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Hot-prowl burglary suspect has prior arrest

Posted: November 21, 2013 6:49 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:49 p.m.

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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 has been re-arrested and charged with burglary, a local sheriff’s deputy said Thursday.

Jake Stanley Heffernan, 19, of Valencia was arrested after he was allegedly spotted inside the home of a Valencia neighbor 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, Dubin said.

“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.”

The reported burglary was around the corner from where Heffernan lives with his parents on Angelica Place in the Northpark area of Valencia.

Heffernan is the son of Wendy and Charles “Chuck” R. Heffernan. His father is on the Santa Clarita Planning Commission and is president of the Northpark Homeowners Association for the past four years.

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

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

“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. An exterior wall was also vandalized in that case, which involved a different family than that allegedly victimized by the hot prowl burglary.

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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