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Game World saga to be continued

Posted: March 28, 2009 11:48 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2009 7:00 a.m.

The two suspects arrested in the Game World raid have posted bail and are due in court April 8, a sheriff's official said.

Gary Owen, 58, of Canoga Park, and Rodney Whitfield, 31, of Canyon Country, posted $20,000 bail each on March 18.

The duo charged with possession of stolen property will be back in court April 8 for an arraignment, said Lt. Brenda Cambra.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies arrested Game World co-owners Owen and Whitfield on March 18 after Whitfield purchased a used video game system from an undercover agent.

Whitfield allegedly failed to ask for identification or to make the agent fill out required paperwork, Sgt. James Anderson said.

Second-hand video game stores, like pawn shops, must ask sellers to provide photo identification, submit a thumbprint and paperwork to complete the sale.

A recent string of residential burglaries tipped off sheriff's deputies that Game World might be dealing in stolen video games and gaming systems, Anderson said.

Sheriff's deputies want victims whose game systems were recently stolen to find the serial numbers and contact the SCV Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.


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