Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are hoping to find the rightful owners of property recovered as a result of a burglary investigation, officials said.
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Manuel Cortez, 33, of Val Verde, was arrested Tuesday for his alleged involvement in a residential “hot prowl” burglary on the 30300 block of Arlington Street in Val Verde, officials said.
Parks Bureau deputies with the Sheriff’s Department arrested Cortez on suspicion he forced his way into the residence that was occupied by an acquaintance of his.
Once inside the residence, Cortez allegedly stole power tools, two cellphones, a GPS unit and a Nintendo Gameboy, officials said.
As this investigation has progressed, detectives believe that some of the property recovered during the arrest of Cortez could have possibly been stolen, according to a Sheriff’s Station Nixle release.
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Detectives are asking the public’s help in identifying possible stolen property, and finding possible victims.
One piece of property in particular is a Nintendo Gameboy SP (silver with flames on it).
Inside the Gameboy was a game titled, “Super Mario World” with the name, “Haley” handwritten on the front, and, “Johnson” written on the back.
Detectives believe this video game system could possibly belong to a young child in the Santa Clarita Valley area.
If anyone can identify the items stolen recently, they’re asked to contact Detective Perry Tardif at PCTardif@lasd.org or Detective Adam Dorman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anonymous tips can be reported to LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
No further information is available at this time.
This investigation remains active and ongoing and is being investigated by both Parks Bureau and Santa Clarita Valley Station deputies.
Cortez is being held in lieu of $160,000 bail at Men’s Central Jail. He’s due back in court Aug. 21.
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Source: Santa Clarita News