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19-year-old arrested in Valencia vandalism case is re-arrested

Investigators hold Jake Stanley Heffernan in a hot-prowl burglary case

Posted: November 21, 2013 2:16 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2013 2:16 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A 19-year-old man arrested last month for allegedly spray-painting sexually explicit graffiti on at least three vehicles and one Valencia home was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary, a local sheriff’s deputy said.

Jake Stanley Heffernan, 19, of Valencia, was arrested after he was allegedly spotted inside the home of a Valencia resident who called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station to report a “hot prowl” burglary, said Deputy Josh Dubin. Heffernan is charged with one count of burglary, a felony.

The hot-prowl burglary — a term indicating at least one resident is home when a burglar enters a residence — was reported about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 28000 block of Liana Lane in Valencia, said Dubin.

“We made contact with the victim, who told deputies she was upstairs when she heard the dogs barking and a banging noise,” he said.

“She told deputies she walked downstairs and saw a male leaving the inside of her home through a sliding glass door, carrying a bag.”

Deputies investigated and “ultimately made contact with the suspect,” he said.

Heffernan is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court Friday, with bail set at $50,000.

On Oct. 16, deputies arrested Heffernan on suspicion of vandalism resulting in more than $400 in damage.

“These appear to be two separate incidents,” Dubin said Thursday, referring to the vandalism and burglary cases.

Prosecutors allege Heffernan defaced a Mercedes E350 car, a Ford pickup truck and a Chevrolet Suburban SUV during the vandalism, all belonging to the same family and, in each case, causing more than $400 damage, according to the criminal complaint filed.

They also say Heffernan defaced the wall of a house, an electrical box and a utility box owned by the city of Santa Clarita, according to the complaint.

On Nov. 6, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts and three misdemeanor counts of vandalism.

He is scheduled to appear back court on the vandalism charges Jan. 14, at which time a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing, Shiara Dávila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said earlier this month.
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