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Stolen vehicle, busted drummer, stolen checks

Posted: April 1, 2008 8:48 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Woman has vehicle stolen by her date
A Santa Clarita woman who went out for drinks with a male companion in Newhall had her Mercedes-Benz stolen by her date on Saturday, officials said.

The couple had a few drinks at a restaurant on Lyons Avenue in Newhall when the man reportedly said he could not pay the bill. The woman subsequently went to her car to get her purse so she could pay the bill.

When she reached in her purse to grab her credit card to pay for the drinks, her date grabbed the car keys, which were sitting on the counter in front of her. He immediately ran outside and drove off in her car, which was a 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500. The car was valued at $70,000.

Drummer arrested for sexual assault
A drummer and former rock star was forced to cancel a show in Newhall after he was arrested on allegations of sexual assault, officials said on Monday.

Rikki Rockett, who co-founded 1980s rock group Poison with singer Bret Michaels, was taken into police custody after he landed at Los Angeles International Airport last week after arriving back to the United States on a flight from New Zealand. Officers had a warrant for the drummer's arrest last Monday, which was originally issued in Neshoba County, Mississippi. He is currently in custody at Los Angeles County Jail.

The facts surrounding the sexual assault were not made available by officials, except that it allegedly occurred in Mississippi.

The 46-year-old drummer and Santa Clarita resident, whose real name is Richard Allan Ream, was scheduled to perform with his singer-fiancee at Rattlesnake Slim's in Newhall. The couple canceled the show over the weekend.

Tuition checks stolen
A unknown person stole approximately 52 tuition checks worth $8,800 from a location on Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus shortly after 2 p.m. on March 26.

Deputies received a call from a secretary, stating that a locked gray cash box that was located in a lobby desk was stolen between 2 and 2:15 p.m. The secretary, who was the only person in the lobby, said she stepped away for a few minutes, leaving the lobby unattended. When she returned, the box was gone, according to the sheriff's report.

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