This week in crime in the Santa Clarita Valley included a manhunt, a plea deal for a school vandal and an arrest for a hammer-wielding suspect.
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On Wednesday night, a deputy-involved shooting led to a several-hour search for Corey Kieffer, who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Kieffer has been described as a 28-year-old Canyon Country man who’s 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 140 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Here’s the story about the Canyon Country manhunt on Wednesday.
A man is also being charged with swinging a sledgehammer at a repo man who was trying to do his job, according to Sheriff’s Station deputies.
The lone suspect, Vicente Marcial, was booked on assault with a deadly weapon charge.
A man who was charged in connection with a series of school burglaries took a plea deal.
Gonzalo Ortiz, a Newhall gang member, received a year in jail for the school break-ins.
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 (If your zone isn’t listed, keep checking back for updates):
Canyon Country East
This week in Canyon Country-East we had 14 Part-1 crimes. Of those reported crimes, there were 2 assaults, 4 residential burglaries, 4 garage burglaries, 1 commercial burglary, and 3 larcenies.
An assault occurred in the 28500 block of Sand Canyon Road. While the victim was pumping gas, the suspect asked him for money. The victim refused several times and walked into the store. As the victim was walking, the suspect assaulted him. The investigation is ongoing and the suspect has not yet been identified. In the second assault, a group of people were arguing on Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway. The argument escalated and one victim was kicked and punched. The suspect was arrested for the assault.
A residential burglary occurred in the 27300 block of Sumac Court between Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:25 a.m. Entrance was made through a bedroom window. Two laptops and two watches were stolen from the bedroom. A residential burglary occurred in the 28200 block of Winterdale Drive on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Entrance was made through a bathroom window and currency was taken from a bedroom. A residential burglary occurred in the 28900 block of Sam Place between Monday April 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Entrance was made through a bathroom window and a laptop was stolen from the bedroom. A residential burglary occurred in the 27300 block of Palo Verde Place on Thursday, April 25, 2013 between 12:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Entrance was made through a locked sliding glass door and a television was stolen from the living room.
A garage burglary occurred in the 18100 block of Sundowner Way between Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. and Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. Pry marks were observed on the garage door. Miscellaneous paperwork was stolen from a vehicle parked inside. A garage burglary occurred in the 18000 block of Annes Circle between Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. The garage was pulled open. A laptop and wallet were stolen from a locked vehicle inside the garage.
A commercial burglary occurred at Mitchell Elementary School between Friday, April 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 22, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. No forced entry was found and a MacBook and projector were stolen from the classrooms.
A petty theft occurred in the 18300 block of Soledad Canyon Road between Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 15, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. Tools were stolen from the maintenance golf cart. A shoplifting occurred at the Boot Barn Store. The suspect walked out of the store without paying for several items.
A grand theft occurred in the 18000 block of Saratoga Way. The victim purchased a vehicle under false pretenses.
Eight arrests were made by proactive deputies for various narcotics violations, assaults and public intoxication.
Canyon Country West
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
(1) Attempted Residential Burglary, (1) Commercial Burglary, (2) Grand Thefts, (5) Petty Thefts, (2) Shoplift and (4) GTA’s.
An attempted residential garage burglary was reported near the 20300 block of Rue Crevier. An unknown suspect attempted to pry open the pedestrian door leading into the victim’s garage. The suspect(s) was unsuccessful in gaining entry to the garage.
A commercial burglary was reported near the 26800 block of Oak Avenue. An unknown suspect cut the pad lock to a storage unit and took miscellaneous electronic equipment.
A petty theft occurred from the 24-Hour Fitness located at 18645 Via Princessa. The victim’s wallet was stolen from his secured locker. There were no visible signs of forced entry.
A 2007 Yamaha Roadstar Warrior motorcycle was reportedly taken from a storage yard located near the 20600 block of Soledad Canyon Road. It is believed the incident occurred between October 2012 and January 2013.
On Friday, 04/26/2013, a Hispanic male was arrested for shoplifting near the 20600 block of Golden Triangle Road. The suspect was detained by loss prevention personnel after he failed to pay for an item and left the store. The suspect was subsequently arrested by responding deputies.
In addition to shoplifting, there were several arrests made by deputies working in the Canyon Country West area. There were several narcotics related arrests, as well as arrests made for commercial burglary, receiving stolen property and public intoxication.
