The highest profile arrest this week may have been a Newhall tagging suspect, but deputies made several significant felony arrests, including the assist of a few Los Angeles Police Department cases that traveled north.
Nicolas Palma, 19, of Newhall, is being charge with a dozen counts of vandalism after a deputy found him on the streets, shortly after detectives asked the public for help in finding him.
Known as “Kronz,” Palma is suspected of over 160 pieces of vandalism that cost the city more than $40,000 in removal costs.
Palma was identified from a city camera on public property.
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There were several other significant arrests made by deputies, which are highlighted in the station’s weekly Nixle reports, which provide a snapshot of crime for the past week, as well as notify citizens of any local crime trends.Click here to sign up.
Below are reports from the different Sheriff zone’s throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station divides its coverage into five zones for the Nixle reports, which are snapshots of crime in the city. They are listed below alphabetical order.
Here’s a summary of incidents that took place in the last week in Santa Clarita:
Canyon Country – West
This week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
(1) Aggravated Assault, (3) Residential Burglaries, (2) Shoplift, (1) Grand Theft and (1) Petty Theft.
An aggravated assault occurred in the parking lot at 18645 Via Princessa (24 Hour Fitness). The suspect approached the victim as he was walking out of the gym and they engaged in an argument. The argument became physical and the suspect retrieved a weapon and hit the victim in the face with it. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested by responding deputies shortly after the incident.
Two residential burglaries occurred near the 26800 block of Claudette Street. A garage burglary occurred when an unknown suspect pried open the pedestrian door to the garage and took costume jewelry. A second burglary occurred when an unknown suspect pried open the front door to the residence and took several electronics and miscellaneous jewelry.
A third residential burglary occurred near the 18800 block of Cronus Court. An unknown suspect removed the digital lock to the residence and upon entering took two miscellaneous kitchen items.
A male suspect entered a location near the 18800 block of Soledad Canyon Road and rode out of the store on a bicycle. An employee chased after the suspect who eventually lost control of the bicycle, dropped it and fled out of view. The case is currently under investigation.
A female suspect was arrested for petty theft/shoplifting near the 18600 block of Via Princessa. The suspect walked out of the location after failing to pay for several items. The suspect was detained by loss prevention and was subsequently arrested by responding deputies.
This week Newhall (Zone 6) again saw eight part-one crimes. Newhall had two shoplifting incidents, two residential burglaries, two commercial burglaries, one arson and one grand theft.
Arson was reported on the campus of Newhall Elementary school on Tuesday, 03/12/13 at approximately 4:00pm. School staff found a circular burn mark left on one of the school licnic tables. The fire department was never called because the damage found was only to the public table. LASD Arson / Explosives detail is handling the investigation (ref -03417).
A residential burglary was reported from the 21300 block of Trumpet Drive. The victim reported an unknown person entered her apartment and stole her computer, her camera, and her camera lens from her bedroom. There was no evidence of forced entry into the residence. (ref -03465).
An attempt burglary and trespassing was reported on the campus of Newhall Elementary on Saturday, 03/16/13 at approximately 9:00pm. Deputies responded to a call for service at that location and observed three males inside the school. The three males were walking from the library area towards the field. Deputies observed a broken glass window. Deputies continued their investigation which resulted in the arrest of Eduardo Rodriguez and Oscar Castillo, both 18 year old males from Newhall. A 14 year old male was also arrested / detained as a result of the investigation (ref -03661).
An alleged graffiti vandal was arrested by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol this week. Click here to read further – https://local.nixle.com/alert/4974730/
On Thursday, 03/14/13 at approximately 11:00 pm deputies contacted an 18 year old male in the area of Carl Court and Newhall Avenue while on a traffic stop. During the course of the traffic stop deputies discovered the 18 year old male was reportedly in possession of marijuana and metal knuckles. The male was arrested on a felony weapon charge (ref -03574).
Remember to report graffiti within the City of Santa Clarita please call 661-252-5326 or use the City’s eService request system on the Report Graffiti tab.
This week we only had two reported Part-1 crimes in the Saugus area. The first was an assault which occurred from a local eating establishment at the 22900 block of Soledad Canyon Road on Saturday, 03/16/13. After an argument with some patrons of this location the victim was assaulted while walking to the taxi. Detectives are working on leads in this incident.
The second Part-1 reported crime was a theft which occurred from the 28800 block of Shadow Valley Lane between August of last year to Monday, 03/15/13. Once again there were batteries stolen from the “Time Warner” cable boxes along the roadside. If you see any suspicious activity near these cable boxes please report the incident as soon as possible by calling the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
There were multiple arrests made over the past week in Saugus. One of the arrests occurred on Wednesday, 03/13/13, at 12:50 PM. A deputy conducted a stop of a vehicle for numerous traffic violations. Upon contacting the occupants of the vehicle he smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the interior. The deputy detained all five occupants of the vehicle. While searching the vehicle the deputy found heroin and marijuana. One of the occupants admitted to being the owner of the narcotics. She was arrested for possession of heroin.
Zone 5-Valencia reported twenty three Part-1 Crimes during the past week. The criminal incidents included a grand theft motorcycle, residential/vehicle burglaries, commercial burglaries and shoplifting from local businesses.
A grand theft motorcycle occurred on the 24100 block of Del Monte Drive at noon on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The motorcycle was a 2006 Harley Davidson that was stolen from the victims driveway. A suspect was apprehended shortly after and booked at the station for grand theft motorcycle and residential burglary. The case is currently be handled by Santa Clarita Station Detectives.
There were three residential burglaries this week. One occurred on the 24600 block of Town Center Drive between the hours of 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm during the week. Entry/exit was made through the side garage door. Items stolen were golf clubs and men’s clothing. A second burglary occurred on the 24500 block of Town Center Drive between the hours of 8:00 am – 10:00 pm during the weekend. Entry/exit was made by picking the lock to the front door of the residence. Nothing was stolen however the home appeared to be ransacked. The third burglary occurred on the 23800 block of Via Jacara between the hours of 8:00 am- 5:00 pm. The items stolen were a lap top computer and men’s jewelry. A person of interest has been identified and detectives are actively working the case.
If you see any suspicious activity or vehicles in your neighborhood, please call the Sheriff’s Station immediately at 661-255-1121.
Six vehicle burglaries occurred in various areas of Valencia between the hours of 4:00 pm – 9:00 am. Four of of the six burglaries had no forced entry to the vehicles and two vehicles had entry/exit made via smashed passenger windows. All vehicles were parked in the driveway or on the street in front of the victim’s residences. Items stolen included a briefcase, an I-Pad, IPhone, phone charger, clothing, wallet, credit cards and money. There were also two thefts from unlocked vehicles. One occurred on the block of 25400 block of Via Impreso between 2:00 am – 4:00 am and the other occurred on the block of 24900 block of Avenue Kearny between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Items stolen were a GPS, cell phone, I-Pad and auxiliary batteries. All items were visible from the outside of the victim’s vehicle.
Do not become a victim! Please do not leave valuables unattended or visible in your vehicles. Secure items in locked trunks or take personal belongings with you when you exit your vehicle. If possible, park in well-lit areas.
There were also two commercial burglaries that occurred inside the men’s locker room at a local gym. Both victims reported locking their lockers with combo style locks. When they returned to their lockers, the locks were locked but had been tampered with. Items stolen were wallets, IPhone, and IPod.
There were twenty-four arrests made by proactive Santa Clarita Deputies assigned to the Valencia area last week. Arrests included; grand theft auto, theft from vehicles, possession of narcotics, driving under the influence of alcohol, and shoplifting from local businesses.
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