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Posted: August 13, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2011 1:30 a.m.
 

Aug. 7
Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. A Saugus man called sheriff’s deputies to report his laptop computer was stolen during a local bus ride.

According to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station log, deputies reported: “The victim left his laptop in his backpack while waiting for the bus.

The victim said when he got on the bus he had the laptop, but when he got home the laptop was missing.

The victim said he didn’t see anyone go into his backpack, and could not give anymore information on where this had occurred.”

Lugar de Oro Drive, Saugus. A woman phoned sheriff’s deputies after noticing several dents made to her car in the space of an hour. Some time in the hour after 11 p.m. Aug. 6, vandals dented the woman’s white 2005 Toyota Matrix hatchback, according to the deputy’s report.

“She saw several dent marks on the door frame on the passengers’ side.

The victim said she then checked the driver’s side, and she saw several more dent marks on the door frame.”

 The responding deputy took digital photographs of the damage and filed the evidence at the Sheriff’s Station.

Aug. 8
Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. A motorist identified by local sheriff’s deputies as having two prior DUI convictions was charged with drunken driving following two motor vehicle collisions. The deputies’ report charged a 53-year-old Agua Dulce man with hit-and-run, driving under the influence of alcohol and violating probation conditions of a DUI conviction.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a motor vehicle collision on Sierra Highway at Flying Tiger Drive.

According to the husband and wife who called deputies, a motorist hit their car.

When the couple approached the suspect to exchange information, they noticed. “He had a dazed look, and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle. They believed he was likely intoxicated, so the husband used his cell phone to take a video of suspect.”

The married couple told deputies the suspect “did not make sense when speaking to them. The suspect told the wife she rear-ended him.” The suspect allegedly got back in his car and drove onto Sierra Highway. The husband and wife followed the suspect to the Costco parking lot, where they witnessed his involvement in a second crash. “The suspect told that motorist ‘My light was green’ and accused the (second) motorist of causing the collision. There is no traffic signal at that location,” deputies reported. The man’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly more than double the legal limit.


Aug. 9
Soledad Canyon Road. A burglar who tried to break into a Rite Aid pharmacy by removing the store’s “security strip” and prying open some doors ran away when a door leading to the pharmacy sounded an alarm, deputies wrote in their report.

The break-in happened early Monday morning. A store worker noticed a security strip, which “overlaps the double doors preventing the possibility of them being pried open,” lying on the pharmacy floor.

Deputies added: “He believes the suspects removed the strip, pried the doors and then attempted to enter the stock room doors (which leads to the pharmacy entrance) but left because of the alarm sounding.”

Grape Lily Circle, Newhall. A Newhall woman told deputies that while her 2004 red Ford truck was parked on the street, thieves broke into it and stole a stereo and an iPod Nano.

Between 10:30 a.m. Monday and noon on Tuesday, someone stole the items valued at $1,500 and $130 respectively, according the report written by responding deputies.

“They pried her rear window open and stole her stereo and iPod from the truck while parked on the street. The victim said her stereo was taken from the center dashboard and the iPod was taken from the center console.”

Aug. 10
Rye Canyon Road, Valencia. A thief stole the 8-inch propeller off a boat in storage, deputies reported in their station log.

Some time in early July, the boat was stored in a storage facility, the boat owner told deputies weeks later. “When shepicked up the boat, she noticed the propeller was gone,” deputies reported. The woman has since replaced the propeller.

All information is compiled from reports at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gathered Thursday. To report a crime, call (661) 255-1121. To report a tip anonymously, call (800) 222-8477.

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