block of Newhall Ranch Road and 24800 block of Avenue Rockefeller. The thefts occurred in the late afternoon during the week. Entries made into the vehicles were via smashed windows and punched door locks. Items stolen were a purse and plumbing equipment which were visible from outside the vehicles. I urge everyone to please secure all personal belongings (purses, book bags, lap tops, etc.) and lock all bed mounted tool boxes. Do not leave items unattended or visible in your vehicles. Remember to secure your vehicles by rolling up all windows and locking all doors.

A robbery occurred at a hardware store during the weekday at 11:00am. The items stolen/recovered were various Makita Tools. A suspect was apprehended and booked at the Santa Clarita Station.

Santa Clarita Deputies are diligently patrolling all areas of Valencia regarding the increase of theft. Please help us by reporting all suspicious activity and call the Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.

There were fifteen arrests made by proactive Santa Clarita Deputies assigned to the Valencia area last week. The criminal charges included possession of controlled substances, driving under the influence of alcohol, robbery, petty theft, and shoplifting from local businesses.


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Perry Smith is a print and broadcast journalist who has won several awards for his focused, hyperlocal community coverage in several different regions of the country. In addition to five years of experience covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Smith, a San Fernando Valley native, has worked in newspapers and news websites in Los Angeles, the Northwest, the Central Valley and the South, before coming to KHTS in 2012. To contact Smith, email him at
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