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Two arrested after burglary spree

Man, woman also busted on drug charges

Posted: September 23, 2009 4:28 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 4:28 p.m.

Click the image to see the map of daytime burglaries reported in Saugus and Valencia, Calif., between May and September 2009.

 
A Santa Clarita resident and deputies have put an end to a burglary crime spree involving as many as 30 daytime residential burglaries occurring in Saugus, Bridgeport, North Park, Valencia and Northbridge dating back to April of this year.

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Burglary and Theft team have been actively investigating a number of these daytime burglaries for the past several months which all had similar characteristics.

In a majority of the cases, the suspect was entering the residence during daytime hours through open or unlocked doors and windows and stealing jewelry, currency, and other items of value while the residents were away.

Through some information obtained, detectives believed that suspect was a female adult. They believed a second suspect, a man who was an acquaintance of the female, may have been involved in some of the cases.

Detectives got the first break they were hoping for following a Sept. 9 residential burglary in the 22000 block of Norton Drive in Santa Clarita, where the homeowner had a video surveillance system. Through the video, detectives were able to get a vehicle description and a brief glimpse at the female suspect.

That information proved invaluable yesterday morning when a 9-1-1 call came into the sheriff's station from a homeowner in the 24000 block of Back Bay Court in Valencia. The caller stated that a female had just repeatedly rung her doorbell as she watched from a second story window.

After not receiving an answer at the door, the female suspect then walked around the side of the house through a gate. The homeowner walked downstairs and the female suspect entered her home through an unlocked sliding glass door. The homeowner confronted the suspect who immediately left.

The homeowner provided a detailed description of the female suspect and the vehicle which matched the vehicle deputies had been actively looking for.

Patrol deputies converged on the area and detectives from the Burglary and Theft Team immediately responded as well.

Two of the Burglary and Theft Detectives spotted the suspect and her vehicle several blocks away in the 27600 block of Grassy Knoll Lane in Valencia. The suspect, Patricia Arevalo, FH/22, of Saugus, was taken into custody without incident.

The Burglary and Theft Detectives immediately began an extensive follow up investigation which led to the search of a Saugus residence belonging to the female suspect, and a Valencia residence and vehicle belonging to her acquaintance who was not with her at the time of the burglary yesterday.

Detectives recovered jewelry and other items of value at both locations which they believe were taken during previous incidents of burglary.

The acquaintance of the female suspect, Ryan Clapham, MW/26, of Valencia, was arrested at his residence on felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Reasonable Cause Receiving Stolen Property. He was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. He later posted bond and was released pending future court proceedings. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the extent of his involvement in the crimes.

Suspect Patricia Arevalo was also booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on felony charges of Residential Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance. She also faces a misdemeanor charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in lieu of $350,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Burglary and Theft Detectives are still cataloging all the jewelry and other items that were recovered. They will be contacting victims of reported residential burglary incidents in the near future if property is linked back to them. They will also hold a property photo book viewing opportunity to be announced at a later date and time.

If at all possible, victims who have already reported recent incidents of residential burglary in the Santa Clarita Valley should avoid contacting detectives regarding their property at this time.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station would like to use this opportunity to remind all residents about how they can reduce the likelihood of being a victim of burglary or theft and how they can help us protect our community. Please read the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's crime prevention information here: Burglary and Theft Prevention Tips.

Immediately report suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhoods to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station by calling (661) 255-1121.

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