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Deputies nab alleged serial thieves

Authorities: Couple may have stolen from 30 homes; jewelry found in follow-up search

Posted: September 23, 2009 10:44 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A Saugus resident and a Valencia resident arrested earlier this week may be responsible for up to 30 burglaries in the Santa Clarita Valley since April, sheriff’s detectives said Wednesday.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested Patricia Arevalo, 22, and Ryan Clapham, 26, Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into a home in Saugus, according to a report issued by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

They fit descriptions from the past burglaries, leading detectives to conduct a follow-up investigation, the report said.

And after detectives arrested Arevalo, they conducted a search of Arevalo’s Saugus residence and Clampham’s Valencia residence, uncovering jewelry and other items believed to have been stolen in previous burglaries, the report said.

Arevalo was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and heroin possession felony charges and a misdemeanor charge of posession of drug paraphenalia. Clampham was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and reasonable cause of receiving stolen property, the report said.

They were caught on Tuesday following a bungled morning burglary, the report said.

A caller in the 24000 block of Back Bay Court in Valencia told deputies she watched from a second-story window as a woman stood on her doorstep and rang her doorbell repeatedly.

When the caller did not answer the door, the suspect walked around the side of the house through a gate and entered her home through an unlocked sliding glass door, according to the report.

The homeowner confronted the suspect, who immediately fled.

Detectives spotted the woman’s vehicle several blocks away in the 27600 block of Grassy Knoll Lane by using a description from the homeowner, the report said.

Arevalo is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station in lieu of $35,000 bail and Clampham is released on posted bond pending his future court date, the report said.


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