This week Newhall saw a slight increase in Part-1 crimes with 14 reported. Newhall saw 4 grand theft auto incidents, 1 assault, 2 vehicle burglaries, 1 commercial burglary, 4 incidents of grand theft, 1 shoplifting, and 1 petty theft.
On Monday, April 22, 2013 at approximately 1:45 a.m., a 1993 Honda Accord was reported stolen from the 25200 block of Fourl Road. Another Honda Accord was also stolen on Monday, April 22, 2013 from the 24100 block of Railroad Avenue. The victim left his vehicle unlocked with the ignition key inside. A 2003 BMW was stolen from the intersection of Sweet Shade Lane and Ficus Drive in the late night hours on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The victim reported he accidentally left his ignition key in the vehicle. A 2002 Toyota Tacoma was stolen over the weekend from the 23700 block of Valle Del Oro.
A catalytic converter was reported stolen from a vehicle that was parked on Newhall Avenue and the 14 Freeway (Park-n -Ride) (ref-05656).
A shoplifting incident was reported from the Radio Shack located on Lyons Avenue. Electronics were stolen (ref -05651).
A vehicle burglary was reported from the 24600 block of Walnut Street. The driver side window was smashed and a bag was stolen. Another vehicle burglary was reported from the area of Valle Del Oro and Grape Lily Street. The front passenger window was smashed and a black backpack was stolen.
Many arrests were made in Newhall (Zone 6) during the past week. On Monday, April 22, 2013 at approximately 12:45 a.m., deputies contacted a male who was looking inside a parked vehicle in the area of Walnut Street and Lyons Avenue. Deputies could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from his person. Deputies discovered the male was in possession of concentrated cannabis and marijuana. Jose Ceja, a 32 year-old male from Canyon Country was arrested and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station (ref- 05418). No further information is available at this time.
There were only three Part-1 crimes reported this past week in Saugus. There was a residential burglary in the 22427 block of Circle J Ranch Drive between Saturday, 04/27/2013 and Sunday, 04/28/2013. Person(s) unknown entered the residence and stole tools, sports equipment and miscellaneous personal items. The case is being investigated.
There was a vehicle burglary in the 27600 block of Susan Beth Way early Friday morning, 04/26/2013. Person(s) unknown broke the door handle and stole the victims radio from his dashboard. A fingerprint technician will be responding.
There was an assault with a deadly weapon in the 22300 block of Cardiff Drive on Monday, 04/22/2013. The suspect confronted the victim in front of his residence. After a verbal disagreement the suspect hit the victim in the head with a hammer. The victim then fled the location. Deputies searched the area and located the suspect. He was arrested without incident. The victim was transported to the hospital and treated for his injuries
There were multiple arrests made in the Saugus area over the past week. The arrests included possession of a controlled substance, spousal assault, DUI, and assault. Please keep being proactive residents and report any criminal activity in your area. With your help we can keep the crime rate down and send a “not in our neighborhood” message to the criminals.
Zone 5-Valencia reported eighteen Part-1 Crimes during the past week. The criminal incidents included a grand theft auto, grand theft of a purse, residential burglaries, and shoplifting from local businesses.
A grand theft of a vehicle occurred at a car dealership on April 28th in the early morning hours. The vehicle stolen was 2013 Dodge Charger, which had the keys left inside. A few hours later, the vehicle was recovered and four individuals were taken into custody for the crime of grand theft auto.
A grand theft of a purse occurred at a supermarket on April 26th at 2:00 p.m. The victim left her purse unsecured in a shopping cart and it was stolen. The purse contained her wallet, credit cards and $50 cash. Women need to be cautious while shopping and be aware of their surroundings. Never leave your purses or bags unsecured in the shopping carts.
A residential burglary occurred in the 23300 block of Landmark Way on April 22nd in the early morning hours. Entry/exit was made via an open garage door. The item stolen was a boys Specialized Hot Rock bicycle. A second burglary occurred in the 24600 block of Golf view Drive on April 24th. Entry/exit was made via an open garage. Items stolen were left unsecure in the victim’s vehicle which was left unlocked in the garage.
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. If you see any suspicious activity or vehicles in your neighborhood, please call the Sheriff’s Station immediately at 661-255-1121.
There were twenty five arrests made by proactive Santa Clarita Deputies assigned to the Valencia area last week. Arrests included grand theft auto, possession of narcotics, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, drunk in public, warrants and shoplifting from local businesses.
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Source: Santa Clarita News