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Detectives return stolen items

More than 200 belongings at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station have yet to be claimed by rightf

Posted: October 6, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2009 7:00 a.m.
 
Detectives on Tuesday asked Santa Clarita Valley residents to claim jewelry and other items stolen in a string of Saugus and Valencia area residential burglaries that spanned from May to September.

“We believe they will be truthful when they’re identifying these items, and we’ll get (the items) back to them,” said Sgt. James Anderson of the Detective’s burglary and fraud team at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Detectives have compiled a photo book of more than 200 stolen items recovered during arrests on Sept. 22 of a man and woman suspected of the burglaries, Anderson said.

Residents who filed burglary reports between May and September at locations mapped on the station’s Web site can bring report numbers and descriptions of their stolen property to the station Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., the report said.  

Those who pass a verification process will be allowed to look through the photo book, which is available for viewing until the end of October, according to the report.

The items came from a Sept. 22 arrest, in which deputies nabbed Patricia Arevalo, 22 of Saugus, and Ryan Clapham, 26 of Valencia, on suspicion of committing as many as 30 daytime residential burglaries in Saugus, Bridgeport, Northpark, Valencia and Northbridge, authorities reported last month.

In most of the burglaries, the suspects allegedly entered the homes through open and unlocked doors and windows.

“She actually only took a few items at a time so that the victims wouldn’t be able to identify they were victims of a burglary as quickly,” Anderson said.

To reduce the risk of burglary, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station advises residents to lock doors and windows when they are away, keep garage doors closed and locked, leave their cars parked in their driveways whenever possible and avoid hiding keys in predictable places, such as under doormats.

More tips are available at www.scvsheriff.com.

A map of the burglary locations can be viewed at incident.scvsheriff.com. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is located at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway.


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