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Vandals target cars parked in Castaic driveways

Posted: March 20, 2014 4:43 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Less than a month after detectives stood amid the rubble of a Castaic classroom trashed by vandals, investigators are now probing three separate cases of car vandalism, with windows of at least two vehicles smashed in at Castaic homes, according to local sheriff’s documents.

“These three incidents are under investigation by detectives assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station,” spokesman Josh Dubin said Thursday.

Sometime between 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 5:30 a.m. the next day, thieves popped the trunk of an unlocked Mercedes parked on Heather Lane and stole a number of items, according to an incident report filed by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the call.

The thieves stole more than $250 worth of perfume and cologne including the Ed Hardy “Love and Luck” men’s fragrance valued at $77 and the $25 “Hearts and Dangers” lotion for men.

Although there was no damage to the car, the deputy noted: “During the course of our investigation we discovered there were other theft-related incidents in the neighborhood.”

Thieves, apparently, were not entirely satisfied with merely smelling better.

On the same night, same street, they smashed the window of a Ford F-350 pickup truck but stole nothing.

“The rear passenger window was smashed on the vehicle; however, the suspect(s) reportedly never made entry or stole anything out of the vehicle,” Dubin said.

A week after the Heather Lane “lotions” theft and window smashing, deputies were called to Cambridge Avenue in Castaic on a report of thieves smashing the window of a locked Toyota Camry parked in the driveway of a home there.

Sometime between 7 p.m. Thursday March 6 and 6 a.m. Friday March 7, thieves stole a backpack containing an iPad, a $50 wallet, debit card, health card and California Nursing Association card from the Camry, the deputy wrote in his report.

The car owner’s identity cards were stolen and damage to the car was $200.

“If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, we would request they contact our local detectives,” Dubin said.

Earlier this month, for the third time in a two-month period, vandals broke into a Castaic Union School District classroom and trashed it, according to a report on file at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on Sunday.

The vandals used a fire extinguisher to coat school floors with its powder in a classroom at Castaic Middle School, then squirted glue and dumped blue paint and boxes of Cheerios cereal onto the floor on a February weekend.

The two other cases of vandalism involved one at Castaic Elementary School in December and one at Castaic Middle School in January.
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