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Fair Oaks Ranch resident helps nab burglars

Posted: June 1, 2009 5:33 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2009 2:05 p.m.
 

For the second time in four days, an alert resident in the Fair Oaks Ranch area has helped deputies nab burglars. The resident immediately called the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Friday morning after seeing a suspicious vehicle containing three occupants in the 17000 block of Wren Drive.

He saw one of the occupants get out of the car and enter the rear yard of a nearby residence. Soon, the second occupant followed suit. The third man drove down the street and parked nearby. Deputies responded and detained the driver of the vehicle, Daniel Arizmendi, MH/19, of Canyon Country, as other deputies moved into the neighborhood.

A check of the neighbor's house by deputies revealed that it had been ransacked and burglarized but the other two suspects were no longer inside. Deputies continued their investigation and located two other suspects, Ernesto Flores, MH/20, of Panorama City and a juvenile, MH/16, of Panorama City a short time later just two blocks away, near Bentley Manor Place and Medley Ridge. The two were taken into custody without incident.

Deputies recovered several items in the suspects vehicle that they believe may have been stolen in other burglaries, including jewelry and numerous electronic items.

Crime prevention deputies have conducted a number of Neighborhood Watch meetings in the Fair Oaks Ranch area over the past several weeks in an effort to get these type of residential burglars where they belong, behind bars. Deputies and detectives have been closely watching and heavily patrolling the area and the Hasley Hills area of Castaic for the past several months due to a recent increase of residential and vehicle burglaries dating back to early March.

These arrests mark another success story in the community and crime prevention partnership, but detectives warn we may not be out of the woods yet and remind all residents in the Santa Clarita Valley to remain vigilant in their Neighborhood Watch and crime prevention efforts.

"We can't do it alone," said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. "This is exactly the type of community partnership we need! This resident did all the right things and even continued to provide our station and responding deputies with updated information. This resident truly looked out for his neighbors," he concluded.

Visit the following link for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Burglary and Theft Prevention Tips.

Deputies arrested and booked all three individuals at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. Suspects Arizmendi and Flores are each being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. They are due in court Tuesday morning. The juvenile was transported to Sylmar Juvenile Hall pending future court proceedings.

Residents should continue their strong Neighborhood Watch and neighborhood communication crime prevention programs. Additional operations in Santa Clarita neighborhoods can be expected in the coming days.

Sheriff's officials have not determine if Friday's burglaries are connected to any of the other recent residential burglaries in the area. Detectives are still looking for a white 4-door vehicle, possibly a Mercedes SUV, that has been spotted at several other burglaries in the Hasley Hills area of Castaic and the Fair Oaks Ranch area of Canyon Country over the past several months. Detectives are attempting to identify at least two other suspects in connection with several cases.

The suspects have been seen in and around the burglarized homes and driving the above described vehicle. They are described only as male and female black adults. Generally the female waits in the car as the male knocks on doors in the area. When they knock several times and believe that no one is home the male adult is kicking the doors open and burglarizing the houses. -ref 04493 / 04497 / 04539 / 05176 / 04283 / 04284

Immediately report this vehicle or suspicious activity outlined above to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station by dialling 9-1-1 or (661) 255-1121. DO NOT WAIT! Anyone with additional information regarding the suspects outlined in this release or the recent incidents of residential or vehicle burglaries are asked to immediately contact Detective Mark Barretto at (661) 799-5134 or report tips anonymously as indicated below. Detectives form the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Burglary and Theft Team are continuing their investigation and there is no further information available at this time. -ref 09170

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